Pending cash award in Haryana: A year later, no word on results of cleanliness

Haryana agriculture minister had announced cash award of Rs 1 lakh each in 11 categories, municipal commissioner says unaware of report from DC office.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Panchkula | Published:November 25, 2016 9:36 am
The categories included cleanest market, government primary school, residential sector, park and so on.  (Express Archive) The categories included cleanest market, government primary school, residential sector, park and so on. (Express Archive)

Cash award of Rs 1 lakh each was announced for cleanest market, government primary school, government senior secondary, community centree, residential sector, government building, government dispensary, park and public toilet. Two awards of one lakh each were also to be given to the best contribution by NGO and best Ashiana.

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People were asked to send applications along with photographs to additional deputy commissioner (ADC), Panchkula, and a committee was constituted and areas were distributed among members.

Social activist Nipun Kapur, who was part of the committee, was assigned Sector 2, 4, 6 and Mansa Devi Market. Kapur said she had carried out work in her area and submitted the report to the ADC in February.

ADC Hema Sharma said a survey was conducted for identifying the winners in different categories and the report was sent to municipal corporation office for declaring the results. MC officials, on the other hand, claim that they have not received any report from the DC office regarding the  competition.

“I am not aware of any report sent to us regarding cleanliness competition,” said MC Commissioner Lalit Siwach.

Some residents and elected representatives of the civic body maintained that the parameters on which each category was to be judged were not made clear.

Lilly Bawa, councilor of Sector 14, said: “The authorities never disclosed the parameters for ranking each category.” She alleged that this might have been to ensure that the awards are given to parks, sectors, markets and schools falling in wards of councilors close to ruling party.

Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of Lok Saravhitkari Society, said they had written to then deputy commissioner Vivek Atray for framing the parameters.

Despite Panchkula being the only planned city in Haryana, sanitation remains one of the key problems. Garbage and litter scattered on roads are a common sight and the situation is worse in villages. The civic body is facing shortage of sanitation workers. As per official records, for a population of 5.6 lakh, with 1.16 lakh households, there are around 700 sanitation workers against the sanctioned strength of 990.