Separate power feeder line to industrial sector by March end- Hooda

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New Delhi, Jan 14 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced that in order to streamline power supply and curb the continuing problem of line losses, the State government had planned to provide separate power feeder line for the industrial sector by March end.

Addressing the Ninth Annual ICRIER-NBER-NCAER Annual Conference at Neemrana Fort Palace in Alwar district of Rajasthan, Mr Hooda said the focus in the conference was on ''Haryana: Challenges in agriculture, Education and Infrastructure.'' Listing various steps taken by the state government in recent years, the Chief Minister said besides setting up a Mahila University and a Science and Technology University, Haryana was the first state in the country to introduce semester and edusat systems in the schools.

Rajiv Gandhi Education City was also being set up near Kundli in Sonepat district to act as multifunctional centre for assembling the best educational institutions of international standards, he added.

He also claimed that the state had achieved the first position in wheat production after persuing of pro-farmer policies of the state government and 70 per cent of Basmati export of the country was from Haryana.

The government has formulated new plans for resettlement and rehabilitation of those farmers whose land was being acquired for government projects and the state has also now been emerging as an industrial state from an agrarian state, he said.

Giving details of the new industrial and labour policies of the state government, the Chief Minister said these policies have protected the interests of entrepreneurs, labourers, investors, farmers and exporters.

He claimed that Haryana could boast of a sound civic and industrial inftrastructure conducive to investment.

In reply to a query from planning commission Deputy Chairman Montek singh Ahluwalia, the CM informed that because of government's initiatives in accelerating the pace of development, the annual plan budget of the state had increased by three times during past three years.

Referring to the increasing demand of water supplies and excessive exploitation of ground water for irrigation purposes, the CM said the government was planning to work on underground water supplies besides laying more stress on other methods like sprinkler irrigation to make optimum use of available water resources. Steps have also been taken to recharge the ground water through various methods, he added.

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