Chandigarh July 22: The questions raised by former Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the functioning of present BJP Government in Haryana are not only baseless and far from truth, but also reflect the level of his frustration.
This was stated by Mr Jagdish Chopra, Political Advisor to Haryana Chief Minister while reacting to the statement made by former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, which appeared in a section of the press.
Mr Chopra said that by issuing such misleading statements, Mr Hooda is just making an unsuccessful attempt to save his political existence. The present State Government is sensitive towards the needs and problems of every section of the society and is also committed to their welfare. The government is fulfilling its moral and constitutional responsibility of taking care of interests of every region, section and citizen.
He said that before leveling false allegations of lathicharge on the people by BJP government, they should have first look at themselves. Soon after taking over the reign of administration, the Hooda Government had brutally lathicharged the innocent laborers on July 25, 2005 who were protesting peacefully in Gurgaon, in which hundreds of workers got injured. Similarly, the laborers of Liberty Company of Karnal were lathicharged in June 2006.
Today, Mr Hooda is shedding crocodile tears in the name of guest teachers. Sometimes he referred to nursing students, talked about the interest of computer teachers and lab assistants and sometimes advocated for JBT teachers but he might have forgotten that he himself is responsible for their plight.
The previous government not only played with the future of guest teachers but also catapulted the education system. They had adopted the ad-hoc and short-sighted policy in the recruitment of guest teachers. Despite the directions of Court, the matter was kept aside and the guest teachers had been kept in dark.Now after being out of power, they are talking about the interest of guest teachers. They forgot that when these teachers were protesting in support of their demand for fixed salary at Rohtak in September 2008 they were not only lathicharged but also suffered bullets in which one female guest teacher had lost her life.
Mr Chopra said that shops in the name of educational institutions were opened at different places in the State without ensuring facilities and ignoring rule and regulations. Permissions were granted to open Nursing Colleges even in two rooms. These are the only reasons that the nursing students were suffering today.However, it is the responsibility of present government to adhere to the directions of Court but safeguarding the interests of guest teachers and their family members was also the moral duty of the government. Thus BJP Government has decided that guest teachers would not only be given relaxation in age in future recruitments but they would also be given marks on the basis of their experience.
He said that nepotism, castism and regional bias in government jobs were rampant during the previous government. Written exam was just an eyewash. Benefit was given to near and dear ones in the name of interviews. The BJP government has realized this anguish of youth. Now recruitment would be done on basis of merit. With a view to eliminate discrimination in government jobs and to make the recruitment process completely transparent, now written test would carry 80 marks out of total 100 and 20 marks would be kept for interview.
Mr Chopra said that the allegation leveled by Mr. Hooda that diesel is costlier in Haryana is also baseless. In Haryana the price of diesel is Rs 50.35 per litre whereas it is Rs 50.45 per liter in Punjab and Rs 50.58 per liter in Chandigarh. Now question is where has Mr. Hooda seen the board on which it is written that ‘Yahan Haryana se Sasta Tel Milta Hai’.
The BJP government do not need Mr. Hooda’s certificate regarding interest of farmers. Farmers of the state could themselves understand that who are their actual well wishers in real terms and who is beating the drum of being farmer friendly. Farmers’ crop was badly damaged due to untimely rains and hailstorm during March-April this year. State government stood by farmers in this critical period. The BJP government had taken significant decisions to provide immediate relief to farmers in their hour of crises. The government had increased compensation amount and released compensation of Rs 1092.20 crore. Supplementing the efforts to compensate the farmers loss, BJP government had also released pending amount of compensation announced by previous government. During the last decades, politics was done in the name of farmers and they were given compensation cheques of Rs one or Rs two only.
It is for the first time in the history of Haryana that electricity bills of farmers have been waived off on the basis of crop loss. Crop loans of cooperative banks have been converted into medium term loans. State Government had also decided that farmers repaying their crop loans on time would be given crop loan of Kharif 2015 and Rabi 2015 without interest.No matter how much the wheat crop had been damaged, the government agencies procured each and every grain of wheat at Minimum Support Price of Rs 1450 per quintal. The Central Government has taken an unprecedented decision to make 50 per cent increase in the amount of compensation for the loss to crop due to natural calamity. Earlier, compensation was given on 50 per cent damage to crops but now it has been for 33 per cent loss.
With a view to ensure profitable price to the farmers, the State Government has urged the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices to increase the Minimum Support Price of Rabi crops for the year 2016-17. The government has demanded MSP of Rs 2172 for wheat, Rs 1951 for Barley, Rs 5168 for gram and Rs 4643 per quintal for Rabi-oilseeds.
Mr Chopra said that the BJP Government has decided to ensure that there is no corruption in the disbursement of Social Security Pension and the eligible beneficiaries are not deprived of it at any cost and those ineligible do not get the same. Therefore, the State Government has decided to deposit the amount of pension in bank accounts of beneficiaries. Apart from this, it has also been decided that those who are unable to collect their pension through banks, would be distributed the same at their doorstep.