Like the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre, the first-time BJP government in Haryana has been sluggish in making appointments to key commissions and organisations in sectors such as agriculture, child rights and police.
The government, which completed its six months on April 25, has not filled the vacancies in the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), Haryana Kisan Ayog and the State Police Complaints Authority. These organisations have been headless for months or become defunct.
The SCPCR, constituted by the then Congress government for protection of child rights in January 2013 after considerable delay, has been defunct for several months after the chairperson and three members tendered their resignations.
While commission chairperson Savitri Dhaka and member Sushma Arya quit the commission within days of the Congress losing the assembly elections in the state, two other members, Anita Deswal and Sunita Ahlawat, resigned subsequently.
“The state commission was formed to ensure that child rights were projected in all laws, policies, programmes and administrative mechanisms and also to look into complaints of violation of their rights. The national body also referred many cases to the state commission,” Dhaka told HT, adding that she had resigned due to health reasons.
The government, which is laying unprecedented emphasis on girls’ education and rights under the “Beti Bachao Beti Padao” programme, is yet to make the appointments in the commission. Director, women and child development, Amneet P Kumar could not be contacted. However, a department official said that the matter had been brought to the notice of the government for filling the vacancies. “The appointments will be made after applications are invited by issuing advertisements,” she said. SCPCR is also mandatory under the Right to Education Act.
In agriculture sector where it has faced flak over urea shortage and its minister’s unsympathetic response to farmer suicides, the state government has not been able to get a replacement for Haryana Kisan Ayog chairman and famous agriculture scientist Dr Rajendra Singh Paroda. A Padma Bhushan awardee scientist, Dr Paroda had quit the farmers’ commission immediately after the BJP government took over in October last year. “I thought it my moral responsibility to resign,” he said.
However, there is no clarity on when the government would appoint the successor. The additional chief secretary, agriculture, who is ex-officio member of the commission, is currently holding the charge of chairman also.
Another organisation is the Haryana Police Complaints Authority. Though the term of the first chairman of the authority got over more than a year ago and the government had decided to make it a multi-member body, no appointment has been made so far. In some other bodies such as Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission also, there are vacant posts waiting to be filled.