A prosperous and exemplary state once, Haryana has lost its sheen in the last ten years. Bad governance, inflation, unemployment, corruption and a host of multi million scams have all combined to hurt the growth, development and moral health of the state and its inhabitants.
Be it industrial, agricultural, financial, rural or urban development, the current government has lacked foresight and seems to not possess a committed approach towards our better future. Here’s a detailed study of all the issues and concerns that plague the state as of today.
HARYANA DOWN TO ITS NETHERMOST LEVEL
The government has always reiterated its desire to make Haryana the No. 1 state in the country. Ironically though, they have plunged it into the lowermost rung over the years.
During the INLD government (1999-2004), the per capita income in Haryana was second only to Goa. The State also topped the charts in terms of rural development, transportation, cooperative sugar mills and financial management. It had set precedence for other states by initiating highway patrol and social security measures.
Today, it is known for corruption, child abuse, murders, kidnappings, fake encounters, power and water crisis and the pitiable state of Dalits, farmers and women. The power sector has seen scams worth crores of rupees in land acquisitions, releases and fraudulent purchases from poor farmers. Handing over government acquired land to Reliance for SEZ is a glaring example. There have been cases of grave misappropriation of funds in BPL cards scam, CLU scams and salary disbursement. The government has set new a record in displacing farmers and making false promises to people in the name of progress. They have made a habit of uprooting old foundation stones to start projects and replacing them with new but fake foundation stones.
It was announced by Shri B.S. Hooda that his government, if voted to power, would bring an investment of rupees 2 lakh crores to Haryana. Where is that money?
Congress had promised employment to over 10 lakh youngsters before the election but it ended up doing the opposite, rendering nearly 25,000 people jobless, left to starve and pushed to a world of crime.
Law and order in the state is dismal too. The government has and continues to resort to lathi charges, even firing rounds in a few cases of protest.
A high inflation rate has made life still more difficult for the poor man who is unable to eat two full meals after toiling hard for days.
While cooking gas cylinders were available without hassle during the NDA regime, there is suddenly a shortage in the UPA-led government. Everyone knows who hoards them of course. The people at the helm of affairs are interested only in filling their coffers while the common man suffers.
The Hooda government also cancelled the provisional yellow and pink cards given to poor families for their benefit, instead issued them to those with cars and bungalows. When INLD protested against it, the government promised to re issue those cards but did nothing to that effect. In fact, the government went on to publicly humiliate families that owned such cards by asking them to hoist the tricolour on their house to signify that they were BPL families.
The sharp increase in rape instances in Haryana is probably the highest in the country in the last year. Even murders , kidnappings, ransom calls, vandalism and thefts have increased manifold in the last four years. Everyone in the state is insecure and unsafe.
Land scams, CLU scams and land release scams have also seen some major landmarks in the present government.
Time and again, land under acquisition is being purchased by influential people. At first, land is notified for acquisition u/s 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1984. Leter, when farmers sell it to builders under distress, the land is then released in favour of the same builders and they are given licenses to build a colony.
Time and again, we have asked the current government to publish a white paper in this regard but it prefers to be silent.
Owing to the fact that the law and order situation was many times better during the INLD government and there wasn’t a power or water crisis, the state received a lot of Foreign Direct Investment. However, those investors are now opting out of Haryana for the opposite reasons.
It is a pity that Haryana has lost its reputation as a progressive state and is falling down the ranks.
SPORTS IN A DISMAL STATE
Congress had made huge claims and announcements before the last election (February 2005) with respect to the promotion of sports and the situation of sportspersons in the state. However. not only have they done nothing for them so far, they have instead tried their best to bring them to ruins.
The INLD government had framed a Sports Policy under which some special posts were created for sportspersons to help them focus on their game rather than worry about their future. The government created posts for volleyball in HSIIDC, table tennis and badminton in HAFED, football and wrestling in HBVNL, athletics in the Forest Department, national and circle style kabaddi in the Department of Transport, hockey and kabaddi in HARCO Bank, boxing and women’s hockey in HUDA, athletics and wrestling in HSAMB, boxing in HWC and judo in HRDA.
It was also decided that all sportsmen who do the state proud would be awarded with jobs respectively. In fact, many other states have followed Haryana’s example.
The Hooda government, on the other hand, not only stopped recruiting sportspersons but also abolished all posts created for them.
The volleyball team created in HSIIDC, for instance, brought laurels not only to the state but to the country on an international level. But the government banned team participation on an international level and replaced Coach Omparkash, ex captain and recipient of the Dronacharya Award, with a relative of MLA Surender Singh Dangi. Interestingly, the man who replaced him was a boxing coach with no prior knowledge or experience of coaching a volleyball team.
As a result, the same team that had previously won Gold at the 33rd National Games (2007) in Guwahati could not even make it to the semifinals at the next national games in Visakhapatnam and Kerala.
No grants or aids were sanctioned or disbursed for sports in the last four years. Even grants sanctioned by INLD for the session of 2004-05 were not released. These grants would have played a crucial role in every player’s preparation for the games.
Congress had promised a new Sports Policy but it has failed miserably on that account. It has not even been able to implement the existing Sports Policy set by the INLD government.
The HOA, with help from the INLD government, had constructed a huge Olympic Complex in Sector 3, Panchkula. Herein, coaching camps were organised and thousands of players participated in these camps but the present government has not organised any such camps in the last four years.
Besides, if a sports agency wishes to organise a national level competition in Haryana, they won’t be provided even basic coaching facilities, forget any financial or technical help from the government. The present government is also not providing players the 75 percent waiver in bus fares which was earlier given by INLD.
The INLD government decided to construct stadiums at Panchkula, Gurgaon, Sirsa, Faridabad, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Hissar to organise district level competitions and had even completed the projects. The present government, conversely, announced construction of stadiums in villages but their projects closed down due to a lack of proper insight and planning.
Thanks to the efforts of the INLD government and extended support from the NDA, a sports complex was set up at Sonepat by SAI. This gave tremendous impetus and support to the players of the region. But, largely due to the policies of the present government, the SAI is now planning to shift the complex somewhere outside Haryana. Likewise, in response to the lack of recognition and awards, most players are now opting to play for other state teams like Jharkhand.
Olympian and medal winner at the World Junior Athletics Championship, the Asian Championship, the Commonwealth Games and the South Asian Games, Seema Antil was not even provided the post of a Sub Inspector. Similarly, gold medalist (National Games) Raveena
Antil, Arjuna Awardee (1998) Preetam Thakran and gold medalist (Asian Games) Ramesh Gulia were also cheated by the present government.
TRANSPORT IN THE STATE BREAKING DOWN
Nearly three fourth of Haryana’s villages are not connected through State Transport. Hundreds of routes still do not have State Transport buses running on them.
Illegal transportation is rampant and people are dying due to the reckless driving of these untrained and unlicensed drivers.
Bus passes given to students are no longer accepted by private buses. In addition, since there isn’t any State Transport going to their villages, they end up with passes they can’t even put to use.
Due to negligence and the vested interests of bureaucrats and politicians, hundreds of buses are lying stranded and without tyres. To that effect, instead of ordering rubber from Jharkhand available at rupees 84/kg, Congress ordered slightly inferior rubber from Punjab at rupees 110/kg. Heavy misappropriation of funds was also done in the installation of resoling machines at Gurgaon worth rupees 50 lakhs.
The government had approved a sum of rupees 35 crores for the beautification of bus stands in the state but the dismal condition of these stands indicate where the money must have been spent.
Computers were bought to make depots of the Department of Transport tech-savvy but due to a lack of computer operators and computer rooms, these computers are now gathering dust. This clearly shows how the government is misusing the money of the general public.
The guest houses made at these bus stops have also become a source of income for those who control them. The roadways employees demanded strict inquiry and action regarding the same but it fell on deaf ears as the government did not want to expose its own misdeeds.
Buses purchased by the department (Haryana Gaurav) have been a burden on the state exchequer. Body costs and running costs of the said buses are much higher than ordinary buses.
The Hooda government has inflicted maximum penalties on roadways employees, especially drivers. Their salaries have been cut thanks to the lesser average of these buses and damages caused to them due to accidents. Additionally, fine recovery for challans issued to buses in Delhi was also done from the salary of these employees. So distressed were the drivers that they refused to drive any buses to the capital even as the government, instead of listening to their pleas, adopted an autocratic attitude and terminated all employees on strike with immediate effect.
INLD had reduced the average age of buses from eight to seven years for comfort and ease. Old buses were laid off and more than two thousand new buses were added to the fleet. The government had managed to overcome all losses faced by the department, even bagged a
trophy for being the best transport service countrywide. However, things have changed now as the government’s negligence has made the state of affairs very dismal.
BUSINESS HOUSES FEELING INSECURE AND HIGHLY UNSAFE
Before the elections, business and industrial classes were alluringly assured of many types of benefits and tax cuts, VAT reductions, abolition of Form 38 and better law and order. But the situation today is highly disturbing as there is rampant vandalism and muscle-twisting prevalent at the behest of the present government. They have openly threatened people and asked for ransoms. It is a matter of grave concern.
Narendra Kumar, a businessman from Kaithal, was allegedly murdered when he refused to pay the ransom demanded of him. Even though he had explicitly asked for police protection, no attention was paid to his request. Such incidents have also occurred at Kurukshetra, Karnal, Jind, Hansi, Hissar and Panipat.
The UPA-led government had announced, much to the distress of traders and cultivators, that PUSA 1121 was not basmati. It had even increased the taxes on export of basmati rice to rupees 800/quintal.
On the other hand, INLD had not only abolished road tax but also lifted sale tax barriers from the borders to provide relief to traders. In order to provide a few extra services to traders and save them from the exercise of visiting a sales tax office, the government had also provided a facility for tax assessment by self for businesses with a turnover of up to rupees five crores. It had also abolished forms ST 14, 14 A, 15 and 16. It reduced the market fare for twenty one types of grains and also abolished the Haryana Gramin Vikas Fund.
The INLD government had also taken a huge decision to prohibit Sales Tax Inspectors from going to shops and checking their ledgers and account books. It also abolished the Essential Commodities Act.
INLD also helped increase the commission of commission agents from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent, even promised to increase it to 3 % if NDA was voted to power again.
It reduced Entertainment Tax by 50 percent to bring life back to our cinema houses.
In the year 1999, the INLD government reversed a decision of the previous government to cease grants for Maharaja Agrasen Medical College in Agroha and resumed it so that the people of Agroha and nearby could reap in the benefits of better health services.
Now again, we promise to abolish Form ST 38 and increase the fees of commision agents from 2.5 percent to 3 percent.
The market fare for cotton would also be reduced from the existing 4 percent to 1 percent.
People would be given full social security and there would be no power and water problems in the state. The government would trade only through commission agents and construction of malls and shopping complexes would be discouraged if they adversely affect the interests of small traders.
STANDARD OF EDUCATION AT A NEW LOW
Congress had also promised better educational facilities to the people of Haryana but it is for everyone to see that nothing has been done in this regard.
Cases of rape and child abuse are rampant in schools. Private institutes and government-recognised institutes are spread all over the state but they provide no infrastructure and the quality of education they offer is poor. While there is a lack of adequate staff in colleges and universities and seats are lying vacant, more and more institutes are cropping up, hence reducing education to a form of business and nothing more. The government, evidently, does not have an education policy regarding the opening of new institutions. While it passed orders permitting 10+2 from engineering colleges in the state, there are no humanities students to fill the vacant seats in 10+2.
Engineering and B.Ed Colleges are mushrooming in the State but their agenda is strictly commercial. They charge donations and fees at their own will.
Till 2004, in fact, there were only thirty eight engineering colleges in Haryana with over ten thousand seats. In four years, however, the figure has almost quadrupled with 113 colleges and forty thousand seats, most of which are left vacant. Incidentally, the standard of education at these institutes has fallen considerably due to a lack of proper infrastructure and facilities.
Same holds true for the 489 B.Ed colleges in the state where seats were left vacant. Despite that, strange as it might be, the govt recently passed an order for thirty eight new B.Ed institutions.
The polytechnics also tell the same story. While the number of Polytechnics has risen from six to seventy six with twenty six thousand seats, all of them are in a regrettable state. All these institutes lack basic faculty and are mere buildings which deliver nothing but paper degrees. In the competitive world of today, students from these institutions would stand no chance because of their apparent lack of basic knowledge.
Another alarming trend is the widespread appointment of guest lecturers as opposed to permanent ones. They have no accountability for the simple reason that they are not permanent. How can one expect complete dedication from a person who is unsure of his future? When these guest lecturers protested and wanted to submit a demand for regular salaries to the Chief Minister, they were fired at. Lecturer Raj Rani even lost her life in the police firing line. Hundreds of others were injured.
LAW AND ORDER IN A SORRY STATE
When compared to the year 2007, the instances of rape have grown by twenty seven percent, highest in the country.
Instances of rape have grown by sixty four percent since 2004, a nationwide record.
Criminal cases have grown by 99.53 percent since the year 2004, murder by twenty six percent and attempted murder by forty four percent.
When compared to the figures in 2004, instances of assault on government employees have grown by thirty eight percent.
Cases of armed robberies have risen three fold from fifty two in 2004 to 151 in 2007.
Cases of larceny and theft rose three fold as well, from 245 in 2004 to 553 in 2008.
In the last two years, approximately 1,31,000 criminal cases have been registered in the state of Haryana. Fake encounters, police firings on innocent crowds, rapes and police assaults on women have further diminished the reputation of the state.
Sarita, for instance, was forced to commit suicide along with her children in front of the office of the Director General of Police at Panchkula because there was no one to listen to her or willing to take action against the police officials who had raped her in a police station at Rohtak. Her only fault was that she sought help from the police to get her husband released from unlawful detention after being framed for theft.
Similarly, a woman once had to stand in chilling weather for twenty fours hours, protest and fast without any relief just because she wanted to file a complaint against a police official for sexual abuse.
That’s not it. Suman, a young woman who wanted justice for her slain brother, had to resort to extreme measures and try committing suicide right outside a police station. Another woman had to resort to tearing her clothes in a police station after her repeated calls for justice fell on deaf ears.
Furthermore, a resident of Kurukshetra committed suicide because he was falsely implicated in a case and could not bear the humiliation that came with it. Also in Kurukshetra, a family of five attempted suicide because the mother was being framed in a case.
More than two dozen people have lost their lives while in protests. Yudhvir from Rohtak, Kuldeep from Jhajjar, Rajrani from Rohtak, Vikas from Dulheda, Mahender Singh from Garanpura, Vandana from Bhiwani and Kuldeep from Bhiwani are some of them.
The inefficiency of the previous government is also reflected in the number of loots that have occurred in the last two years – rupees 1.75 crores from a jeweller in Panchkula, rupees 1.5 crores from a bank in Gurgaon, rupees thirty seven lakhs from the cashier of a private firm and an unascribed loot from a train near Panipat.
On an average, there are seven daily instances of kidnapping, rape and murder in the state.
It is quite clear from the facts stated above that the government has no favourable stance on the said matter. It has failed to provide any form of social security to the common man.
HOODA GOVERNMENT FLOUTING ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Hooda government has clearly followed a policy of favouritism by changing the master plan for Gurgaon and the NCR. They have bestowed millions of rupees on their favourites through the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Town and Country Planning Department.
The government has, without any regard for rules and regulations, allotted land for the construction of Salom International School at Sector 52, Gurgaon without an auction. Not surprisingly, the school was built in association with Mrs. Lily George, wife of Mr. V. George, Personal Secretary to UPA Chief, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.
Nearly twenty crores are being spent on widening the road that divides sectors seven and thirty seven when HUDA has no real claim on any piece of land on either side. The fact of the matter is that the road leads to a farm house owned by the Chief Minister of Haryana.
Furthermore, a stretch of land acquired by the Haryana government in Sector 2, Siddharth Colony, Sonepat was fraudulently transferred to one Mr. Dahiya who is believed to be very close to the Chief Minister.
Similar was the case in Rohtak where acquired land was later released to favour one of the closest accomplices of the Chief Minister. The Court did demand an explanation from the government. For example, if land was required for public purposes, why was it released later on? If it was not required, moreover, why was it acquired in the first place? How was the land registered in the name of a private builder while the process of acquisition was still on?
The master plan of Gurgaon has also been secretly changed to benefit some friends of the Chief Minister. Agricultural land was converted to residential, commercial, institutional and industrial land. The process itself was so secretive that only a few people had access to it or knowledge about it. These people took maximum advantage of their position and bought land as per their plans and shared profits. A close friend of Vinod Sharma, MLA, Ambala (who is said to be very close to the Chief Minister) joined hands with Vatika Builders, bought seven hundred acres in Zone R and turned a billionaire overnight.
HUDA had around a million square feet of land in sector twenty nine, Gurgaon for open auction but the auction was unnecessarily delayed to give private builders a chance to sell their properties at higher rates.
The government has also indulged in grave misconduct in allotment of tenders. The allottees are highly influential people who manage to get their sanctions even without doing their work properly or on time. Many projects have suffered and gotten delayed while some haven’t matched up to the quality standards mentioned in their tenders. Yet their payment has been done.
The tender for construction of sewer lines all along the Gurgaon Expressway was given away for rupees twenty crores. Despite the low standard of work done and the non functionality of the project, the payment for the same has already been made.
Similarly, projects in Rohtak for the disposal of sewage and rainwater are also lying incomplete. The Railway Bridge on the Rohtak Bye Pass is also lying unattended.
Same is the case for innumerable projects all over the state. The Hooda government owes an explanation on all fronts affecting the common man and the state exchequer.
CONGRESS BENT UPON RUINING THE LIVES OF OUR FARMERS
Congress has always been an anti farmer entity and has always taken such decisions as would harm the farmers, labourers and working classes. It has never tried to raise their standard of living or give them any sense of financial security.
Today, the whole agricultural community and rural mass is angry with the government. Farmers are not getting proper electricity or water. Seeds and fertilisers are more expensive than ever. In fact, fertilisers are being hoarded for black marketing while farmers have to struggle for DAP. Production costs have increased and continue to do so. Even if a farmer could somehow manage bringing his harvest to a market, he wouldn’t get the due price for his grain. The government is habituated to acquire and sell the most productive of lands to big companies for the construction of SEZs, thus causing even more stress to the farming community. This clearly shows that agriculture is neither a priority for the present government nor is it bothered about the interests of the farmers.
Eight directors of the Department of Agriculture have been transferred in the last three and a half years while five of them have been changed in the last six months itself. This serves as a clear indication that the government cares less about policy making and the welfare of farmers than it does about the appointment of its favourites.
The Chief Minister of Haryana had promised in the year 2008 that all Agriculture Development Officers would be included in Class II cadre but it has, expectedly, forgotten to stay true to its word.
According to experts, the production cost of wheat is rupees 22,700 per acre whereas the market price a farmer gets for it is only rupees 18,000 per acre. Hence, the helpless farmer has no choice but to incur a loss of rupees 700 per acre.
Similarly, the cost of production of paddy is around rupees 27,265 per acre whereas the farmer gets only rupees 25,000 per acre, hence losing rupees 2,265 per acre.
If we compare the production cost for wheat today to that in 1972, we find out that a two hundred litre drum of diesel could be bought for 1.75 quintals of wheat in 1972 while in 2008, the same drum costs 6.30 quintals of wheat.
The government is trying to receive accolades by announcing an abolition of VAT on diesel but the truth is that we are still paying 8.8 percent VAT on Diesel.
Rice farmers, on the other hand, have faced a crisis on two fronts. First, the government put a ban on rice exports. Then, it declared that PUSA-1121 wasn’t basmati at all. In a single blow, their gold turned into ashes. They even imposed an exorbitant export tax of rupees 800 per quintal on it. As a result, rice was sold at the rate of peanuts in most domestic markets. Later, when the same rice was purchased by a few strong dealers, the government decided to take back all taxes on the export of rice, thus helping these dealers and exporters to make big bucks while the farmer suffered in agony.
Farmers have also been in disarray regarding the purchase of good quality seeds. The cost and quality of the seeds never matched and many farmers faced difficulties in procuring original and superior quality seeds. Spurious BT cotton seeds were sold everywhere and the original seeds were sold at exorbitant rates by most companies. Farmers had to suffer also because of the inferior quality of wheat seeds.
The government has not been able to supply adequate water to the farmers for irrigation. Due to the rampant power crisis in Haryana, farmers had to use diesel generators which increased their cost of production considerably. They could not even get the MSP for mustard and bajra.
The government did not pay any compensation to cultivators who had lost their yield to winter. Nor did it provide any relief to those affected by droughts. Besides, companies that manufacture and sell weedicides and pesticides extorted farmers with the connivance of the state government.
The Hooda government had announced the initiation of its National Agriculture Development Scheme but the scheme failed miserably and the budget released for farmers remained in the state exchequer. Now, keeping the coming elections in mind, the government is haphazardly distributing these funds.
Like mustard and paddy, there are no buyers for cotton crops and the government is not buying it on MSP despite having fixed it already. On the other hand, farmers are unable to sow wheat crops because of the unavailability of DAP. Besides, due to the government’s indifference in this matter, private manufacturers and agents have compelled buyers of DAP to purchase seeds and fertilisers from them, thus looting the farmer from all sides.
Crop insurance schemes started by the government have all failed miserably as no farmer has got any compensation so far. Farmers have also not gotten the subsidy amount for rabi as announced by the Department of Agriculture. It had announced fifty percent subsidy on spray pumps, tractor mounted sprays and other agricultural equipments. However, six months have gone by and most farmers are still awaiting their subsidies.
On the face of it, the government does give free-of-cost seed mini-kits to some cultivators but the truth is that the ordinary farmer is not able to avail the benefit of the same because the govt purchases these kits when the crop season for mustard, chana and mung season is already over. After that, the officials simply complete paperwork and show that the whole process was completed on time and successfully.
To sum up, the situation of the farmer has deteriorated in the last few years and we have to take proper notice of the same.
CONGRESS LEADERS DROWNING IN DISPUTES
Congress and controversies have always been synonymous but for the last few years, the Hooda government has bought a bad name to the state which has further degraded the image of many other politicians in Haryana.
Apart from the Chief Minister and his family, his close ally and Ex Minister Mr. Vinod Sharma, Ex Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan alias Chand Mohammad, Minister for Agriculture Harmohinder Singh Chathha, Power Minister Randeep Surjewala, Irrigation Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, Minister of State (co-operatives) Meena Mandal, Minister of State (forests) Kiran Chaudhary, MP Karnal Arvind Sharma, MP Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal, MP Hissar Jayparkash, MP Faridabad Avtar Singh Bhadana, MP Ram Parkash, State Congress Chief Phool Chand Maulana and Kuldeep Sharma are a few names amongst many who have been involved in major scams in land holdings or other disputes.
A few days back, there was a major tussle between the Naveen Jindal group and the Arvind Sharma group over 550 acres of land. The police even registered a case and arrested six people in that connection.
There were attempts made by the MP from Kurukshetra and a female minister from the state to acquire five hundred acres of land each at two locations, a farmland in Kurukshetra that included a park and a land earmarked for the Hisar Market Committee worth rupees 500 crores. After INLD protested against it, the government had to cancel the auction.
Dr. Ram Parkash was in the news for fraudulently acquiring some Panchayat land on the Kurukshetra – Karnal highway in the name of his wife. The land given to the Panchayat in return was of lower quality and wasn’t even connected by road. The whole governmental machinery including the Patwaris helped him achieve his target.
Minister of Agriculture Harmohinder Singh Chathha was also in the news for all the wrong reasons. HUDA had acquired land in Kurukshetra for a residential sector but the Hooda Government released that land worth crores of rupees in favour of the minister without the slightest of regard to land acquisition laws. A relative of the minister from Ambala has alleged that Mr. Chathha is trying to forcefully transfer his land in the name of his daughter-in-law with the help of some officers and bureaucrats. Retired Army Officer Inder Singh and his wife Inder Kaur fear that their lives are in danger.
Jay Parkash, MP Hisar has been in the news for being associated with the international kidney racket in Gurgaon. Dr. Upender, an accomplice of Dr. Amit Kumar, the main accused in the case, has revealed during his interrogation that Dr. Amit Kumar had full support of Jay Parkash. This has also been proven from Dr. Amit’s call records.
Atma Singh Gill, MP Sirsa was caught red handed in the Government Guest House in Narwana with two women in an objectionable and inebriated condition. The whole country was ashamed at his deeds yet no action was taken against him. He is from a very humble background but his family somehow managed to buy eighty acres of land worth crores within days of his coming to power. That very well explains the state of affairs with Haryana’s statesmen.
Vinod Sharma has been in the news for his seven hundred acre land acquisitions in Gurgaon (R Zone) and Ambala. He has been charged with destroying facts, evidence and intimidating or buying witnesses in the Jessica Lal murder case to save the skin of his son who was the main accused in the case. He is no more than a property dealer or a paltry mediator but he has managed to be one of the most powerful MLAs in Haryana today.
Randeep Surjewala has been associated with the Iraq Oil Scam and has also been accused of misleading the probe led by Justice R. R. Pathak. It was he who had sent Jagat Singh s/o Sh. Natwar Singh, the main accused in the scam and former Union Minister, to Iraq as a representative of the Youth Congress.
Former Union Minister Kumari Selja’s name has been associated with the Agrotech Scam even as Phool Chand Maulana and Devendra Bansal have been linked to land acquisitions. Captain Ajay Singh and Ravinder Singh, a famous hotelier from Delhi have been accomplices in a Solan land scam where they got land transferred in their name with fraudulent means.
Meena Mandal has been accused of accepting bribes for appointments and even has a complaint filed against her for the same.
The Chief Minister himself is involved in a scam related to the allotment of land to Reliance for SEZ. This land was acquired for HSIIDC and acquisition was started by the INLD government in January 2003 but was completed during the present regime in January 2006.
It is a pity that the servants of the state are eating into the very vitals of the state and filling their own coffers.
HARMING THE INTERESTS OF OUR FARMERS FOR A COUPLE SEZs
The government is blindly awarding commitment of huge tracts of land for the construction of SEZs especially in the NCR and in the process, is ruining small farmers, poor labourers and other affiliated industries. Between 2005-2009, the government of Haryana and the government of India have granted sanctions and approvals to about a hundred private developers for setting up SEZs in Haryana, hence consuming more than a lakh acres of highly fertile lands which have seen more than three seasons of harvesting. Such shortsightedness can lead to a breakdown of agricultural policies in the future.
If we take a closer look at the whole issue, we find out that companies acquiring land in the name of SEZs are hardly interested in the progress and welfare of the region or creating employment opportunities for the people. They are only interested in the real estate value of the land they have acquired.
Out of a total of ninety eight SEZ cases, ninety two are for NCR only. Out of those, moreover, seventy are for Gurgaon while twelve are for Faridabad and Sonepat. This clearly shows that these companies are more interested in acquiring lands around Delhi for commercial purposes.
The government has claimed that the State Exchequer would be benefited to the tune of rupees 10,000 crores from the establishment of SEZs. These are but imaginary figures to mislead the public.
SEZs are no tax zones, thus implying that there would be no VAT, service tax, electricity duty, export tax, income tax or any other tax levied on it. Likewise, there is no stamp duty on land registrations either. Wonder where the income of the state is expected from.
If we even consider only the Reliance SEZ case, the picture of the whole state becomes very clear. 1500 acres of land was allotted to Reliance in Gurgaon for a paltry rupees 15-20 lakhs per acre when the actual price of the said land was close to rupees 72 crores per acre without an auction, tender or public notice. The open auction of four acres of land at Manesar for rupees 290 crores proves so. That land was cheaper as compared to the land at Gurgaon. The whole process caused a loss of more than one lakh crores to the State Exchequer.
Besides, as per rules, if a company is interested in an SEZ, it should purchase seventy five percent of the land on its own after which it is the government’s decision whether or not to allow the company to acquire the remaining twenty five percent. When Reliance was transferred the land at Gurgaon, it did not have an inch of land of its own at that place. The government indulged in favouritism and flouted all rules and regulations in the process.
The state should have allotted the land through an open auction. It is not clear why the state chose reliance for the allotment when it could openly auction the land and earn thousands of crores for the benefit of Haryana.
INLD led protests against the Reliance SEZ and even submitted a memorandum to the Honourable Governor. It does not favour policies that harm the interests of the farmers. INLD has decided, if at all it acquires any land, that farmers will be paid rupees one crore per acre in the NCR and rupees fifty lakhs per acre in the rest of the state.
RAMPANT FAVOURITISM IN APPOINTMENTS
The present government has clearly showed nepotism in appointments. It has also been alleged that the government has sold a few important positions. The winning party had promised employment to our youth before the elections but instead laid off some 25,000 people and left them wanting. In the last four years, the government has made all major appointments through the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, a body chaired by a very close relative of the Chief Minister.
While UPSC has fixed retirement age at sixty five, the Chairman of the HSSC, despite crossing this mark on September 17, 2007, is still comfortably appointed at his position thanks to the benevolence of his Chief Minister.
The HPSC was never given any responsibility throughout the years because they did not wish to become puppets in the hands of the government. Resultantly, the HPSC was not only quashed but there were attempts to appoint favourites for the job so that even more appointments could be done through them.
The whole process and its misuse was clear when a prior list of appointments based on favouritism and recommendations in the HSAMB was issued. Not surprisingly, the final list released by the HSSC matched the issued lists.
Following are the names of a few people mentioned in that list:
Dharam Raj Dangi, Roll No. 828, nephew of Anand Singh Dangi, MLA.
Jagjit Singh, Roll No. 4692, nephew of Raghubir Singh Kadian, MLA and Speaker.
Jyoti Dhankar, Roll No. 1372, daughter of Bimla Dhankar, Chairman (Zila Parishad).
Shefali Verma, Roll No. 3651, daughter of an HSSC Secretary.
Rajiv Solanki, Roll No. 2287, son of a Congress Block Samiti Leader from Rohtak.
Poonam Solanki, Roll No. 2412, daughter of a Congress Block Samiti Leader from Rohtak.
The buck doesn’t stop there, mind you. One member from a Congress affiliated family was even given a job. To cite an example, members from the family of Ex Chairman (Meham Market Committee) Randhir Singh Kharkhara including two of his sons, one daughter in law and other distant members of his family were appointed in different departments of the state.
The Chairman of HSSC, a very close relative of the Chief Minister, has left no stone unturned in his efforts to employ as many relatives as possible. Posts like Inspector, Food Inspector and Mandi Supervisor were benevolently awarded to his next of kin.
More so, many of these appointments were made on fake certificates. A proper inquiry would clear the haze regarding these appointments and bring out the clear picture behind government dealings.
To add fuel to fire, many outsiders from other states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were given jobs on recommendations by Union Ministers and others while the local youth was conveniently ignored. The government is also trying to tap posts such as PTI, Art and Craft and other such in the cooperatives. In fact, many people were appointed solely on the recommendations of the Chief Minister’s son-in-law who lives in Abohar.
In order to adjust their kin, the government keeps changing the terms and conditions for appointments. An entrance test was conducted for the appointment of PTIs in the state on January 21, 2007. After the exam, Congress agents realized that many of their own candidates were somehow unable to take the test on the given date. The government then took immediate action and quashed the examination, set a new date for it and on July 31, 2008, conducted interviews for the post calling candidates in the ratio of 1:8. All to favour their near and dear ones.
As a principle, before advertising for any post, the department has to set a fixed policy for recruitment. In the present government, however, there were no fixed rules and the system was irresponsible and unaccountable.
Even the Selection Committee comprised of just one person who had to finish a hundred interviews in the space of two hours. That’s exactly how you play with the future of qualified and meritorious candidates.
To get appointed for a government job, you have either got to be a politician’s relative or you’ve got to buy yourself a job. The government must soon publish a white paper and issue clarifications about the nature of appointments that they have made in the last four years.
SEVERE POWER CRISIS IN HARYANA
The government has repeatedly stated that the power and water crisis in Haryana would be handled smoothly in the next three years. Well, they have been in power for four years now but they haven’t so much as tried to resolve it.
Employees of HBVNL have to face the brunt of the people who sometimes tie them to trees or kidnap them. The people of Haryana are now frequently resorting to protests in the form of roadblocks to attract their government’s attention to their miseries. Pretty sure they are now wondering where the government is.
There is no fixed time for electricity cuts. Women don’t get electricity when it is their time to cook while students find that there is no electricity when they sit down to study. Farmers do not get electricity for their farms while industries usually run on generators.
That there wasn’t a shortage of electricity during the INLD government is something one and all will agree upon. It now seems to have disappeared. INLD had given prime importance to supply, production and the issues of power theft. But the present government is not only ignoring it all but instead supplying power to neighbouring states on the behest of the union government.
INLD had started and completed, in record time, the second, sixth and seventh unit at Panipat for 110, 210 and 250 megawatts respectively. It also managed to acquire sixty megawatts each from the Dehar power plant and Bhakhra Nangal. It even managed to get Unit 2 and 3 from the Faridabad Gas Power Project dedicated to the state. INLD acquired 102 megawatts from Chamera Hydel, 26 megawatts from URI and 65 megawatts from Naptha Jhakri. It also initiated work on Ch. Chottu Ram Bijli Ghar at Yamunanagar.
During the INLD regime, there was an increase of 1436 megawatts in electricity.
Since the inception of Haryana forty two years ago, INLD has ruled for barely eleven years while INC has ruled for over thirty. Today, the state has a capacity of producing 2140.50 megawatts of electricity. Counting the Yamunanagar Project, we can conclude that 1660 of those megawatts were procured through the efforts of INLD while the remaining 480 megawatts were managed by INC in these many years.
INLD had provided more than 50000 tubewell connections for farmers and more than 35000 transformers throughout the state. It had abolished the slab rule for farmers and provided them with cheaper electricity. Rates for tubewells without meters were reduced from rupees 104 per Horse Power to rupees 35 per Horsepower while the rate for ones with a meter was reduced from 65 paise per unit to 25 paise per unit.
The present government has increased the rate for electricity four times through electricity surcharges. It burdened people with fuel surcharge and other taxes worth rupees 1900 crores on December 1, 2006. In August 2008, there was another addition of rupees 550 Crore as fuel surcharge. As of now, the government has sent a proposal to HERC for another additional increase of rupees 540 crores as fuel surcharge and rupees 552 crores as a hike in electricity rates.
Influential people in the government and officials from the department join hands and are responsible for many thefts of power. They attribute these losses to line losses or to agricultural connections without meters but there are some feeders in Haryana where losses shown are more than ninety eight percent. Last year, fourteen feeders showed losses of more than ninety percent, forty eight feeders showed seventy to ninety percent losses and 289 of the state’s feeders showed more than fifty percent losses. Feeders showing losses of twenty five percent were 1341. This is outright power theft and its burden is always borne by the consumer.
The INLD government had set up a transformer bank in the state to make it easy to replace one within twenty four hours in case a transformer broke down. Now, however, people have to wait for days at once and protest on the streets to get their transformers replaced.
The present government has demanded a power subsidy stating that it had supplied round-the-year electricity to farmers for 5.54 hours every day. Needless to say, this is as white a lie as a lie can be. They have also said that they would increase the daily supply to 7.09 hours in the next year.
Farmers in Punjab receive free electricity throughout the year. Since there are many tubewell connections in the state, 9408 million units are provided to farmers on which the government gets an annual subsidy of rupees 2265 crores. On the other hand, the government in Haryana provides 6000 million units of electricity to farmers. Despite still getting a subsidy of rupees 2360 crores, they make consumers pay their bills.
Furthermore, even power companies have now demanded a subsidy of rupees 9180 crores for the agricultural sector. Such is the state of the department that most thermal plants do not have adequate coal and gas supply and might have to shut down any given day. The Yamunanagar plant, for instance, does not have any upgraded transmission lines which causes one of its units to stay perennially inoperational. Work on the said plant started in 2004 under the INLD government but Congress soon delayed the project owing largely to their own vested interests.
No thermal plants have seen completion in the current regime. Well, the Chief minister did lay the foundation stone for a gas-based plant (1032 megawatts) on August 25, 2005 but he seems to have forgotten all about it.
A relative of a Congress MLA made an electricity deal worth rupees 13450 crores. It has been alleged that there was a misappropriation of more than rupees 4500 crores in the matter. No tenders were invited for the purchase, no rules and regulations followed. Besides, the company from which electricity was purchased offered the same to the state of Uttar Pradesh at a price lesser by a rupee per unit.
INACTION WITH REGARDS TO THE WATER NEEDS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Water is a principal issue for the people of Haryana. Due to the incorrect policies of the current regime, farmers are not getting their share. The only way Haryana can get surplus water is through SYL. The Supreme Court of India has already decided in favour of Haryana thanks to the whole hearted and dedicated efforts of Ch. Om Prakash Chautala and had asked the state government to get the project completed through an agency. Congress, however, does not seem to be bothered about SYL at all. They talk about Hansi-Butana and they talk about the Yamuna Water Agreement. In 1994, when the agreement was signed upon, INC happened to be in power both at the centre and in the state. At that time, the share of Yamuna water for Haryana was decreased from 67% to 47%.
INLD protested against this grave injustice and organised a MATKA PRADARSHAN in Delhi. Some MLAs even resigned from their posts.
Today, Congress maintains a double standards on the Hansi-Butana. INLD has always demanded that farmers in Haryana get maximum water and has volunteered to help construct links but the government has to first complete certain formalities to make sure that we face no obstacles later on. The government, on one hand, says that water can reach these farms through links. On the other hand, it tells the Supreme Court of India that Haryna needs only drinking water and goes on to seeks permission to take it without puncturing the Bhakra.
In 1977, with the efforts of Ch. Devi Lal, construction work on the SYL began and links to Sivani, Jui and Loharu were constructed. It was expected that the people of Haryana would soon get water from it. In 1982, Congress was in power at the centre, in Haryana and in Punjab. The three signed an agreement which increased the share of Punjab’s water to 4.22 million acre feet whereas Haryana’s share was reduced to just 3.5 million acre feet. Even Rajasthan’s share was increased from 8 million acre feet to 8.6 million acre feet.
During the 1982 elections as well, Indira Gandhi wanted to cash in on the SYL issue and laid a foundation stone at Kapuri only to forget it soon after. It was decided in 1985, through the Rajiv-Longowal agreement, that water given to farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan will not be decreased in the future. Around the same time, due to the non construction of SYL, Punjab was using the water meant for Haryana. Besides, Haryana could not have gotten its deserved share without decreasing the share of Punjab.
In 1987, under Ch. Devi Lal, the work on SYL began in full swing. By July 1990, 95 percent work for the link in Punjab had been completed. But on July 23, 1990, a bunch of militants killed the engineers supervising construction and the work was shut down. On Dec 19, 1991, Ch. Bansi Lal pointed out to the assembly that maximum work on the SYL was done during Ch. Devi Lal’s regime. He added that he wasn’t a friend but despite belonging to opposite parties, he could still praise Ch. Devi Lal’s initiatives. Later, on January 15, 2002, thanks to the efforts of Ch. Om Prakash Chautala, the Supreme Court of India ordered the Punjab government to complete all pending work within a year. By December, no work had been done.
On Dec 18, 2002, the INLD government submitted a petition to the Supreme Court of India but it rejected all objections and gave a final verdict on June 4, 2004. It ordered the central government to decide upon a central agency to construct SYL within a month. It also ordered Punjab to hand over the entire project to the chosen agency within two weeks.
On the contrary, Congress played a game with participants like Sonia Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Capt. Amrinder Singh and others who had helped pass an act in the Punjab Assembly cancelling all river water agreements. This unconstitutional and unlawful act greatly harmed the country’s solidarity and fraternity. The Amarinder Singh government should have been suspended for it but nothing was done to restore SYL. The matter was again subjudice.
It is now clear that only Ch. Om Prakash Chautala can restore the lifeline of Haryana and bring SYL back.
GRAVE INJUSTICE METED OUT TO OUR SOLDIERS
Congress had promised many SOPs to ex soldiers, retired soldiers and families of martyrs. After it assumed power in the state, however, it not only forgot its promise but also cut down on the compensation given to martyrs. In its election manifesto, Congress had promised to resolve all such issues, make the Army Welfare Association more effective and independent, provide jobs to the children of martyrs, give one rank-one pension benefits and constitute a new board for the welfare of ex soldiers. Later, it chose to forget these as well.
Soldiers should be respected all around. We shouldn’t forget that it is because of them that we are safe. A soldier does not bother as much about his own life as he does for the life of his country. Be it a militant threat or a natural disaster, soldiers are always called for help.
Keeping that in mind, INLD has always made pro-military policies to and has tried to implement them all over. In July 1999, Ch. Om Prakash Chautala’s government increased the compensation afforded to the families of martyrs of the Kargil war from five lakh rupees to ten lakh rupees.
It also decided to give six lakh rupees to soldiers with more than seventy percent handicap, rupee 4.5 lakhs to those with more than fifty percent handicap and three lakh rupees to soldiers with less than fifty percent handicap. INLD believes that all martyrs are equal, be it a comissioned officer, a non-comissioned officer or a junior comissioned officer. They should all be given the same compensation.
Hence, it is a matter of great pity that the present government has reduced their compensation from ten lakh rupees to rupee 2.5 lakhs. Compensation for men with handicaps has also been reduced from 6, 4.5 and 3 lakh rupees to one lakh rupees, seventy five thousand rupees and fifty thousand rupees respectively. That’s no way to treat your martyrs and fellow countrymen.
The INLD government not only provided jobs to dependants of martyrs but also appointed some capable candidates to important posts. It also provided petrol pumps and gas agencies to widows of these martyrs.
Today, there is no such provision to provide jobs to the families of martyrs.
INLD even christened roads, organisations, libraries and gates in their name to both remember their sacrifice and inspire future generations.
Earlier, there was five percent reservation in government jobs and seventeen percent reservation in other categories for ex soldiers. In 1992, the congress government reduced this slab from seventeen to ten. Again, in 2002, INLD not only increased reservation from ten percent to fourteen percent but also decided that the bodies of martyrs would be brought to their native villages and their last rites would be held with full state honours.
INLD established many war memorials as well. An army welfare complex was constructed at Rohtak while many rest houses and guest houses were constructed elsewhere. Canteens with highly discounted tax rates were also introduced. The present government, on the other hand, hasn’t given any additional discounts at all.
INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala had invited the then Union Defence Minister to lay the foundation stone for a Sainik School at village Matanhel in Jhajjar. He also gave important posts like University Vice Chancellor and Board Chairman to retired officers of the army.
In implementing the recommendations of the sixth pay commission, the Hooda government has done great injustice to soldiers. While the salaries of high-ranking officials were increased manifold, those at slightly junior levels were totally ignored. The discrimination wasn’t just limited to the armed forces. By increasing the salary of a Director General of Police more than a Lieutenant General of the Indian Army, the Hooda government caused a nationwide furore. Eventually, all three wings of the army protested against the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.
INLD not only demands for the issue to be resolved but also assures that it will get rid of any such discriminations and give every soldier his deserved due.
INSUFFICIENT HEALTH SERVICES IN THE STATE
Congress, in its election manifesto, had promised improved health services and had declared that the party would take initiatives to strengthen the basic structure of the system. Instead, the system itself seems to be unwell today.
The health of millions of people in Haryana has been compromised. Many policies are made and thousands of crores are allocated for them to be implemented but it all fails in the face of corruption, commissions and scams. The present government has paid no attention to providing health services in rural sectors.
Another hassle is the statewide mafia that manufactures spurious drugs. The common man finds it difficult to get proper medical attention at government hospitals and ends up paying out of his skin at private hospitals. Likewise, doctors posted at rural hospitals are seldom provided proper accommodation. They are forced to live elsewhere and are unable to reach their hospital on time, hence making their patients wait for long hours.
Even in cities, health services are in a deplorable state. The number of hospitals isn’t even close to adequate. Besides, the ones that are operational are in shambles. There is little or no cleanliness around. Operation theatres are twenty years too old and the equipment is kind of primitive. Bribery is rampant in the health department whereas the government’s favouritism in the Drug Control Office has further led to the widespread production of spurious medicines. Medicines supplied to government hospitals are often substandard yet bought at steep prices on account of commissions.
In fact, most hospitals are now reduced to agencies issuing MLRs. Bribery is so rampant that anyone can get an MLR made for a fixed sum of money.
Falling sex ratio in the state is another matter of concern. Due to a lack of determination in the present government to control foeticide and sex determination, three fourths of the districts in Haryana have shown a decline in their sex ratio. Malaria and Dengue have been quite common while many have suffered at the hands of Chikungunya. The government has failed to provide any disease management plans.
There is an acute shortage of medicines in the state because the government has paid no attention and signed no contracts with manufacturers for reimbursement of finished drugs. Some drugs have been off hospital shelves for years now. Basic pills like Vitamin A administered to infants and Iron given to pregnant women have remained absent for long.
The government has also not been very serious about the Polio Eradication campaign and there have been several cases of polio reported in the last four years. Furthermore, the infamous kidney scam of 2008 bought more strife to both state and country.
There is also a severe deficiency of doctors in the state and the emergency health services are in a dilapidated situation. There is no institute in Haryana for the treatment of cancer. Most patients have to go to Delhi or Rajasthan for treatment.
Basic equipment like ventilators, MRI and CT scanners are found missing at district level hospitals. Some of them do not even have ultrasound machines.
The power crisis has affected hospitals as well as there are no alternatives like generator sets for operations theatres, nurseries and incubators. Where there are generators, moreover, there isn’t any fuel to operate them.
There are no radiologists, neuro surgeons, plastic surgeons, pediatricians and the like at most hospitals. In case of an emergency, patients are usually referred to private hospitals due to a lack of proper services.
Congress has not even enforced the Haryana Swasthya Karmkar Vidheyak passed by the INLD government which gave recognition to rural based medical practitioners.
It is a pity to see the health services of the state in such a miserable condition.
ABJECT FAILURE IN MATTERS OF TERRORISM AND INTERNAL SECURITY
In the last UPA regime, the country witnessed numerous terrorist attacks. More than 1500 people lost their lives and thousands were injured in around two dozen major attacks.
The 26/11 attacks in Mumbai killed more than 200 people whereas the sixteen bomb blasts in Ahmedabad took the lives of more than sixty people. There have been blasts in Bangalore, Jaipur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Faizabad, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Ajmer, Hyderabad, Malegaon, Delhi, Panipat and elsewhere but the government seems to not have learnt any lessons from them. Not surprisingly, the innocent man has to pay for their carelessness with his life.
The government has not only failed to protect the masses from such threats, it seems to not possess the determination or the desire to do so. We should learn our lessons from terror affected countries like USA, UK and Israel who have strengthened their internal security so much that no terrorist organisation dares to attack them now.
Out here, no steps have been taken to tackle terrorism. There are no effective policies and laws to fight the same. Every other act of terror receives the same old government response of shifting accountability. In all fairness, terrorists seem to be more organised and aware than the government.
The Home Minister of India was reluctant to resign even after thousands of innocent people were killed in attacks that shook the nation in the last four years. Each time something has happened, the government has merely warned Pakistan of the consequences of further terror when clearly, the only country facing any consequences of terror has been ours.
The terror attacks in Mumbai have ripped the government’s carefully-designed facade and exposed blunders committed by our Intelligence. It is a matter of grave concern if just ten terrorists can rattle a country of more than hundred crore people. We need to pay a lot of attention on matters concerning the safety of our nation and its people or else we will have a lot to answer to future generations.
While politicians and leaders enjoy full NSG security, is anyone even bothered about the security of the common man?
GIRL CHILD UNSAFE EVEN AT SCHOOL
Not only has there been a sharp decline in educational standards, there has also been an alarming rise in cases of girl child abuse in the schools of Haryana. Things have especially fallen apart since the current government came to power. Criminals are no longer afraid of the law and commit crimes with impunity.
In the month of November, people from five villages gathered and complained against the Sports Instructor of a Higher Secondary School. Their allegation was that the instructor had called female students to practice after school but instead abused them physically.
Similarly, in Barwala, people not only stormed a private school but also registered a case against its Principal for abusing a girl from the eighth grade and sending her a love letter. In Ambala, a teacher managed to lure another young girl under the pretext of discussing her term papers and raped her. In Rohtak, some girls refused to attend school because of the misconduct of their Principal. Similar cases have also been reported from Saidalipur, Datau and Sadewala where the victim was a handicapped girl and Humayunpur, Safidon and Thobrian where a sizeable amount of liquor was seized from the office of a School Principal. Likewise, in Tigra, a teacher was known for always arriving in an inebriated condition.
So far, people have shown their resentment by storming these schools and putting a lock on their premises. Such instances have occurred in Karnal, Jind, Ellanabad, Sonepat, Ambala and Narnaul.
Nothing can be more disturbing than the fact that the government is unable to provide both quality education and the safety and security of our little angels. INLD had started various programs to improve the prevalent standard of education in Haryana but the ruling party has failed to continue them.
It is important to ensure the safety of every student. The government is obliged to make school a safe and secure place for every girl child. Instances of child abuse need to be put to an end. And since prevention is believed to be better than cure, it would help to take preemptive measures right away rather than wait for things to go bad again.
Since coming to power, the Hooda government has flouted all conventions and laws regarding land allotment, land release and appointments. The allotment of land to Reliance at Manesar coupled with the land grants to industrial houses for real estate purposes suggest their whimsical and autocratic behavior.
Dr. V.S. Patil was appointed Director of the Haryana Seeds Certification Agency at the behest of Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda. The appointment was challenged in two high courts, Punjab HC and Haryana HC. Both courts quashed the appointment and stated that no one was allowed to become a dictator like Henry the VIII. The courts also mentioned that ‘government gifts’ should not be bestowed upon anyone without rhyme or reason.
The current government has fallen into nepotism, favouritism and red tapism to serve its vested interests. There have been huge irregularities in land allotment at Bhiwani, Hisar, Panchkula and Gurgaon.
The government even finalised a deal worth rupee 13,450 crores for purchase of electricity from a relative of an INC leader. No consideration was given to rates and no tenders were announced or auctions held.
While the common man suffers due to a lack of adequate electricity, water and other basic amenities including law and order, most farm lands are being sold for peanuts and are then being exposed to the country’s land mafia.
The whole hierarchy in the existing government is interested only in amassing wealth and is turning a blind eye to the state’s well being.