December 17, 2016 9:20:19 pm
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday slammed previous governments for allegedly discriminating among different areas of the state in terms of development for their vested political interests. He said the previous ruling parties used people just as a “vote bank” and had always worked to create rift between different communities on the basis of caste and regionalism. The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Pehowa assembly segment on Saturday.
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He said that the BJP government belonged to all. “In the democratic setup, the government is meant for the welfare of all people whether they had exercised their franchise in favour of or against a particular political party,” he said.
He said that he had completed tours of 86 assembly constituencies till today and the remaining four would be covered by December 25.
About 4,000 announcements that have so far been made and the ones that are likely to be made up to December 25, would be completed by the government by the end of next year, he said.
He announced several welfare projects worth crores of rupees, including Rs 15 crore for development of rural areas of Pehowa Assembly Constituency and Rs five crore for urban areas.
The Patiala-Haridwar National Highway, which would pass through Pehowa, would be made four-laned.
He said a 50-bed hospital would be established in village Saraswati Khera and announced Rs 11 crore for laying of sewerage system in Ismailabad and construction of science block in the Degree College.
He said that Saraswati Tirath would be developed by the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board, and it would be linked with Krishna Circuit to give it a major boost as a tourist destination.
He also announced Rs 11 lakh and Rs five lakh for Gaushalas located at Pehowa and Ismailabad respectively.
He said that development works were being carried out throughout the State and works to the tune of Rs 185 crore had already been carried out in Pehowa.
Taking a dig at the previous governments, Khattar said earlier investment was brought into the state but half or more of the amount allegedly used to go into the pockets of political leaders or their relatives.
Referring to the mantra of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ‘Na Khaunga, Na Khaane Dunga’ (neither will I take bribe, nor will I let anyone take bribe), Khattar said both the central and state governments were working to check corruption at all levels.
As corruption flourishes with cash transactions, the Prime Minister had taken the significant decision to demonetise old high-denomination currency. If online payment system is adopted, officials would not be able to accept bribe in lieu of official duty, he said. He also urged the people to support the government in adopting cashless transaction system.
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