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
Congress Rally in Shimla (Video): Shukla Mimics PM Modi’s Signature Dialogue While Mocking at Promises of ‘Achhe Din’
Shimla-Congress Jan Akrosh Rally held in Shimla on March 10, 2021, witnessed a huge gathering and was attended by veteran leader Virbhadra Singh, Rajeev Shukla, in charge and member of Working Committee of Indian National Congress and party representatives from various districts.
The rally was held to express anguish over price hikes in LPG and petroleum fuels, unemployment which is at an all-time high, rampant privatization by putting government resources on a sale for the benefit of corporate, corruption, and the promise of “Achhe Din” made by BJP before 2014 elections.
At the same time, the rally was a desperate attempt to revive Congress which is on the verge of extinction in context to role and power of an opposition. The leaders tried to send out a message to stand united and leave all sorts of differences behind to bring back the party to power ahead of elections to Municipal Corporations and 2022 polls in Himachal Pradesh.
This extinction is worsened by internal politics – the reason the party has failed to show unity and fight as one unit for a long time now.
The scenes of Natti being performed by workers on the beats of traditional instruments being played by local artists cheered the crowd. Others had arranged Punjabi dhol to mark their presence more loudly .
On reaching the stage to address the rally, former Chief Minister and Congress’s face in the State, Virbhadra Singh, also took a small moment to dance on Pahari music before proceeding to his speech. This was perhaps the only moment where workers actually felt most excited and tried to get glimpses of the veteran leader.
He advised the party leaders to establish and maintain the discipline to strengthen the party.
Shukla referred to Virbhadra Singh as “Shere-Himachal” while addressing him.
Shukla targeted Prime Minister Narender Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party Government by taking a jibe at them. He mimicked the signature dialogue of PM “Bhayion aur Behno” and asked the party workers to identify it.
“PM Modi is putting on sale everything Congress has built for the nation,” Shukla said while referring to rampant privatization of government organizations, services, infrastructure and resources.
In his address, the leader of the opposition, Mukesh Agnihotri, highlighted rising debt on the state. He gave an estimate of the debt ( Rs 85,000 crores) on the state at the end of current BJP government tenure.
You can get glimpses of the rally and listen to Shukla’s complete address in the video below:
Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Makes a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years
Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission
District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).
Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.
The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.
Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.
Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.
The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support.
Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda- had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.
Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate.
Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.
While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff. Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.
Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.
Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.
The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.
The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.
Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.
The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.
The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.
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