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Rao Inderjit hits out at Hooda for favouring retired bureaucrats

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Karnal, July 29, 2014
First Published: 19:46 IST(29/7/2014) | Last Updated: 19:49 IST(29/7/2014)

Union minister of state for defence Rao Inderjit Singh on Tuesday suggested public scrutiny of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government for offering post-retirement benefits to his favourite bureaucrats.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian from Gurgaon said the wrong precedent smacks politico-bureaucrats nexus in the state.

"There are nearly 50 IAS and IPS officers who were accommodated by Hooda immediately after their retirement in the different capacities. There is a need to look deeper into the trend that what prompted the state government to favour these officers who worked in top positions for nearly 10 years in the Hooda regime," he said at a press conference.

Singh was in the city for a pre-poll BJP meeting, which is aimed at strengthening the party ahead of the assembly elections. He said the union ministers had been given a task by the central BJP leadership to campaign in various constituencies of Haryana.

In a scathing attack on Hooda, Singh said the role of Congress government in Haryana has remained under criticism for favouring affluent persons close to the party functionaries.

"Recently, Hooda appointed his favourites in the State Information Commission (SIC) and Right to Service despite objections. The appointments were made in haste," he said.

On the state politics, the minister said the BJP was confident of excelling in the assembly polls and winnability would be the criteria by selecting candidates in all constituencies. "These candidates may be even from outside a particular assembly constituency. Party cadre is fully geared up for the elections and matter of an alliance with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) is being looked into by the central BJP leadership," he said.

'HSGMC a genuine demand of Haryana Sikhs'

Rao Inderjit Singh said it was a legitimate demand of Sikhs of Haryana to have a separate panel to manage gurdwaras.

But he blamed the Hooda government for working in haste to form the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) without consulting the Centre.

"The HS Chattha committee gave its report in this favour but Hooda kept it pending for nearly six years. The Congress government knew that it needed to discuss the matter with the Centre before constituting HSGMC as the issue is on the concurrent list. But at the fag end of his government's term, Hooda introduced it to gain petty political gains as a result the whole issue was mired in controversy," he said.

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