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Hooda on announcement spree,fails to realise most ‘non-feasible’

The ‘benevolent’ Chief Minister of Haryana,Bhupinder Singh Hooda,makes ‘generous’ announcements to woo voters at the drop of a hat without realising that several of them have never seen the light of day.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published: October 8, 2012 5:53:21 am

The ‘benevolent’ Chief Minister of Haryana,Bhupinder Singh Hooda,makes ‘generous’ announcements to woo voters at the drop of a hat without realising that several of them have never seen the light of day. Various state government departments,after examining the proposals,had been shooting down Hooda’s announcements as “not-feasible”. Only 20 per cent announcements in the last three years have fructified,including those for which funds were released from his discretionary quota.

In his second term as the CM,Hooda made over 1,800 announcements in various parts of Haryana,of which around 40 per cent are either awaiting basic approvals (around 30 per cent in pending category) or have already been shot-down (around 10 per cent in non-feasible category).

Also,while Hooda had been claiming that Haryana had seen an ‘unprecedented development’ during his tenure as CM,another 40 per cent of the announcements made by Hooda in public,were still figuring in the category of ‘in progress’ and might take another couple of years before such announcements are finally commissioned. However,when it comes to giving grants from his discretionary fund,all such announcements made by Hooda have already been ‘commissioned’.

The Indian Express is in possession of documents running into 417 pages,which mentions the announcements made by Hooda in various districts of Haryana in the past three years. Majority of Hooda’s announcements pertain to the Department of Agriculture. Out of around 275 announcements,at least 44 were shot down by the Agriculture Department; while 111 are pending,with majority yet to await proposals or approvals for feasibility. Over a 100 announcements were made by the Chief Minister,announcing financial grants to various establishments,including Gaushalas,Bar associations and institutions, and the CM’s Secretariat Department acknowledged all the announcements and completed these promptly.

Hooda had been claiming for long that his ultimate goal was to make Haryana an educational hub. However,according to the documents in possession of The Indian Express,Hooda made around 188 announcements pertaining to the Education Department (from April 1,2009 to June 5,2012); out of which 46 have already been shot-down by the department,while 93 such announcements are pending. The remaining are either ‘in progress’ and a very few have already been ‘commissioned’.

In fact,many proposals,were shot down by the departments after more than a year,showing how the government departments function in Haryana. For instance,on August 9,2009,Hooda announced in Narnaund that a road would be constructed from Mohala to Puthi,however,the department declared the proposal as “non-feasible” and finally dropped it on August 23,2010.

On April 25,2010,Hooda announced in Mahendergarh that a new road from Sureti Jakhal to Nawa would be constructed,however the same was declared “non-feasible” on January 21,2011.

On June 22,2010,Hooda announced construction of a link road from Meharana to Chamanpura,however,he himself did not approve the proposal,and shot it down on October 25,2010.

On March 23,Hooda announced that purchase centres would be constructed at Rasina and Karora villages in Kaithal district,however,he never realised that there was no land made available by the gram panchayat for the same; thus the proposals are still ‘pending’.

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