Shimla-Bhartiya Janata Party today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Congress has already released its manifesto on April 2, 2019.
One thing which is common in both manifestoes is the claim that they reflect aspirations of crores of people.
Congress had claimed that its manifesto is not the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people.
As per BJP,
This Sankalp Patra is the voice of the people in the truest sense.
Prime Minister Narender Modi said,
In 2047, our nation would complete a hundred years of freedom. Let us together imagine what is the kind of India that we want by 2047. The BJP pledges to make the next ve years as the foundation laying period for India of 2047.
In the manifesto, the party president Amit Shah claimed that the BJP government has done incredible work in establishing transparent governance in the last five years
lastfive years, our government has done incredible work in establishing a transparent system of governance, furthering economic development and increasing people’s participation in the country’s progress,
This Vision Document is the representative document of the expectations of the people of India, it gives voice to their aspirations,
Rajnath Singh, Chairperson, Manifesto Committee, claimed that party connected crores of people under the ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ dialogue which was a nationwide campaign run by the BJP for a month. He said millions of suggestions were shared with us through deferent means.
Our manifesto is a document of expression of crores of suggestions and aspirations. With the aid of about 7,700 suggestion boxes, 300 raths, more than 100 dialogue program, more than 4000 ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ program and through the social media we have gauged the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of people across India.
List of Major Promises by BJP in Its Manifesto 2019
- We will continue our policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.
- We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
- We will adopt the ideals of Gram Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi
- We will ensure a pucca house to every family who is either living in a kuchha house or has no access to housing by 2022.
- We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special program, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water connection to every household by 2024.
- We will ensure that every Gram Panchayat is connected through a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
- We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste water and reuse of waste water
- We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense related equipments and weapons.
- We are committed to focus on ‘Make in India in Defence’ to enable indigenous production of defence equipment. This will also generate employment and encourage investment in the defence sector.
- We will provide assistance to the states to upgrade their police forces through the ‘Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces’.
- We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority.
- We will enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill
- We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.
- Will annul Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state
- We will make an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector
- We will provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
- We will expand Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to realize 100% irrigation potential of the country within a defined time-frame.
- We will create 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) by 2022.
- We will complete digitization of land records on a mission mode
- We will launch ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ with an allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores
- We aspire to make India the third largest economy with US $ 5 trillion by 2025 and US $ 10 trillion by 2032.
- We will promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day
- We will position India as a global manufacturing hub over the next ve years,
- We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to 50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
- We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs.
- We will ensure that 50 cities are covered with a strong metro network.
- We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste through an emphasis on fecal sludge management and reuse of wastewater in rural, urban and unsewered areas.
- We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special programme, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water for every household by 2024.
- We will construct 60,000 kms of National Highways in the next Five years
- We will double the length of National Highways by 2022.
- We want to become a world leader in e-mobility.
- We will equip all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility by 2022.
- Every Gram Panchayat will be connected with a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
- We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at these HWCs by 2022.
- We will bring Police Reform. We will formulate a ‘Model Police Act’ in consultation with the States to have a pro-people citizen friendly police.
- We will set up a committee for Easing Citizens’ Interactions with Government (CECIG).
- We will explore every avenue to implement the Right to Service.
- We will launch a Language Translation Mission that will enable ready translation of English text in Science & Technology and humanities in any of our languages.
- The supercomputer, Artificial Intelligence, and Quantum Missions will make India not only Industry 5.0 ready but also a leader.
- We will convene the National Clean Air Plan into a Mission and we will focus on 102 most polluted cities in the country.
- We will reduce the level of pollution in each of the mission cities by at least 35% over the next five years.
- The Himalayan States will be provided special financial assistance in the form of a ‘Green Bonus’
- We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to ₹50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
- We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs
- We will set-up new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme to provide Financial support to the micro, small and medium industries and for employment generation in the Northeastern state.
- We will establish a National Sports Education Board.
- We will establish National Institutes of Teachers’ training.
- We aim to open another 200 Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidayalas by 2024.
- We will take all necessary steps to increase the number of seats in Central Law, Engineering, Science and Management institutions by at least 50% in the next five years.
- We will reduce the malnutrition level by at least 10% in the next five years, doubling the rate of reduction of malnourishment.
- We will ensure 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.
- We will establish 50,000 ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendras’ in the tribal areas of the country
- We will recognize 11 Lout Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes.
- are also committed to implementing the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
- We will also provide 100 Panini fellowships to researchers and scholars across India to promote research in Sanskrit.
- We will ensure a clean and uninterrupted flow of river Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar
- We will continue to promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day.
- We will adopt the Uniform Civil Code.
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HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.