North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, has described the Governor’s Address to the Haryana State Assembly as rudderless as is the state government, and said that it loudly contradicts on many a count what the Chief Minister said at his press conference the day before, and finds it convenient to gloss over some hard and unforgettable facts inconvenient to the powers that be.
Pointing out the contradictions, the former excise and taxation minister said in a statement issued here that on the issue of investment, the Governor claimed, “Up to mid-December 2017 Online Composite Application Forms have been filled for 2,713 projects. So far projects with an investment of ` 32,516 crores providing employment to 1,50,389 persons have been implemented.”
But the Chief Minister had said, “Investment of Rs 45,000 crore has been made and as a result of the MoUs inked during the Happening Haryana Summit, as many as 136 projects have already been set up with an investment of Rs 18,000 crore.”
On the issue of water reaching the tail-ends of canals, the Governor said, “We have successfully taken water to the parched fields of hard working farmers of southern Haryana at over 300 tails of almost all minors and distributaries”. But the CM said, “Water has reached 293 tails out of the total 300 tails in the state.”
The Address claimed that the crime situation in Haryana remained well under control in 2017 and talked of the cases solved, conveniently glossing over the violence that rocked Panchkula last year claiming more than 30 lives, the dubious distinction the state government has earned Haryana of being the rape capital of north India, and rampant cases of murders and robberies.
The Governor said pension of all pensioners and family pensioners of Haryana has been revised as per recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and even contractual employees have been given the benefit of minimum 14.49% increase in wages. But this fails to pass the test of reality check as a large number of contractual employees as well as pensioners are still to get their dues, Mrs Choudhry added.