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Interview with Pankaj Kharbanda, Gurgaon's aspiring candidate for Haryana Assembly Polls
Dressed in white kurta pajama, the General Secretary of Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress, Pankaj Kharbanda, looked a confident middle-aged man. While speaking to the politician, there was a spring of confidence in his tone, strongly claiming that the Congress would come back to power.

Pankaj Kharbanda is presently gearing up for Haryana assembly elections from Gurgaon constituency. got in touch with the politician and tried to understand his plans for Gurgaon.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. What are some of the biggest challenges for the youth in Gurgaon?

Pankaj Kharbanda (PK): Gurgaon is a youth oriented city. There is an acute shortage of universities, hostels and sport colleges. Due to lack of such facilities, our youngsters have to go to Delhi and other places. Hence, more universities need to be established in the city. There are a very few number of sportspersons from Gurgaon, so sports colleges must be built.

There are a lot of MNCs, which look for skilled persons who can meet their requirements. On the other side, large numbers of educated people are wondering jobless. By developing skills in youngsters, this gap can be bridged immediately.

Women security is also a sensitive issue in Gurgaon. Teenage girls are getting raped and killed. To keep a close watch and avoid such incidents, CCTVs must be installed at some sensitive parts of the city.

Q. What were the major problems that the Congress government could not identify in its 10 years tenure in this constituency?

P K: For slow development in this constituency, it is the local leadership, which is to be held responsible. For example, Sukhbir Kataria who is presently a sports minister of Haryana, never raised questions of non - availability of sports colleges in Gurgaon in assembly sessions.  The same thing took place with Rao Inderjeet Singh who never represented the problems of the residents of Gurgaon.

I sat on fast for 9 days to get the basic needs - electricity, drinking water and roads in the ambit of 900 meter near IAF Ammunition Depot in Gurgaon. Praveen Kumar, Former Commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon also accepted our demands. High Court also directed MCG to identify those people who are living here before 2010 and provide them with electricity meters.

But, in the supervision of Mayor Vimal Yadav this problem is still intact. When BJP can't meet the promises made to people, it does not have any right to be in power. Therefore the selection process for a responsible Mayor seat must be repeated again.

From Dwarka to HUDA City Center, metro connectivity must be developed to make commuting easier for the people of Gurgaon. It will help in reducing traffic burden. In New Gurgaon, tracks for cycling and walking should be developed. In HUDA, auto market on Basai road, Om Prakash Chautala as CM of Haryana inaugurated a park, which is yet to be built.  A beautiful park like Leisure Valley Park must be built there. Golf Course Road must be beautified. At Old bus stand, parking for the vehicles like ISBT, Delhi should be developed.

Q. Modi government has started to make way for the next 5 years by offering Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana recently across the nation. Do you think people in Haryana will support Congress this time?

P K: First of all, I want to make this confusion clear that Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is a scheme started by Congress. Now, it is being implemented. Congress always has a clear image. As far as the Congress government coming to power in Haryana is concerned, it will come with huge majority this time.

Q. Share your big achievements for youth and social welfare in your political career.

P K: I also raised the issue of 900 meter IAF Ammunition Depot in Gurgaon.  We have opened Narayan Das Memorial Public School in Punhana, Mewat to provide free of cost education to poor children. For the treatment of the people suffering from Hepatitis causes in Karnal, I recommended to CM and got the treatment of these people free of cost, the bearing of the cost, which stood at Rs.4 lakhs.

Q. What can one expect from representative of the people?

P K: I am of the view that a representative must be familiar with all the problems faced by the people in his constituency and he must advocate these problems before the concerned authorities and get it implemented immediately. He should be available to the people round the clock.

Q. Who is Pankaj Kharbanda in his personal life?

P K: I am fond of playing Cricket since my childhood. I have done B.A. Presently I am living in Old DLF Colony, sector 14, Gurgaon.  My father, Late Mr. Narayan Das always kept motivating me and I still follow his footsteps. I entered politics in 2001 by winning the block level election. I was also elected as Sarpanch of our village in 2004-05. I spent most of my time in raising the issues and sorting out political matters.

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