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Haryana Current Affairs - February 2018

February 2018

32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad
  • The annual 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela will be held from February 2-18. at Surajkund in Haryana’s Faridabad district. 
  • Uttar Pradesh was the theme of this year’s crafts mela and Kyrgyzstan is the partner nation.
  • At least 20 countries and all the states in India participated.
  • The fair was organized by Haryana Tourism and Surajkund Fair Authority in collaboration with Union ministries of tourism, textiles, culture and external affairs.
Haryana launches four subsidised food canteens
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the food canteens at Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, and Yamunanagar .
  • These canteens have been set up under the 'Antyodaya Aahaar Yojana' aimed at providing healthy, nutritious and hygienic food to poor and needy people of the state.
  • Khattar said the food would be served to registered construction workers and all other needy persons between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
  • Each food packet weighing 730 gm will include four chapatis, rice, daal, seasonal vegetables, curd/raita, green chutney and jaggery. Each food packet offering 1,150 calories will cost Rs 20, of which Rs 10 would be contributed by the Labour Department.
  • The Chief Minister said that 23 more such canteens, one each at the district headquarters except Gurugram and Faridabad, would be established.
Haryana to establish farmers' welfare department
  • Haryana will establish a farmers' welfare department to make agriculture remunerative, enhance productivity andmitigate the distress of farm households and landless workers, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said
  • Khattar made the announcement of establishing 'Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran' while interacting with farmers during the 'Ek Aur Sudhar' programme organised at Chandigarh.
  • The chief minister said that the state government is sensitive to the condition of the farmers and decided to establish the 'Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran' to provide relief to farm households.
  • Recently, he had announced rolling out one reform every month and in the same series, it has been decided to establish the department.
  • The Chief Minister would be the chairperson of the Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran, while the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister would be the ex-officio vice- chairman, the release added.
  • The department will undertake all possible measures to make agriculture remunerative and enhance agricultural productivity to mitigate the physical, financial and psychological distress of farm households and landless workers.
  • It will also maintain close liaison with line departments for implementation and monitoring of schemes,programmes andprojects thorough the Agriculture Advisory Council and issue necessary guidelines from time to time.
Parivartan scheme
  • The Haryana government launched Parivartan, a scheme designed to address 10 issues, including cleanliness and pollution, in 46 developmental blocks of the state.
  • The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and 46 top officials of the state, including those from the IAS, IFS and IPS cadres, have been allotted one block each
  • The 10 issues include: facilitation of financing, making agriculture profitable and sustainable, improving health services, implementing Swachh Bharat, decongesting market areas, engaging the youth, checking air pollution, ensuring availability of identity-related services, effective policing, and ensuring road order and conduct.
  • The 46 officers will undertake works in the 10 selected common fields and one field of their choice
  • A maximum of 39 marks would be available for 38 parameters covering these 10 fields and scoring would be done by the officers.
  • A maximum of four marks has been kept for 'Any Field of Officers Choice' and another seven marks would be given on the basis of social audit by the Haryana Governance Reforms Authority (HGRA).
Haryana cabinet nod to death penalty for rape of victim aged 12 or less
  • The Haryana government gave its nod to a proposal to bring in a legislation that would have a provision awarding death penalty to those guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less. 
  • In a meeting of the state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, it was also decided to make the existing criminal laws related to sexual offences more stringent.
  • The Haryana Cabinet decided to amend legal provisions like section 376A (Intercourse by a man with his wife during separation), 376D (rape by one or more persons constituting a group), 354 (Assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 D(2) (stalking) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  • In case of rape or gang rape of a girl upto 12 years of age, there will be a punishment of death or rigorous imprisonment of not less than 14 years which may extend to imprisonment for life that is for remainder period of person’s natural life.
  • Another provision approved is under section 376D A of the IPC, where a girl upto 12 years of age is raped by one or more persons constituting a group, each of those persons shall be deemed to have committed the offence of rape and will be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which will not be less than 20 years, but which may extend to life along with a fine.
  • According to the proposal that recieved the state cabinet’s nod, the punishment under section 354 of the IPC will not be less than two years (earlier not less than one year) but may extend upto seven years (earlier upto five years) and shall also liable to fine.
  • Also, under section 354D (2) of the IPC, whoever commits the offence or stalking will be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and be punished on a second or subsequent conviction, with imprisonment for not less than three years, but which may extend to seven years (earlier up to five years).

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