Randeep Singh Surjewala, Haryana industries and commerce minister has suggested to bring in more transparency in the administrative system. He also believed that today’s youth asks questions and want to have enforceable rights. They want an administration system which is accountable to them and is run in a clear way. He spoke at length on the poor governance situation in conversation with anchor Rohit Sardana.
“It is for the first time in the country when the UPA government has provided the right to education, employment, food through various welfare schemes. I think that UPA government has tried to bring a major change in the administrative system. Although there are deficiencies in the system yet efforts are being made to fix them,” he added.
SP Singh, senior journalist, however, has a different take on the democracy makeover. “The democracy is transforming but the credit should not go to the politicians. However, Congress is taking credit as many social welfare schemes were launched in their regime. In a country where 70-80 per cent of people are earning less than Rs 20 a day then what sort of makeover is this?,” argued Singh.
However, Surjewala, admitted, “India is reeling under the crisis of trust deficit. We need to build trust in the system. The day when people will own voice, opportunity and trust there will be a change in the system.”
Talking about the generational politics, Surjewala said, “Generational politics is omnipresent across the world. You can probably win an election only once on the name of your father but thereafter you have to prove yourself.”
UPA is facing the flak for targeting bureaucrats. Surjewala promises justice for innocents and defended his party. He said, “Ashok Khemka has only been transferred four times in the last nine years. It is wrong to say that he was transferred 42 times by the Haryana government.”
However, Durga Shakti’s case cannot be compared with Khemka’s case. “I believe injustice was done to her but finally the UP government has taken steps to rectify it,” he added.
Referring to the cooling off period for bureaucrats looking to join politics soon after retirement, Singh said, “Cooling off period is must but no political party is ready to debate on it.”
Concurring with the above view, Surjewala said, “Anybody can join politics but cooling off period should be designed for everyone especially for the bureaucrats and judges. All parties should take a decision on this (cooling off period) after having a debate.”
Referring to the possibility where reservation should be based on financial conditions, Surjewala said, “It is a constitutional debate. Constitution doesn’t permit reservation based on financial and economic conditions. However, in Haryana, we have formed the committee and have provided reservation based on financial condition. In my opinion, poverty is the major parameter which defines backwardness. This is not the opinion of Congress party.”
(The episode airs at 10:00 pm on October 30)