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Congress Releases Manifesto 2019, Says Last 5 Years Have Been Disastrous For People

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List of promises of Congress Manifesto 2019

Shimla-Indian National Congress today released its manifesto of poll promises for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Congress said its manifesto is not the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people. Congress claimed that between October 2018 and February 2019, a large number of people engaged in a conversation with the party in at least 16 languages.

Congress said its manifesto committee organised 121 consultations with the public and 53 consultations with experts such as farmers, entrepreneurs, economists, students, teachers, women’s groups, doctors, lawyers and many others. The party held consultations in over 60 locations across 24 States and 3 Union Territories. Congress said it also met with NRI representatives from over 12 countries.

I have personally been listening to our people’s voices from all corners of our country. Every single word in the Congress manifesto reflects your voices and the aspirations of crores of Indians

Rahul Gandhi said in the manifesto.

He said, his party will present a report to the people of India, every year, on the status of implementation of our manifesto. We will also set up an independent social audit group, which will make its own assessment of how and to what extent we have fulfilled our promises, it said.

Congress, in its manifesto, said, that the last 5 years have been disastrous for the people of India. Youth have lost jobs. Farmers have lost hope. Traders have lost business. Micro, small and medium enterprises have lost their confidence. Women have lost a sense of security, it said. Deprived communities have lost their traditional rights. Institutions have lost independence. The harshest blow is that our citizens have lost their faith in the words of the Prime Minister and his Government, Congress said.

He (PM Modi) has given us only grandiose promises, empty slogans, failed programmes, false statistics and an overall climate of fear, intimidation and hatred. In this time of deep crisis, the Indian National Congress promises a clean break from the past 5 years,

Congress said.

The manifesto ended with a quote from Rahul Gandhi,

I’ve never broken a promise that I’ve made.

List of Major Promises Made In Congress Manifesto

Minimum Income Guarantee To Eliminate Poverty Or Nyuntam Aay Yojana 9NYAY)

Congress will introduce the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) under which Rs. 72,000/year will be transferred to the poorest 20 per cent households in India. It will be transferred to the woman in the household, as far as possible.

Jobs To the youth of India,

Congress pledged to make jobs its number one priority, both in the public and private sector.  The manifesto said Congress would ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020.

Congress said it would persuade the state governments to fill their 20 lakh vacancies. The manifesto said the party would create an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local body. It said a fillip to private sector jobs would be provided by rewarding businesses for job creation and employing more women and requiring businesses with over 100 employees to implement an apprenticeship programme

Farmers And Farm Labour

 For farmers, Congress promises to put them on the path from “Karz Maafi”, to “Karz Mukti”. This will be done through remunerative prices, lower input costs, and assured access to institutional credit. A “Kisan Budget” would be presented every year. A permanent National Commission on Agricultural Development and Planning would be established, Congress said in its manifesto.  

Universal Healthcare

 Congress promised to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. Expenditure on healthcare would be doubled to 3 per cent of GDP by 2023-24, it said.

GST 2.0

Congress claimed it would radically simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services. We also promise panchayats and municipalities a share of GST revenues.

Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces

 Congress said it would reverse the trend of declining defence spending under the NDA government, and increase it to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. All modernisation programmes of the Armed Forces would be expedited in a transparent manner. Social security, education and health facilities for the Paramilitary Forces and families would be improved.

Quality Education For Every Child

 Congress promised in its manifesto that school education from Class I to Class XII in public schools shall be compulsory and free. We will especially focus on learning outcomes, it said. It said schools would have adequate infrastructure and qualified teachers. To achieve this, we will double the allocation for Education to 6 per cent of GDP by 2023-24, the manifesto said.

Gender Justice

 Congress promised to pass in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha the Women’s Reservation Bill reserving 33 percent of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies. Congress said it will also reserve 33 percent of all posts/vacancies in the Central Government for women.       

Adivasis

Congress also promised to implement in letter and spirit, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and secure for the Scheduled Tribes the rights guaranteed under the Act. No forest dweller will be unjustly evicted. We will establish a National Commission for Non-Timber Forest Produce, the manifesto said. Congress has promised to offer Minimum Support Prices for NTFP.

Right to Homestead

It will pass the Right to Homestead Act to provide a piece of land for every rural household that does not own a home or own land on which a house may be built, Congress said.

End to Hate Crimes

Congress said thatin the last 5 years under the NDA Government, hate crimes and atrocities against vulnerable sections of the people have increased manifold. Congress promised to end the sense of impunity, stamp out mob violence and lynching, and prevent atrocities and hate crimes against the SC, ST, women and minorities. Congress said it will hold accountable the police and district administration for proven negligence in the case of riots, mob violence and hate crimes.

Celebrating Freedom

Congress said it will pass a law on privacy; restrict the use of Aadhaar to the original purposes of the Aadhaar Act; protect the rights of every citizen especially students, journalists, academics, artists, civil society activists and NGOs. Congress said it will review all laws and repeal those that are outdated, unjust or unreasonably restrict the freedom of the people.

Protecting Our Institutions

Congress said to revitalise the institutions that were brazenly undermined in the last 5 years such as RBI, ECI, CIC, CBI, etc. it will restore their dignity, authority and autonomy while making them accountable to Parliament. In order to ensure free and fair elections, Congress said, it will abolish the opaque electoral bonds introduced by the NDA government and set up a National Election Fund that will be allocated at the time of elections to recognised political parties.

Cities and Urban Governance

 Congress promised a comprehensive policy on urbanisation to address issues concerning our towns and cities, including city governance, livelihoods, housing, habitat, pollution, climate change, urban transport and disaster management. For the urban poor, it promised the Right to Housing and protection from arbitrary eviction, and a Slum Upgradation and Transformation Scheme. The manifesto said Congress will introduce a new model of governance for towns and cities through directly elected mayors.

Environment and Climate Change

At the bottom of the list, Congress promised an action agenda that will place India at the forefront of the battle against global warming and environmental protection. It recognised that air pollution is a national public health emergency, therefore, the National Clean Air Programme would be significantly strengthened

It will set up an independent, empowered and transparent Environment Protection Authority, redefine the role of the Forest Departments and increase our forest cover, Congress said.

Read Detailed Congress Manifesto

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Curfew in Himachal’s Various Districts Could be Extended After May 31, State Today Reports its 5th COVID-19 Death and 14 New Cases

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fifth corona death in Himachal pradesh on may 25

Shimla– The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Himachal Pradesh has reached 217 on May 25 (5:00 PM) as 14 new cases were reported today.

Following the death of a woman at IGMC, Shimla, on Sunday, the State recorded its fifth COVID-19 death on Monday as woman, who was a kidney patient, died at the Nerchowk Medical College. The Medical Superintendent, Dr Devender, has confirmed the report.

Out of five deceased patients, three were suffering from kidney-related medical conditions. It’s pertinent to mention that, as per health experts and researchers, COVID-19 infection is more lethal for chronic kidney patients.  

Further, today, three persons who had returned from Mumbai, tested positive in Shimla’s Chopal.

Six cases were reported from Kangra including two from Dadh area, two from Jaisinghpur, and one from Pudwa area of the district. Four tested positive in Chamba, and a pregnant woman was also found to be positive for COVID-19 in Hamirpur district.

Majority patients were under institutional quarantine or isolation facilities. 

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases Till May 25, 2020 (5:00 PM)

 Himachal pradesh-Covid-19 District wise cases

Curfew Extended in Various Districts Till June 30

As another major development, curfew in Hamirpur district has been extended till June 30. The Deputy Commissioner, Harikesh Meena, on May 25 issued this order in view of the explosion of COVID-19 cases during the last two weeks. Similarly, curfew has been extended in Solan district that has reported a total of 20 cases, of which 11 have recovered. The DC Solan confirmed the report.  Other districts are also expected to issue notification regarding extension of curfew.   

The orders came after the Cabinet, in its meeting held on May 23, authorized all the District Magistrates of the State under the proviso of Sub-Section (4) of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to extend the order issued by them under Section 144(1) of the Code upto 30th June, 2020. 

District Magistrates cannot impose curfew in their respective districts for more than two months. However, since the two months time has completed on 24 May and the Corona pandemic was still not over in the state, it was felt that situation could arise when the curfew has to be extended further.

At present the curfew is enforce till 31 May, 2020 and thereafter the District Magistrates  will  take further action in this matter, the State Government said on May 25.

Hamirpur district was unaffected till April 17 – the day it reported its first two cases.

The district reported only three cases till May 7. It’s third case on May 8. By May 25, the district has reported 63 cases-  highest  in the State.

On May 5, the district reported its first COVID-19 death as a 21-year-old patient, who was suffering from kidney-related disease, died at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

On May 15, Hamirpur reported its second death as a 52-year-old died at Nerchowk Hospital. Till May 14, the district had reported only seven confirmed cases.

However, on May 21, Hamirpur surpassed Kangra district in terms of the number of cases as 31 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day. On this day, the State also witnessed its highest 42 cases in a single day. Till May 21, Hamirpur’s COVID-19 tally was 46.

According to the official bulletin of the State Health Department, on May 25, the district’s tally had risen to 63 with 57 active cases. For the State, total number active cases is 146 as 62 people have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside State for treatment. 

Majority patients were returnees who were stranded in other States of the country, especially Mumbai and Delhi

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Private Bus Operators in Himachal Refuse to Start Operating from June 1 Unless Govt Provides Relief

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Private bus operators in Himachal Pradesh deny running buses

Shimla-Private bus operators in Himachal Pradesh have expressed dissent  with the State Government’s order to ply both Government and private buses from June 1, 2020. The Cabinet had decided to start public transport in the entire State in a meeting held on May 23.

But the various unions of private transporters held a video conference with the State President of the private bus operator union, Rajesh Parashar, on Sunday and decline to ply buses. The meeting was attended by representatives of district unions of Sirmaur, Shimla, Kullu, Chamba, Una, Kangra, and Bilaspur. A total of 150 operators attended the conference and took this decision to not start operating from July 1.

They complained that it’s not feasible for them to ply buses with only 60 percent occupancy as directed by the State Government.

Also, they said, the Government has not provided any relief to the private operators.

They also complained of discrimination while providing relief. The Government has announced crores of financial relief to the HP Road Transportation Corporation (HRTC) and the staff is also insured, they said.  It’s not justified to not announce any relief for private bus operator despite the fact that they are also involved in facilitating the movement of people stranded in the State to their homes.

The operators have demanded that the Government should talk to them and provide some sort of relief, like bank loans on low-interest rates. They have also raised a demand to make a hike in bus fares.

There are drivers/conductors who depend solely on private buses for their livelihood, and it would not be feasible for them to start operating with only 60 percent occupancy, the operators said.  

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Fourth COVID-19 Death in Himachal, 3 Tests Positive in Shimla  

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Corona cases in Shimla

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh reported its fourth COVID-19 death on Sunday evening as new cases continue to spiral. A 62-year-old woman, a resident of Dugga village in Hamirpur, district was a chronic kidney patient and was referred to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, on Friday after he conditions deteriorated. The Medical Superintendent, IGMC, Janak Raj confirmed the report.

Three previous deaths included a 63-year-old Tibetan who had died at the Tanda Medical College, a 21-year-old youth hailing from Sarkaghat area who died at the IGMC in Shimla, and a 52-year-old who died at Nerchowk Medical College.

Further, Shimla district, which was unaffected so far, reported three COIVD-19 positive cases. Aged between 21-30 years, the persons were identified as residents of Chopal area of the district and had returned from Mumbai via train. They were under institutional quarantine in Deha after their return from Mumbai on May 19.

On Monday morning, two new cases were reported from Kangra and one from Hamirpur. Two residents of Dadh village in Kangra, aged 36 and 39 years, had returned from Ahmadabad, while 25-year-old woman, a resident of Badsar area in Hamirpur, had returned from Mumbai with husband. Her husband had tested positive on May 22 and she was under institutional quarantine.  

The total number cases, which was 203 on May 24 till 9:00 PM, has reached 209 in the State by Monday morning.   

 

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