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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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Himachal BJP Chief Satti Barred from Campaigning by EC for MCC Violation

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Shimla-The Election Commission of India has barred Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti from campaigning for 48 hours. This prohibition would begin from 10 am tomorrow onwards for two days for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

This makes him the first such leader from Himachal Pradesh who was barred from campaigning for violating MCC.

Satti had used an obscene slur for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.  The EC had taken strict note of it and had issued a notice. Satti had filed a reply justifying himself that he was merely narrating a Facebook comment made by some other person. He also alleged media of presenting edited video clip with manipulations. However, this justification failed to appeal to the EC as the word used by Satti was highly derogatory.  

Also, it was alleged that Satti had made objectionable remarks over religious sect Radha Swami, for which he had also apologized.

Here is what Satti Had Said About Rahul Gandhi:

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

However, Satti is yet to receive a response to the reply he has filed to a second notice served to him by EC for again making objectionable comments about Priyanka Vadra dressing and Rahul Gandhi’s bachelorhood in public meeting in Una.  The second notice was sent on the basis of video footage recorded by EC’s video surveillance team.

Himachal Pradesh Congress had launched a statewide protest against Satti along with submission of a complaint to the EC. An FIR was also lodged against Satti in relation to his derogatory comments.  Effigies were burnt at various places. Youth wing of the State Congress had smeared black paint on the face of Satti in BJP posters in Shimla. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had gone to the extent of saying that Satti had lost his mental balance.

State BJP leaders have so far avoided condemning Satti’s remarks, which also drew criticism from the opposition.

BJP leaders like Shanta Kumar, however, defended Satti. Shanta said Satti had apologized for his remarks. However, Satti had only apologized to Radha Swami organization. He had refused to apologize to Rahul Gandhi. He maintained that Rahul had also been addressing PM Modi as Chowkidar Chor or Chore while addressing rallies and public meetings.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Black Paint Smeared on Satpal Satti's Posters in Shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Satpal Singh Satti's abusive remark on rahul gandhi

Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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