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Haryana CM presses for resolving SYL canal issue

The Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal has been a contentious issue between the two states since long with the Punjab portion of the canal still incomplete. Its construction had begun in 1982.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: February 21, 2021 3:58:29 am
SYL canal issue, SYL canal, Manohar Lal KhattarSpeaking during the sixth Governing Council meeting of the NITI Aayog held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday through video conferencing, Khattar explained several steps being taken by his government for water conservation. (File Photo)

HARYANA CHIEF Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday sought the central government’s intervention in resolving the long-pending issue of the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) and Hansi-Butana Link Canal so that the state “could get its legitimate share of river water”.

“To overcome water shortage problem in Haryana, the government will soon be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Kishau Dam. Besides this, MoUs have already been signed with the Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh governments for Lakhwar and Renuka Dams,” he said while speaking during the sixth Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog, held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video-conferencing.

Apprising the prime minister about several steps are taken by the state government for promoting water conservation, Khattar said, “At present, maximum area of the state is converting into dark zone, therefore if the SYL and Hansi-Butana Link Canal issue is resolved, the problem of water scarcity in Haryana would be addressed immediately.”

GST collection

“Highlighting the fact that though in GST collection, Haryana is at the forefront, despite that, due to input tax credit, the state gets only 20 per cent GST, (CM) urged the prime minister to formulate a plan for incentivising the states having the maximum GST collection.

The chief minister while assuring to play its pivotal role in visualising prime minister’s Atmanirbhar Bharat dream, said that the state government with the spirit of antyodaya is already moving swiftly in this direction and efforts are being made for successful implementation of first of its kind states’s ambitious Parivar Pehchan Patra scheme to ensure that the person standing last in the queue gets the benefit of government schemes,” a government spokesperson said, Saturday.

On steps being taken by the state government towards making India a “global manufacturing hub”, “the chief minister apprised prime minister that for reducing compliance burden at state level and ease of doing business, Haryana Enterprise and Employment Policy 2020 has been launched.

Besides this, 100 per cent implementations of District Level Action Plan have been achieved. Compliance Burden has also been reduced by eliminating requirement of renewal of licences under various Acts. The chief minister informed that for minimising the cost of doing business by improving logistics/transportation, the Logistics and Warehousing Policy, 2019, has been launched.

Integrated Multi-Modal Logistics hub at Narnaul has been developed. The International Horticulture Market is being developed at an approximate cost of Rs 7,000 crore in Ganaur…,” the spokesperson added.

Exports

The chief minister informed the PM that for promoting exports through district-level competition, various steps have been taken by the state government including giving freight subsidy to MSMEs to encourage exports, constituting district-level export promotion committees, and focusing on export of skilled manpower.

He said that at present, Rs 85,000 crore export business is being done which includes Basmati and automobile parts and efforts are being done to increase exports. He said 32 products had been identified under the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme.

“For thrust on the creation of jobs, the state has recently passed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill and digitalisation of workforce database has been done,” said Khattar. He added that in the last five years, five lakh youth have been given employment opportunities and 105 online job fairs/placement drives have been organised for this.

Agricultural reforms

Khattar told the PM that “aligning cropping system to agro-climatic conditions at district levels is being done for optimum resource use.

‘Mera Pani Meri Virasat’ scheme to diversify the paddy crop into alternative crops like maize, cotton, bajra, pulses, vegetables, and fruits and as a result of which sowing of other crops in place of paddy is being sown on 97,000 acres of land.

An amount of Rs 7,000 is being given as an incentive to farmers for adopting crop diversification. For the Haryana Water Resource Authority promoting water conservation, the ‘Haryana Water Resource Authority and Haryana Pond and Wastewater Management Authority’ have been constituted.

Re-use of treated wastewater policy with an objective to use 25 per cent of treated wastewater for non-portable uses has also been launched”.

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