The current regime in Haryana is very rich in thought ‘provoking ideas’ but very incoherent in translating those ideas into action. Examples are galore across the world where thought and ideology driven regimes have abysmally failed in performing at the grassroots level. In India, the disastrous performance of communists in West Bengal for over 30 years is the best of example the worst performance driven by a set of ideology. If the communists failed to make West Bengal an epitome of inclusive development, reasons are not too far to be found.
There was a total absence of synergy between their thought and action. An identical situation is fast emerging in Haryana too where the BJP regime has become over two years old, but is not able to decide its priorities. The corridors of power in Civil Secretariat are always abuzz with talks about those who call the shots in getting transfers and postings done at the top level. Many senior IAS officers are feeling suffocated as their transfer and postings are decided by some whom they cautiously term as ‘non-state players’ by which they certainly refer to the ‘imported’ people, who matter the most in today’s regime.
You have such people in all regimes and only difference lies in kind of role you want them to play in the system. Unfortunately, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who himself seems to be willing to do something great for the state, still needs to fix priorities for his government and ensure that ideological compulsions must not cast their shadow over the governance at any level. It is certainly easier said than done, but in order to make Haryana much more vibrant, he needs to take a call on the kind of governance he wants to give to the people of the state-something which is ideological oriented or something which is result oriented.
Chief Minister Khattar on Saturday addressed a rally in Kurukshetra district where he blamed the previous regimes for allegedly discriminating among different areas of the state in terms of development for their vested political interests. He also spoke about how they used people just as a ‘vote bank’ and had always worked to create rift between different communities on the basis of caste and regionalism. To quote him further, he said: “In the democratic setup, the government is meant for the welfare of all people whether they had exercised their franchise in favour of or against a particular political party.” Chief Minister Khattar is perfectly right. People’s welfare is of paramount importance for any government, but in order to make that to happen, the government needs to work in a systemic manner. Colleges, schools, health set-ups and universities are working against
minimal staff and facilities. These are the facilities which people need the most. Recently, the state government announced that every district will have a new college, while the existing ones are working against all constraints and odds. There is absolutely no harm in being ideologically and
theoretically vocal, but someone who is in the command of constitutional set-up to help out the people needs to take things to their logical conclusion too. There must not be any kind of mismatch between intentions and policies, which are supposed to be the backbone of a democratic set-up. History is dotted with several instances, a chunk of them from India too, where announcements are seen as a potential tool to hoodwink the people. Most of these announcements remain unfulfilled.
It is hilarious to know that all government colleges in Haryana are being made free wi-fi with help of Reliance Jio Wi-Fi campuses. All the Principals of government colleges have been directed to provide suitable space and security for wi-fi and other relevant network equipment. It is a pitiable move where you are promoting the use of mobile phones on the campus, whereas the students should be encouraged to use their free time in reading books in the library. What is the use of wi-fi campus in colleges where most of the students are studying humanities or pure sciences? It is not to discourage the state’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma in pursuing the agenda of wi-fi campuses, but he needs to identify some real priorities to take state’s education to next level. Education infrastructure in Haryana is in a bad shape. Sanctioned positions in colleges and universities have not revised over the years, while the number of students
getting into colleges and universities has gone up manifold. A mechanism needs to be devised so that every teacher spends at least eight hours on campus. Teaching is a very responsible profession, which creates future citizens. From attendance to feedback from students, teachers’ performance should be evaluated and audited annually, which must factor in giving promotion to them. Let Haryana become a role model of quality education in real sense of the term.