One thing I would like to clear is, I am not a political person. I donâ€™t lean towards a single party, instead I support the right people. The mentality, which we all use to have in India, that we are pro this party because our family is so, seems to be over with. I think I can write a complete post about this but just to clear one thing, this post, which I am writing, is not to support a person or party but to support the real Himachali TEAM work, which we all need in HP.
In recent days CM Virbhadra Singh came open and totally blocked any cooperation with Punjab and Haryana and protested and denied any cooperation to them because they are trying to sabotage the tax free status extended to Himachal!
Before I go in much detail, let me tell you why it is important:
I come from Baijnath area in Kangra district and adjoining Mandi district has a Shanan power house which is still owned by Punjab Government.The reason is simple it was built by British and after that this part of HP was in Punjab till 1971 so they are supposed to own it.
Now which state in India has something like this setup, where exactly other state owns major projects because earlier, that state was part of it? I would like the readers to educate me, after all Uttranchal, Jharkhand are newly created.
Up above that Punjab and Haryana are sitting on more that Rs. 10,000 Crore worth arrears, thatâ€™s the money they need to pay to HP for the power they bought from HP. And HP govt. is struggling hard to get rid of Rs.15,000/- Crore debt it has.
Where is HPâ€™s public, why are they lying low? Why the heck they never protest against the neighboring states. Tamilnadu and Karnatka people are so tough on Godavari water issues.
Its in fact Kudos for HP CM to come ahead and protest against the step-brotherly treatment to HP by Haryana and Punjab. They are protesting because HP got the industrial package once again, donâ€™t we need it? After all we are just 35 years old state and up above that we have negligible industry and we are a rising state, which is opening up for more development. Till date most of us just drove taxis in Punjab, Delhi and Mumbai, worked in hotels in these areas, why the heck people are not coming forward and protesting, after all its for their own development.
For one I am protesting with big and louder voice. What the heck, I protest and demand Punjab and Haryana pay back Himachalâ€™s dues! Punjab has enough development already and Haryana is reaping benefits like anything from industry in Gurgaon and other areas.
I think this is the time that HP people also get development!
So I request all, this is for your own development, when Industry comes, even if you are not part of that, you benefit out of it, people get jobs, more business opportunities and society as whole develops.
So I think we all need to raise our voice and support the government and get things straightened up! Lets come out of Politics of all this, lets not say that Virbhadra is doing this for his own political carrier, lets not say instead of 3 years, we should get 6 years and its not worth from center, lets say we should get 6 years but then for now we have 3 years, lets take best benefit out of this.
At one hand HP has 3 years tax benefits and now is the right time to bring Industry to Himachal. And it takes a lot of time to setup even a small shop and one can imagine 3 years are less, but then lets all work together and strengthen hands of government and fight to get our dues back from Punjab and Haryana. Its your own money, if for a day government would go bankrupt, they wont have money to pay salaries, look at Bihar, people dont get paid for months.
So instead of looking at why the heck this govt. is doing all this, lets protest strongly with Punjab and Haryana and fight the battle to get the money back!
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An IT professional for 17 years, based in the US since the last 12 years. Founded NGO My Himachal and then Himachal Media Pvt. Ltd.. A Himachali forever. Always trying to bring together people whose hearts beat for the state.