Hooda regime completes four eventful yea
HOODA REGIME COMPLETES FOUR EVENTFUL YEARS
Chandigarh March 7:
Bereft of any frills, fanfare and celebrations that normally go with such political milestones, the fourth anniversary of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime in Haryana went virtually unnoticed.
With Mr. Hooda away in New Delhi to finalise Congress tickets for the ten Lok Sabha seats from Haryana, there was little activity here in the State capital to remind one of the significance of the day. However, sources close to the powers that be say the impact the Hooda rule has had on the economic landscape of the State is known to all, including the Central Government and the Congress high command.
Political observers here say the litmus test the Hooda Government faces today is its ability to capitalise on its “achievements” in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. Close associates of the Chief Minister say the Congress is sure to sweep the polls as the people are appreciative of the ground realities. They claim that the State Government has ushered in winds of meaningful and resourceful change, replaced “fear” with hope and catapulted the small, backward State of years past into the big league of “happening, industrialised and progressive States”. Former Union Minister and Ambala MLA Venod Sharma, who has been designated chairman of the party’s campaign committee for Haryana, told reporters that pragmatic and forward-looking policies pursued by the Hooda regime had placed the economy of the State in “high-growth orbit, spelled the well-being and welfare of one and all and made Haryana a cynosure of all investing eyes, both domestic and global”.
Finance Minister Birender Singh adds that Haryana continues to gravitate towards a growth rate of more than nine per cent, ranks first among the States in per capita investment and also ranks first among the big States and only second after Goa in per capita income. The State’s per capita income has increased to Rs.38,720 in 2007-08 from Rs.35,779 in 2006-07 at constant prices and to Rs.56,280 from Rs.49,038 at current prices. This has been made possible by better financial management of the State, he asserts.
Even the Planning Commission and the 12th Finance Commission have applauded the Congress Government for its fiscal prudence, efficient management of the economy and consistent growth rate. The State so far has received foreign direct investment of Rs.12,500 crore and witnessed an flow of investment worth about Rs.40,000 crore after the announcement of the new Industrial Policy in 2005 and investments worth Rs.90,000 crore are in the pipeline.
A seasoned retired bureaucrat who has served under several Chief Ministers says the Hooda regime has created a favourable atmosphere for the growth of industry which in turn is generating employment opportunities for the youth.