There has always been a healthy competition among the states to become the leading role model for other states to follow. No doubt, a development model of a state can always be an indicator for the progress made by it, benefiting its people in the process. Haryana is one such state, whose third highest per capita income (2010-2011) in the country shows its steady growth over the years. It is now recognized as one of the richest states in the country.
The state is known for its expansive automobile sector that accounts for almost 50% of the total production of the passenger cars in the country. Dairy farming is another sector that has put Haryana a way ahead of many other states in the country. Gurgaon, a city popularly known for its software companies and monstrous buildings, has made a giant leap in terms of property development and providing shelter and jobs to the needy people. However, these industries can be enhanced more by giving them further impetus, such as introducing public-private partnership and discussion forums, so that their net effects trickle down to the lowest strata of the society.
Amongst all these benefits and advancements, the state still has some weak areas that can be looked into. The first being the safety of women; the rise in the number of rape cases is the prime indicator for this. According to a report, 733 rape cases were reported in the state in the year 2011, which is no mean figure by any measure. To contain this growing menace, the government should ensure fast response in the form of investigations into such cases. Setting up of fast-track courts and deployment of more police in the sensitive areas can surely be a step in the right direction.
Another major problem that Haryana faces is of acute power crisis that cripples businesses and the smooth functioning of other institutions. Along with it, the pathetic conditions of roads and poor sewage treatment are other major problems that hamper the general public life. The current supply of electricity falls around 25% short of the demand. Giant buildings that continuously use air conditioners and other electronic appliances have been attributed for this difference. To contain this issue, power should be diverted to the sectors that are dependent on the continuous supply of electricity, such as agriculture, etc. Besides, for extra consumption of power, a surcharge should be collected from the users.
Haryana was and is the state with the utmost potential; the only thing required is to utilize them to the fullest, minimizing the wastages and evenly distributing the resources. For only then the state will, in the true sense, be a state for everyone.