14HR01A.qxd 9/13/2012 6:17 PM Page 1 Page-1 Hisar 33 27 c m y b SIMIAN FEAR FIGHTING DISEASE 3 Monkey menace scares Karnal residents Ayush Department adopts two Sonepat villages 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday September 14 2012 www.tribuneindia.com Rising sons in state politics earn a place for themselves Ajay Chautala, Kuldeep Bishnoi have a pan-Haryana footprint RAMAN MOHAN/TNS HISAR, SEPTEMBER 13 Amid rising speculation on Rahul Gandhi assuming leadership of the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, a similar scenario is building up in Haryana where the next generation leaders of the main political parties are expected to vie for top slots in the government after the next Vidhan Sabha poll provided of course their party is voted to power. The three main characters in this political story are: Ajay Singh Chautala of the INLD, Deepender Hooda of the Congress and Kuldeep Bishnoi of the HJC. All these three are the next generation leaders of their respective parties and have been playing an increasingly important role in recent months. The most striking common element among the trio is that they have been groomed by their family elders who have had extremely successful political careers. They have at their disposal the political goodwill earned through years of toil by their Ajay Chautala Kuldeep Bishnoi Deepender Hooda elders. Not only do they have safe constituencies at their disposal which were nurtured by their fathers in no small ways, they have carved out niches for themselves through sheer hard work. Talking of political experience, Ajay Singh Chautala stands out of course. Born in 1961, he has contested and won elections not only in Haryana but also in neighbouring Rajasthan. He joined active politics in the late Legal literacy clubs set up in Gurgaon schools SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS GURGAON, SEPTEMBER 13 With a view to imparting practical knowledge of the country's laws to students, the Gurgaon District legal Services Authority (DLSA) has launched a legal literacy drive at the local schools. "As many as 115 legal literacy clubs have already been constituted at schools located in the district," said Gurgaon District and Sessions Judge Dr BB Prasoon, who is also the chairman of the DLSA. Chairing a meeting of Education Department officials here recently, Dr Prasoon said the underlying idea behind the exercise was to educate the students about the laws which are relevant in our day-to-day life. He said as the students were considered to be best ambassadors to propagate a message on to their parents and thus to the whole of society, they had been associated with legal literacy clubs so that they could become harbingers of change in society. “When we have to confront law in our daily life, then why we should not know how law can be helpful to us”, the Judge said. Dr Prasoon said every woman could get free legal aid and free services of a lawyer irrespective of her income. And for this, she only had to write to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM). “To educate the masses about such legal provisions which can be quite useful for them is the motive with which the legal literacy clubs have been constituted on the directions of Justice SK Mittal, the executive chairman of the Haryana Legal Services Authority (HSLA),” he said. He said initially, students from the level of Classes IX to XII were admitted in these clubs. Afterwards, students of colleges, industrial training institutes, polytechnics and other technical colleges would be associated with the clubs. The legal literacy club at a school is headed by the principal as its chairman, seniormost lecturer as membersecretary, two girl and two boy students as members, two members from the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), two members from other students, village sarpanch or his nominee, a female panch, a male and a female teacher and a retired or working lawyer can also be its members. Dr Prasoon asked the Education Department officials to associate the maximum number of students as members of these clubs. He also asked them to chalk out a block-wise time-table for lawyers to come to a particular school for delivering lectures on various legal provisions. He said legal-aid clinics could also be set up at the schools where any lecturer was a law graduate. The people coming to the legal aid clinic could be guided about where or whom they should contact for legal help. Gurgaon CJM Jasbir Singh was also present on the occasion. Elderly wait for pension under the sun TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE FATEHABAD, SEPTEMBER 13 An elderly woman who fainted while standing in a queue for her pension at Bhuna in Fatehabad on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph Elderly persons coming to receive their social security pension in the municipal committee office at Bhuna are a harried lot, as they have to wait for hours under the sun. A septuagenarian woman, Parmeshwari Devi, fainted while waiting for her turn in the queue today while some others complained of vertigo due to hot and humid conditions. The status of Bhuna had been recently elevated from a village to a municipal town. Earlier, the village sarpanch used to deliver pension to the elderly persons, but now, they have to stand in a queue under the sun, where three clerks distribute pension to over 2600 beneficiaries. Elderly people standing in the queue alleged that the municipal committee officials disappeared from their seats with impunity leaving old and infirm people to the mercy of God. High court verdict cheers up Badhsa residents RAVINDER SAINI JHAJJAR, SEPTEMBER 13 Whether Hindi film-maker Subhash Ghai suffered a setback with the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s verdict quashing allotment of 20 acres, allotted to him by the Haryana government for setting up a film and acting institute in Badhsa village here, residents of this tiny hamlet are enthused over the development and are enjoying the moment like a festival. They said it was the moment they had been waiting for since after the petition was filed in the court against the allotment. “Not me but all the villagers were expecting the same judgment from the high court as how can the government dispose of the panchayat’s land to an individual for personal use. Subhash Ghai wished to grab Subhash Ghai the costly land of the village with help of the state government for his personal benefit but he could not make it. We are cheerful and also grateful to the high court for giving us justice,” said Samer Singh, an elderly man of the village, while talking to mediapersons. Jai Bhagwan, another villager, said Subhash Ghai had to pay the price for his ‘blunder’ as he never came to the village to share his project and its other aspects with the villagers to win their faith after allotment of the land. Krishan, a youth, said the state government could also not wash its hand off from this wrongful act as it was the pressure they exerted that made the village panchayat give its nod for the allotment of common land for establishing a film and acting institute here. “The state government is also equally accountable in the matter and it should express its opinion publicly over the development if it claims to be innocent in the case,” he said. Accusing the state government of concealing the motive of Subhash Ghai behind getting the land, Navin Kumar, another villager, said planning of setting up a film institute here was merely limited in the news papers. The state government Continued on page 2 c m y b 1980s. He was elected to the Rajasthan Assembly twice - Data Ram Garh (1989) and then from Nauhar (1993). Ajay became a Member of the Lok Sabha from Bhiwani constituency in 1999. He currently represents Dabwali Assembly segment in Haryana Vidhan Sabha. Earlier he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He has been putting his experience to good use and has carved a pan Haryana footprint for himself not to mention his father’s overwhelming political presence in the state. The next in terms of experience is Kuldeep Bishnoi. Born in 1968, he first became involved in politics in 1987, when he campaigned extensively with his father. Kuldeep contested his first election in 1998. He came out of his father’s shadow and won one of the toughest byelections in the history of Haryana. The byelection was won for the first time by an opposition candidate. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bhiwani in 2004 in a contest that featured the sons of three former Chief Ministers -- Bhajan Lal, Om Parkash Chautala and Bansi Lal. He founded the HJC along with his father in 2007 after the latter was sidelined in the Congress. Kuldeep won the 2009 Assembly election from Adampur. He quit the seat after he won the byelection to the Hisar Lok Sabha seat in 2011, defeating Ajay Singh Chautala among others. Since then he has tied up with the BJP and is engaged in emerging as a non-Jat leader. The next in terms of political Continued on page 2
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