Haryana to be made generator free: power minister

  • HT Correspondent, None, Karnal
  • Updated: Oct 13, 2014 23:45 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was committed to making India and, thus, Haryana “generator- and inverter-free”, Piyush Goyal, union minister of state (independent charge) for power, coal and new renewable energy, on Monday said here.

The Haryana government had misled the Centre on the power situation, Goyal said in his address to members of Karnal Vyopar Mandal who had gathered to support Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Manohar Lal Khattar.

“During a recent official-assessment meeting in Chandigarh, the chief minister and power secretary of Haryana told me the state had no electricity crisis,” said the minister, adding: “The villagers, industrialists and businessmen, however, rue frequent unscheduled power cuts under the Congress rule.”

The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government had decided to adopt e-bidding of all natural resource blocks for transparency and zero corruption, the minister said. The same would be reflected in Haryana, if the BJP was voted to power, he told the gathering.

Goyal accused the last Congress regime at the Centre of promoting corruption in the allotment of coal mines and promised fresh allotment after the Haryana and Maharashtra elections. “For complete public auditing, give us absolute majority in Haryana. We are out to end the era of goondaism and dynastic politic,” he said.

Wooing the rice millers, traders, and industrialists, Goyal said that the Modi government was committed to minimising taxation for higher revenue.

He said Haryana, in spite of being instrumental in the success of the Green Revolution, had suffered on account of anti-farmer policies since becoming a separate state in 1966. “The groundwater table has depleted to 400 feet, and one season of scanty rainfall is enough to jeopardize the agricultural economy of the state. We’ll come out with new irrigation plans to promote farming,” he further said.

Observing that Karnal was location strategically near both Chandigarh and New Delhi, the minister said the advantage could be exploited to create production hubs of rice, footwear, and other industrial items in the region, where tourism could also be promoted.

‘BJP nominee can be trusted with money’

Former BJP national treasurer Goyal said the party nominee from Karnal, Manohar Lal Khattar, was an old confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior saffron leaders. “I trust Khattar with handling election expenditure in various states, and he always had managed the party fund with utmost transparency,” he said.

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