IEP Chandigarh, September 24
Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal extended heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Sikh community of Haryana on the decision of the Supreme Court to constitute a separate Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee for Haryana. He said that now all 52 Gurdwara Sahib will work under the supervision of Haryana Gurdwara Management Committee in the spirit of harmony and continue to serve society.
Sh. Manohar Lal was interacting with the mediapersons today after taking blessings of pious Guru Granth Sahib Ji at the historic Nada Sahib Gurudwara in Panchkula.
The Chief Minister said that the issue of separate Gurdwara Management Committee for Haryana was pending in the Supreme Court for a long time. After almost 8 years, the Supreme Court has given a verdict in favor of the Haryana Gurdwara Management Committee. Now, all 52 Gurdwara Sahib in the state will work under the supervision of this committee and will continue to serve the society through their selfless service. Appealing to the Sikh community of Haryana, he said that they should cease all contradictions and continue service work together under one umbrella. He said that soon a team of all the Gurdwaras will be constituted in the state.
Responding to a question regarding the damage caused to crops due to incessant rain in the state, Sh. Manohar Lal said that it is continuously raining in the whole North India including Haryana from the last two days, due to which the paddy crop in the state is affected. He said that special girdawari of the crops will be done as soon as the rains stopped and after assessing the damages, compensation will be given to the farmers as per the policy.
Sh. Manohar Lal said that due to increase in moisture content in paddy, the Central Government has decided to purchase paddy from October 1. He said that some farmer leaders are asking for early procurement. He said that there is no possibility of early procurement as the moisture content in the crop has increased due to rains and it is not possible to procure paddy by millers and procurement agencies before the moisture recedes. He said that due to moisture, the problem of rice turning black and broken rice arises. Apart from this, not more than 20 percent of broken rice can be exported.
In response to another question, Sh. Manohar Lal said that the Haryana government is firmly standing with farmers. Every grain of crops will be procured in the state and no laxity will be taken in this regard. He said that for the paddy which has reached the mandis, the officers of Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board have been directed to keep the paddy in the mandis under the shed or cover it with tarpaulin at a safe place till the rain stops.
On this occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Sh. Mahavir Kaushik, DCP, Sh. Surender Pal Singh along with other dignitaries and Sikh Sangat were present.