Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday vowed to put to an end to the “industry” of change of land use (CLU) approvals and transfer of government employees in the state and bring in transparency in government services and recruitment.
Without naming the previous Congress government, the chief minister said that corruption was a fundamental issue in Haryana. “People have seen the conduct of many corrupt politicians and political parties. The BJP government in the state will set a new precedent in terms of functioning and delivery. Yes, we are facing difficulties in reforming the system and it is also taking lot of time. But we will do it,’’ he said.
Khattar who was interacting with journalists at the Chandigarh Press Club on Sunday said the government would limit the interface between the public and government by deploying information technology solutions, which will help in curbing corruption.
“A file tracking system has been started by the government to check corruption. You will not believe, we have come across several instances where files have been found lying dumped for over five years. Files should move automatically,’’ he said.
On walking the talk on these promises Khattar said that he would never commit to something which he cannot implement.
LICENCES AND CLU’S
In order to put an end to the “trade” of transfers of employees, the state government is coming out with a transfer policy. “We will also bring transparency in the grant of colonisation licences and change of land use approvals — a hotbed for corruption,’’ Khattar said.
“But it will be a time consuming process. We have to change people’s heart,’’ he added.
The chief minister said that recruitments in Haryana will be done on merit. “The previous governments had recruited people on the basis of their caste, region and relations. The BJP government will ensure that interviews in selection process carry bare minimum marks,’’ he said.
ON VADRA LAND DEALS
On whether the BJP government would probe land deals of Robert Vadra, the chief minister said they have received many similar complaints and were being looked into. “But our main focus will be to shut down avenues of corruption,’’ he said. On a question whether the government was considering to drop the charge sheet against Haryana IAS officer, Ashok Khemka, the CM said that the matter was being looked into. “However, we will decide on all such issues once and for all. Honest people will not suffer during our rule,’’ the chief minister said. Replying to a question, the CM said the number of cases registered by the Haryana Vigilance Bureau in the past five months were more than those registered by the agency in the past decade.
‘CONG DEVELOPMENT MODEL LOPSIDED’
Khattar said that the development model of the previous Congress regime was skewed. “There was no harmony. Rather it was fragmented development where a few areas benefitted, creating imbalance,’’ he said.
NO DISSENT IN PARTY
Khattar said that there was no dissension within the ruling party. “There is collective leadership in the BJP.” Referring to the defiant sounding tweets of his cabinet colleague Anil Vij, the chief minister said such interpretations were made by the media only.