: In the wake of the recent incidents like biryani policing, large-scale cases of malaria and gang-rapes, the BJP government has chosen Mewat to launch ‘Progress Panchayat’, a social welfare outreach programme, on Thursday. Several Union and Haryana Ministers will attend the launch, aimed at wooing the minority community in the district, barely 60 km from Gurgaon.
A senior district official said on Wednesday that the programme will be launched by Union minister of state for minority affairs (independent charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and it aims to remove the fear and misconceptions of the minority community about the BJP government. It will also be attended by Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Kishan Pal Gurjar, apart from two ministers from Haryana.
“We don’t have much clue about what progress panchayat is all about. We got to know barely 10 days ago that the Modi government wants to launch it from here. It is quite apparent that since Mewat has maximum Muslim population and is the most backward district of Haryana, the Centre has decided to launch it from here so that the recent ghastly incidents can be obscured,” he added.
When contacted, Mewat’s deputy commissioner Mani Ram Sharma said, “The Union minister (Naqvi) will address a public gathering at Bichhor village in Punhana, in which around 10,000 people are expected to attend. The government has prepared a holistic plan to develop Mewat and people would be asked to give their suggestions on how they want their district to be developed.”