No dearth of money for overall development of Gohana: Hooda

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Gohana, Sonepat, June 10 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced that an industrial estate covering an area of 300 acre would be developed near Gohana and the State Government would bear half of the cost of laying of railway line between Sonepat and Jind via Gohana.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a largely attended "Dhanyavad Rally" organised here today to thank the people of Gohana Constituency for giving a ''massive mandate to Congress candidate Jagbir Malik in the recent byelection''.

The Chief Minister also assured the people of Gohana that there would not be any dearth of funds for the overall development of their region. He said that the setting up of an industrial estate and laying of the railway line through the town would open new opportunities for employment and generate economy, thus immensely benefiting the people of the area.

Haryana was the first State in the world where a scholarship ranging from Rs 150 to Rs 400 was being given to poor girls to continue their education from class I to XII. Similarly, students belonging to Scheduled Castes families were eligible to get such scholarships ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 300, he said.

Apart from getting the ''highest ever price for the farmers for their produce, the poor were being given foodgrains at an economical rate as the price of the foodgrain being supplied to them has not been raised as per the policy of the Congress, Mr Hooda said.

Mr Hooda said that although his Government had inherited the problem of shortage of power, steps had been taken to add 5000 MW of additional generation capacity. While generation of 600 MW of power has commenced at Yamunanagar Thermal Power Plant, generation of 1200 MW would commenced at Khedar Power Plant next year and thereafter, generation of 1500 MW would commence at Jharli Power Plant during the following year.

He said that the State government has been purchasing power at a high rate of Rs nine per unit to ensure supply of electricity to the consumers. He said that he would not fix dates like his predecessors to ensure uninterrupted supply of power, but would assure 20 to 22 hours regular supply after the commencement of generation of additional 5000 MW of power.

He described unemployment as the other major problem and said that as a result of implementation of the blueprint, which he has,''only those would remain unemployed who would deliberately not like to work.'' He said that the vacancies in the government sector were being filled up and steps had been taken to enable the youth take up self- employment ventures and get employment in industrial sector.

He added that when his government assumed office, Haryana ranked at number 14 in per capita investment three-and-a-quarter years ago but now it was at number one.

Speaking on the occasion, President of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Phool Chand Mullana praised the people of Gohana for ''showing mirror to INLD in the byelections and getting the security of BJP candidate forfeited''.

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