In a rare show of displeasure with senior bureaucrats in public, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday blamed the officials for falsely projecting Haryana as a beggar-free state for the past 21 years.
Speaking at a public meeting at Indri, about 35 km from Karnal district town, Khattar said that he was shocked to learn that Haryana continued to be tagged as “free from beggars”.
He said that this white lie propagated by the bureaucrats was very unfortunate and Haryana must not make this embarrassing claim any longer.
“Officials declared Haryana a beggar-free state in 1993 and even received national awards on the basis of their false claim. I am shocked how such a sham claim was made repeatedly,” said Khattar.
‘BJP FOR TRANSPARENCY’
On the occasion, Khattar said that the BJP bats for governance with complete accountability and transparency.
However, he said, the state government’s decision of biometric attendance had not gone well with senior officials.
“Senior bureaucrats conveyed to me that the exercise had lowered their official status to that of a clerk. But this kind of attitude is totally unacceptable as these measures are taken in the larger public interest to ensure efficiency,” he said while asking the erring government officials to mend their ways or face action.
‘JOBS STRICTLY ON MERIT’
Reiterating his pre-poll promise, Khattar said that he was determined to end the ‘chit culture’ in the government jobs. “Aapko yeh karhwa ghoont har haal mein peena hi padega (You will have to swallow this bitter pill at all costs). My government will not allow any influential individual to use his clout to ensure job to any person and merit would be sole criteria. If an undeserving candidate teaches a student, not only the pupil and his family are cheated but the national progress would be at the stake,” he said.
Citing the recent dismal results of Classes 10 and 12 of Haryana Board of School Education, Khattar said that teachers would be made accountable for pitiable education system.
POLICE COMPLAINTS FROM HOME
To facilitate women, he said, the state government had decided to start an initiative wherein they could lodge any complaint while sitting at home. The programme would be started on the day of Raksha Bandahn this year, he added. “There is a plan to appoint 500 woman constables and the initiative will boost confidence of women in the police system,” he said.
MEDICAL COLLEGE IN EACH DISTRICT
Khattar said that to overcome the acute shortage of doctors, the state government has decided to open medical colleges in all 21 districts. Reacting to the demand raised by BJP legislator and minister of state for transport Karan Dev Kamboj on upgrading Indri hospital into a 100-bed facility, Khattar said such a demand was unrealistic in the wake of huge shortage of doctors.
TEXTILE HUB FOR SOUTH HARYANA
The CM said that the state government had proposed to establish a textile hub in the southern Haryana.
He said that Haryana had a special name in the handloom and textile industry globally and the sector would be groomed with adequate facilities. Khattar said that the government had also decided to develop small clusters of industries to ensure quality infrastructure for industries.
The CM announced a new building for Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, a swimming pool, upgradation of government hospital to 50-bed facility, a mini-secretariat at Indri sub division, 10 village secretariats and Rs 15 crore for Indri local body.
FAUX PAS BY CM
The CM announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to Smriti Gautam for being ‘selected’ in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
However, a student of Class 12 of late astronaut Kalpana Chawla’s alma matar Tagore Bal Niketan is scheduled to attend the two-week summer camp at the space facility.