Sirsa is a district in Haryana which has a history that dates back to the time of Mahabharata. On 1 November, 1966, it was included in the state of Haryana but was bifurcated into different tehsils in 1968. It was only on 1 September 1975 that it was formed as a separate district. Sirsa, like other districts of Haryana, needs growth and development. There are many concerns and challenges which need to be highlighted here.
Sirsa has many religious spots and places of interest, which can be used as places for tourism. The Salasar Dham, Tara Baba Kutia, Dera Sacha Sauda, Ganesh Mandir, Jain Temple etc., are some of the popular religious places here. It is surprising that even though there are such places, tourism is not flourishing here. When there are places which can improve the tourism sector in the district, inputs should be added by the state government and the concerned authorities to promote this sector. Better tourism can be useful for the economic growth of the district and the state.
Safe drinking water is another concern in this district. In a recent incident, residents of Gudia Khera village suffered from hepatitis as dirty and contaminated water was supplied to them. More than 24 people suffered from this disease and many were admitted to the hospitals. The negligence of the public health department caused the harmful effects on the health of the people. This puts a question on the role of the government in providing the basic necessities to the people.
There are numerous fairs or melas which are organised on the occasion of several festivals in Sirsa. Baisakhi fair, Mela Ram Dev, Mela Sacha Sauda, Mela Baba Bhuman Shah and Mela Shah-bu-Shah are a few of such fairs which are organised in the region. These melas can be used as a good source to generate more business. If they are propagated considerably, they can increase the business and also the tourism for the district. People from other districts can come here and set up their business stalls and also the buyers from other places can visit these fairs for making purchases. Hence, the economic condition of the people can be improved by giving them better business opportunities.
Sirsa lack quality higher education institutions. There are only a few technical education and graduation level colleges, but no higher level institutes. Providing better education facilities are the need of the hour in this area. More job opportunities, control over crime rate, crime against women and improvement in the sex ratio are other major concerns which should be considered on a priority basis in this region. Development in this district is not only lacking but is long awaited; it is high time now to put efforts in small districts like Sirsa.