Call it a publicity stunt or genuine desire to improve things, a farmer Gurdeep Singh of Amrala village of the district on Monday launched an indefinite hunger strike in front of the district administrative complex (DAC) against corruption around 8.30 am on Monday.
Before sitting on strike, Gurdeep arranged a tent and got it erected in front of the complex, which houses the office of the deputy commissioner and the senior superintendent of police. When the government officials came to their offices at 9 am, they were surprised to see a lone person sitting on hunger.
Gurdeep Singh, who is a matriculate and former panchayat member of the village, said that he was inspired from Anna Hazare and he started his hunger strike on his own even without taking his family and supporters into confidence. Later in the day some strangers were also seen sitting by his side.
He said he was fed up with corruption in government offices 'which has now has surpassed all records in the district'. He has taken this to awaken the people, he added.
Gurdeep Singh said he was not associated with any political party though some of his relatives were linked to various political parties.
He has remained mostly active in social welfare activities and has worked actively for the Malwa Sports and Cultural Club, Amrala; village cooperative society and organised medical camps. He was unanimously elected a members of the village panchayat.
Gurdeep Singh told HT in the evening that neither any political leader nor any official came to see him and know the cause of my sitting on the strike.
Gurdeep had also prepared a memorandum addressed to Punjab chief minister demanding his cooperation to eradicate corruption in the district. He demanded a strict law to make officials accountable for their 'misdeeds' and make the life of people easy.
He also wished that the officers whose working was outstanding should be honoured. He also demanded installation of CCTV cameras in government offices as it will not only help it monitor the working of government officials but will also helpful in 'catching' their wrongdoing .
Gurdeep said the people who had encroached upon the government land with the connivance of the government officials should be sternly dealt and after taking this land back from them should be used to construct schools and hospitals.
Gurdeep also requested the CM to give due respect to the NRIs visiting Punjab and help solve their grievances.
Gurdeep said he himself had the experience of being a victim of corruption in government offices, so he decided to launch his agitation against it.