NEW DELHI

Hooda fires salvo at Chautala

Industrial Security Force Act is Chief Minister's cannon ball

CHANDIGARH: Defending his government's decision to disband the Haryana Industrial Security Force, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today demanded that his predecessor and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala should ``publicly apologise'' for having ``played havoc'' with careers of youths by constituting a force for which there was no demand.

``Chautala should seek apology from the people of Haryana and those youths with whose career he has played havoc. He side-stepped all rules while constituting this Force,'' Hooda said in the state Assembly, adding there was ``no demand'' for the force in the State.

The matter came up during the Question Hour when Finance Minister Birender Singh was replying to INLD legislator Sita Ram's question on steps so far taken or proposed by Congress government to check the problem of increasing unemployment.

Birender Singh said the government was committed to provide an investment-friendly climate and made a reference to the new industrial policy of Haryana.

He said stress was also being laid on agriculture diversification and better marketing of crops and by these two factors, 70 per cent of unemployment problem could be solved.

However, INLD's deputy leader in the Assembly, Sushil Indora pointed out that a girl had committed suicide to protest the government decision to repeal the HISF Act, 2003.

`Real culprit'

Singh and then Hooda trained guns on the INLD camp saying that the previous government was the ``real culprit'' and it was because of them that thousands of youths had been rendered jobless.

Birender Singh said that the previous state government in its bid to garner votes just before the polls had hurriedly constituted this force.

D-G never appointed

The Chief Minister said neither a Director General of Police of this force was never appointed nor any rules to appoint the personnel of this force were framed. He said that the State Government had made all out efforts to know the requirements of different industrial undertakings, companies and banks, but there was no demand for the same from any quarter.

Hooda said that state government had adopted a sympathetic attitude towards the 3500 affected recruits and already committed that they would be given leverage in future recruitment of the Haryana Police.

Later talking to reporters in the press lounge of the State Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Act had not even been notified by the INLD government knowing that the next government would scrap this Act and Chautala could use the affected youths as ``political tool to further his own vested interests''.

He said that in the first place, the Chautala government had not notified the Act making it illegal, ``secondly why did the previous government not make these appointments under the police force or by creating a special wing for them in the police force, third a provision was kept that it was a self-financing Act ...they should give an answer to these questions''.

He said that Chautala should apologise for his mistake instead of blaming our government.

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