Haryana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi or NaMo’s two years’ rule at the Centre has seen a remarkable spurt in initiatives aimed at people’s welfare. A number of these schemes are about people’s financial and social empowerment. In the last Union Budget, the Central government laid extra emphasis on the development of rural areas. However, Modi’s predecessor former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s 10-year long regime was equally fruitful in terms of economic consolidation, infrastructure upgradation and maintaining a kind of economic growth against a highly volatile world order.
Still the people of India opted for the regime change in 2014 and Modi became the Prime Minister of the country with the commitment to ensure Sabkaa Saath, Sabkaa Vikas or inclusive development. Though too early to go for any kind of marking on the scale of ten so far as Modi’s performance is concerned, one hopes that the BJP regime is able to achieve something concrete by the time India starts gearing up for the General Elections after two years. The feel good factor is still missing.
India is a huge nation, ridden with various serious socio-economic and political problems, which make the task quite difficult for any government to take benefits of welfare schemes to the people’s door steps in no time. However, Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojna, pension scheme and free LPG connections to the poor among others certainly give the sense of having a government, which is trying to be caring for the poor. So is the case in Haryana, where the BJP formed the first government under the leadership of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
In over a period of one year, Khattar regime has tried to emulate Modi’s mantra of inclusive growth, but does not seem to be getting adequate support from his own people. In the BJP, Modi and Khattar belong to the school of thought which is not devoid of RSS aura but which tries to move on by striking a balance between developmental agenda and the ideological commitments. It was one of the reasons that Modi agreed to allow turncoats to take up ministerial responsibilities in his government, which was replicated by Khattar in Haryana but differently.
Unlike Modi, Khattar has not been able to tighten his grip over the government machinery so far, which was amply reflected not only during Jats’ quota stir, but also after the things were brought under control in the state. First, he allowed himself to be misguided by his own men and by the time he realised the mistake, the damage had been done. Unfortunately, the report of committee headed by retired IPS officer Prakash Singh is being used as a tool to dilute the gravity of mistakes committed collectively by all those responsible for maintaining law and order in the state during quota stir. Bureaucrats should not be singled out to cover up larger mistakes.
It is a common knowledge how the state’s couple of ministers were co-ordinating with the Centre to break the logjam on the one hand and had asked the entire state machinery not to act against rampaging elements on the other. Making some officers scapegoats does not dilute the fact that the accountability for whatever happened during quota stir should also be fixed at the level of Council of Ministers as well, which was monitoring the situation round the clock. Nobody knows how Khattar will be able to wipe the quota stains and refocus himself on the agenda of development.
There is a sudden increase in frequency of transfers in the state. Nobody knows if the state government stays reminded of some of great announcements like opening up a university in each district need to be implemented much before the poll bugle is sounded. The BJP government has talked about smart villages in the state. Earlier regime was talking about Aadarsh Grams or ideal villages. Haryana villages have not yet changed. To make things better, a government needs to focus on ensuring that every penny is spent on the project for which the funds have been allocated.
Chief Minister Khattar takes pride in the fact that tax payers’ money is not being abused in the state ever since the new regime came to power in the state. No doubt there is merit in what he says, but what about the government’s utter failure in putting in place a mechanism to ensure that funds meant for rural projects are effectively utilised and every project is put to rigorous auditing for quality benchmarking.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook