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Chandigarh, Feb 20 (Language) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar sought the Center’s intervention to resolve the long-pending Sutlej-Yamuna link canal issue with Punjab so that the state gets its share of river water. Addressing the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog through a video-conference on Saturday chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khattar spoke about the many steps being taken by his government for water conservation. According to a release issued by the state government, Khattar Hansi-Butana Link Canal

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (Language) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar sought the Center’s intervention to resolve the long-pending Sutlej-Yamuna link canal issue with Punjab so that the state gets its share of river water. Addressing the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog through a video-conference on Saturday chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khattar spoke about the many steps being taken by his government for water conservation. According to a release issued by the state government, Khattar also sought the intervention of the Center to resolve the issue of Hansi-Butana link canal. He told the Prime Minister that many areas of the state have come under the category of ‘Dark Zone’ due to the fall in groundwater level, therefore, if the SYL and Hansi-Butana link canal issues are resolved, the water shortage in Haryana The problem will be resolved. The Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal has long been a controversial issue between the two states, with a portion of the canal in Punjab still incomplete. Its construction started in 1982. Punjab is seeking a revaluation of the amount of water of the Ravi-Beas river, while Haryana is seeking to complete the SYL canal so that it can get a share of its 3.5 million acre feet (MAF). Khattar had earlier described how Punjab was not allowing the Hansi-Butana canal to be connected to the Bhakra main line, although this does not include Haryana even taking a drop of Punjab’s water. The Chief Minister said that Haryana is at the forefront of its collection on the issue of GST. However, he urged the Prime Minister to prepare a plan to encourage states with maximum GST collections. Assuring to play an important role in the Prime Minister’s vision of “Self-reliant India”, Khattar said that with the spirit of “Antyodaya”, the state government was already moving fast in this direction. He said that efforts are being made for the successful implementation of the state’s ambitious ‘Family Identity Card’ to ensure that the last person standing in the queue gets the benefit of government schemes. To reduce the cost of doing business, the Chief Minister said that the Logistics and Warehousing Policy, 2019 has been introduced. An integrated multi-model logistic hub has been developed at Narnaul. He said that in addition to this, an international horticulture market is being developed in Gannaur at a cost of about Rs 7,000 crore. He said that a flower market is being established in Gurugram. Citing other initiatives, Khattar said that an apple market is being set up in Panchkula, while a spice market will come up in Sirsa. He said that ‘Mera Pani, Meri Virasat’ scheme has been started with the aim of crop diversification, under which crops like maize, cotton, millet and pulses are being cultivated on 97,000 acres. The Chief Minister said that an amount of Rs 7,000 is being given to the farmers as an incentive to adopt crop diversification. The Chief Minister said, Haryana is currently giving the highest price of Rs 350 per quintal to sugarcane farmers. In addition, various crops like gram, mustard, sunflower and maize are being procured by the state government at the minimum support price (MSP). Khattar said that after harvesting, warehouses would be set up to strengthen the storage system, which would be notified as deemed mandis so that the produce could be sold from there. The Chief Minister said that education has always been the top priority of his government and various reforms have been brought in this area. He said that the state government planned to open 4,000 new playway schools for children aged 3 to 4 years.

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