Urge for power becomes a kind of lust in no time. If not checked timely, one tends to cross all limits to get power and remain in absolute command of things so long as possible. It becomes a kind of addiction which cannot be treated at any de-addiction centre. And still people love to fall prey to this addiction come what may. Today’s politics facilitates one to end up as a power addict in a short span of time. Politics is no longer a means to serve the people, but to serve personal interests of those who claim to be the custodians of politics. As a result, the task to maintain unity and manage things properly becomes a kind of headache for the person at the helm of affairs.
It is not to suggest that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is faced with this type of situation today, but he is certainly not ‘comfortable’ these days if one goes by certain indications. Since the BJP has formed the government with absolute majority in the 90-member Haryana Vidhan Sabha, every party MLA wants to be empowered in one way or the other, which is fast becoming obvious overtly or covertly. Chief Minister Khattar has exhausted all canons at his disposal to accommodate most of party MLAs by offering them some kind of sops by setting aside his ‘firm commitment’ to give ‘maximum governance through minimum government.’ Today he boasts to have large number of ministers, advisers and chief parliamentary secretaries to help him out in carrying out his governmental responsibilities. Some party MLAs are still left out and they are cribbing for not being allowed to enjoy the flavour of power. It remains to be seen how Chief Minister Khattar is able to satiate their thirst for power.
Unfortunately, none of them seems to be worried about the people’s natural thirst, which can only be taken care of by ensuring that they have easy access to drinking water today and tomorrow as well. Haryana is faced with the serious problem of water, which is only becoming acute day by day. There are 71 ‘over-exploited’ and 15 ‘critical’ blocks in Haryana as per the assessment by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).
Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar told the Assembly during the recently concluded Budget Session, that as many as 3.67 lakh hectares of land in the state are affected by the problem of soil salinity and water-logging. Replying to a Calling Attention motion by the Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhary and Lalit Nagar on ground water issue, on the last day of the Budget Session here, Dhankar said the CGWA, New Delhi has notified 21 blocks to regulate groundwater development in the state. Ground water assessment in the Haryana is done by the Central Ground Water Board, Chandigarh in association with Ground Water Cell, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department, Haryana. The most affected areas fall in districts Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Sonepat, followed by Hisar, Jind, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Palwal.
According to Dhankar, in case the ground water in a village or the city is found non-potable, tubewell is established in nearby village or city where ground water is potable and pumped to affected village or city. If sustainable ground water source is not available in nearby area then alternate source such as canal water supply is introduced. Water supplied for drinking purpose in urban areas of Haryana through canal is 402.91 million litres per day (MLD) and 495.34 MLD from tubewell. Water supplied for drinking purpose in rural areas through canals is 572.05 MLD and 564.13 MLD from tubewells. In rural area the most affected districts namely Hisar, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Mahendragarh and Sonepat are mainly covered through canal water supply. To quench Haryana’s thirst for water, the state needs a comprehensive plan to recharge groundwater level, harvest rain water and total check on the wastage of water.
Last but not the least, every chief minister in the country is faced with the Herculean task of striking a balance between the aspirations of party MLAs in particular and the people in general. Even the prime minister of the country is not an exception. The real beauty of those who are supposed to take care of larger interest of the society should lie in their abilities to rise above petty party and political considerations. This is the only way to cleanse not only the political system but also to get closer to the voters who rarely harvest the benefits of choosing a government of their choice.
It is the middlemen and agents of political parties who usurp all the benefits meant for the common man. Since these forces use different tools along with that of corruption to deal with those who call the shots in corridors of power, every so-called powerful politician falls prey to their trap. Ideological commitments get irrelevant the moment one deviates from the path of serving people irrespective of their caste, colour and creed. These days political exclusion is being used as a tool to scare others by parties which get to power. This trend must stop and people and their problems should become every party’s top priorities.