Chandigarh| Completing 50 years of its existence, this was overall s good year for Haryana with its SYL issue, gender ratio improvement and Sakshi Malik's Olympic win.
The Justice S N Dhingra Commission of Inquiry, set up to probe the grant of land licences to some companies during the previous Congress regime, also submitted its report during the year.
Congress and principal opposition INLD kept up the attack on the government over its alleged failure on issues related to power, farmers, employees, law and order and governance with prominent leaders including former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kiran Chowdhury, Ashok Tanwar and Abhay Singh Chautala leading the charge.
With 24-year-old Sakshi, the girl from Rohtak, making the country proud by winning a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in wrestling, the Khattar government gave her a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore. Besides, she was also made the state's brand ambassador of Narendra Modi government's flagship 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' programme.
Weeks later, 46-year-old Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics in Rio and on "Haryana Day" on November 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated her at a function in Gurgaon with a cash award of Rs 4 crore.
The state remained committed to give further boost to sports, with Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij promising to have facilities set up in villages.
In March end, Haryana Assembly unanimously passed a bill to provide reservation to Jats and five other communities in government jobs and educational institutions, but two months later the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the reservation while hearing a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the act.
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