INLD Govt

In very testing times INLD assumed office on July 24, 1999. During 1991-96, the Congress Government had 37 ministers and on 16 occasions the portfolios of the Ministers had to be changed. The Congress Government was followed by HVP-BJP government. It had 44 members in the Assembly; of them 43 were either ministers or holding some other office. The misrule had led to near bankruptcy in the State. The INLD Government with Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala not only provided political stability but also gave efficient administration resulting in a surplus of Rs. 1750 crore at the time of handing over reins of power to Congress. During this period, law and order was established and rural and urban areas made safe and secure. The economic activity was boosted all over the State because of this.

The next priority was boosting power generation, strengthening transmission and making equitable distribution. As a first step 802 MW capacity was increased during the first three years and more than 45 thousand tube well connections were released. New sub-stations were commissioned Yamunanagar Thermal Power Plant had remained in the planning stage for more than twenty years. This was finally given shape in 2004 when for beginning the work contract was finalized and signed. The 7th unit of Tau Devi Lal Thermal plant, Panipat was dedicated to the people by the then President of India, Dr. APJ Kalam.

Dadupur Nalvi canal project too had been gathering dust. The cobwebs were cleared and the construction work begun. For efficient irrigation, canals were lined and cleared of blockages. In rural areas, the village link roads were strengthened, the lanes and bye lanes of villages paved and chaupals and dharamshalas repaired. Through the Sarakar Aapke Dwar programme about 45 thousand development works were undertaken. In urban areas more than Rs. 1,295 crore were spent on sewerage and drinking water. In order to wean away the students from inimical influences, the capacity of Engineering and Technical institutes was raised to 27,312 seats. 1172 schools were upgraded and English made compulsory from the first class. In order to encourage girl students to continue their school study, they were given bicycles to go to school.

New roads of 6,429 kilometers were laid and 22,000 kilometers repaired. The farmers were given the highest sugar cane price in the country and two new sugar mills established. Every grain of wheat, paddy and maize was purchased by the State and their remuneration given to the farmers immediately. More than 2 lakh jobs were created for the youth of Haryana. The crowning glory of the INLD, as in the past, was innovative schemes for the welfare of the people. Devi Rakshak Insurance scheme proved to be a landmark in social security and its variations are today adopted by many other States. Old age pensions and unemployment allowances were raised according to the rising prices. In administration, bold steps were taken and INLD provided the lead to the whole country in the matter of introducing the VAT system. Highway patrolling was another innovative step that was followed by others. The fiscal acumen of the State was acknowledged by the Finance Commission as well as the Finance Minister of the UPA Government.