Haryana Progressing Better Than Gujarat: Hooda

Haryana Progressing Better Than Gujarat: Hooda
Haryana is progressing by leaps and bounds and the state is far ahead of Gujarat in terms of development and agriculture production, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here today.

The Congress leader told mediapersons that the rice yield in Haryana was 2726 kg per hectare in 2008-09 whereas it was 1744 kg per hectare in Gujarat.

Similarly, wheat production of the state was over 4390 kg whereas the same was 2377 kg in Gujarat.

He said that Haryana is at number one position in wheat and mustard productivity.

As far as Bajra is concerned, the state yielded 1769 kg per hectare as compared to 1365 kg per hectare of Gujarat.

Haryana yielded 980 kg pulses per hectare, 1041 kg gram per hectare, 1738 kg mustard per hectare and 694 kg cotton per hectare whereas the state of Gujarat had recorded 777, 1011, 1136 and 507 kg per hectare of pulses, gram, mustard and cotton, respectively.

The rural population living Below Poverty Line recorded in Gujarat was 19.1 per cent whereas it is 13.6 per cent only in Haryana. Gross State Domestic Product percentage of Gujarat is 12.48 per cent and Haryana has achieved 18.13 per cent growth, he said.

Turning to other issues, the Chief Minster said that he was always in favour of a separate High Court for the state and is trying his best to get it soon.

"I am expecting it soon," he added.

In reply to another question about appointment of President of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, he said that the UPA Chairperson would decide on the issue.

Responding to a query regarding response to the allegations of corruption by the leader of opposition, Hooda said that it was surprising that the people who are "neck deep in corruption" were now levelling "baseless" charges. It has become "a sort of a joke", he said.

Hooda said that there was no dearth of funds for the development projects but the ban on mining has resulted in scarcity of raw material, which has hampered development.

He said that mining in some areas has been allowed and he expected the development works would be further expedited with opening up of mining in more areas.
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