THE Haryana State assembly has to be reconstituted before October 27, 2014. There is no time left for Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s government to dole out largesse to friends and relatives. Almost everybody is in a hurry to grab something or the other from the government and Bhupi is also not disappointing his loyal soldiers, irrespective of stiff opposition from leaders like Om Prakash Chautala. Hooda has recently appointed three Information Commissioners from his retinue of cronies. It appears that the Information Commission has become the rehabilitation centre for sycophants instead of competent people from different strata of society, as enshrined in the Act. The Haryana Information Commission has a Chief Information Commissioner and seven Information Commissioners at present. Hooda has recently appointed Dr Amar Singh, a retired Excise and Taxation Department officer and husband of High Court judge Justice Daya Chaudhary; Rekha, the wife of Hooda’s political adviser, Professor Virender Singh; and Shiv Raman Gaur, the CM’s retired Additional Principal Secretary who was recently re-employed as his adviser (health). Hooda called a meeting attended by Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal, and the decision was taken unanimously as there was no dissent. Opposition leader Chautala, as usual, did not attend the meeting but registered his dissent in the press. Many cases against the State government are pending in the court of Justice Chaudhary. These include the issue of multiple allotments of residential plots by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
Vol. 8, issue 5 | AUGUST | 2014