Rajasthan, the largest state of India, in terms of geographical area, is privileged to have Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria, as the helpless Home Minister. Herewith, let me make it very clear that, quite unfortunately, I don’t deserve the credit of adding the adjective ‘helpless’ before his designation because it’s a self-acclaimed title which Mr. Kataria has crowned himself with. I don’t know whether it’s a way to get away with the responsibilities or what, but it’s a fact.
Sometimes back, sharing the stage with the present Chief Minister (CM) of Rajasthan Mrs. Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Mr. Kataria, addressing to the CM, very helplessly, commented that the Police Department, which actually reports to him, doesn’t listen to him or follow his orders. Further, the condition of law and order in the state is self-explanatory and definitely certifies Mr. Kataria’s self-acclamation. So, without any doubt, it’s apt to use the word helpless before his designation.
In spite of such law and order condition in the state, Mr. Kataria is busy patting his back, on achievements which are far from the ground reality. Forget about the entire state, his own hometown i.e. Udaipur (Rajasthan), has been a witness of so many criminal activities in the recent past, that simply on the ground of “owning the moral responsibility” he should have resigned a couple of times until now. However, I know it’s too much to ask for, especially from the politicians of the present time.
Let me apprise you with three big criminal cases that happened during his tenure. It’s a matter of shame not only for the Police department but also for the Home Minister that right under their nose a factory was manufacturing banned narcotic drugs seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which is said to be the world’s biggest seizure of Narcotic Drugs, but surprisingly the local police and administration was completely unaware of the same. Then there is another case which brought national shame, wherein a male during a protest, right in front of the Police Battalion, hoisted a saffron flag atop the Honourable District and Sessions Court, Udaipur (Rajasthan). In one other case, quite surprisingly, the Home Minister received the news of the encounter of the most wanted gangster of the state from the CM because he was enjoying his sound sleep when this whole incidence was taking place.
Although, I do agree that it’s not in anyone’s hand to ensure that not even a single crime takes place. But, at the same time, I do believe that the fear of law among the criminals (and not in the minds of the innocent common men) surely helps in curtailing the number of crimes substantially. However, the increasing graph of the crime in the state is too scary for the common man and raises a question mark on the law and order situation in the entire state.
But, it seems that Mr. Home Minister is least bothered about such petty things as public safety. After all, he has a lot of other important tasks to fulfill like the inauguration, political speeches, and giving statements which threaten the common man. Yes, instead of threatening the criminals he is making statements which will make the life of the innocent common man difficult.
On dated 10th February 2018, the respected Minister, in a review meeting with the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), Udaipur (Rajasthan), ordered the UIT officials, to show eyes to the vacant plot owners of the residential colonies in the city and force them to construct residential buildings on these vacant plots, as well as, levy penalty on them. [Reference: News article published on dated 11th February 2018, in Rajasthan Patrika (Hindi Daily Newspaper)]
As per the learned minister, the owners of these vacant plots purchase them for investment purpose and don’t construct residential buildings on them. Hence, over the time, these vacant plots are used as a garbage dumping ground by the residents of the respective colonies. All this, in turn, results in an unclean place to live in.
Mr. Kataria, I, very humbly, want to ask you that what is the fault of that innocent common man, who has invested her/his hard-earned money in purchasing a residential plot, be it to construct any residential building or be it to simply invest in the same, in anticipation of future appreciation on her/his property. Mr. Minister would you like to please inform that which law/rule prohibits a person to hold a vacant residential land in her/his own name?
On what basis you are ordering the government officials to force the common men for constructing a residential building on the vacant land owned in their name? How can you penalize a person for the fault of others? Who is at fault the one who is dumping the garbage on the vacant land or the one who owns that land?
Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria, by any chance, if you forgot then let me remind you that as per the Criminal & Asset Declaration submitted by you, at the time of the election, in the year 2013, details of your immovable assets shows a Non-Agriculture Land of 2400 square feet, worth Rs. 4,80,000/- located at Plot No. 47 Madhav Nagar. [Reference: Archived information from the website myneta.info – http://myneta.info/rajasthan2013/index.php?action=affidavitComparison&myneta_folder2=rj2008&id1=674&id2=265].
Now, Mr. Kataria would you throw some light on this vacant land owned by you, as reflecting in the self-declared affidavit submitted from your end? Is there any law which exempts the politicians from owning a vacant land on which the other residents can dump the garbage but the politicians won’t be held responsible for the same, unlike the innocent common man? Please do remember that we all should firstly be logical in our approach and secondly, “Practice what we Preach”.
Mr. Kataria, it’s my humble request that instead of eyeing the common men please fix your gaze on the criminals so that the law and order situation doesn’t go out of control in the state. Rather than wasting your energy in threatening the common man please apply it in other constructive activities for the betterment of the society in your constituency.
I know that politicians these days are only bothered about their political ambitions but they should keep in mind that in a Democratic Nation the common man is the most powerful person. I wish that may the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.
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