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A peep into Haryana’s hoary past Page 48 November 2009, Vol 23 Issue 10, Rs 15 ‘Commitment to development and social justice’ Phir wahi dil laya hoon
  • A peep intoHaryanashoary past

    Page 48

    November 2009, Vol 23 Issue 10, Rs 15

    Commitment todevelopment andsocial justice

    Phir wahi dil laya hoon

  • PATROn-In-CHIEFBhupinder Singh Hooda

    EDITOR-In-CHIEFDr K K Khandelwal

    CHIEF EDITORShiv Raman Gaur

    COnSULTInG EDITORGobind Thukral


    DEPUTY EDITORRajiv Kapur

    nEWS BUREAU Amanbir Kaur BrarAparna PawarNishant PrabhakarRuchi Sharma

    LAYOUT Sunil Kumar

    ILLUSTRATORGurpreet Singh

    PHOTO SUPPORTRandeep SinghTek Chand AroraGopal Singh Karam Singh Gauri ShankarNeeraj ChopraJasmer Singh

    DIGITAL & IT SUPPORTDharmender Singh

    VOL. 23 ISSUE 10, NOVEMBER 2009

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    E D I T O R I A L


    Second innings for Mr Hooda

    THE elections to the 12th Haryana Assembly wereindeed a serious business. These motivated votersacross the state. So, 72.71 per cent of the 1.31 crorevoters participated with zeal to elect 90 members andtake Haryana on the road to development for the next fiveyears. The results were a surprise for all political partiesstruggling hard to draw the attention of voters and thepublic.

    These presented a contrast to the results of theparliamentary elections held in May 2009. Mostcalculations went haywire. The Congress which hadbagged nine of the 10 Lok Sabha seats with 41.4 per centvotes, could manage only 40 Assembly seats with areduced vote share of 35.07 per cent. The INLD that hadjust nine seats in the previous Assembly, managed 31seats with 25.62 per cent votes. Interestingly, with 26.8 percent votes in 2005, it could win only nine seats. Quirks ofelectoral system indeed! It had drawn a blank in the LokSabha polls. The HJC won six seats. In the previousAssembly, it had no representation and had bagged aparliamentary seat. The BSP could manage only one seat.The BJP claimed four seats, improving upon its earliertally of two. Seven Independents triumphed despiteheavy odds.

    The Congress under the leadership of BhupinderSingh Hooda with the largest number of 40 MLAs andsupport of seven Independents and lone BSP memberwas the legitimate claimant to form the government. TheGovernor did not waste time and Hooda was sworn in asthe 21st Chief Minister. He has proved his majority onthe floor of the House. It is a good omen for Haryana. Itwill provide the much needed political stability and, inturn, keep the wheels of development moving.

    Haryana hopes to move fast on the road to developmentand social justice. In this issue, we recount the elections,examine the results and provide an insight into howthings would work. We offer a feast of promises, policyprogrammes and expectations from the government,particularly from the Chief Minister, who has begun hissecond consecutive term, a rare achievement for a politicalleader in Haryanas quicksands of politics. g



    Democracy: Upswing and the

    reality bites 4Governor welcomes new House 6Hooda back in command with

    his new brigade 8Ruling party gets a shot in the arm 12A man of peace and progress 13Congress back in saddle 14'We lost some battles but won

    the war' (Interview with CM) 16In the service of people 18New Council of Ministers 24The victors and the vanquished

    at the hustings 26A smooth sailing 28Winner at the end 30Sounding board 3212th Haryana Assembly 34At the helm of bureaucracy 39

    Bhai achha ho gaya,sab ne mil ke nayi sarkarbana di.



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    Sector 7-C, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh - 160 019



    Hues of democracy 40


    What life means to art 42


    Cornering glory 44


    Water is precious 46


    A peep into Haryanas hoary past 48


    A hamlet that minted money 50Borlaug fought world hunger for 60 years 51


    Month in review 52


    Valour unlimited 54


    Turning fables into sound practical advice 56





    Gobind Thukral

    THE elections to the 12th HaryanaAssembly threw up a fracturedverdict, much to the surprise ofall political players and poll pundits.The Congress was expecting an easywin for legitimate reasons. It hadperformed particularly well in the Mayparliamentary polls; capturing nineout of the 10 seats. And thegovernment, enjoying a comfortablemajority, had done a good job on most fronts.

    It could rightly boast of bettergovernance and good speed on thedevelopment front. It is number twostate, next only to Goa, in per capitaincome. In industrial and agriculturalproduction, the Congress rulewitnessed exceptional growth. If ChiefMinister Bhupinder Singh Hooda andhis ministerial colleagues claimedHaryana to be in top league, there wasa lot of truth in that. The statewitnessed quality change. It was nohollow claim.

    The Congress may have lost somebattles but has won the war, as theChief Minister observed at his firstinteraction with the media afterassuming office. His logic was that thevote percentage of the INLD had gonedown by nearly one per cent from 26.8in 2005, but it had managed to winmore seats. The elections have oftenthrown up such unusual results. Hesaid this might have been on accountof certain local reasons or thecollective shortcomings of theCongress. The situation is expected tobe analysed and corrective measuresinitiated forthwith. The governmentpromises to take along all sections ofsociety. In fact, there is no time for theChief Minister or the Congress to reston their laurels.

    Another credible argumentadvanced by the Chief Minister aboutnot so good a showing by the Congresswas, Perhaps the collective leadership

    of the state unit could not properlyassist the high command in ticketdistribution and some leaders did notsupport the Congress. He insisted thatthe media might call it internalsabotage but he would say that theseleaders did not support the party. Hesaid there is a mature way ofscrutinising this setback and takingmeasures which the present leaderswere capable of. He promised toanalyse everything and try his best toremove the glitches.


    One measure of the serious attempt toaccelerate growth and build

    infrastructure was Hooda obtainingthe green signal for a nuclear plantwithin a day of assuming office. TheNuclear Power Corporation of Indiahas, in principle, approved theproposed site for a nuclear plant inFatehabad district. The Chief Ministerwas quick to take up other issues andwrote to the Prime Minister and theUnion Agriculture Minister for abonus of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy. Itwas partly accepted.

    On Haryana Day, Hooda launched aproject for developing roads andbuildings, involving Rs 1,600 crore asimmediate expenditure. The amendedand updated code of the Public Works

    DEMOCRACY: Upswingand the reality bites


    Department was implemented thesame day. It will be applicable to allengineering departments of the stategovernment. It will bring aboutefficiency and make working of thesedepartments transparent besidesintroducing better work ethics.Urgency is clearly written on the faceof the new government.

    If the Congress feels not properlyrewarded by over 1.31 crore voters,

    there are reasons for that. The ChiefMinister and other leaders aretouching the broad contours andpromising to provide details after somehard investigations. Nonetheless, with40 seats out of 90, the Congress couldstill be happy as with the help of sevenIndependents and the lone BahujanSamaj Party legislator, it gained therequisite strength. It has formed thegovernment and hopes to run itsmoothly. Hooda is firmly in the saddleand promises to take Haryana furtheron the road to development and socialjustice.

    The electorate, in its wisdom,decided to bring back a badly mauled

    Indian National Lok Dal back to life.Its strength has increased from a merenine to 31 with its leader Om PrakashChautala winning both seats. Unlike inthe previous tenure, Haryana will havea strong opposition, keeping thegovernment on its toes.

    The Congress has emergedvictorious despite a slight decrease inits vote share. It had polled 42.46 percent during the 2005 polls. Its sharenow is 35.07 per cent. The share of theINLD during the previous Assemblyelections was 26.8 per cent when it hadwon nine seats. It now polled 25.67 percent votes and claimed 31 seats. In theparliamentary polls which it contestedas a partner of the BJP, the party got15.68 per cent votes. Its popularity hasneither increased nor decreased exceptmarginally, but it chose theconstituencies in a manner that thedivision among different partieshelped it win more seats.

    The BSP which had garnered15.73 per cent votes in theparliamentary polls and promised tobe a serious player in the politics ofHaryana, could get only 6.73 per centvotes and a single seat. Similarly, theBJP that had polled 12.09 per cent votesin the parliamentary polls where itcontested as a partner of the INLD, got9.04 per cent votes and four seats. Theshare of the HJC was reduced from9.89 per cent in the parliamentary pollsto 7.4 per cent and it bagged six seats.


    Since its creation in November 1966from the composite Punjab, Haryanahas had limited periods of politicalstability. The first two governmentslasted barely a few months each. LateBhagwat Dayal Sharma, the first chiefminister, saw his term end within fivemonths on March 23, 1967. RaoBirender Singh who formed the firstregional party, Haryana Vishal Party,lasted till November 20, 1967. Thecoming of the Congress and theappointment of Bansi Lal as the chiefminister in May 1968 witnessedpolitical stability in the state for thefirst time besides fast-paceddevelopment. He was in office tillDecember 1975.

    For the next two years, the Congresscontinued its rule till April 1977. Theperiod after the Emergency saw therise of the Janata Party under theleadership of Devi Lal. But he lastedbarely two years -- June 21, 1977 to

    June 28, 1979. The Congress under theleadership of Bhajan Lal capturedpower in June 1979 and he lasted forless than two terms till June 1986 andwas replaced by Bansi Lal. Devi Lalthen returned to power under the aegisof the Janata Party and lasted tillDecember 1989. After the birth of theLok Dal, Om Prakash Chautala led thegovernment for a few months(December 1989 to May 1990). In thenext few months, Banarsi Das Guptawas the chief minister, and thenChautala, Hukam Singh and againChautala; all lasting between July 1990and April 1991. This instabilitybrought the Congress back into powerin June 1991 and for the next five years,Bhajan Lal was the chief minister tilla new-born Haryana Vikas Party andBJP under the leadership of Bansi Lalcaptured power, lasting till July 1999.Next was the term of Chautala of theIndian National Lok Dal for two terms,July 1999 to March 2000 and March2000 to March 2005. The Congressreturned to power with a massivemandate in March 2005 and BhupinderSingh Hooda took the command of thestate. The October 2009 elections haveprovided Hooda a second term. It israre in the wobbly chronicles ofpolitics. There were four secureperiods during the leadership of fourchief ministers.


    A remarkable aspect of the Assemblyelections was the enthusiasticparticipation of the public. There wasa record turnout of 72.71 per cent inthe keenly-contested elections.Politicians belonging to national andregional parties leading a high-pitchedcampaign added to the fervour. TheElection Commission and the stateChief Electoral Officer, through a well-chosen method, made a free and fairelections, a reality. It was a hugeexercise executed diligently and in anorderly manner that saw thousandsqueued up early in the morning onOctober 13 to exercise their franchise.The polling staff and security forcessupervised the huge exercise in awell-planned manner. Except for strayincidents, the entire exercise wascompleted in a fair manner and theresults were out on October 22. Thiswas admired by one and all.

    It is a second good beginning for Mr Hooda. g


    "MR Speaker and HonbleMembers, it is my proudprivilege to welcome you tothe first session of the newly-constituted Haryana LegislativeAssembly. I extend good wishes to youall. Kindly accept my heartiestcongratulations on your success in theelections and on becoming members ofthis august house. Credit goes to thepeople of Haryana for theiroverwhelming participation in thedemocratic process in a peacefulmanner. I am confident that you willsuccessfully shoulder theresponsibilities entrusted to you by thepeople and work for the fulfilment oftheir hopes and aspirations.

    My government sought a freshmandate on the strength of itsperformance. By now it is well knownthat the state experiencedunprecedented development on allfronts. To mention just one indicator ofthe progress made by the state, its plansize increased from Rs 2,108 crore in2004-05 to Rs 10,942 crore in 2009-10,which represents an increase of419 per cent.

    The slowdown has affected the paceof development. The pay revision hasput an additional strain on the statesresources. However, despite theseconstraints, my government iscommited to enhancing the pace ofdevelopment. It will be achieved byraising additional resources and betterfiscal management.

    My government will focus oncreating employment opportunities,socio-economic justice and welfare ofweaker sections. The government is alsocommitted to providing transparent andpeople-friendly governance.

    Agriculture and farming communitywill be the primary focus of mygovernment. Accordingly, efforts will bemade to increase the growth rate in thissector. The government will ensuretimely availability of quality inputs andagricultural implements. Specialattention will be paid to the post-harvestmanagement of crops and marketing.

    During the kharif season, Haryanawas severely affected because ofdeficient rainfall. The government

    addressed this unforeseen challenge inan effective manner. It madeextraordinary efforts to maintainadequate power and water supply,especially for paddy transplantation. Asa result, the state is expected to achievea bumper kharif production. The statecooperative banks' loan interest waiverscheme for landless labourers, ruralartisans and petty shopkeepers will belaunched. The scheme will provide forwaiver of principal amount of up toRs 10,000 and interest thereon.

    My government is committed tosecuring Haryanas due share of watersfrom the Ravi and Beas rivers. All-outefforts will be made to expedite thecompletion of the Satluj Yamuna Link

    Governorwelcomes new House

    As the new House metafter the elections,the Governor,Mr Jagannath Pahadia,expressed the confidencethat the newly-electedmembers wouldsuccessfully shoulder theresponsibilities entrustedto them and meet theaspirations of thepeople. Extracts from theGovernor's Address tothe House:


    Canal. Renewed efforts will be made toremove the legal hurdles to commissionthe Hansi Butana Link Canal at theearliest.

    Road infrastructure will remain toppriority of my government. Nearly 6,000kilometres of road-length, mostly rural,is proposed to be widened andstrengthened. More than 1,000kilometres of new road links will beadded to the rural road network. Theongoing efforts in road infrastructureand public buildings will be furtherconsolidated by doubling the presentlevel of investment.

    Power is one of the most criticalinputs for the development of the state.My government intends to supply

    adequate quality power to allconsumers. Three power stations -- oneat Khedar in Hisar and two at Jharli inJhajjar, with a total capacity of 4,020MW -- are being set up. In addition,arrangements for procurement of 2,113MW of power from independentproducers have been finalised.

    I am happy to inform the augustHouse that the Centre has, in principle,approved a nuclear power plant to be setup in Fatehabad district.

    My government is committed toproviding affordable housing to themiddle and lower income groups. Apolicy has been framed under which 15per cent of the dwelling units will beprovided to people belonging to theeconomically weaker sections at the costnot exceeding Rs 4 lakh per unit. Theother 85 per cent units will be sold at thecost not exceeding Rs 16 lakh each.

    Honble Members, education isanother priority of my government.Besides expanding educationalfacilities, the focus will be on improvingthe quality of education at all levels.Computer education will be introducedin all schools. For promoting scienceeducation, a Science Education Missionwill be set up. To streamline andexpedite the recruitment process ofteachers at all levels, my governmentproposes to set up an independentTeachers' Recruitment Board.

    Honble Members, healthcare is oneof the key concerns of the government.A number of innovative measures havebeen taken to strengthen health servicesthrough improved provisioning ofdoctors, drugs, diagnostics andinfrastructure. The state has embarkedupon an ambitious programme ofcreating additional healthinfrastructure at the cost of Rs 1,500crore. Some of the unique initiativesinclude free treatment of poor patients,free medicines to all OPD patients andemergency cases, hassle-free cost-effective surgery package, a rollingsystem to recruit doctors and inductionof specialists.

    The Mahatma Gandhi Gramin BastiYojana is the flagship programme of mygovernment. Under this, residentialplots of 100 sq yards each are beingallotted to SCs, BCs and BPL families.As many as 6.43 lakh families willbenefit from the scheme. Mygovernment is committed to providingadequate piped drinking water in allvillages and towns. It is proposed toaugment the level of drinking water

    supply to 55 litres per capita per day inrural areas. Various schemes are beingimplemented for providing sustainablesafe drinking water facilities in allareas, including Mewat.

    Haryana has emerged as a preferreddestination for industry. Thegovernment will promote industrialgrowth in non-NCR region bydeveloping industrial infrastructure forbalanced regional development. Thegovernment will frame a suitablescheme of incentives. Systemic reformswill be made with regard to obtainingapproval from the departmentsconcerned.

    My government proposes to takesteps to further improve the HaryanaRoadways. The bus fleet will beincreased from the present 3,200 to 4,000by the end of the current fiscal. Womenempowerment is a major area ofconcern for my government. Skilldevelopment and training centres willbe started to promote self-employmentamong women. Full fee concession willbe given to women studying ingovernment polytechnics and ITIs.

    My government will strive to evolvean effective multi-dimensional strategyto promote socio-economic developmentof the Scheduled Castes and BackwardClasses. A new scheme, Anusuchit JatiUch Shiksha Protsahan Yojana, hasbeen initiated to provide scholarships to6,000 girls. Law and order will receivespecial attention of my government.The police force in the state will bestrengthened by recruiting morepersonnel, improving training facilitiesand using information andcommunication technologies.

    A people-friendly administration isthe hallmark of good governance. Mygovernment re-affirms its commitmentto further improving the deliverymechanism at the cutting edge level.The redressal of public grievances willbe made more effective by using moderntechnology.

    Honble Members, Haryana is one ofthe fastest growing economies in thecountry. Obviously, it raisesexpectations. My government is awareof the challenge and will continue totake necessary measures to add furtherimpetus to the pace of development. Atthe same time, the government willensure an inclusive growth for allsections of society. I have no doubt thatthe august House will provide thenecessary guidance in achieving thisobjective." g

  • Nine ministers make itto the Hooda team -six Cabinet ministersand three Ministers ofState. Of these, fourare Independents -one a Cabinetminister and threeMinisters of State.Nine legislators werealso administered theoath of office asChief ParliamentarySecretaries. Theyinclude threeIndependents.

    Amanbir Kaur Brar

    AFTER the results of theAssembly elections weredeclared, Bhupinder SinghHooda was sworn in as ChiefMinister on October 25. Cheeringcrowds greeted Hooda as he took theoath for the second term at theHaryana Raj Bhawan. Hoodasmother Hardai Devi and wife AshaHooda also attended the ceremony.

    Nine ministers were administeredthe oath, of which six are of Cabinetrank and three Ministers of State.

    Among the six Cabinet ministers,there are only two old faces -- CaptAjay Singh Yadav and Randeep SinghSurjewala. Mahender Partap Singh,Om Prakash Jain, Paramvir Singhand Geeta Bhukkal are the newCabinet ministers. Four Cabinetberths have been left vacant.

    There are three Ministers of State.All three are Independents. GopalKanda from Sirsa, Shiv Charan fromFaridabad NIT and Sukhbir Katariafrom Gurgaon are all first-timeMLAs. No one has been givenindependent charge and they are


    Hooda back incommand withhis new brigade

  • attached with various ministers.Some of the heavyweights in the

    Congress have not found place in theCouncil of Ministers. These includeformer speaker Raghuvir SinghKadian, former Ministers of StateKiran Chaudhary and Savitri Jindal,and Sampat Singh, who recentlyswitched sides from the INLD to the Congress.

    The defeat of prominent Congresscandidates has resulted in many newfaces becoming ministers. Theheavyweights who lost the electionsinclude former finance ministerBirender Singh, former educationminister Mange Ram Gupta, formerindustries minister Lachman DasArora, former urban local bodiesminister A C Choudhry and HPCCchief Phool Chand Mullana.


    After a long wait, the ministers wereadministered the oath at the HaryanaRaj Bhawan on November 7. CaptAjay Singh Yadav, a sixth-time MLA,was the first to take oath. He hasbeen given the portfolios of Finance,Planning, Institutional Finance andCredit Control, Irrigation, Forests

    and Environment.Randeep Singh Surjewala will

    take care of Water Supply andSanitation, Parliamentary Affairs,Electronics and InformationTechnology, Science and Technologyand Public Works Department(Building and Roads).

    Mahender Partap Singh will holdthe portfolios of Power, RenewableEnergy, Labour and Employment,

    Food and Supplies, Urban LocalBodies and Industries andCommerce.

    Om Prakash Jain from PanipatRural, the only Independent tobecome a Cabinet minister, will holdthe portfolios of Transport, Tourism,Civil Aviation and Hospitality.

    Paramvir Singh from Tohana hasbeen given the portfolios ofAgriculture, Animal Husbandry,Dairying, Fisheries and Cooperation.

    Geeta Bhukkal has been given theportfolios of Education andLanguages, Social Justice andEmpowerment, Women and ChildDevelopment, Welfare of ScheduledCastes and Backward Classes,Health, and Printing and Stationery.


    Among the Ministers of State, ShivCharan will hold the portfolios ofRevenue and Disaster Management(attached with the Chief Minister),Consolidation and Rehabilitation.Gopal Kanda has been given theportfolios of Home, Sports and YouthAffairs (attached with the ChiefMinister), and Industries andCommerce (attached with theIndustries Minister). SukhbirKataria will hold the portfolios ofAgriculture and Cooperation forwhich he will be attached with theAgriculture and CooperationMinisters.


    Nine legislators have been appointedChief Parliamentary Secretaries. Ofthem, three are Independents --Prahlad Singh Gillan Khera, JalebKhan and Sultan Singh. The ChiefMinister administered the oath tothe newly-appointed ChiefParliamentary Secretaries at theHaryana Niwas.

    The Chief ParliamentarySecretaries have been attached withvarious ministers. Anita Yadav willassist the ministers holding theportfolios of Food and Supplies, andWomen and Child Development.

    Dan Singh will assist theEducation and Excise and TaxationMinisters.

    Dharambir Singh will assistAgriculture, Development andPanchayats Ministers and Jai VeerValmiki will assist the Social WelfareMinister. Jaleb Khan will assist the


    Harmohinder Singh Chatha hasbeen appointed Speaker

    of the House

    The Council of Ministers



    Finance, Irrigation,Forests,


    InstitutionalFinance and Credit



    Supply andSanitation,

    ParliamentaryAffairs, Electronicsand Information

    Technology,Science and

    Technology, andPWD (B&R)


    Commerce, Power,Labour and

    Employment,Urban Local

    Bodies, Food andSupplies, and

    Renewable Energy

    OM PRAKASH JAIN:Transport,

    Tourism, CivilAviation

    and Hospitality

    PARAMVIR SINGH:Agriculture,

    Cooperation,Animal Husbandry,

    Dairying andFisheries

    GEETA BHUKKAL:Education &

    Languages, Health,Social Justice &Empowerment,Women & ChildDevelopment,

    Welfare of SCs &Backward Classes,

    and Printing &Stationery.



    Revenue and Disaster Managementand Employment Ministers.Similarly, Prahlad Singh GillanKhera has been attached with thePWD Minister. Ram Kishan Fauji hasbeen attached with the ministerswith the portfolios of Health,Medical Education, Administrationof Justice and Hospitality.

    Sharda Rathore will assist theministers with the portfolios ofTechnical Education, PublicRelations and Cultural Affairs andUrban Local Bodies. Similarly, SultanSingh will be attached withIrrigation and Transport Ministers.


    Congress president Sonia Gandhi hasconstituted a seven-memberco-ordination committee under AICCgeneral secretary in-charge of the

    state Prithviraj Chavan to have akeen look at the functioning of thegovernment. Former Financeminister Birender Singh is itsco-chairman. The other membersinclude state unit president PhoolChand Mullana, Union TourismMinister Kumari Selja, MP RamPrakash and Finance Minister CaptAjay Singh Yadav.

    The committee will direct thegovernment so that it keeps thepromises made in the partymanifesto, says Birender Singh.While the constitution of thecommittee at an early stage has comeas a surprise, the leaders say it is anattempt to ensure that thegovernment does not commit a fauxpas which may cost the party dear.The committee will also act as abridge between the government and the party. g


    Revenue andDisasterManagement,ConsolidationandRehabilitation




    Home,Industries andCommerce,Sports andYouth Affairs


    The state government hasappointed Prof Virender

    as political advisor to theChief Minister. Earlier

    also, he held the samepost. Sunder Pal has been

    appointed as mediaadvisor to Hooda.Dhramvir, the former

    chief secretary, has beenappointed as the StateElection Commissioner.

    The Chief Parliamentary Secretaries with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda


    Haryana Review Bureau

    THE Congress-led government inHaryana is now secure. FiveMLAs from the Haryana JanhitCongress have formally merged withthe Congress. Only Kuldeep Bishnoi isleft in the HJC. With the sevenIndependents and the lone BSP MLAsupporting the Congress, it has thesupport of 53 members in a House of 89.

    The six-member HJC recently split,with four of its MLAs constitutingtwo-third strength of the party,joining the Congress.

    The four HJC MLAs -- Rao NarenderSingh (Narnaul), Zile Ram Chochra(Assandh), Satpal Sangwan (Dadri) andVinod Bhayana (Hansi) -- said they hadlegally split and merged with theCongress as they constituted two-

    thirds of the HJC Legislature Partystrength in the process escaping theanti-defection law. Fifth MLA DharamSingh Chhokkar from Samalkha alsojoined the Congress.

    The HJC is now left with just oneMLA Kuldeep Bishnoi, Adampurlegislator and the younger son offormer chief minister Bhajan Lal.

    The four MLAs appeared beforeSpeaker Harmohinder Singh Chatha torequest him to approve their mergerwith the Congress. Their request wasexpeditiously granted. In his one-pageorder, Chatha said that afterconfirming that the HJC MLAs haddecided to merge with the Congress oftheir free will, as well as receivingconfirmation from Leader of theCongress Legislature Party BhupinderSingh Hooda, and Haryana Congresspresident Phool Chand Mullana, that

    the party had accepted the proposal, hewas allowing the merger. Chatha saidhe was satisfied that the merger was inkeeping with the provisions of theanti-defection law.

    Another HJC MLA, Dharam Singh,Chhokkar from Samalkha, sent a fax tothe Speaker, stating that he, too,endorsed the decision of his fourcolleagues to merge with the Congress.He is believed to have written that hecould not attend the meeting of theHJC Legislature Party held inChandigarh earlier in the day, but heendorsed the decision of hiscolleagues.

    Hence, the Speaker should alsoapprove his merger with the Congress.The Speaker called Chhokkar toappear before him to ascertain if hehad sent the fax and it was of his own volition. g

    Five HJC members merge with the Congress

    Ruling party gets a shotin the arm


    Haryana Review Bureau

    IT was no hurried business for MrBhupinder Singh Hooda who tookoath of office amidst anenthusiastic crowd of supporters atthe Haryana Raj Bhawan on October25. He began his second consecutiveterm as the Chief Minister in a quietand serene manner. The Governor,Mr Jagannath Pahadia, whoadministered him the oath of officeadmired the confidence of the ChiefMinister who was yet to prove hismajority. Mr Hooda symbolisesgentlemanliness in an otherwisemurky atmosphere of politics. He iscandid in his approach towardspolitical and social issues.Gentlemanliness sans vindictivenessmarks out the man who loves playingtennis and rearing good-breed cows.

    His first term had begun in March 2005.

    Mr Hooda comes from anillustrious family of freedomfighters. His grandfather ChaudhryMatu Ram, uncle Dr Ramji Lal andfather Chaudhry Ranbir Singh madehuge contributions to the freedommovement and social reforms.Ranbir Singh had been in theforefront of the freedom movement.He was a member of the ConstituentAssembly, minister in Punjab andmember of the Lok Sabha.

    Mr Hooda was born on September15, 1947 at Sanghi village in Rohtak.He had his education at Balachadi inGujarat, Kunjpura in Karnal, Delhiand Chandigarh and did his BA, LLB.

    A scion of Haryana's leadingpolitical family, Mr Hooda waselected to the Lok Sabha four times:in 1991, 1996, 1998 and 2004. He was

    elected to the stateAssembly in 2000 from theKiloi constituency. Hereturned from the sameconstituency in the bye-electionwith a record margin of 1.04lakh votes in 2005. The margin isunprecedented for any chiefminister in the state. Again in 2009,he was elected from the GarhiSampla - Kiloi Assemblyconstituency by a margin of 72,100votes, the highest by any candidatein the recent Assembly elections.

    An agriculturist and advocate byprofession, he takes keen interest inpolitics and has been serving themasses in various capacities. He waspresident, Block CongressCommittee, Kiloi, from 1972 to 1977;senior vice-president, HaryanaPradesh Youth Congress, from 1980 to1982; president, Haryana PradeshYouth Congress, from 1982 to 1983;and chairman, Panchayat Samiti,Rohtak, from 1983 to 1987. He is aseasoned politician and waspresident of the HPCC from 1996 to2001. He was the Leader of theOpposition in the Haryana Assemblyfrom 2001 to 2004.

    Mr Hooda was convenor of theHaryana Congress ParliamentaryGroup in Parliament from 1994 to1996 and Member Executive,Congress Parliamentary Party, from1994 to 1999. He has been member ofthe AICC since 1992; secretary,Parliamentary Farmers' Forum,since 1995; and president, All IndiaYoung Farmers' Association,Haryana. He was also secretary, JatEducation Society, Rohtak; andmember, Managing Committee, DAVEducational Institute, Hassangarh,Haryana.

    Mr Hooda has also served asdirector, New Bank of India, 1989-92, and working president of the AllIndia Freedom Fighters SuccessorsOrganisation and the NationalFederation of Railway Porters,Vendors and Bearers.

    Mr Hooda attended the WorldYouth Festival in Moscow in 1986,World Parliamentary Conference inChina, International Conference inRussia as a delegate of AICC and theOISCA International Conference inJapan and South Korea. He has alsovisited Hong Kong, UAE and Russia.

    He takes keen interest inrendering social service in ruralareas. Reading and sports are hisfavourite pastimes. He is acolour-holder in tennis; cricket,badminton and tennis being hisfavourite sports.

    Mr Hooda believes that thereshould be no difference betweenprecepts and practice. He showsindefatigable energy, putting in 16hours a day and looking in detail ateach issue and finding solutions. Hisprevious tenure has been termed as ajourney through peace anddevelopment. g

    Profile: Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryanas 21st Chief Minister

    A man of peace and progress


    Aparna Pawar

    THE endless wait is over as theelection results are out inHaryana. Haryanvis aregenerally restless and itch forchange. The excitement to knowabout the results was writ large onpeoples faces on the day of counting.Everyone was tuned to the televisionsets and radios.

    The Congress is back in power. Inthe fight for 90 seats in the Assembly,the Congress got 40 seats, followed bythe Indian National Lok Dal's 31. Thenewly-formed Haryana JanhitCongress secured six seats, the BJP

    four and the BSP and ShiromaniAkali Dal one each. SevenIndependents also emergedvictorious and they have played avital role in the formation of the government.

    After the parliamentary electionsin which the Congress had won nineout of 10 seats, the Congress had highexpectations. And it went in for anearly poll. But the results were belowexpectations. The vote share of theCongress is less as compared to theLok Sabha elections. This time theCongress vote share was 35.07 percent as compared to 41.4 per cent inthe parliamentary elections. On the

    other hand, in the Lok Sabhaelections, the INLDs vote share wasonly 15.68 per cent, but this time itsgraph has risen to 25.62 per cent. Yetit was less than the 2005 vote sharewhen the party got just nine seats.

    The results of the 12th Assemblyelections show the neck and neckfight between the Congress and INLD.This time, the INLD has come upwell. Both parties have given eachother a tough fight in manyconstituencies.


    The promises made by the politicalparties during the campaign madepeople sit up and debate. Whereas theCongress laid stress on overalldevelopment, the INLD candidatesraised questions aboutmismanagement. Rising prices, lawand order situation, power, water andmany other issues were raised by theopposition to give a tough fight to theruling party.

    People have actively participated

    CONGRESSback in saddleBy securing 40 seats, the Congress emergedas the single largest party


    in the polls to get a governmentwhich can fulfil their aspirations.The total polling percentage in theAssembly elections went up to 72.71per cent, which was 71.96 per cent inthe 2005 elections and 69.01 per centin the 2000 elections. This shows thelevel of enthusiasm among the publicand competition among the parties.


    The Congress registered an emphaticvictory in a few constituencies. ChiefMinister Bhupinder Singh Hoodadefeated INLD candidate SatishKumar in Garhi Sampla Kiloi by72,100 votes; Kiran Chaudharydefeated Gajraj Singh of the INLD inTosham by 46,107 votes; and VenodSharma defeated Charanjeet Kaur ofthe Shiromani Akali Dal in AmbalaCity by 35,550 votes. In Kalanaur,Congress candidate Shakuntalaprevailed over Naga Ram of the INLDby 27,860 votes and in Jhajjar, Geetabeat Kanta Devi by 27,783 votes. InBaroda and Kharkhauda, Rameshwar

    Dayal and Jai Veer defeated INLDcandidates Kapoor Singh Narwal andRaju by 25,343 and 25,284 votes,respectively. In Ballabhgarh andKaithal, the Congress candidatesdefeated the BJP and INLDcandidates by 23,844 and 22,502 votes,respectively.

    On the other hand, in UchanaKalan and Badhra, the INLD gave atough fight to the Congress. InUchana Kalan, Om Prakash Chautalaof the INLD defeated Birender Singhof the Congress by mere 621 votes,whereas in Badhra, Raghbir Singh ofthe INLD defeated Ranbir SinghMahendra of the Congress by 709votes. In constituencies like Pataudi,Bawal, Kalka and Narwana, the INLDwon with a comfortable margin.


    The Haryanvis have given a chance tomany new faces this time as out of 90members, 50 per cent are first-timers.Among the 40 winning candidates ofthe Congress, 12 are first-timers.They include Anand Kaushik fromFaridabad, Ram Niwas Ghorela fromBarwala, Shakuntala from Kalanaur,B B Batra from Rohtak, RaghubirTewatia from Prithla, Jai TirathDahiya from Rai, Anil Dhantori fromShahabad Markanda and NareshSelwal from Uklana.

    In its flock of 31 members, theINLD has 21 first-timers. Theyinclude Naseem Ahmed fromFerozepur Jhirka, NarenderSangwan from Gharaunda, HariChand Midha from Jind and DilbaghSingh from Yamunanagar.

    Of the seven successfulIndependents, six are first-timers.They are Shiv Charan fromFaridabad NIT, Prahlad SinghGillan Khera fromFatehabad, SukhbirKataria from Gurgaon,Sultan Singh Ror fromPundri, Gopal Kandafrom Sirsa and JalebKhan from Hathin.

    The BJPs first-timewinners are GhanshyamSaraf from Bhiwani andKavita Jain from Sonepat.The Haryana JanhitCongress has three newmembers. The SAD hasopened its account withCharanjeet Singh fromKalanwali.


    Haryana has witnessed many politicalupheavals. Since 1966 when Haryanacame into being, many parties haveruled and gone out of power. The firstelections in the state were held in 1967.At that time, the Congress won theelections from 48 constituencies out of81. But in November 1967, President'sRule was imposed in the state. In 1968,the elections were held again and theCongress came into power. From 1967to 1977, Haryana was administrated bythe Congress-led governments. In the1977 elections, the Assembly seatswere increased to 90. Then, the JanataParty won 75 seats and formed thegovernment. It was a great victory forthe Janata Party and the worst yearfor the Congress as it secured onlythree seats. In 1982, the Congressagain came into power. Since the 1987elections when the Lok Dal won 60seats and had an alliance with otherparties, the state has witnessed manychanges.

    In the 1991 elections, there was aflood of political parties. Earlier, thecompetition was among the nationalparties and a few state parties. In 1991,

    many regional partiesentered the fray. TheCongress won 51 seatsand formed thegovernment. In the 1996elections, the HaryanaVikas Party had analliance with the BJP toform government. In2000, the INLD emergedvictorious in 47constituencies andformed the government.In the 2005 elections, theCongress secured 67seats and took reins ofthe government. g

    Party 2000 2005 2009Indian National Congress 21 67 40Indian National Lok Dal 47 9 31Bharatiya Janata Party 6 2 4Bahujan Samaj Party 1 1 1Nationalist Congress Party 1 1 -Haryana Janhit Party - - 6Haryana Vikas Party 2 - -Republican Party of India 1 - -Shiromani Akali Dal - - 1Others 11 10 7Total 90 90 90

    Year Poll percentage

    1967 72.651968 57.261972 70.461977 64.461982 69.871987 71.241991 65.861996 70.542000 69.012005 71.962009 72.71


    We lost some battles, but won the war


    AS Chief MinisterBhupinder SinghHooda starts hissecond term, he hasvarious issues to addressbesides taking the statefurther on the road todevelopment and socialjustice. Having formedthe government with thesupport of Independents,he has a toughopposition to contendwith. The Chief Ministeris confident ofcompleting his termand honouring hiscommitments. Herecently spoke to Rajiv Kapur.

    A ruling party has returnedto power only for the secondtime in Haryana. What areyour views on it?

    We thank the people for reposingfaith in the Congress and givingtheir mandate in favour of peace,development and welfare policies ofour party, which our government hadbeen pursuing for the last four-and-a-half years.

    I am grateful to Congresspresident Sonia Gandhi for showingconfidence in my leadership. I assureyou that with good governance andby accelerating the pace ofdevelopment, I will meet theexpectations of people.

    Though the number of seats wehave won is not according to ourexpectations, it is a historic victory.After the 1972 elections whicheverruling party went to the polls, itreceived a drubbing and its numberwas never more than 10. In thiselection, we are the single largestparty with 40 seats. The polling

    registered an all-time high, breakingthe previous record of 1967.

    What will be your thrustareas?

    During my last tenure, we hadinherited an administration in whichthere had been total lawlessness andchaos and we had to work withutmost sincerity and dedication toput development activities back ontrack. During this term, the pace ofdevelopment will be furtheraccelerated.

    The priorities of my governmentwill be to make Haryana aneducational hub, create moreavenues of employment byaccelerating industrialisation, andensure an increase in agriculturalproduction, adequate health facilitiesand social justice to people. As in theprevious term, we will ensureuniform development of the state.

    What is your vision for thenext five years?

    We will continue to follow thedictum of making Haryana a leadingstate in every field. From theHaryana Day, we have initiated amassive programme of constructionand upgradation of roads andbuildings, for which a provision ofRs 1,600 crore has been made forimmediate expenditure. Theprogramme will not only change thefacet of rural areas, but also createample employment opportunities.The damged roads will be repaired.

    On the power front, we willfurther accelerate work on powerprojects so that Haryana can becomepower surplus. The state governmenthas got, in principle, approval fromthe Centre for setting up the firstnuclear power project at Kumhariavillage in Fatehabad district. Theacquisition of land and pre-projectactivities will commence soon andthe Haryana Power GenerationCorporation Limited has beendesignated as the nodal agency forthe project.

    How has the voter reactedthis time?

    The people have given us mandateand have supported our policies ofpeace and development. We won the

    war but lost some battles because ofour shortcomings, which includeinfighting in the party and faultydistribution of tickets. Some peoplein the party let us down for their ownexistence. We will analyse everythingand try our best to remove theglitches. We thank the people onceagain for reposing faith in theprogrammes and policies of theCongress.

    Will a strong opposition be athreat to government?

    A strong opposition is an asset in ademocracy and it is good that wehave a strong opposition this time. Ihope the opposition parties will playa constructive role in speedydevelopment of the state.

    The INLD vote share has gonedown by one per cent. In the lastelection, the INLD had got 26.8 percent votes and only nine seats, butthis time, they have got 25.6 per centvotes but have won 31 seats.

    What will be the priorities ofyour government?

    Our priorities will be to ensurecompletion of the ongoing powerprojects, which will add 5,000 MW tothe state kitty and make it powersurplus. My government hadinherited the problem of shortage ofpower when we assumed office in2005. At that time, the powergeneration in the state was 1,587 MW.

    When we took over, only one powerproject had been set up in the state in40 years. In the last four-and-a-halfyears, we have initiated work on fourpower projects. The 600 MW ChhotuRam Thermal Plant, Yamunanagar,has started production and another600 MW unit is coming up there.

    The other power projects being setup include the Rajiv Gandhi ThermalPower Project, Khedar, Hisar, whosefirst unit will start production inDecember 2009 and the second will becompleted by March 2010.

    The first two units of the IndiraGandhi Super Thermal PowerProject, Jhajjar, will be completed by2010 and the third by 2011. Similarly,the first and second units of the 1,320MW Mahatma Gandhi ThermalPower Project, Jhajjar, will startproduction by 2011 and 2012,respectively. g


    Amanbir Kaur Brar

    THE Congress government withBhupinder Singh Hooda as theChief Minister, is back inHaryana to take the state into a newdawn of progress. In its second term,the government is committed toserving the people of the state in thebest possible way. In its previousterm, Haryana touched new heights ofgrowth in different spheres --agriculture, power, irrigation,education, health, rural and urbandevelopment, social welfare andwomen and child development. Thistime also, the government iscommitted to developing all sectorsand will work to reduce the gapbetween the rich and the poor. Theneeds of the common man will be itstop priority. The Congressgovernment is committed to having aseparate high court for Haryana.Keeping the sentiments of the Sikhsin mind, a separate SGPC would beconstituted for the management ofgurdwaras in the state after gettinglegal advice. The government is alsocommitted to providing transparentand people-friendly governance.


    Agriculture, the backbone ofHaryanas economy, contributes 26.4per cent to the states GDP and 70 percent of the population depends on it.Agriculture remains the prime factorin the state's growth rate. Farmershappiness determines the economichealth of the state. The governmentreiterates its commitment to thewelfare of the farming community.The government has already writtento the Union Agriculture Minister toincrease the MSP of paddy by Rs 100in view of the increased cost of paddycultivation following drought. Thegovernment is committed toincreasing the agricultural growthrate from 2 to 4 per cent in the comingfive years. Farmers will be given 50per cent subsidy on the purchase ofspecified farm machinery. With a viewto conserving water, farmers will bepaid 50 to 90 per cent subsidy on theuse of fountain, drip irrigation andlaying underground pipes. Toencourage the farmers to growsugarcane, Rs 2,000 subsidy will begiven on the purchase of sugarcaneseeds per acre, and, if needed,harvesting machines would be

    In the serviceof people Programmes and policies of the new govt

    RALLYING SUPPORT:Prime MinisterManmohan Singh andChief MinisterBhupinder Singh Hoodaat a rally


    imported to facilitate mechanicalcutting of sugarcane.

    The work on the Rs 350-croreNational Institute of Food Technologyand Management at Kundli will becompleted in a time-bound manner.All progressive farmers will betrained to open small food processingunits to add value to their produce.Food parks will come up at districtheadquarters on the lines of the two

    made operational at Saha andSonepat. The range of crop insurancewill also be widened to cover morecrops by taking village as a unit.Organic farming will be encouragedas it fetches more money to thefarmers.


    The Congress government willpromote and develop horticulture asits topmost priority to enhance thefarmers income and generateemployment. Israelis are the leadersin horticulture and a tie-up will beforged with them to learn newtechniques of growing vegetables andfruits. A centre for experimentation infruits will be opened at Sirsa, and onefor vegetables at Karnal. The aridareas of Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Jhajjarand Mahendragarh will be broughtunder horticulture. Its planned toconstruct about 4,000 ponds and fillthem with water as drip irrigation iscatching up fast. The Rs 1,500-croreterminal market will be established atGhanaur. It will include coolchambers, chambers to ripen fruits,and for categorisation, screening andcanning of vegetables to protect themfrom getting stale. The terminal willbe connected with 100 sub-centres tomake the project a success. Besides, 50per cent subsidy will be given onhybrid seeds of vegetables, andmarketing fee on vegetables will bereduced. Plant clinics will come up inall districts; growing of herbal plantswill be encouraged and a time-boundscheme will be started to give tubewellconnections for horticulture purposes.In the next five years, the land massunder horticulture will be doubledand subsidy will be given to farmersin the gestation period.


    In Haryana, the per capita availabilityof milk is the highest in the country.Milk production will be doubled in thenext 10 years. The government willexpand dairy business in rural areasto provide employment opportunities.With a view to giving a boost toanimal husbandry, an independentAnimal Medical and Animal ScienceUniversity will be set up to boostquality animal production, education,research and training. The Murrahcattle breed will be further developedand people will be encouraged to formanimal husbandry societies. The

    facility of artificial insemination willbe provided in every village. Theeducated unemployed will be trainedfor the purpose and about 7,000 ofthem will be employed. Dispensaries,hospitals and clinics will come upthroughout the state to protect thehealth of milch animals. Gaushalaswith 2,000 cows will have a dispensaryand those with 3,000 animals will havea hospital.


    On the lines of the Central loanwaiver scheme, the state cooperativebanks will launch a loan and interestwaiver scheme for the non-farmerloanees, including the landless,craftsmen, jewellers, shoemakers,artisans, weavers, small shopkeepers,barbers and blacksmiths. Under thescheme, up to a loan of Rs 10,000, thetotal loan and interest would bewaived on the condition that theloanee must have cleared the amountover and above Rs 10,000. The schemewill benefit about 3.6 lakh non-farmerloanees. A total of Rs 285 crore inprincipal amount and interest of Rs115 crore will be waived under thescheme. A medical insurance cover ofup to Rs 1 lakh will be extended tocooperative societies, comprisingfarming communities and labourunion societies, so that they can bearthe burden of hospitalisation. Loansto non-farmer professionals will beincreased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000and reservation would be made forwomen in the membership andmanagement of cooperative societies.With the reorganisation of PrimaryAgricultural Cooperative Samitis, theloan amount is being disbursed atloanees doorstep. The Congress iscommitted to further helping thefarmer by revolutionising the farmcredit system.


    With a view to ensuring food security,the UPA government has announced anew policy. Under this, all BPLfamilies will be given 25 kilograms ofwheat and rice at Rs 3 per kilogramevery month. To benefit the generalpublic, the Public Distribution Systemwill be beefed up. The PublicDistribution System (Licence andControl) Ordinance-2009 will beimplemented. To give relief to theconsumers, the State Consumer


    Grievance Redressal Authority will setup more benches to deal with thecrowded situation. At the BPL rationshops, pulses and edible oils will also beprovided. Pulses will be sold at Rs 25per kilogram. All ration card holderswill be provided with new e-rationcards, and a new food coupon pilotscheme will be started.


    The Congress will make every effort toget the stay on linking the BhakraMainline Hansi-Butana Link Canalwith the BML Canal, vacated. Keepingthe interests of Haryana in view, thegovernment will enter into a newRenuka Dam Waters agreement. Thesecond phase of the Dadupur-NalwiIrrigation Project will be completed byJune 2010. The construction of the NCRwater supply channel worth Rs 322crore will be completed by March 2010to meet the demand for additionalwater in Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh,Sampla, Badli and Manesar. About 40per cent work on the construction ofthe Kaushalaya Dam has beencompleted. The remaining work will becompleted by June 2010. The work onmud clearance from Ottu Lake will befinished by December 2010 at the cost ofRs 69.68 crore. It will have the capacityto store 12,908 acre feet water and willirrigate 17,500 acres of additional land.The work to increase the capacity ofthe Western Yamuna Canal to 20,000cusecs will be completed soon. With aview to making water body on theMansi dam, the Lal Bahadur ShastriRecharge Channel will be built. For thereconstruction and increasing thecapacity of Bhindawas Lake, a sum ofRs 46.98 crore will be spent and it willbe completed by March 2011. In the nextfive years, 6,363 water courses will berepaired. Panchayats and water userswill be involved in the maintenance andrepair of water courses. A sum ofRs 100 crore will be spent on themaintenance and repair of 1,000 pondsin villages under the joint scheme ofthe Irrigation Department and CADA.A barrage will come up on the Yamunain Palwal district to meet the needs ofdrinking water and irrigation in Mewatand Palwal regions.


    The government wants to makeHaryana power surplus by 2012.Haryana will start getting power fromone new power plant every year in the

    next five years. The governmenttargets the production of additional5,000 MW for which it has set up fourplants. While generation from a powerplant has started, the other three willbe commissioned on time. Already,power is being generated at the ChhotuRam Thermal Plant at Yamunanagar.Another 600 MW unit is coming up atYamunanagar and a 1,320 MW gaspower plant at Faridabad. The firstunit of the Rajiv Gandhi ThermalPower Plant, Khedar, will be completedby December 2009 and the second byMarch 2010. Together, these willproduce 1,200 MW power. The first twounits of the Indira Gandhi SuperThermal Power Plant, Jhajjar, will becompleted by 2010, and the third willbe ready by January 2011. The plantwill produce 1,500 MW power.Similarly, the first and second units ofthe Mahatma Gandhi Super ThermalPlant, Jhajjar, will start producing1,320 MW by 2011 and 2012, respectively.As much as 1,400 MW of additional

    power will be available from privatepower plants in Gujarat and Orissa by2011. Haryana's participation in settingup power plants by the Centre and theneighbouring states will be increasedand long-term agreements executed.The Congress government promises togive its rural and urban consumers 20to 22 hours of power supply a day inthe next five years. It also reiterates itscommitment to give eight-hour powersupply to the farming sector forrunning tubewells. To reform thepower distribution system, oldelectricity cables, poles andtransformers will be replaced in thecoming five years. A sum of Rs 40,000crore has been allocated for powergeneration, distribution andtransmission during the 12th Five YearPlan. The Apna Transformer Yojana,which has been introduced in Rohtakand Kaithal, will be extended to otherparts of the state. Haryana's firstnuclear power plant will come up atKumharia in Fatehabad district.

    The Chief Minister makes a point


    EDUCATION For improving the current educationsystem, stress on quality will be thefoundation of the government'seducation policy. All schools will havelibraries. Students will get freeworkbooks and geometry boxes. Allprimary schools with more than 250students will be made middle. To trainteachers, a state-level teacher trainingcentre will come up at Kurukshetra.Free Braille books will be given to theblind. There is a plan to set up TeachersSelection Board and Higher EducationParishad. The government iscommitted to providing substantialfinancial assistance to Gurukuls in thestate. The second language status toPunjabi will be defined to make clearthe objectives for which it has beengiven. To bring about quality ineducation, diploma and postgraduationcourses will be started in universitieson the Montessori pattern. Computereducation will be made compulsoryfrom Class VI in all government

    schools. Twenty-five per cent seats inRajiv Gandhi Education City will bereserved for the Haryana students. Witha view to giving boost to scienceeducation among the youth, a ScienceEducation Mission will be launched.Research will be promoted in the fieldof science and technology.


    With the help of technologicalinstitutes, full fee concession will begiven to Backward Classes A,Scheduled Castes, women andeconomically weaker and disabledstudents. The Indian Institute ofManagement, Indian Institute ofInformation Technology, State Instituteof Fashion and Design, State Instituteof Film and Television, State Instituteof Fine Arts and State Institute ofProfessional Studies will come up atvarious places in the state. All technicalinstitutes will be developed on modernlines and six new state technologyinstitutes will be opened. Two multi-technology institutes will be opened inMewat, where 50 per cent seats will bereserved for the students of the region.


    In the coming years, the governmentwill open 1,500 skill developmentcentres. Under the Skill DevelopmentMission, one lakh youths, includingunemployed village workers, artisansand unskilled craftsmen, will betrained. Under the skill developmentscheme, school dropouts and labourersof the unorganised sector will betrained at 400 training centres bylaunching short-term modular courses.In the next five years, about five lakhpeople will be trained, and 50technology training institutes in theprivate sector established, which will beattached with areas where no suchtraining is available. Also, 30technology training institutes will beopened and the number of seats willalso be increased.


    Health facilities will be improved in thestate. Hospitals will be modernised withthe latest gadgets and CT scan will bemade available in all district hospitals.The Agroha Medical College will have100 seats instead of 50 and thepostgraduate courses will also beinitiated. The Khanpur Kalan MedicalCollege will start its academic sessionfrom 2010. Dental and nursing colleges

    will come up at the Khanpur KalanMedical College complex. An ESI-basedmedical college is coming up inFaridabad. One medical college will beset up at the divisional level. An AllIndia Institute of Medical Sciences willbe established in Bhardsa village ofJhajjar district.The PGI in Rohtak willbe expanded and the postgraduationseats will be increased. The NationalInstitute of Cancer will be establishedin the state and a National Institute ofAgeing will be opened. Free supply ofmedicines in government hospitals willcontinue. The government will set up ahospital in every tehsil and a healthcentre in every development block. Freehealth care and surgery for the BPLpersons and slum-dwellers willcontinue. The cheap surgery packagewill also continue in all governmenthospitals. Each district will have amobile medical unit. A Mother andChild Health Care Centre ofinternational standard will be set up inthe state. A mobile trauma centre willbe set up after every 50 km on thenational highways.


    The government will take forward RajivGandhis commitment to strengthenrural development. To meet the risingdemand for housing in villages, the LalDora limit will be extended.

    The colonies built by giving 100-sq-yard plots to each SC and BPL familyunder the Mahatma Gandhi GraminBasti Yojana will be provided withpower, drinking water, sewerage,cemented streets and clean lanes. Tocreate urban facilities in villages and toimplement the scheme, Rs 3,000 crore isbeing allocated. Under the scheme,Ponds are Good Even Today, ponds andpools will be revived and village pondswill be cleaned and, if need be, thesewould be covered by walls. Thegovernment will press the Centre toreorient NREGA to suit the needs ofHaryana. The widening of the scope ofNREGA will benefit all those farmerswho build pools on their land, createchannels for irrigation or start otherdevelopment works.


    In every village, senior citizens clubswill be set up where they will besubjected to health check-up once amonth. The problems and grievances ofold-age pensioners will be heard and

  • solved at the sub-divisional level. Thegovernment will pay pension to thedisabled right from the time of birth.Currently, it is being paid after adisabled attains the age of 18.Monitoring and streamlining of theBPL card holders will continue. Officerswill be appointed to deal with thesituation and all problems related to theBPL card holders will be sorted out attheir level.


    Haryana will go in for talent hunt tospot budding sportspersons by givingthem training and scholarships. Anacademy and a sports university will beestablished to give quality training tosportspersons. By establishing a sportscity, the capability and confidence toorganise sporting events will be broughtup to international standard. TheHaryana Sports Authority will be set upto develop and manage sportscomplexes. A new sports policy will beevolved with an eye on the problemsand needs of the youth. Sportsnurseries will be set up in all districtsand every large village will have astadium. On the lines of the NationalInstitute of Sports, Patiala, Haryanawill have its own sports institute. Oneper cent of the GDP will be spent onsports for which the State Sports Fundwill be created.


    The Congress government reiterates itscommitment to giving people acompetent, transparent and accountablegovernment which will be free from redtape. Foolproof arrangements will bemade for the redressal of publicgrievances in government offices on apriority basis. A grievances redressaldepartment will be created.


    The law and order situation will beimproved. Criminals will not be spared.The police force will be modernised.The government promises harmoniousrelations between the citizens andpolice. The housing and other problemsof the police staff will be addressed. Aseparate authority will be established tohear the complaints against policemen.Police schools will be set up on the linesof Sainik Schools. The cases forreinstatement of 1,600 policemen whowere sacked by the INLD governmentwill be sympathetically heard.


    This time, the governments mission isto provide drinking water to everyhouse. Having provided free drinkingwater connections and water tanksunder the Indira Gandhi DrinkingWater Scheme to about eight lakhfamilies, the government now promisesto give free water connections tofamilies in the rural and urban areasfor nominal monthly maintenance fee.Under the Sufficient Drinking Waterfor All programme, 70 litres of waterper head in the rural areas and 135litres of water per head per day in theurban areas will be made available.

    In the districts of Jhajjar, Rewari,Mahendragarh, Sonepat and Gurgaonwhere the quality of drinking water isnot so fit, RO-based water treatmentplants will be set up on a large scaleunder the public-private partnership.A Rs 150-crore project will be set up inMahendragarh to address the waterproblem in the area. With this, theCongress government promises to putan end to water shortage in 64 villages.The sewerage system will be laid in alltowns in the next five years and thesewage treatment plants will be set up

    in three-fourth of the towns. In thenext two years, drinking water andsewerage facilities will be provided inAmbala, Bhiwani, Dadri, Fatehabad,Hansi, Julana, Kalayat, Karnal,Mahendragarh, Narnaul, Narwana,Safidon, Sirsa, Tohana and Uchana.


    The Congress government willstrengthen the road network byspending Rs 10,000 crore. About 6,000km length of roads will be widened andstrengthened and 1,000 km length ofnew roads will be laid. All nationalhighways passing through the statewill not be less than 10-metre wide inthe next two years and these will befour-laned. The width of all statehighways and main roads in thedistricts will be seven metres and thesewill be two-laned. All district-to-districtroads will be 10-metre wide and four-laned. The roads which connect threeor more villages will be widened from3.66 metre to 5.5 metre. Aftercompletion of the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway on schedule, it willbe linked to the main cities. SpecialIndustrial Corridor and SpecialDedicated Railway Corridor will be


    Well-irrigated fields


    constructed. Industrial belts will bedeveloped along with these to generateemployment opportunities. From 1968to 2005, only 16 railway over-bridgeswere built. The number of railwayover-bridges had doubled during thepresent regime. And by 2014, theirnumber will be trebled.


    All illegal and unauthorised colonies inthe state will be monitored andregularised. For this, a strict work planwill be implemented. Communityfacilities like power, drinking water,sewerage and roads will be provided insuch colonies as are regularised. In thenext five years, slums will be clearedfrom the municipal committee areasand its inhabitants will be providedwith urban facilities. Two lakh cheaphouses will be built in urban areas inthe next five years. A solid wastemanagement scheme will be launchedto handle solid waste in all municipalcommittees in a scientific manner. Allleasehold properties in AmbalaCantonment will be made freehold.World standard public facilities will beprovided in cities like Gurgaon,Faridabad and Panchkula. With a viewto undertaking development of urbancomplexes, the Rajiv Gandhi ShehriBhagedari Yojana will be started.Under this scheme, 60 per cent of theexpenses are met by the state and 40per cent by the beneficiaries. Toimprove job prospects in the Delhiregion, the Metro will be extended andGurgaon, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh andKundli will be connected to it.


    In the last four and a half years, thestate has witnessed an unparalleledboom in the industrial sector. With aneye on the overall industrialdevelopment, a new industrial policy

    based on public-private partnershipwill be framed. The government willensure financial investment andindustrial development. Onlineregistration of industries, firms andsocieties will start. Besides, a singlewindow system and new policy forapproval of projects will be evolved.Industrial areas will be expanded, ifrequired. The government will come upwith facilities for entrepreneurs toencourage investment and theproposals under consideration will beimplemented. The Delhi-MumbaiFreight Corridor will be put to full useto ensure the import of raw materialand speedy export of goods.


    The registration of labourers will becomputerised and put online. Theminimum wages will be reviewed andrevised from time to time. About 150 to200 ESI dispensaries will be opened.Labourers will be issued smart cardsfor their PF accounts. A board will beconstituted for social security of theunorganised and self-employedlabourers. Labour welfare complexeswill be set up in all industrialtownships. Cheap rentalaccommodation will be provided to thebuilding and construction labourers.Integrated welfare service centres willbe set up for building and constructionlabourers. Sheds will be built at labourchowks for labourers. Besides, subsidywill be provided to industrial labourersfor constructing cheap houses.


    The Rozgar Mission will be launched toprovide jobs to two lakh people in thenext five years. Online facility will beprovided for registration of theunemployed youth. The employers canalso upload their vacancies on thewebsite of the Employment

    Department and can select the rightcandidate. The names of electricians,plumbers, masons, carpenters, painters,mechanics, domestic helps, gardeners,washermen and cooks who belong to theunorganised sector will be displayed onthe Employment Department's websiteso that recruiters can contact them. Theprogrammes for securing the livelihoodfor the poor will be initiated forroadside vendors. Tehbazari licenceswill be issued to the poor families ofroadside vendors.


    Social, economic and educationaldevelopment of women will remain thetop priority of the government.Reservation will be made for women injobs, local bodies, and educational andtechnical institutes. Sakshar MahilaSamoohs (Literate Womens Groups)will be strengthened. Rebates will beoffered to women property holders.Micro-nutrient diet will be provided atthe anganwari centres. Health testprogrammes will be launched fordetecting anaemic children. Freefortified diet with iron will be providedto such children and informationregarding the fortified diet will be givento their parents. Full fee concession willbe given to the girls studying inpolytechnics and ITIs.


    The scheme of scholarships to theScheduled Castes and Backward Class'A' people will continue. Under this,eight lakh SC children and five lakhchildren belonging to the BPL familieswill receive scholarships. The scheme ofgiving 100 square yard residential plotsto the SCs, OBCs and other sectionsliving below poverty line will continue.The fees will be waived for the childrenof SC, BC 'A' and other economicallyweaker sections in ITIs andpolytechnics. For providing pure andclean drinking water at the doorstep of10 lakh SC families, the policy ofproviding free water connections, tapsand tanks will continue under theIndira Gandhi Paejal Yojana. Thekanyadan amount given at the time ofthe marriage of the daughter of an SCfamily will be raised from Rs 15,000 toRs 31,000 under the Indira GandhiPriyadarshani Vivah Shagun Yojana.The limit of the marriage loan given tothe safai karamcharis will be increased. g

    Improved road infrastructure


    Randeep SinghSurjewalahas been electedMLA on theCongress ticketfrom Kaithalconstituency. He

    is a BCom (Hons), MA (PoliticalScience) and LLB. He was an MLAin 1996 and 2005. He was a Cabinetminister in the previousgovernment headed by BhupinderSingh Hooda. He has again beeninducted as a Cabinet minister.

    Om PrakashJainhas been electedindependent MLAfrom PanipatRuralconstituency. He

    was also an MLA in 1996 and waschairman of HARCO Bank duringthe Bansi Lal government. He is agraduate and has been inductedas a Cabinet minister in thepresent government.

    Capt AjaySingh Yadavhas been elected

    MLA for the sixthtime from Rewariconstituency. He

    was first elected from Rewari in1989. He was again returned fromthe same constituency in 1991,1996, 2000 and 2005. Capt Yadav isa BSc, LLB. He was commissionedin the Army in 1980 and resignedin 1987. He has been inducted as aCabinet minister.

    Gopal Kanda has been electedindependent MLAfor the first timefrom Sirsaconstituency. Hehas been inducted

    as a Minister of State in thepresent government.

    Paramvir Singhhas been electedMLA from Tohanaconstituency onthe Congressticket for thesecond time. He

    has been a member of the EquineDevelopment Board of India andthe National Horse BreedingSociety of India. He is a BA, LLB.In the previous Hooda ministry,he was a Parliamentary Secretary.Now he has been inducted as aCabinet minister.

    Geeta Bhukkalhas been electedMLA from Jhajjarconstituency. Shewas also an MLAin 2005. She isMA (PoliticalScience), LLB, B

    Ed, and has a PG Diploma inPersonnel Management andIndustrial Relations. She has beeninducted as a Cabinet minister.

    SukhbirKatariahas been electedindependent MLAfrom Gurgaonconstituency forthe first time. He

    is a masters in arts. He has beeninducted as a Minister of State inthe present government.

    Shiv Charanhas been electedindependent MLAfrom FaridabadNIT constituencyfor the first time.He has been

    inducted as a Minister of State inthe present government.

    MahenderPartap Singhhas been electedMLA on theCongress ticketfor the fifth time.Earlier, he had

    been elected in 1982, 1987, 1991 and2005. He is an undergraduate. Hehas been elected from BadkhalAssembly constituency this timeand has been inducted as aCabinet minister. Earlier also, hehad been a minister.

    Council of Ministers and


    Prahlad SinghGillan Kherahas been electedindependent MLAfor the first timefrom Fatehabadconstituency. He is

    a graduate and has been inductedas a Chief ParliamentarySecretary.

    Jai VeerValmikihas been electedMLA on theCongress ticketfrom Kharkhaudaconstituency for

    the first time. He is a Plus Twopass. He has been inducted as aChief Parliamentary Secretary.

    Sultan Singhhas been electedindependent MLAfrom Pundriconstituency. Hewas sarpanch ofhis village and

    has been elected for the first timeas a legislator. He has beeninducted as a ChiefParliamentary Secretary.

    Ram KishanFaujihas been electedMLA from BawaniKhera for thethird time.Earlier, he had

    been elected in 2000 and 2005. Heis a Plus Two pass. He has beeninducted as a ChiefParliamentary Secretary.

    Anita Yadavhas been electedMLA from Ateliconstituency forthe second time.

    Earlier, she hadbeen elected fromthe same

    constituency in 2005. She has beeninducted as a ChiefParliamentary Secretary.

    Dharambirhas been electedMLA on theCongress ticketfrom Sohnaconstituency.Earlier also, he

    was an MLA in 1987, 2000 and2005. He has been inducted as aChief Parliamentary Secretary inthe present government. In theprevious government also, he wasa Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

    Dan Singhhas been electedMLA on theCongress ticketfromMahendragarhconstituency for

    the second time. Earlier, he hadbeen elected from the sameconstituency in 2005. He is an MA,LLB, MBA, and has a Diploma inLabour Laws. He has beeninducted as a ChiefParliamentary Secretary.

    Jaleb Khanhas been electedindependent MLAfrom Hathinconstituency forthe first time. Hehas been inductedas a ChiefParliamentarySecretary.

    ShardaRathorehas been electedMLA from theBallabhgarhconstituency forthe second time.

    Earlier, she was a ParliamentarySecretary. She is a BSc, MA andLLB. She has been inducted as aChief Parliamentary Secretary.

    Chief Parliamentary Secys

    Compiled by Rajiv Kapur


    1. Kalka PARDEEP CHAUDHARY INLD 41,625 SATVINDER SINGH INC 20,438 21,1872. Panchkula DEVENDER INC 29,192 YOGRAJ SINGH INLD 16,932 12,2603. Naraingarh RAM KISHAN INC 37,298 RAM SINGH INLD 28,978 8,3204. Ambala Cantt ANIL VIJ BJP 49,219 NIRMAL SINGH INC 42,881 6,3385. Ambala City VENOD SHARMA INC 69,435 CHARANJEET KAUR SAD 33,885 35,5506. Mullana RAJBIR SINGH BARARA INLD 47,185 PHOOL CHAND MULLANA INC 44,248 2,9377. Sadhaura RAJPAL INC 47,263 BALWANT SINGH INLD 38,650 8,6138. Jagadhri AKRAM KHAN BSP 39,868 SUBHASH CHAND INC 35,540 4,3289. Yamunanagar DILBAGH SINGH INLD 46,984 DEVINDER CHAWLA INC 33,411 13,57310. Radaur BISHAN LAL INLD 29,593 SURESH KUMAR INC 25,198 4,39511. Ladwa SHER SINGH BARSHAMI INLD 32,505 KAILASHO SAINI INC 30,000 2,50512. Shahabad ANIL DHANTORI INC 30,843 JITENDER KUMAR INLD 27,102 3,74113. Thanesar ASHOK KUMAR ARORA INLD 29,516 RAMESH GUPTA INC 21,231 8,28514. Pehowa HARMOHINDER SINGH INC 35,429 JASWINDER SINGH INLD 31,349 4,08015. Guhla PHOOL SINGH INLD 37,016 DILLU RAM INC 31,763 5,25316. Kalayat RAMPAL MAJRA INLD 55,614 TEJENDER PAL SINGH INC 46,214 9,40017. Kaithal RANDEEP SURJEWALA INC 59,889 KAILASH BHAGAT INLD 37,387 22,50218. Pundri SULTAN Ind 38,929 DINESH KAUSHIK INC 34,878 4,05119. Nilokheri MAMU RAM INLD 470,01 MEENA RANI INC 30,278 16,72320. Indri ASHOK KASHYAP INLD 36,886 BHIM SAIN MEHTA INC 27,789 9,09721. Karnal SUMITA SINGH INC 35,894 JAI PARKASH HJC (BL) 32,163 3,73122. Gharaunda NARENDER SANGWAN INLD 35,256 VARINDER SINGH RATHORE INC 33,596 1,66023. Assandh ZILE RAM CHOCHRA HJC (BL) 20,266 RAGHBIR SINGH VIRK Ind. 16,726 3,54024. Panipat Rural OM PRAKASH JAIN Ind 29,770 BIMLA KADIAN INLD 17,134 6,63625. Panipat City BALBIR PAL SHAH INC 36,294 SANJAY BHATIA BJP 24,135 12,15926. Israna KRISHAN LAL PANWAR INLD 43,905 BALBIR INC 41,725 2,18027. Samalkha DHARM SINGH HJC (BL) 39,463 SANJAY CHHOKER INC 26,012 13,45128. Ganaur KULDEEP SHARMA INC 42,180 KRISHAN GOPAL TYAGI INLD 32,144 10,03629. Rai JAI TIRATH INC 35,514 INDERJIT INLD 30,848 4,66630. Kharkhauda JAIVEER INC 43,684 RAJU INLD 18,400 25,28431. Sonipat KAVITA JAIN BJP 37,954 ANIL KUMAR THAKKAR INC 35,297 2,65732. Gohana JAGBIR SINGH MALIK INC 35,249 ATUL MALIK INLD 22,233 13,01633. Baroda SRI KRISHAN INC 56,225 KAPOOR SINGH NARWAL INLD 30,882 25,34334. Julana PARMINDER SINGH DHULL INLD 45,576 SHER SINGH INC 32,765 12,81135. Safidon KALI RAM PATWARI INLD 38,618 BACHAN SINGH ARYA Ind. 23,182 15,43636. Jind HARI CHAND MIDDHA INLD 34,057 MANGE RAM GUPTA INC 26,195 7,86237. Uchana Kalan OM PRAKASH CHAUTALA INLD 62,669 BIRENDER SINGH INC 62,048 62138. Narwana PIRTHI SINGH INLD 63,703 RAMPHAL INC 43,063 20,64039. Tohana PARAMVIR SINGH INC 46,752 NISHAN SINGH INLD 42,900 3,85240. Fatehabad PRAHLAD SINGH Ind 48,637 DURA RAM INC 45,835 2,80241. Ratia GIAN CHAND INLD 50,095 JARNAIL SINGH INC 46,713 3,38242. Kalanwali CHARANJEET SINGH SAD 59,064 SUSHIL KUMAR INDORA INC 46,520 12,54443. Dabwali AJAY SINGH CHAUTALA INLD 64,868 K V SINGH INC 52,760 12,10844. Rania KRISHAN LAL INLD 48,241 RANJIT SINGH INC 44,590 3,65145. Sirsa GOPAL KANDA Ind 38,147 PADAM CHAND INLD 31,678 6,46946. Ellenabad OM PRAKASH CHAUTALA INLD 64,567 BHARAT SINGH BENIWAL INC 48,144 16,423

    Constituency Winning candidate Party Votes Trailing candidate Party Votes Winning margin

    The victors and the van


    47. Adampur KULDEEP BISHNOI HJC (BL) 48,224 JAI PRAKASH INC 42,209 6,01548. Uklana NARESH SELWAL INC 45,973 SEEMA DEVI INLD 42,235 3,73849. Narnaund SAROJ INLD 48,322 RAM KUMAR INC 38,225 10,09750. Hansi VINOD BHAYANA HJC (BL) 36,529 CHATTAR PAL SINGH INC 30,246 6,28351. Barwala RAM NIWAS GHORELA INC 29,998 SHEELA BHAYAN INLD 20,602 9,39652. Hisar SAVITRI JINDAL INC 32,866 GAUTAM SARDANA Ind 18,138 14,72853. Nalwa SAMPAT SINGH INC 38,138 JASMA DEVI HJC (BL) 27,237 10,90154. Loharu DHARAM PAL INLD 30,887 JAI PARKASH DALAL Ind 30,264 62355. Badhra RAGHBIR SINGH INLD 34,280 RANBIR SINGH MAHENDRA INC 33,571 70956. Dadri SATPAL HJC (BL) 27,790 RAJDEEP INLD 27,645 14557. Bhiwani GHANSYAM SARAF BJP 27,337 SHIV SHANKER BHARDWAJ INC 24,692 2,64558. Tosham KIRAN CHAUDHARY INC 62,290 GAJRAJ SINGH INLD 16,183 46,10759. Bawani Khera RAM KISHAN FOUJI INC 35,039 AZAD SINGH INLD 28,766 6,27360. Meham ANAND SINGH INC 43,964 SHAMSHER Ind 36,998 6,96661. Garhi Sampla-Kiloi BHUPINDER SINGH INC 89,849 SATISH KUMAR INLD 17,749 72,10062. Rohtak BHARAT BHUSHAN BATRA INC 47,051 MUNISH GROVER BJP 27,456 19,59563. Kalanaur SHAKUNTLA INC 52,142 NAGA RAM INLD 24,282 27,86064. Bahadurgarh RAJINDER SINGH JOON INC 38,641 NAFE SINGH RATHI INLD 19,289 19,35265. Badli NARESH KUMAR INC 33,186 BRIJENDER SINGH CHAHAR Ind 19,828 13,35866. Jhajjar GEETA INC 48,806 KANTA DEVI INLD 21,023 27,78367. Beri RAGHUVIR SINGH INC 37,742 CHATAR SINGH Ind 32,566 5,17668. Ateli ANITA YADAV INC 24,103 SANTOSH YADAV BJP 23,130 97369. Mahendragarh DAN SINGH INC 42,286 RAM BILASH SHARMA BJP 36,833 5,45370. Narnaul NARENDER SINGH HJC (BL) 25,011 BHANA RAM INLD 21,619 3,39271. Nangal Chaudhry BAHADUR SINGH INLD 32,984 RADHEY SHYAM INC 21,321 11,66372. Bawal RAMESHWAR DAYAL INLD 58,473 SHAKUNTLA BHAGWARIA INC 36,472 22,00173. Kosli YADUVENDER SINGH INC 47,896 JAGDISH YADAV Ind 44,473 3,42374. Rewari AJAY SINGH YADAV INC 48,557 SATISH Ind 35,269 13,28875. Pataudi GANGA RAM INLD 49,323 BHUPINDER INC 24,576 24,74776. Badshahpur DHARAM PAL INC 50,557 RAKESH Ind 39,172 11,38577. Gurgaon SUKHBEER Ind 41,013 DHARAMBIR INC 38,873 214078. Sohna DHARAMBIR INC 20,443 ZAKIR HUSSAIN BSP 19,938 50579. Nuh AFTAB AHMED INC 33,925 SANJAY BJP 17,021 16,90480. Ferozepur Jhirka NASEEM AHMED INLD 42,824 MAMMAN KHAN INC 24,630 18,19481. Punahana MOHAMMED ILYAS INLD 18,865 DAYAWATI BSP 16,177 2,68882. Hathin JALEB KHAN Ind 33,774 HARSH KUMAR INC 27,301 6,47383. Hodal JAGDISH NAYAR INLD 46,515 UDAY BHAN INC 43,894 2,62184. Palwal SUBHASH CHOUDHARY INLD 51,712 KARAN SINGH DALAL INC 45,040 6,67285. Prithla RAGHUBIR SINGH INC 34,647 TEK CHAND SHARMA BSP 31,492 3,15586. Faridabad NIT SHIV CHARAN TEJPAL Ind 23,461 AKAGAR CHAND CHAUDHRY INC 15,586 7,87587. Badkhal MAHENDER PARTAP INC 33,150 SEEMA TRIKHA BJP 20,471 12,67988. Ballabhgarh SHARDA RATHORE INC 35,535 SURENDER TEWATIA BJP 11,691 23,84489. Faridabad ANAND KAUSHIK INC 33,744 PARVESH CHAND BJP 22,903 10,84190. Tigaon KRISHAN PAL BJP 39,746 LALIT INC 38,928 818

    Constituency Winning candidate Party Votes Trailing candidate Party Votes Winning margin

    INC- Indian National Congress, INLD- Indian National Lok Dal, HJC (BL)- Haryana Janhit Congress (Bhajan Lal), BJP- Bharatiya Janata Party,BSP- Bahujan Samaj Party, SAD- Shiromani Akali Dal, Ind- Independent

    nquished at the hustings


    Nishant Prabhakar

    ELECTION is the time when onewitnesses the real colours ofIndian democracy. It is time forthe leaders to go back to theirelectorate to seek mandate. But overthe years, the process of conductingelections has changed. And thischange has largely been ushered in bythe Election Commission withstringent application of provisions inthe Representation of the People Act,1951, and other constitutionalprovisions.

    By and large, the recently-concluded Assembly elections to thethree states Haryana, Maharashtraand Arunachal Pradesh -- werepeaceful. However, Haryana surprisedthe poll pundits by not onlywitnessing an incident-free electionbut also by registering the highestvoter turnout of 72.71 per cent. Andall this was achieved because of themeticulous planning done by the StateElection Commission.

    The first step towards thebeginning of the election process wastaken with the revision of theelectoral rolls for which the referencedate was January 1. In Haryana, aspecial revision was undertaken intwo Assembly constituencies, vizBadshahpur and Gurgaon, as therewere complaints about omission ofnames in the electoral rolls used forthe parliamentary elections. Theelectoral rolls of these twoconstituencies were published onSeptember 3.

    According to Chief ElectoralOfficer Sajjan Singh, The ElectionCommission made the provision ofhaving photo electoral rollsmandatory. Efforts were made toincrease the photo coverage in theelectoral rolls. During the revisionperiod, all those voters who werewithout a photograph in the rollswere advised to contact their nearestDesignated Photography Location orthe Electoral Registration Officer oftheir constituency. With these efforts,the Commission was able to have 99per cent coverage of voters withphotographs in the rolls.

    Further, the Commission madeidentification of voters at the time ofpolls compulsory. The voters who wereprovided with Electors Photo IdentityCard (EPIC) were identified throughEPIC only. According to Additional

    Chief Electoral Officer M L Kaushik,The EPIC coverage in Haryana was99 per cent, while in ArunachalPradesh it was 88.42 per cent, and inMaharashtra, it was 80.35 per cent.Those who had not got their EPICsmade were advised to obtain the EPICfrom the Electoral RegistrationOfficers of their constituencies.

    The polls were conducted usingEVMs. The Election Commission hadmade arrangements to ensureavailability of adequate number ofEVMs. A two-stage randomisation ofEVMs was made under tight security.In the first stage, all EVMs stored atthe district storage centre, wererandomised by the District ElectionOfficer in the presence ofrepresentatives of political parties forallocation of EVMs to specificAssembly constituencies of thedistrict. Next, after the candidateswere finalised and the EVMs of aconstituency were prepared for pollsby the Returning Officer, the EVMswere once again randomised to decidethe actual polling stations within theAssembly constituency in which they

    were to be used. The second stagerandomisation was done in thepresence of observers, candidates ortheir election agents to lendtransparency.

    For the peaceful conduct ofelections, security forces weredeployed based on the assessment ofthe ground situation. The CentralPolice Forces (CPF) and State ArmedPolice (SAP), drawn from other states,were deployed during the elections.The CPF and SAP were used generallyfor safeguarding the polling stationsand for providing security to thevoters and poll personnel. Besides,these forces were also used forsecuring the strong rooms where theEVMs were stored as well as thecounting centres. Wherever it wasneeded, the CPF was deployed inadvance for area domination andother election-related duties. Theidentification of polling stationsrequiring static coverage by CPF invarious constituencies was made bythe district election machinery inconsultation with the ECI observers.

    The Commission deployed observers


    Elections were free and fair, thanks to thefoolproof arrangements made by theElection Commission

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    in adequate numbers to ensuresmooth conduct of elections. Theobservers were asked to keep a closewatch on every stage of the electoralprocess to ensure free and fairelections. Their names, addresses andtelephone numbers were publicised inlocal newspapers so that the publiccould approach them in case of agrievance.

    Besides, the Commission alsodeployed micro-observers to observethe proceedings on the polling day atselective and critical polling stations.They were chosen from among theCentral government and PSU officials.The micro-observers were there toobserve the proceedings, right fromthe mock poll to the completion ofpolling and through the process ofsealing of EVMs and other documentsto ensure that all instructions arecomplied with by the polling partiesand agents.

    These micro-observers were underthe supervision of the observers.They were asked t