Haryana may face drought: Chautala

KARNAL, JULY 24. The Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, today expressed fear that the State could face drought-like condition if it did not rain in the next few days.

The State Government is geared up to provide maximum relief to the people if there is drought, Chautala told reporters after presiding over the 44th founder day of the Kunjpura Sainik School, near here.

The Chief Minister said he had instructed the officers to assess the loss due to possible drought in the State.

He stated that there would be no let up in the development activity going on in the State despite drought-like situation.

He said the Haryana Government was purchasing power amounting to Rs. 16 crore daily from different sources to save the crop of the farmers due to less rainfall. He said that some power cuts had also been imposed on the industries.

Mr. Chautala said the water level at Bhakra had gone down and the water level in the Yamuna river has also touched the lowest ebb in the century.

The Chief Minister said that if the Congress was serious on the SYL issue all the nine MPs from Haryana and six from Rajasthan should resign to exert pressure on the Central Government for withdrawing the Punjab Water Termination Agreement Bill 2004 and dismiss the Punjab Government.

`War jagir' enhanced

Haryana has enhanced the amount of `war jagir' from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 and financial aid to the widows of the ex-serviceman who are not receiving any pension from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400 per month. The pension to ex-servicemen affected by paralysis to Rs. 600 per month while a sum of Rs. 6000 was given to solemnise the marriage of the daughters of the ex-serviceman, Mr. Chautala.

He also paid floral tribute to the martyrs at the War Hero Memorial. Mr. Chautala said that though Haryana was a small State having 1.37 per cent of the total area of the country yet every tenth jawan in the Indian Army was a Haryanvi.

He said that at present 1.63 lakh jawans were serving in the armed forces and more than 18 lakh people were relating to sainik pariwars.


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