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Detailed HP Congress manifesto for 2017 polls released with big promises

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HP Congress Manifesto for assembly polls 2017

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee today held a press conference on Wednesday at its headquarters in Shimla and released the party manifesto for the election to the State Legislative Assembly.

Led by the six times Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Congress has made big and extremely tempting promises especially to the regular and contractual government employees and youth.

The Congress has tried to reach every sections of the society with its manifesto.

The Congress government, as usual, is promising ‘zero tolerance’ towards corruption and transparency through more use of information technology.

The party said that if it is elected by the public, then it would implement 4-9-14 pay scale to government employees. It has been a long pending demand of the employees, the party said.

Further, it assured regularization of the contractual employees in two years instead of current period of three years.

If elected to power, the Congress government assured the PAT, Para, Computer and other teachers of regularization.

The government has also promised to resume the pension benefits to the government employees recruited after 2003.

Daily wagers would be regularized after three years. Part time workers would become daily wagers after three years, said the Congress manifesto.

The age to avail the benefits of the old-age pension schemes, the age limit would be reduced to 75 years from current 80 years, said the manifesto. The citizens in the 60-75 age group would also receive social security pension.

Further, the Congress has promised that 5-10-15 percent pension allowance would be added to the basic pension.

On forming the government, the daily wage of the laborers would be increased to Rs. 350 from Rs. 210, said the manifesto.

The Congress has promised distribution of 50,000 laptops with 1 GB free data. It would include 35,000 meritorious students’ upto matriculation, 12,000 upto higher secondary, and 3,000 graduate students.

Under the Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Scholarship scheme, the government would make provisions to send 10 meritorious students belonging to the SC category to foreign countries for higher education.

The party said it would open a gym and a ground in every panchayat of the state to boost sports activities. Every district would be provided a mini stadium, library and sports academy, said the party manifesto.

Further, the Congress said it would decentralize the power structure to empower panchayats.
The eligibility criteria for unemployment allowance would be made more flexible and liberal, it said.

The unemployment allowance would be increased from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500. For disables, the allowance would be hiked to Rs. 2000 per month from current 1Rs. 1500, said the manifesto.

In last five years, the government has provided about 70,000 youths with employment in the government and public sectors, said the manifesto.

The government promised to provide employment to about 1, 50, 000 youths in next five years.

The government would expand the training courses offered under newly established Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam to help youths fetch jobs in the private sector, said the manifesto.Highlights of the HP Congress Manifesto for 2017 Assembly PollsIt would enhance the pace with which the public services are provided.

Other Highlights of the HP Congress Manifesto for 2017 Assembly Polls

 

  • Computerization of government departments
  • Simplified procedures for businesses and industries
  • The government would appeal the Centre for raising the GST slab for the state from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
  • Would reduce the Vat on Petrol and Diesel
  • Reduction of debt by checking unproductive expenditures and enhancing sources of the revenue
  • Aid to registered youth clubs would receive funds and free sports kits.
  • Special portals for senior citizens on the official websites of the government departments
  • Construction of old age homes in all district headquarters along with recruitment of staff
  • Special medical camps to provide free medical check-up and medicines to senior citizens
  • Establishment of crèches and working women hostels in district and sub-divisional headquarters to facilitate working women
  • The grant given to the widows for the marriage of their daughters would be increased to 1, 00, 000
  • More women ITIs would be opened
  • Helpline and mobile app to ensure women safety and quick reporting of crimes against women
  • Infrastructure and grants to registered mahila mandals
  • Would open more women police stations in all district headquarters
  • The allowance to students availing facility of the coaching institutes belonging to the SC category under would be enhances upto 50 percent
  • The implementation of the Forest Rights Act and swift delivery of community rights over forests.
  • Improvement in the one-rank one-pension scheme to make it more effective
  • Opening new schools, universities and model schools
  • Free education upto graduation to all students belonging to the IRDP family
  • Free vocational training to females
  • Evaluation of CBCS RUSA system to fix the drawbacks
  • Establishment of boarding schools in backwards areas
  • Construction of toilets for girl students within six months
  • Achieving 100 percent enrollment rate and zero drop-out rate within two years
  • IT labs, free Wi-Fi facility for Colleges and higher secondary schools
  • Free medical treatment and distribution of medicines
  • Super-specialty wards in all districts
  • Tele-medicine facility in remote areas that receive heavy snowfall
  • 25 percent increase in the cadre of doctors, para-medical, and technical employees
  • Free medical treatment to BPL families along with bearing additional expanses on the treatment
  • Hike in the salaries of the doctors posted in backward and tribal areas
  • Heli-ambulance for areas that receive heavy snowfall
  • Implementation of the Factor-II to provide appropriate compensation in cases of land acquisition
  • Motorable roads for all villages
  • Improvement in quality of road work
  • Connecting all district headquarters through four-lane roads
  • Overhead bridges for public in cities and towns
  • Completion of Bhanupalli-Bilaspur rail project
  • Construction of the Baddi-Chandigarh Fast Rail Corridor
  • Betterment of Pathankot-Joginder nagar and Kalka-Shimla rail lines
  • Establishment of State Agriculture and Horticulture Commission to decide
  • Measure to prevent crop damage by wild animals and monkeys
  • 90 percent subsidy for fencing of the agricultural or horticultural land
  • 90 percent subsidy on fertilizers, pesticides, and agricultural tools
  • 90 percent subsidy on anti-hail nets
  • Waiving off agricultural loans/intersts upto Rs. 1 lakh
  • Nodal agency to ensure timely delivery of agricultural equipments, fertilizers and pesticides
  • 90 percent subsidy on rain-harvesting infrastructure
  • Implementation of Uniform Universal Carton policy
  • Raising the demand of three-time increase on import duty on apple and to include apple to the WTO treaty
  • Subsidy/financial aid for tubewells/borewells
  • Establishment of more markets to save farmers from middle-men
  • Formation of new Forest and Environment Policy
  • Measure to ensure safety of forest guards and crimes related to the forest resources
  • Formation of policy to eliminate monkey menace on agricultural lands
  • Encouragement to eco-tourism
  • Formation of high-level committee to analyise the causes of accidents and provide suggestions to make roads more safer
  • Parking facility on districts, sub-divisional, tehsil, and sub-tehsil level
  • Replacement of old HRTC buses with news ones
  • Providing adequate budget for the pension fund of the retired employees
  • Filling all vacant posts in the HRTC on priority bases
  • Encouragement to tourism, home-stay scheme
  • Parking facility at all tourist destinations
  • Heli-taxi service in various tourist destinations of Himachal
  • Expansion of the airports in Shimla, Gaggal, and Bhuntar
  • Subsidy on the loans to youths for buying cabs
  • Installing waste management plants

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Ban Speaker Rajeev Bindal, IPH Minister from Campaigning for Constantly Violating Model Code of Conduct, Misusing Govt Machinery: HPCC to CEO

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Rajeev Bindal and IPH Minister Mahender singh violates Model Code of Conduct

Shimla-Bharatiya Janata Party-led Himachal Pradesh Government is misusing government machinery and power in the by-elections to Pachhad (55) and Dharamshala (18) assembly constituencies, thus, violating Model Code of Conduct, alleged the HP Congress Committee in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer on October 14, 2019.

The memorandum was submitted by a delegation led by Hari Krishan Himral, political secretary to HPCC President, Kuldeep Rathor.

It’s pertinent to mention that Congress had expressed dissatisfaction over the functioning of the Electoral Officers, alleging that they are working under the pressure of the current government. Congress has also decided to hold a protest rally on October 15, 2019, against the inaction of the Electoral Officers against violators of MCC despite the submission of documentary proof.

The HPCC, in the memorandum, said that it has been constantly reporting violations of Model Code of Conduct in the poll-bound constituencies. Dr Rajeev Bindal, Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, is violating Vidhan Sabha Act by holding meetings in favour of BJP candidate. Congress said it has given documentary proof of his holding meetings in Naina Tikkar of Pachhad Constituency on October 4, 2019, and in Thakur Dwara on October 10, 2019. Bindal has already received a notice from the Election Commission, seeking his reply over allegations of campaigning in Pachhad constituency.

The Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mahender Singh Thakur, has been camping in Pachhad constituency to lure voters by adopting unfair means and malpractices, Congress alleged. On his orders, the IP&H Department unloaded trucks full of GI pipes which are now stacked in different locations in Naina Tikkar, Rajgarh, Rasu Mandir, Dilman and Wasni panchayats, Congress alleged.

The Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, has been informed through SDM and Police complaints have been filed about violation of Code of Conduct by government officials, Ministers and Speaker. However, the DC is allegedly behaving as an agent of BJP itself, Congress said in the memorandum.

Misuse of government property like rain shelters, National Highway, both in Pachhad and Dharamshala, is being regularly reported, Congress alleged. They are being used to paste posters in favour of BJP candidates which is prohibited in MCC, it said. Congress said it has submitted four different complaints to the State Electoral Officer since October 9, 2019, but it appears that ministers, Speaker and government officials are not bothered to follow directions from the Election Officers and they still continue to violate MCC. BJP wishes to sabotage the by-elections by their misconduct and adoption of unfair means, it alleged. 

Congress has urged the Chief Electoral Officer to ban Bindal and Mahender Singh from campaigning for these elections for their misconduct and violation of MCC along with passing strict instruction to administration and police department to immediately remove stacks of GI pipes from the said locations and remove posters, hoardings and banners from government properties like NH and rain-shelters in both constituencies.

Congress also enclosed photographs with the memorandum as proof.

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Speaker Rajeev Bindal Violating MCC by Campaigning for BJP, Misusing Official Machinery, Alleges Congress in Complaint Filed with EC   

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Speaker Rajeev Bindal violating MCC, complaint filed with HP EC

Sirmaur-Rajeev Bindal, the Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Legislatively Assembly, is openly taking part in Bharatiya Janata Party’s electoral campaigns, alleged HP Congress. Congress has filed a complaint with the HP Election Commission over this violation of Model Code of Conduct and urged it to take an action. 

Campaigning for the by-election to Pachhad and Dharamshala seats to be held on October 21, 2019, is in full swing. However, Congress has been alleging blatant MCC violations by Speaker Bindal and Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh in Pachhad constituency. On Thursday, Congress staged a protest and shouted slogans against Rajeev Bindal’s rally in Thakurdwar of Pachhad constituency. 

Congress has expressed shock over the way Model Code of Conduct is being violated in the constituency ahead of the by-election. It said the officials of the Election Commission have closed their eyes to deliberately ignore these violations.

The President of HP Congress Committee, Kuldeep Singh Rathore, on Thursday advised Rajeev Bindal to resign from the position of the Speaker if he wants to get indulged in politics. He said Bindal is supposed to uphold the dignity of his constitutional position. As the speaker,  he is supposed to be neutral. However, Kuldeep alleged, he is undermining the dignity of his position by campaigning for the ruling BJP openly. Further, Kuldeep had said that black flags would be shown to Bindal whenever he would be found campaigning. 

Kuldeep has also warned the Election Commission that if no immediate action was taken on the complaint, then Congress would not hesitate to protest against the EC and would knock on the door of the court if required.

It’s pertinent to mention that Congress has also alleged the Deputy Commissioner of Sirmaur of working like an agent of BJP instead of an Electoral Official. Congress has demanded that the DC should be transferred to ensure a fair election.

Congress has also alleged the Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mahender Singh, of misusing government machinery for election campaigning and luring voters. In a press conference organized yesterday, Kuldeep had alleged both Rajeev Bindal and Mahender Singh for misusing official machinery to woo the voters in Pachhad constituency.

He had also mentioned that a couple of days ago, a truck carrying pipes used to construct poly-house was caught in Rajgarh. He had alleged that these pipes were being supplied on the directions of the Minister Mahender Singh to lure farmers.

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Video: BJP in Himachal Alleged of Luring Voters, Blatantly Violating Model Code of Conduct

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BJP MCC violation in Sirmaur

Sirmaur-Ahead of by-elections to Pachhad Constituency of Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party has been alleged of violating Model Code of Conduct by Congress on Tuesday. As per Congress, its candidate Gangu Ram Musafir along with other party workers caught a truck carrying pipes. He alleged these pipes belong to the Irrigation and Public Health Department, which were being transported to some village in Rajgarh.

Congress alleged that these pipers were being transported to different places of the constituency on the directions of the BJP leader and I&PH Minister Mahender Singh Thakur to lure voters.

Congress workers stopped a truck near the Rajgarh bus stand and questioned the driver about the supply of pipes. The driver could not provide them with a satisfactory answer. He said that the pipes were supposed to be transported to somewhere in Gattadhar.

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Following it, Congress has filed a complaint with the police and the Election Commission regarding the alleged supply of the pipes. As per the report, a police team and officials of Election Commission visited the spot after receiving the complaint. The SDM, Rajgarh, Naresh Kumar, has sought a report regarding the case. The SDM said that these pipes were being supplied by a Mandi-based company to five farmers in Singhad area.

According to Musafir, two such vehicles were caught at two different places. He alleged I&PH Minister of blatantly violating Model Code of Conduct.

Congress leader Ram Lal Thakur alleged that Ministers of ruling government have been heard of luring voters in villages by offering them instant water and electricity connection. Electricity poles are being erected overnight, he alleged.

Now, Congress is gearing up to file a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner.

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