Entire Haryana is my Family: Khattar

Nov 24, 2017 19:45 | Haryana

Chandigarh, November 24--The Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, has said that he considers entire Haryana as his family, and concerned over the safety, security and welfare of women and daughters of the state, his government has taken several important measures.

          Mr Manohar Lal, who was interacting with representatives of the electronic media here today, was asked to comment on the remarks made by former Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. 

          He said the personal comment made by the former Chief Minister did not make any difference to him but it did reflect the mindset of Mr Hooda. One should not indulge in such cheap politics and refrain from making personal comments. 

     “Although I did not raise my own family and have no son or daughter, yet I always remain deeply concerned about the sons and daughters of the state, and considered them as his family. For me, the whole Haryana is my family,” he added. 

          Mr Manohar Lal said if the former chief minister was so concerned about the daughters, why he did not take any steps during his tenure to curb the social evil of female foeticide which was mainly responsible for the imbalanced  sex ratio in the state. The present government has not only been successful in addressing the problem of skewed sex ratio which had become a blot on the fair name of the state, but also saved the lives of thousands of girls who used to be killed in the womb of the mother. Mr Hooda cannot feel the pain of a father more than him, he asserted. 

Giving official figures in support of his claim, the Chief Minister said the average sex ratio during the ten-year tenure of the previous state government was 847, but after effective implementation of the ambitious Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Programme in the state, the annual average figure rose to 900 in 2016 and 911 in 2017. Even the monthly figure touched 937-mark. Contrary to this, the average annual figure during the previous government was 830, 832, 840 and 868.

With a view to keeping a check on crime against women in the state, women’s police stations have been opened in each district. Since the inception of Haryana in 1966, only one woman police station had been opened. In order to ensure that our daughters do not have to go far to get quality education, it has been decided to open a women’s college every 20 kilometers. In the same series, foundation stones of 21 colleges were laid in a single day, the Chief Minister added. 

In reply to a question regarding Ms Manushi Chillar, the Chief Minister said she had brought laurels to the country and the state on her own, and she would be suitably honoured after a round of consultation with her. Miss World is coming to Kurukshetra on November 30 and would also participate in a programme to be organized at Bhagat Phool Singh Women University in Khanpur Kalan, district Sonipat, on December 1. The state   government plans to utilize her services for a social cause, he added. 

In reply to another question concerning the bronze medalist of Rio Olympics 2016, Mrs Sakshi Malik, the Chief Minister said she had expressed her willingness to continue with her present job in the Railways. “If she expresses the desire to do job in Haryana, the state government would provide her a job,” he added.  

The state government has evolved a system to provide jobs to outstanding sportspersons in the state under which provision has been made to provide reservation of three per cent to them in government jobs, he added.