Heaping praises on khap panchayats, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said these groups had always been a significant contributor in resolving social issues and are part of "our traditions".
Even today, khaps are playing an important role in redressing public grievances as well as strengthening the feeling of brotherhood, Khattar said at a felicitation function organised by the Sarvjatiya Kandela Khap and Kandela gram panchayat in Jind district.
"However, time and again, many misconceptions are spread about khaps that they are unconstitutional bodies, but I have always been saying that khaps act as custodian of our social customs," he said.
Khaps not only delivers judgments but it also exhorts the citizens, he said, adding, "I was born in Nidana village which is under Maham Chaubisi Khap."
He thanked the khap panchayats for their role in the implementation of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme. Last month, the Akhil Bharatiya Jaat Mahasabha (ABJM) and khap panchayats had vowed to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign and said they would work at village level to give a boost to the scheme.
After laying the foundation of a big hall of Historical Chabutra of Kandela Khap, Khattar urged the villagers to maintain honour and dignity of khap panchayats as per social traditions.
Later, khap leaders and villagers submitted a charter of demands to the CM. Khattar said he was very well versed with the problems of the area and promised to address the issues.
Compensation to farmers
On the compensation to farmers who had suffered losses due to untimely rain and hailstorm, Khattar said the state government had given compensation of about Rs. 1,100 crore to the affected farmers.
However, complaints have been received from some places about irregularities committed by patwaris (revenue officials) on which action is being taken, he said.
Campaign against corruption
Referring to the campaign launched by the government to curb corruption, he said that during his last visit to Jind, he had ordered disciplinary action against those tehsilars who had committed irregularities. The same practice would be adopted in future also against those found indulging in wrong doings, the CM said.
Khattar said he would again visit Kandela during a public meeting of the Jind assembly constituency. Notably, two-time former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, along with his supporters, will take to streets to highlight alleged anti-people policies of the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in the state by starting a "Jansampark Abhiyan" from Kandela village on May 31.
Women police stations
On the issue of women safety, Khattar said the state government had decided to open a women police station in every district. Any woman would be able to get her complaint registered telephonically at these police stations. In case of need, a police vehicle would facilitate the women to reach the police station to get her complaint registered.
Khap leader Takram Kandela welcomed the CM on this occasion. State BJP chief Subhash Barala also addressed the gathering.
State president of the All India Jat Mahasabha Om Parkash Maan, Takram Kandela, besides representatives of various khap panchayats were present on this occasion.
Khap panchayats have always been a significant contributor in resolving social issues and are part of our traditions. They are playing an important role in redressing public grievances as well as strengthening the feeling of brotherhood.
Manohar Lal Khattar, chief minister.