₹745 cr released for GPF, centrally sponsored schemes
The Punjab finance department on Monday released ₹745 crore on account of general provident fund (GPF), advances of employees and all centrally sponsored schemes up to March 6, 2020.
Disclosing this here on Monday, an official spokesperson said that funds to the tune of ₹311 crore have been released for making payment of retiral benefits, including final GPF and leave encashment, besides ₹95 crore on account of clearing advances of GPF to the employees till March 6.
Also, a sum of ₹275 crore has been released for all centrally sponsored schemes, including AMRUT, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan, Swachh Bharat Mission (urban), mid-day meal programme, Central Road Fund, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), MNREGA, Border Area Development Programme (BADP), besides NABARD, World Bank and Asian Development Bank-assisted projects cleared till March 6.
Another sum of ₹64 crore for medical, petroleum oil andlubricant (POL), water/electricity, material supplies, office expenses, machinery equipment and travelling allowance has also been released up to March 6.
A suspected Khalistani terrorist, Parminder Singh, has been taken on remand by the crime investigation agency for interrogation in the recovery of two SUVs with fake registration certificates. Parminder is among four 'Khalistani' terrorists arrested by Haryana Police in Karnal on May 5 with explosives and arms. Investigators claimed that Parminder had allegedly bought two SUVs bearing fake registration numbers from Nitin of Ambala and Sandeep of Kharar in Punjab, who have already been arrested.
Yamunanagar police have booked former Haryana State Cooperative Development Federation (HARCOFED) chairperson Rameshwar Chauhan and Chauhan's son Varun Chauhan for allegedly duping former civil surgeon Dr Vijay Dahiya of about ₹50 lakh. Chauhan has, meanwhile, refuted the allegations and accused Dr Dahiya and his son Paritosh Dahiya of not adhering to the conditions in a petrol pump partnership deal.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday said various digital-driven initiatives started in the past over seven years have made the scope of corruption in the state negligible. Khattar said the BJP worked in the direction of its election manifesto to give transparent, clean administration and corruption-free governance. The chief minister said Haryana has set an example for other states in agriculture and industry as well as in sports and education.
Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) Rohtak MP Arvind Sharma on Sunday hit out at Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and former co-operative minister Manish Grover. Apologising for his remarks on the Congress and its leader Deepender Hooda last year, the Rohtak MP said he had made the “biggest mistake of his life” by giving a statement in favour of Grover.
Two farmers were trapped in a 40ft deep tubewell pit after a portion of land collapsed when they went down to carry out some maintenance work at Hisar's Saharwa village on Sunday morning, police said. The farmers have been identified as Jaipal Hooda and Jagdish, who had gone down to fix the tubewell motor. At least three more persons were also present on the mouth of the well.