Red Tape does not even spare martyrs in Himachal

PALAMPUR : How much serious is Himachal Pradesh government towards the projects named in the “memory of the martyrs” who laid down their lives while fighting Kargil war and anti militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir.

It is evident from the fact that the construction of rupees 70 lakh Primary Health Centre being constructed in the memory of martyr Major Sudheer Walia is yet be taken up because of official bottlenecks and failure of H.P Public Works Department, who could not finalize the design of building in past one year.

Major Walia had sacrificed his life while fighting with the militants in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2001. After his supreme sacrifice Prem Kumar Dhumal who was Chief Minister in 2001, had announced to construct a hospital in his memory in his native village Banuri , but in 2003 the BJP government was voted out of power and this project remained hanging fire.

After the fall of BJP government in 2003, Mr. Rulia Ram father of Major Sudheer Walia moved from the pillar to post for five years for the construction of Primary Health Centre in his village in the memory of his late son Major Sudheer Walia but all in vain. However,after a struggle of five years in the year 2007, he succeeded in persuading the Chief Minister Vir Bhadara Singh and ultimately the project was finalized.

Mr. Vir Bhadara Singh laid the foundation stone of this hospital in January 2007 and also sanctioned rupees 70 lakh for this project. At the time of laying the foundation stone ceremony Chief Minister announced that this project named in the memory of martyr Sudheer Walia would be completed within one year.

Unfortunately after the laying of foundation stone the congress government forgot about this project and no headway was made in past one year. As and when it was enquired from the executive engineer of the PWD Baijnath, he told that he had not received the design of this building, therefore he was helpless to take up the construction of the building.

pwd-board_2.jpgMyHimachal news team when visited the site of building today found that not even a single brick has been added to this project. The foundation stone plate is in bad shape. The signboard fixed by the PWD was uprooted.

The site was giving a deserted look.

Mr. Rulia Ram father of the martyr is badly hurt with the attitude of the state government. While talking to myHimachal News he said despite assurances given by the Chief Minister that PHC will be completed with in one year but nothing was done. He said state government should not play such cruel jokes with the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the unity and integrity of this nation. He said now he had hopes that new Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal would initiate serious efforts for the completion of this project.

A senior journalist from Palampur.

2 Comments

  • People here only aspire for getting control over red tape. This is a distinctive characteristic of an under developed country. In Himachal, it is even more dangerous because most people hesitate to break red tape for money as forces of social control are strong in small state. People in public offices shows nuisance to common man who finances their salary. It is very unforunate and unethical. It is for sure that these people do not even fear from God.

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