Chandigarh March 4: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that most of the decisions taken by the previous Congress Government in the State during last one or two years of its ten years rule were politically motivated and these included reservation for five castes including Jats.
Mr Manohar Lal was addressing the leaders and representatives of Jat and five other communities, who called on him to thank him for getting The Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 passed, here today.
The Chief Minister said that the previous Government in the State had politicized the issue of reservation and added that even maximum decisions they took during their last one -two years were either politically motivated or had vested interests. On the other hand, he said that the present State Government took the decision of giving reservation in its first year itself and got passed a Bill for the same in the beginning of its second year. The present State Government has, during its more than one year, taken decisions without any political consideration.
While referring to the incidents of violence that occurred during the Jat reservation agitation from February 18 to 22, 2016 in the State, the Chief Minister said that those who lost life and property during the agitation were being given compensation. In maximum cases, compensation has already been distributed to the affected persons. A number of steps have been taken by the State Government during last one month to promote communal harmony. Sadbhawna Week has been celebrated to infuse among the people, a sense of unity and brotherhood. Yesterday, Samrasta Diwas was organized at Rohtak but much more needs to be done in this direction. He urged the people to strongly counter those people who try to divide the society on caste lines. He urged the people to work with the spirit of Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek.
He said that during its first year tenure, the present Government has taken several decisions for the benefit of people belonging to all sections of the society. He said that while compensation amounting to about Rs 1100 crore was distributed among the farmers on account of damage to crops due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm last year, Rs 967 crore were distributed as compensation to cotton growers for crop loss due to white fly recently.Comparing with previous Governments, he said that during the last one year, the present government has distributed compensation amounting to Rs 2200 crore on account of loss due to natural calamities whereas in 16 years from 1999 to 2014, only Rs 1600 crore were disbursed as compensation.
While describing the present State Government as pro-farmer and pro-poor, the Chief Minister said that schemes have been prepared for the welfare of the poor including those living Below Poverty Line (BPL) so that they do not get deprived of basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter.
Speaking on this occasion, Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said that the previous Government whether in the Centre or the State usually took decisions in their last year of tenure just to woo the voters in elections. He said that Congress always worked to divide the society and created new controversies whereas the BJP has always worked towards strengthening the unity and integrity. He said that by getting passed the The Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 in Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has satisfied all the communities. Apart from this, the Central Government has also been requested to include this Bill in the 9th schedule of the Constitution.
Chairman, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB) Mrs Krishna Gehlot also spoke on this occasion.
Earlier, representatives of six communities honoured the Chief Ministers by presenting him with a shawl and turban and mementoes. They included Mr Randhir Golan of Ror Community, Sarpanch Mr Ram Kumar Tayagi from Tyagi Community, Sardar Gurmeet Singh from Jat Sikh, Mr Balbir Singh from Mulla Jat, Mr Ashok Bishnoi from Bishnoi community and Mr Dalbir Jaglan from Jat Community.
Mr Virender, Sarpanch of village Pharmana in district Sonipat and Mr Karam Singh, Sarpanch, village Pundri announced to donate Rs 51,000 and Rs 21,000 respectively towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.