During his speech at the Independence Day function in Gurgaon on Monday, Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu spoke at length about the efforts of his government to improve education in the state. He also announced multiple cash rewards for schools that participated in the function.
Captain Abhimanyu said the government was focused on education, and had made various efforts in the field. As an example, he cited the introduction of 10 vocational courses in 490 government schools as part of the Skill India programme. Another move, he said, was to provide training and employment to 1.15 lakh youths each year as part of the Skill Development Mission.
He said efforts were also being made to open women’s colleges every 20 km. “To ensure that girls who are going to schools and colleges do not face any difficulty, the Haryana State Transport Department has started a bus service exclusively for them,” he said.
The Independence Day event was held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, with Abhimanyu as the chief guest. The event was attended by several officials from the district, including Deputy Commissioner T L Satyaprakash and Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk. The newly appointed Chief Governance Coordinator, Gurgaon, S N Vashisth, was also present.
After watching school students put up cultural programmes, Abhimanyu said he was “very impressed” by their efforts and announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for each of the eight participant schools. The minister went on to announce a reward of Rs 21,000 each to the three schools that played the band music at the function. He also declared August 16 a holiday for all schools in Gurgaon.
Four panchayats in the district were also rewarded Rs 1 lakh each as part of the Golden Jubilee Sanitation Award. These were Ransika, Aklimpur, Nakhrola and Joniawas.