Banish CD culture from Himachal – Vidya Stokes
Shimla: Pointing out the predominance of CD culture in the state, leader of the opposition Vidya Stokes launched an offensive against the government saying that the polity had become subservient to corruption.
Participating in motion of thanks to the governors’ address, she said that if the state had to regain its clean image, there was a need to finish the prevailing CD culture, take effective steps to contain corruption or otherwise the state is doomed.” When one goes out of the state, she said, people mocked us by asking which is the latest CD out in Himachal.
She counted dominance of land mafia, failure to ensure teachers in educational institutions, shortage of doctors to man institutions, farmers left in the lurch when crops have failed and increasing drug addiction among the youth others as failures of governance in two years of the BJP government.
Stokes mentioned sale of land in contravention of Section 118 of HP Land Reforms and Tenancy Act, whereby landlords had been bought out in Mashobra suburb of Shimla and rampant violations having taken place in Solan districts, which the government had failed to check or investigate.
In the absence of qualified doctors, she said, practice of Jhola Chap (Quacks) practitioners was flourishing for the people had nobody to turn to in ill health. Objectives of national rural health mission were proving to be a failure, she added
The opposition leader took offense to omission of the central government’s role in bailing out the state in various sectors.
“The government has been insisting upon discrimination against it by the centre but the fact remains that it is only the union governments funding which enables implementation of states programs. Other than that the state is hardly in a capacity to get anything done on its own,” she said.
Rubbishing the awards given to the state by private organizations, she said, “harping upon having won such awards was a mere drama, which two years ago even our government got and at times are given when one does not deserve them.”