Chandigarh, September 11–Mr Amit Shah, National BJP President, has slammed the previous governments for the lack of development in Haryana and said that the BJP Government will spare no effort in making the state rub shoulders with the most progressive and developed entities of federal India. Development will pick up pace under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal.
Addressing a well attended “Gaurav rally – Haryana Badhega, Hum Badhenge” organized by the Union Minister for Steel, Ch. Birender Singh, in Jind, today, Mr Shah said previous chief ministers of the state used to look after their own areas and supporters. Haryana has seen three Lals– Bhajan Lal, Bansi Lal, Devi Lal–and Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
"Mr Hooda never spared any effort to rob the poor people of Haryana to serve Delhi ka damaad (Delhi’s son-in-law). Hooda’s circle was restricted to just taking care of his family, caste, village and relatives. But the Manohar Lal Government would work for all", he added.
Referring to the investigations being conducted by government agencies and the recent registration of cases against Mr Hooda, Mr Shah said, “Now that the files are being opened, he is calling it political vendetta. It has become clear how Haryana was exploited by taking money from the poor people and giving it to Delhi durbar as gift. But nobody can point a finger at the BJP CM and his ministers on the issue of corruption", he added.
During the last 48 years, the political parties who ran governments in Haryana indulged in the politics of casteism, family, village and relatives as a result of which development got badly hampered. These parties worked for themselves but the BJP is a party which works to ensure all-round development, he said.
Scams running into Rs 12 lakh crore had been reported during the UPA regime which held reins for 10 years. On the contrary, BJP's opponents cannot blame the party for any corruption during the last two-and-a-half-year rule. The funds earlier meant for corruption are now being utilized for development purposes, he added.
Mr Shah disclosed that it had been decided to give Rs 30,000 crore additional funds to Haryana under the 14th Finance Commission as compared to the 13th Finance Commission. Haryana is progressing under the leadership of Mr Manohar Lal, he added.
Describing Haryana a land of brave people, he said that every tenth soldier in the Defence forces hailed from Haryana. In addition, first medal in Rio Olympics was bagged by Sakshi, an international wrestler from Haryana.
He appreciated the state government for the work done in Haryana under the BBBP programme, launched by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, and said that Haryana had given a significant message to save the girl child to the entire nation.
Mr Shah said that under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister, the entire world believes that India would made rapid progress. Mr Modi wants to double the income of the farmers by 2022. E-mandi has also been launched by the Union Government to ensure them remunerative prices for their produce.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that he had visited 82 Assembly constituencies so far and had ensured all-round development of all Assembly segments. Earlier, the Chief Ministers were limited to their own areas, be it from Rohtak, Sirsa, Hisar or Bhiwani.
"After getting elected from Karnal and becoming the Chief Minister with the support of all MLAs, I had announced that I would ensure equal development od all parts of the state. The pace of development in Jind and Karnal would be similar as well as in such segments as are not represented by the BJP," the Chief Minister averred.
Mr Manohar Lal said that he had laid the foundation stone of Government Medical College in the village of Haibatpur in Jind district. A sum of Rs 380 crore would be spent on this project. Similarly, Bhoomi Pujan ceremony was performed for four-laning of the Punjab-Haryana border-Jind section of NH-71 in Jind. This project would cost over Rs 1000 crore.
The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Mr Nitin Gadkari, had also announced Express highway from Delhi to Srinagar via Jind-Ludhiana-Amritsar-Katra. A sum of Rs 20,000 crore would be spent on this project. In addition, he had also announced a slew of incentives and development projects for Uchana, Julana, Jind during his previous visits. There will be no discrimination against any area of the state, he added.
The Chief Minister said there was no place for corruption in the present government. The recent HCS appointments have been made purely on merit and in a transparent manner. "Gone are the days when there was the practice of having a list recommending names for appointment", he said.
The government has also reduced the rates of electricity after 20 years in the state. He urged the people to deposit their electricity bills on time to get round-the-clock power supply under the Jagmag Haryana Scheme.
The Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister had announced Rs 5,000 crore grant for fertilizers which help in reducing the cost of fertilizers by Rs 50 to 250 per bag. The farmers would get adequate fertilizers as the state has a stock of two lakh tones. He urged them to adopt the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna to ensure more compensation in case of damage to their crops.
The Chief Minister announced the decision to open Regional Centre of Horticultural University in the village of Badhana in Jind, the native village of martyr Pawarn Kumar. He assured that Jind would not lag behind in terms of development.
He also performed Bhoomi Pujan of four-laning of the Punjab-Haryana border-Jind section of NH-71 in Jind, inaugurated expansion of new Mini Secretariat at Jind, Maharaja Janmeyajaya New Sports Stadia at Safidon and 33 KV substation Sindhiv Khera besides laying the foundation stone of Government Medical College at village Haibatpur in Jind district.
Addressing the rally, Mr Gadkari said the government was in the process of producing cheaper urea from coal which would cut down rates of fertilizers by 50 per cent. Presently, the government is giving annual subsidy of Rs 55,000 crore to the farmers on fertilizers. With the initiatives, farmers would get fertilizers at cheaper rates.
Emphasizing the need for better infrastructure to ensure industrial development, Mr Gadkari said the Union Government would invest Rs 50,000 crore in roads and other infrastructure projects in Haryana in the next two-three years. Today, along with the Chief Minister, he had laid the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 3,500 crore in Haryana.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of Steel, Ch. Birender Singh, thanked the Prime Minister and Mr Shah for reposing faith and inducting him as Cabinet Minister in the Central Government. He said he was the first person from Haryana to have been inducted as Minister in the Union Cabinet despite not having had the status of Chief Minster. The people of Jind would repay with interest what the BJP has given to Jind, he said.
With a view to translating into reality the vision of the Prime Minister to double the farmers' income in the coming five years, he had ensured release of Rs 40 lakh crore to the villages. This would help in opening avenues and opportunities of development in the rural sector.
Haryana’s farmers had contributed 21 per cent food grains to the central kitty and every 10th soldier and every 5th martyr hails from Haryana. The state has a big name in industry. When the country was waiting for medal in Rio, it was Haryana’s girl who brought laurels for the nation at international level, he added.
In-charge Haryana BJP affairs, Dr. Anil Jain, Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar, and MP Mr Ramesh Kaushik also addressed the rally.
Those present included Health Minister Mr Anil Vij, Minister of State for Welfare of SCs and BCs, Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi, Minister of State for Food and Supplies, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, Minister of State for Public Health, Dr. Banwari Lal, other ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, senior BJP leaders and officers.