The council of ministers in Haryana will be expanded only after a special Assembly session will be convened on November 4, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy Dushyant Chautala said on Tuesday after holding the first state Cabinet meeting in New Delhi.
Khattar and Chautala, who are the only two to have taken oath on Sunday, held the Cabinet meeting at the Haryana Bhawan in the national capital.
“It has been decided that the Cabinet will be expanded after the special session of the Vidhan Sabha on November 4. Also, a committee comprising leaders of both the BJP and the JJP will be set up to formulate a common minimum programme for the coalition,” Khattar said after the meeting.
Two senior IAS officers from Haryana also attended the meeting where it was decided that the state government will grant subsidy in the sale of a chemical, which decomposes farm stubble.
Chautala, the great grandson of former deputy prime minister late Devi Lal, too confirmed that the Cabinet will be expanded after the special session of the state Assembly. “There are important issues that we need to work on under the common minimum programme. The topmost being 75 per cent reservation for Haryanvis in private jobs…It is my responsibility that I fight for the cause of youth of my state,” Chautala said.
He added that the government will also try to sort out the problem of long distances that youth have to travel for recruitment examinations.
To a query on post-poll alliance with the BJP, Chautala said, “We have not entered into the alliance to do any politics of deceit. We will be doing our job with utmost transparency and honesty and work for the development and progress of our state together.”
In his second innings as the CM, Khattar intensified his efforts to get international status for Haryana’s first airport at Hisar. Khattar met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him that Hisar airport can help reduce traffic at the IGI Airport in New Delhi.