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Interview: Seema Pahuja, a Gurgaon Councillor who may fight Assembly elections on Congress' ticket
Seema Pahuja is Councilor of Gurgaon's Ward No-11, under the city's Municipal Corporation. In the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections she might contest from the city on the Congress ticket.

In an interview with Seema Pahuja talked about her work as a Councilor, the problems in Gurgaon that she aims to tackle on priority if she becomes an MLA. Here are the excerpts from the interview.

Q. What are the major reforms that you have done in your ward?

Seema Pahuja (SP): I got constructed parks, roads. Water lines were laid. Apart from this drainage system was also laid down in the ward. The girls were provided self defence training i.e. Judo-Karate. We also discussed this particular thing with Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidharthy, who ensured us to

Apart from this my NGO Sky Touch offers two months free of cost professional training in computer education, stitching, and beautician course to the women. We also provide scholarship to poor children who appear for board exams.

Q. What are the big issues you have identified in Gurgaon that you think need to be sorted out on priority?

SP: Gurgaon is suffering from 'No time bound delivery of development works.' Traffic chaos is a common affair here. In rainy season, the water logging on the roads brings the entire city to a halt. The roads whose age on papers is 15-20 years get damaged in in 4 -5 years. There is an acute shortage of basic amenities like drinking water, electricity, roads. Such problems are neglected by saying that they are in unapproved areas. It needs to be sorted out shortly.

Q. Women security is also a big issue in Gurgaon. How would you tackle this challenge, if you become an MLA?

SP: As a woman, I am of the view that today we are living in a woman-oriented era. The government has made lot of strict laws to provide protection cover to the women. To deal with such problems, there is need of creating awareness about these laws. Women need to be given self defence training. Policing needs to be tightened up in such areas that prone to crime against women.

Q. As a representative of the people, what will be your first development strategy for Gurgaon?

SP: As a public representative, I will try to solve the problems on the basis of preferences. Development will be done where it is needed. The satisfaction of the people and transparency is must in making the policies here. In this direction, I will recommend the government to focus on girls education, reservation for girls in higher study institutions and open an university in Gurgaon. Placement will be given to unemployed youths by consulting with Multi National Companies (MNC). For the smooth movement of traffic in the city, there is a need of more flyovers, footpaths. Old Gurgaon needs to be connected to Metro rail.

Q. Congress is on the verge of vanishing from Gurgaon. It is evident from the fact that a very senior Congress leader Rao Inderjeet Singh switched to BJP because of decreasing popularity of the Congress. Do you acknowledge such situation?

SP: This is not correct. As far as Rao Inderjeet Singh's shifting from Congress to BJP is concerned, he is a self-centered person. In the time of Congress rule, he never represented the problems of the people in the Assembly.

Q. There is a magic of Modi in the nation. In Haryana, there is anti-incumbency factor. What will be future of Congress Government in the state?

SP: The future of the Congress in the state is still bright. BJP raised the issue of corruption, inflation and black money many times in the past. Now BJP itself is in power but inflation is not yet coming to an end. Tomatoes are being sold at Rs 80 per kg in the market. The Modi government has hiked the price of sugar two days ago. Now where is the promise of Acche Din by the Modi government?

Q. Who is Seema Pahuja in her personal life?

SP: I am working as social worker for the last 14 years. I have done my graduation from the Government College in Gurgaon. My husband Pawan Pahuja also devotes a good time in social work. Actually he motivates me a lot toward social work.

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