Haryana’s new chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, said today his cabinet has decided to review many of the decisions taken by the previous Congress government towards the end of its term.
“Whichever policies and decisions are found to be in public interest will continue to be implemented, the rest will be scrapped,” Khattar told the media after chairing a meeting of the newly formed cabinet here today.
The cabinet has also decided to put all ongoing recruitments and appointments on hold for the time being and “reexamine” all appointments and recruitments made by the previous government after May 16, 2014.
This means the appointment of officers perceived as close to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to coveted posts, such as Right to Information Commissioner, Right to Service Commissioner and Food Commission member, will come under the scanner. So will that of officers who were re-employed by the Hooda government in the last five months.
“All appointments in which the officers were re-employed before their retirement or in violation of any rules will also be reviewed and, if found irregular, reversed,” Khattar added. “I have sought a list of such re-employments to take further action in the next cabinet meeting.”
All last-minute decisions by the Hooda government, which include implementation of state pay scales at par with the Punjab government and increasing old age pension, will be reviewed, the CM said. The government had announced implementation of both these decisions from November 1.
On alleged land scams during Hooda’s tenure, including the Robert Vadra-DLF land deals, Khattar said, “We will not indulge in vendetta politics. However, complaints will be probed and the law will take its course.”
During an interaction with the media, Khattar also announced that the Vidhan Sabha session will begin on November 3.
Khattar arrived at the media briefing at the scheduled time of 12.15 pm. After discussing the cabinet decisions and replying to a couple of questions from journalists, Khattar left in nine minutes. He left for New Delhi in the evening.
No announcement on ministers’ portfolios was made today. Khattar is expected to first discuss the portfolios with the BJP leadership.
“The priority of the state government is to implement the agenda for the welfare of people of the state. The cabinet has also decided to review complaints on paddy procurement and action will be taken at the next cabinet meeting,” Khattar said.