Khap Panchayats useful in society, says Haryana CM Khattar

He said that Khap panchayats have a strength of their own and there was no proposal to ban them.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: January 31, 2016 10:23 am
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Khap Panchayats are a “useful instrument” of society and carry out social reforms and one or two mistakes don’t make them wrong as a whole, according to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Khap panchayats have a strength of their own, he stressed, adding there is no proposal to ban them.

“They are not formed by the government. These Khap Panchayats are there for the last 800 years. These Panchayats have been made by the people of those areas only. They have carried out various social reforms such as fighting against dowry system, they worked for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and gender ratio,” Khattar told PTI here.

“I rather feel it is an useful instrument of society. It is not as if they indulge in something, which is wrong. Khap is a big Panchayat,” he said.

Time and again Khap Panchayats operating in various parts of North India have made headlines for their alleged encouragement to “honour killings and bizarre diktats”, which drew flak from various quarters.

On various controversies that have cropped up over Khap Panchayats’ diktats, Khattar said, “One or two mistakes or incidents don’t make Khap Panchayats wrong as a whole. Even human beings and institutions commit mistakes. Khap Panchayats have a strength of their own.”

Commenting on the issue of cow slaughter and consumption of beef, the Haryana Chief Minister said, “In our state we have banned cow slaughter and we had the support of Muslims MLAs also. The bill was passed unanimously in the state Assembly.”

The Haryana Assembly last year had passed the Gau Sanrakshan Avm Gau Samwardhan Bill-2015 Bill, which provides for a complete ban on cow slaughter in the state.

When asked whether cow slaughter should be banned in states like Bengal, Khattar said, “I don’t want to comment on it. In our place no one takes cow slaughter positively.”

On the achievements of his government, Khattar said, “The biggest achievement is to implement confidence building measure. The people now feel they will get justice. Now there is no scandal.”

“Corruption was high during the previous Congress rule in the state. We have improved law and order situation in the state. On the issue of corruption, we have zero tolerance. We have strengthened delivery system and ensured transparency,” he said.

Turning to the law passed by the Haryana government laying down some qualifications for contesting Panchayat elections as a part of its initiative to check corruption at grass roots level, he said, “The response has been tremendous.

A new leadership has come up and corruption was eliminated.”

Asked whether he wants the Centre to pass similar laws for contesting elections in state Assemblies and Parliament, Khattar said, “I would support it if such an initiative is taken but, it is in the hands of the Centre to decide.”

Khattar, who was here in connection with holding a roadshow in the run up to “Happening Haryana-Global Investors Summit 2016” at Gurgaon in March, said the aim of inviting the industrialists of Kolkata was to give them the opportunity to expand their base in Haryana.

“Our aim is to attract maximum investment in Haryana from across the country and abroad so as to ensure industrial development and provide maximum employment opportunities to the youth,” he said.

“We sought investments in agro-based industries, infrastructure, technology, IT and ITes, skill development and received good response here. We have no labour problems, have the proximity to Delhi and have land for setting up industries,” he added.

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First Published on: January 31, 2016 10:22 am
  1. A
    Jan 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm
    What more you can expect from him?
    1. A
      Akshay Singh
      Jan 31, 2016 at 6:18 am
      1. A
        Jan 31, 2016 at 7:16 am
        Dalits are good -- they clean the filth we create. OBCs are good -- they can be put to do our menial jobs. Upper castes are a blessing -- because they are PLUS. And we can go on exploiting everyone else and raping lower caste women. We are in Vedic heaven. So what if we drive some of the lower castes to suicide now and then. Jai manu ji.
        1. D
          Deepak Singh
          Jan 31, 2016 at 12:40 pm
          Now the RSS/BJP Chaddis are slowly showing their true colours. Right now they have begun by endorsing Khaps which are casteist organisations , and soon they will ask for Manu-Smriti as the Consution so that the Savarnas can rule over the lower castes as it was for thousands for years.
          1. I
            Jan 31, 2016 at 6:30 am
            This is called the principles of khacharism from the school of chaddian.
            1. V
              Jan 31, 2016 at 8:04 am
              politics is a dirty business ...
              1. G
                Jan 31, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                This is the reason why a Chadhi should NEVER be made a CM. Today Khap Panchayat, tomorrow he will justify Sati, then dowry, then caste system and then untouchability. Then he will say women should sit in house and their role will only be to give birth.
                1. R
                  Jan 31, 2016 at 5:53 am
                  Yeah, Khatter (pronounced Gutter) is a visionary who richly deserves the Nobel Prize. A new Nobel Prize in the category of 'Visionary Thinkers' should be created specially for him! Khaps are good, so are rapes, dowry, sati, girl child abortion, etc.! BARBARIANS!!! Such Barbarians are there all over this country cutting across party lines. How can this country ever reform with such people being in majority and in power!
                  1. H
                    Jan 31, 2016 at 11:54 am
                    The Khaps should be made to look modern and should imbibe spirit of social work and work for the downtrodden. Otherwise they are just caste based pressure groups. However they are a reality and cannot be wished away in a complex society like ours. Reforming their mentality is important.
                    1. V
                      Varun Karnati
                      Jan 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm
                      Sir, with all due respect - enforcing rights guaranteed by consution and supporting organisations which curb them cannot go together. If u really want these parastatal organisations to continue - first put in place effective regulation mechanism to ensure they don't violate consutional principles and then let them function. Please don't put cart before horse
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