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HARYANA-Press(ing) need for good managers

November 18, 2019 06:15 AM

Press(ing) need for good managers


Haryana chief minister ML Khattar extolled journalists on the occasion of National Press Day on November 16. The second term chief minister, however, needs some good hands for managing the affairs of his government. The lack of professionalism is stark in his set-up. Journalists who went to Haryana Raj Bhawan the other day for covering the cabinet inductions were seated in a cramped enclosure at least 15 rows behind the main section. Whosoever applied his or her mind to the seating arrangement did not have a clue about the importance of having a media enclosure upfront. When journalists go for covering an event, they get better access because they need more exposure to the happenings and also interact with those who matter. They had to watch the big screen to know what was happening on the dais.

 

 

Bonhomie on the Corridor

Punjab leaders were at their pleasant best during their visit to Kartarpur Sahib, the last resting place of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, as part of the first jatha (delegation) on November 9. They posed for pictures together at the passenger terminal, setting aside their political rivalries, and had long chats. They also took light-hearted jibes at each other. On his way back, cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi, along with other Congress leaders, slowly walked across from the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Pakistan to one on the Indian side, prompting SAD leader Charanjit Singh Brar who preferred an e-vehicle, to remark: “Mantri sahib, vapis aa jayo, kite Pakistan rehan da mann na bna leo”. Channi responded with a big smile.

AAp leaders not on khaira’s guest list

Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) president Sukhpal Khaira’s son Mehtab Khaira got married last week, but most legislators and other top leaders of his erstwhile party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), were conspicuous by their absence from the wedding functions. The two-time Bholath legislator had parted ways with the AAP on a bitter note after falling out with the leadership last year. He resigned from the party to float his separate outfit. “We were not invited,” said a senior AAP leader. However, a few like Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu, who was suspended from the party along with Khaira last year for anti-party activities, attended the wedding.

Cue from Uttar Pradesh

Before finalising its plans for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev which culminated last week, the CaptAmarinder Singh government had taken a leaf out of the Uttar Pradesh government’s book. A seven-member state team, including inspector general, Jalandhar range, Naunihal Singh; secretary, public works (B&R) Hussan Lal; director, public relations, Anindita Mitra; director, local government, Karnesh Sharma; Kapurthala deputy commissioner DPS Kharbanda and director, tourism, Malwinder Singh Jaggi, was sent to UP in February this year to look at the logistics and facilities for pilgrims at Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s biggest religious festivals, for which a whole city was set up temporarily at Prayagraj over 2,500 hectares on the banks of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. They studied the integrated command system, traffic management, cleanliness, media facility, security arrangements, cleanliness and tent city for lodging (both paid and free facilities). “Our tent city (free for everyone), langar (free community kitchen) and media lounge turned out to be better they (UP govt) had there,” said one of them.

 

Minister in demand!

A day after newly inducted home minister Anil Vij carried out a surprise check at a police station in Panipat and suspended two cops for being absent from duty, the official Facebook page of the Haryana BJP attracted a plethora of reactions. The minister’s action not just earned him praise from all and sundry, there were also those who urged him to inspect police stations of their areas such as Hansi or Faridabad to bring some orderliness there. A minister in demand indeed!


Cops at their insulting best

The inherent character of the police is to intimidate and humiliate. And it was on display in and outside the Haryana Raj Bhawan during the cabinet inductions last week. While cops deployed by the Chandigarh Police outside the venue mindlessly argued even those on foot and with valid papers from going towards the venue, the Haryana Police cops, true to their character, spoke rudely to many visitors. Both the Chandigarh and Haryana cops invaded the personal space of visitors, holding their arms and shoulders, event after being shown valid invites. Haryana cops were at their insulting best to journalists telling many they don’t look like journalist and raising frivolous queries about their professional work. It is high time the police top brass understand the need of giving the pig-headed cops some lessons in courtesy and public interface.

Kapoor-nama


Kangra MP Kishan Kapoor and controversies go hand-in-hand. The 66-year-old BJP leader landed in another one recently by frivolously confronting mediapersons during a press conference. “You people wrote a lot of crap about me during elections. What happened? Despite negative reports, I won and bagged 72% votes,” he told reporters on being asked questions. The MP advised them to not be “negative all the time”.

Selfie-first display

At a protest organised by the party against the Union government at Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana, Congress leaders were put off by the craze among the party workers for selfies. Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar entertained their requests for selfies for some time but they kept pushing each other causing chaos. A visibly irritated Jakhar moved on. Other MLAs and ministers also faced a similar situation and requested the Congressmen to concentrate on the protest instead of collecting pictures for their Facebook wall.

 
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