Haryana Chief Minister Sh Manohar Lal while highlighting the financial challenges left behind by the previous state government revealed that the previous reign had left a substantial debt running into thousands of crores of rupees on various government departments.
He was addressing a press conference here today. On this occasion, Mines and Geology Minister, Sh. Mool Chand Sharma and Urban Local Bodies Minister, Dr. Kamal Gupta were present.
Highlighting the tireless efforts of the present BJP government in revitalizing various departments and putting them back on a sustainable path, Chief Minister disclosed that the Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) was burdened with an outstanding of Rs 61,000 crore, with Rs 42,000 crore owed to farmers and Rs 19,000 crore as bank debt. Under the leadership of the current administration, substantial progress has been made in resolving these financial burdens. Of the Rs. 42,000 crore owed to farmers, the HSVP has successfully repaid Rs. 36,000 crore, with only Rs. 6,000 crore left to settle. Similarly, the bank loans of Rs 19,000 crore have been significantly reduced to Rs 7,000 crore with Rs 12,000 crore already paid.
The Chief Minister said that massive liabilities were also inherited in departments like Power and HSIIDC. Without prompt action by the present government, these departments would have faced bankruptcy. He assured that the government is committed to acting in the best interests of the state.
Regarding the ongoing investigation into Congress MLA Maman Khan, the Chief Minister said that the matter is being actively pursued by the police. He emphasized that strict action will be taken against any individuals found guilty, with no exceptions.
In response to a question about the “One Nation-One Election” initiative, the Chief Minister expressed support for the plan. He said that Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi had come with the idea and more or less political parties were in agreement. He affirmed the readiness of the state government to participate whenever the process is initiated.
In response to a query about the rise in cybercrime, Sh Manohar Lal revealed that Jamtara and Punhana were major centers of cybercrime in the country. In response, the Haryana Police formulated a comprehensive plan that involved a force of 5000 officers and personnel which conducted simultaneous raids in 14 villages, resulting in numerous arrests. He expressed hope that cybercrime would not thrive in the Punhana area again. He also highlighted the government’s commitment to combating cybercrime, including the establishment of new cyber police stations and cyber desks within existing police stations.
Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Sh. TVSN Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Housing for All Department, Sh. Raja Shekhar Vundru, Additional Chief Secretary, Mines and Geology Department, Sh. Arun Gupta, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. V Umashankar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information, Public Relations, Language and Culture Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Chief Administrator, Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran, Sh. Ajit Balaji Joshi, Director, Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records, Ms. Amna Tasneem and other officers also remained present on this occasion.