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Bhuna: A Resultant of Government Neglect

Bhuna: A Resultant of Government Neglect, naya haryana, नया हरियाणा

2nd September 2014

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Bhuna, is a small town in Fatehabad District of Haryana. It belongs to Hisar divison and is located 26 kilometres towards east from district head quarters Fatehabad. It is 18 kilometres from Uklana and about 50 kilometres away from Hisar.

It is a tehsil headquarter with a population of about 50,000 with over 20,000 voters. The town is surrounded by Uklana tehsil towards east, Ratia tehsil towards north, Agroha tehsil towards south, and Fatehabad tehsil towards west.

Once a bustling town known for its sugar mill, Bhuna today stands as a classic example of governement's neglect and lopsided policies. Its unpaved streets are filled with mud and filth. The city faces an acute drinking water crisis. There is a severe shortage of schools, and there is not a single college in the town, which makes the girls unable to pursue higher studies. There is no sewage system in the town and during monsoons the entire ward turns into a big lake.

Though mass protests here ensured that the town got a police station, bus stand and a community health centre. Yet the medical facilities are grossly inadequate here and a perennial shortage of doctors mars the functioning of the CHC.

There had also been a demand for a grains mandi in the town for over 40 years. Despite repeated assurances from the politicians, it has yet to come up here.

Yet, not very long ago, Bhuna was a hot destination for job seekers and farmers as well. Its sugar mill, which was inaugurated by Devi Lal on 15 January 1992, offered employment to the youth of the region and was the source of livelihood for thousands of people not just of Bhuna but also of the adjoining villages and towns. Thousands of sugarcane farmers of Fatehabad, Jind and Hisar districts too benefitted from Bhuna's sugar mill which provided them a big market for their produce.

But, lopsided politically-motivated development and faulty anti-people policies of the Chautala as well as Congress governments led to the closure of the mill that jolted the local economy of the tehsil in a big way.

It has been a calculated move with political connivance to systematically destroy the mill at Bhuna to benefit another mill that was set up by the Om Prakash Chautala government   Chaudhary Devi Lal Sugar Mill   at Panniwala Mota in Chautala's home district, Sirsa.

Despite wide protests by the residents of Bhuna, the state government blocked sugarcane supply to the Bhuna mill from Hisar and Jind and diverted them to the new sugar mill at Panniwala Mota.

The Bhuna Mill was set up with a loan of Rs. 30.45 crore but the government's faulty policies meant it suffered huge losses and had to pay more interest than the principal amount of loan. The Congress soon after coming to power transferred them to private hands and because of the losses, there was no other option left for its owners than to shut it down.

Yet, Bhuna is a political nerve centre of the region besides Fatehabad. With a considerably large Other Backwards Class (OBC) and Scheduled Caste population, the town has always played a decisive role in every election. It is time for the government to rise above partisan politics to restore the past glory of Bhuna.

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