The government of Haryana has taken a decision to increase the house rent allowance (HRA) for ministers.The Ministers will receive an allowance of Rs. 80,000 which is a Rs. 30,000 increase from the previous sum of Rs. 50,000. The ministers will further receive an additional amount of Rs. 20,000 for power and water requirements.
The decision in relation to the increase in HRA was taken in a Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday. The sum of the total increase in HRA amounts to ₹1 lakh per month. The Cabinet decided to bring an amendment in Rule 10-AA of the Haryana Ministers' Allowances Rules for allowing the HRA to be increased. The rule will now be termed as the Haryana Ministers' Allowances (Amendment) Rules.
Previously, all allowances to the ministers except the HRA were revised by the government on or after April 1, 2016. But, the HRA was last revised on June 2, 2011. Furthermore, the Cabinet has also taken an in-principle decision to bring an amendment in section-31 of the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, which will allow devolution of powers to Gram Sabha to ban liquor within the local area of a Gram Panchayat.
On Monday, Haryana CM, Manohar Lal Khattar said that apart from the government-run de-addiction centres, the private sector was also running de-addiction centres. Khattar added, that necessary infrastructure and staff facilities were being provided to these centres. A State Task Force has already been constituted to crack down on drug dealers and now a Task Force will also be formed at the district level, Khattar stated.
On the poor quality of air due to the burning of stubble, Khattar stated that five industries of Haryana have purchased stubble for energy production and for other purposes. Khattar added the Indian Oil Corporation is setting up a major ethanol industry in Panipat.