outlookindia.com - (Eds: Incorporating Opposition reax, updating with additional details) Chandigarh, Feb 28 (PTI) The Haryana government on Friday presented a Rs 1.42 lakh crore budget for 2020-21, with a focus on education, health, agriculture and security. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who also holds the finance ministry portfolio, presented his maiden budget in the State Assembly here. Presenting the budget estimates, in which he proposed no fresh tax, Khattar said under the Mukhya Mantri Saksham Chatravriti Yojana, scholarships have been hiked and students securing more than 80 per cent marks in Class 5th will be now provided Rs 6,000 in Class 6th, 7th and 8th as against Rs 1,500 earlier. Free bicycles will be given to Dalit students of 9th and 11th classes in villages that do not have secondary and senior secondary schools. In his marathon two-and-a-half hour speech in Hindi in the state Assembly here, Khattar said the budget has been prepared with a focus on education, health, security and self-reliance.
outlookindia.com - Chandigarh, Feb 27 (PTI) Haryana Independent MLA Balraj Kundu announced his decision to withdraw support to the M L Khattar dispensation on Thursday, saying he was "deeply hurt" with the government giving "clean chit" in the sugar mills corruption he had flagged.