Subhash Batra, former home minister and president of Punjabi Jagriti Manch, Haryana, has lashed the Haryana government for allegedly ignoring Punjabis in the state.
"Haryana came into existence in 1966 and before that it was in Punjab. Now, Punjabis in Haryana are being ignored and not even 2% government jobs have been given to them. Our population in
Haryana is more than 30%, but even the Congress government, which claims to be party of 36 communities, did not give us our share of employment," said Batra, while addressing local Punjabi leaders here on Tuesday.
Batra is touring the state to invite Punjabi leaders to a state-level meeting of his manch in Rohtak on August 18.
Calling upon Punjabis to unite, he said: "There had been 18 legislators from Punjabi community, but now their number is limited to six or seven. All governments formed in Haryana so far have been ignoring Punjabis. The Punjabis have been lagging behind all other communities in government jobs. We will have to increase our political participation and become politically active to get our share. All Punjabi leaders should reach Rohtak on August 18 to put forth suggestions to get our due."
He said the Punjabis had contributed in the progress and development of the state and they should be dealt on a par with others as far as government jobs were concerned.
At the meeting, Radhey Shyam Chillana from Jind and Mohinder Narang from Barwala also expressed their views.
The prominent Punjabis who attended the meeting included Ramesh Mohan Malik, PP Taneja, Baldev Grover, Gautam Narang, Ajay Batra and Ramesh Leekha.