Khattar bats for separate investigation wing of police
Taking a cue from the neighboring Punjab, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday proposed to form an independent wing of investigation in the state police department. Addressing a public gathering here to mark the foundation day of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Khattar said that he was a strong votary of a police reforms and repealing 'anti-people' legal frameworks.Updated: Apr 06, 2015 21:35 IST
Taking a cue from the neighboring Punjab, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday proposed to form an independent wing of investigation in the state police department.
Addressing a public gathering here to mark the foundation day of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Khattar said that he was a strong votary of a police reforms and repealing 'anti-people' legal frameworks.
"It is a common grouse that the police officials do not take complaints seriously. There is a need for a police force where committed teams remain engaged in investigating crimes while the other wing could take care of law and order. Police authorities have been strictly directed to register every complaint to retain confidence of the general public," he said.
Khattar said that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had decided to repeal 1,700 Acts of the colonial era which were originally formed to oppress interests of the general public.
"BJP is committed to do away with such 'illogical' legal procedures which were made to harass or frame people. Though there must be legal provisions for any crime, procedures should not to be allowed to frame anyone," said the CM while adding that the "obsolete" laws would be ended within the five-year tenure of the NDA government.
Targets Congress trio
Khattar fiercely trained guns at the BJP's political opponents while alleging that the previous Congress regimes at the Centre and in the state were involved in and harbouring corruption.
"Congress president Sonia Gandhi, (ex-prime minister) Manmohan Singh and (ex-Haryana CM) Bhupinder Singh Hooda have been found to be embroiled in corrupt practices and did nothing (to check them). As late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had admitted that out of every single rupee, only 15 paisa reached the beneficiary, the BJP would work to fix accountability within the legal framework against all the corrupt individuals," he said.
However, Khattar refrained from making any comment on the the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), BJP's political ally-turned-foe, whose chief Om Prakash Chautala was released on parole by the Delhi government on Sunday.
The five-time Haryana CM and his elder son Ajay Chautala are undergoing jail term for junior basic training (JBT) teachers.
'Take onus to end corruption''
While saying corruption always flows from the top, Khattar said a section of the society was equally responsible for rampant corruption.
"I take full responsibility that any of the BJP legislators would not be spared if they are found involved in corruption. One agrees to pay a bribe mainly for illegitimate work or a work to be done out-of-turn channel. For a responsible society, you (public) also have to strictly adopt the principle of saying no to paying a bribe," he said.
'Farmers to get crop loss relief in a month'
Khattar said that girdawari will be completed by April 15 and the government would ensure disbursal of crop compensation to the farmers within one month.
On the issue of alleged inadequate compensation distributed recently via bank cheques issued to certain farmers in Jind, Khattar clarified that the money released pertained to rabi and kharif of 2014.
While clearing crop compensation backlogs worth crores of rupees, he said, the money was released, but it was no way connected with this year's crop damage.
Khattar said that the state government was contemplating making provisions where crop damage compensation would be possible to the cultivator, if he had taken the farm land on lease from land owner or owners.
Khattar assured the BJP legislator from Madlauda Krishan Lal Panwar that he would consider his demand for overall development of his constituency. He said that demands, including upgrading Madlauda to tehsil and upgrading local hospital into community health centre, were already under consideration.
-The chief minister refused to accept a silver chariot gifted by arhtiyas (commission agents) of Israna grain market. Khattar said that as he was against receiving expensive gifts, such gifts should be presented to religious or social organisations.
-While speaking of his government zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, Khattar made the four legislators from Panipat district, including an Independent offering support to the BJP government, to make clear their stand on corruption.
-The CM also invited Panipat deputy commissioner and superintendent of police to come on stage and take pledge not to indulge in corruption.
-Khattar's political bête noire and local MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra 'Minna' stayed away from the function dedicated to the foundation day of the BJP.