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Voices of dissent rear their heads again

india Updated: Aug 20, 2013 20:58 IST
Vishal Joshi

Karnal parliamentarian Arvind Sharma and Congress legislator Balbir Pal Shah on Tuesday again raised the issue of neglect of the district in terms of development and employment opportunities in government jobs.

The two leaders pointed out anomalies at the launch of the dal-roti scheme while addressing chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Tuesday. Urging Hooda to visit the area under the Panipat municipal corporation to inspect development, veteran Congress leader Shah said the government should frame policies to benefit common man and not builders.

“Areas developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) are well-maintained better but the MC area is pathetic. I request Hooda to visit the area with me to see the state of affairs on the development front,” said Shah, who had recently resigned from the state assembly on the issue of “lopsided” development in his constituency.

In a scathing attack on “indifferent” bureaucracy, Shah urged the chief minister to form a special cell that followed up on announcements of development works. “If one takes the files of development works to bureaucrats, they simply throw it away. They are indifferent and indulge in corrupt practices as they have no fear,” the five-time MLA from Panipat said.

Shah urged Hooda to take up the issue of water pollution caused by dying units in the industrial town. “Schemes such as dal-roti are important but it is more important to provide water and air free from any contamination. Panipat is a glaring example of all these issues,” Shah said while terming Hooda as a 'vikas purush' and learned person.

Karnal MP Sharma said the result of recruitment of Panipat district police was pending since 2008. “It is almost five years and the results have still not been declared. People of Panipat are not happy over the undue delay in the announcing the recruitment results,” said Sharma.

The MP said he would not hesitate to extend his support to Shah or anyone who felt that Panipat was lacking in development.

To underplay allegations of poor development, Hooda said Rs 1,015.31 crore had been spent in Panipat district and every issue would be taken care of. He, however, made no reference of a Jind rally organised by his political bête noire and Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh.