The Haryana government will set up colleges for girls within 20 kilometres of villages, towns and cities in the state, to ensure that women do not have to travel far for higher education, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday.
Speaking during the Question Hour of the ongoing Budget Session, the chief minister said that as part of the initiative, 17 new colleges fro just women would be started from the coming academic session.
Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma also informed the House that government would be setting up an educational institute in the name of Captain Pawan Kumar, who died while fighting terrorists in Pampore last month. The demand was raised by MLA Prem Lata, who said villagers there wanted an educational institute in the memory of the martyr and that they had promised to provide land free of cost. Irrigation Minister O P Dhankar said that as Capt Pawan Kumar was unmarried and that his family members do not want a job, an institute in his memory should be set up.
The government will also be setting up a university at Lakhnaur Sahib in Ambala district to be named after Guru Gobind Singh.
Revenue from diesel
The Haryana government has collected revenue of Rs 4992.74 crore from the sale of diesel between October 2014 and February 2016 through imposition of VAT and surcharge. He said that in October 2014, the rate of tax on diesel was 8.8 per cent, the effective rate was 9.24 per cent including surcharge. On November 26, 2014, the rate of tax on diesel was revised to 11.5 per cent, the effective rate is 12.075 per cent including surcharge. Similarly, on July 16, 2015, the rate of tax on diesel was again revised from 11.5 per cent to 16.4 per cent, the effective rate is 17.22 per cent including surcharge.
Veterinary doctors in Gaushalas
Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister O P Dhankar said there were 392 gaushalas in the state and that of these, nine government veterinary hospitals and eight veterinary dispensaries have been established in 17 gaushalas. He was replying to a question from INLD MLA Balwan Singh Daulatpuria on whether the government was planning to depute veterinary doctors in each gaushala.