Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced to constitute ‘Haryana Safai Karmchari Ayog’ (commission for sweepers) in the state. The chief minister was addressing a ‘Samrasta rally’ in Jind on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti, where he also announced several other incentives for the scheduled castes.
He announced to appoint 1,000 safai karmcharis in rural areas in the coming two months and to reserve 50% contracts for the Valmiki community in sanitation-related projects.
He also said a special recruitment drive will be launched to fill the scheduled caste (SC) backlog in government jobs in the next six months.
He added that the government would get examined the proposal for reducing the age limit of SC beneficiaries of old age allowance from 60 years to 55.
The CM said the BJP government took two years to understand the functioning of the government and chalking out developmental schemes. “The third year would be of prime importance for us. The focus of our government would be on providing maximum jobs to the youth, be it in the government sector, private sector or by making them self-employed through skill development so as to realise the dream of poor and needy.
‘ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARDS CORRUPTION’
Khattar asserted that his government had shown “zero tolerance” towards corruption during its two-year rule in the state.
He said the government will ensure that benefits of various schemes, meant for the poor and weaker sections, reach the intended beneficiaries.
“We have taken steps to weed out corruption in the state. Many schemes for the poor were running earlier also but it was not the poor who benefitted,” the chief minister claimed.
Khattar talked about the Haryana government’s decision to link the Public Distribution System (PDS) with Aadhaar “to inject transparency and make it corruption-free”.
He said five lakh “fake beneficiaries” were identified who were illegally availing the subsidy both on kerosene and LPG and saved Rs 101 crore to the state exchequer. “We are taking the help of IT to eliminate corruption, like we have started Direct Benfit Transfer scheme,” he said. (With inputs from PTI).