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BJP Poll Manifesto 2019 Out, Read All Major Promises

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BJP Manifesto 2019 Released

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

In last five 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,

Shah claimed.

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.

Read Detailed BJP Manifesto

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HP Health Dept Scam: Vigilance Probe an Eyewash, ‘Medical Mafia’ Given Time to Destroy Evidence, Alleges CPI(M)

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Himachal PRadesh Health department scam vigilance probe

Shimla-The alleged scams in the Health Department of Himachal Pradesh Government in the purchase of medical equipment like PPE kits, ventilators, sanitizers etc. in a time of a pandemic has shocked the people. Alleged corruption in the Government Departments has come as a shock because during an emergency like corona pandemic when the positive cases are still spiraling upward in the State, it was expected that corrupt officials and politicians would spare the people as it was about their lives.  

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam: Accused Director Granted Bail

The State Government led by the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur might have ordered a probe into the scam but questions are being raised over the authenticity of these investigations as influential politicians from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been linked to these scams.

Also Read: Official Suspended in ‘HP Secretariat Sanitizer Scam’

The opposition, some senior leaders of the ruling party, MLAs, and activists in the State are of the opinion that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau is just another tool under the State Government. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is running the Health Ministry, and the sudden resignation of BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal after a week the scam came to light has already raised several questions.

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam: There is More to It Than Just Alleged Bribery

The opposition Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been expressing fears of biased investigations in which justice won’t be served. Both had been demanding transfer of the case to the State High Court. Congress has already submitted a memorandum regarding the same to the Governor. On June 3, 2020, Theog MLA Rakesh Singha with a delegation of CPI(M) also met the Governor with a demand of transferring the case to the State High Court for a fair probe.   

In its memorandum, the party said that there is prima facie evidence to establish the failure of the government to prevent corruption in the purchase of vital health equipment required to combat corona pandemic. 

Also Read: HP Health Dept Issues Clarification Over Alleged Irregularities in ‘Ventilator Purchase’

In the memorandum, the party cited several reasons to convince the Governor that the Vigilance Inquiry instituted by the HP Government is just an eye wash.

Following are the reasons/facts cited in the memorandum:

(Note: The below-given information has not been edited by Himachal Watcher and published as mentioned in the memorandum)

  1. The Vigilance investigation failed to take steps between 21.05.2020 and 25.05.2020 to siege relevant documents, question the possible chain of culprits, and take relevant persons in their custody when one of the accused Dr. AK Gupta was allowed admission in IGMC. In fact, it is with the tacit approval of the Vigilance that the accused was permitted to avoid investigation at the earliest point of time and opportunity was given to the “Medical Mafia” to destroy relevant evidence available. Political Powerful of the ruling party are remote controlling the Corruption Gangsters.
  2. It is indigestible that Mr. Prithvi Singh the Marketing Manager of Apex Diagnostics and Former President (SC Morcha) BJP, District Sirmour was not taken into custody under the provisions of Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption (Amended) Act 2018. He has been given preferential treatment for obvious reasons.
  3. The of the Vigilance team is determined to exonerate the accused, which is evident from the fact that by examination of the purchase of various items essential for dealing COVID19 pandemic would have unearthed another corruption deal of the 10 ventilators purchased by the Health Department. Which, as per the report of the Danik Jagran, the so-called ventilator were purchased for approximately Rupees Ten lacs each while the same ventilator cost approximately Rupees 3 lacs only. Had it not been for the vigilante media, this vital fact would also have been brushed under the carpet.

Moreover, historically the organ of Vigilance department has been used as a tool by successive governments:

(i) To dilute the obvious resentment of the people whenever corruption cases are brought to light by the media, by competing groups attempting to corner the fruits of corrupt practices, or unearthing corrupt deals by progressive forces in the society.

(ii) To shield the corrupt but at the same time create illusions amongst the people that the government is serious on the issue of corrupt practices and the culprits would not be spared.

“ You are also well aware under the era of crony capitalism the nexus of the corporate, bureaucracy and politicians needs to be smashed to save the system from a total collapse which is heading towards given the depth and intensity of the crises which is the visible world over,”

the memorandum stated.

Therefore, the party requested the Governor to intervene under the special  powers bestowed  on his honorable office  by the Constitution  of India to direct the government  on specific  issues i.e.:

  1. To direct the Government to hand over the corruption case of purchase of medical items and equipment (e.g. Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), sanitizers etc.) being investigated by the Himachal Pradesh Vigilance department to the Hon’ble High Court for appropriate directions as well as investigations.
  2. To direct the Himachal Pradesh Government to place all fund collections received by it for combating COVID-19 pandemic in the public domain by publishing a white paper.
  3. To advice the Government to constitute an Ethical Committee for approval of all medical equipment purchased for dealing with COVID-19 as mandated per the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 and abide by the guidelines of the Drug Controller General of India in relation to items which fall within its purview. The system should be placed to put all the details of purchases, tenders and stock be placed in the public domain, preferably on Government web site.

 

 

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Patwari Recruitment: High Court Dismisses Petition Alleging Irregularities in Holding Exam

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Himachal PRadesh Patwari Recruitment Cleared by High Court

Shimla-While hearing a petition, the State High Court, Himachal Pradesh, on June 3, 2020, cleared the State Government of allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of Patwaris.

More than three lakh candidates had applied for appearing in this examination and about three lakh candidates appeared in it for approximately 1200 vacancies.  As many as 1150 candidates passed the examination but the further process remained pending due to the petition.

On November 17, 2019, a written examination was conducted through various Deputy Commissioners in different districts. Some candidates challenged the recruitment of the Patwaris in the State High Court, alleging irregularities in the recruitment.

State Government filed a detailed reply on this appeal and stated that there was no irregularity. One of the candidates, who had challenged the appeal had not even appeared in the examination, the State Government said.

Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that on January 8, 2020, State High Court asked to further investigate the matter.  CBI filed a detailed investigation report in this regard on May 29, 2020. High Court observed that as per CBI’s report, nothing objectionable was about the conduction of the examination and selection process. The court then dismissed the petition.

“The leaders of the opposition were raising unnecessary hue and cry in this regard, which was completely baseless,”

said Mahender Singh and Suresh Bhardwaj in a joint statement.

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Kinnaur Reports Its First Two Cases, 10 Others Reported from Five Districts  

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 3, 2020

Shimla– According to the daily COVID-19 bulletin (5:00 PM) released by the Health Department for June 3, 2020, 12 cases were reported from Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Shimla, Mandi, and Kinnaur district, taking tally for the Himachal Pradesh to 357.

Kinnaur entered the list of COVID-19 affected districts as it reported its first two cases – a man and his wife who had returned from Delhi. Their 10-year-old son also accompanied the parents during the travel but was tested negative.  They were under institutional quarantine. Now, Lahaul-Spiti is the only district where no case has been reported so far.

Kangra district reported four new cases. While Hamirpur reported two new cases, Bilaspur and Shimla reported one case each. Shimla reported its 10th case as a returnee from Delhi who belongs to Rampur tested positive. He was under institutional quarantine at a centre in Juri.

In Kangra district, the COVID-19 tally has reached 96 with four new cases. One of the persons, a resident of Golwan village in Fatehpur, was said to have no travel history, which has become a matter of worry for the district administration. Another person out of these four, who had returned from Delhi in an Air India flight, also tested positive. The Superintendent of Police, Vimukt Ranjan, has confirmed the report. Further, a girl from the Shahpur area was also tested positive. She had returned from Delhi in a Spice Jet flight. The fourth person had returned from Madhya Pradesh on May 27. He was identified as a resident of Fatehpur.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 3, 2020 (5:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh First COVID-19 cases in Kinnaur

Mandi also reported two cases in which 23-year-old and 26-year-old residents of Sundernagar testes positive for COVID-19.

In Hamirpur, two persons who had returned from Delhi and Chandigarh were tested positive. Both were under institutional quarantine. With these new cases, the total number has risen to 114 in Hamirpur, of which 74 are active.

In Bilaspur district, a 31-year-old tested positive. The person was identified as a resident of Solan, who was stopped at Bilaspur-Punjab border while he was returning from Delhi in his vehicle and was placed under institutional quarantine at Swarghat.

Further, eight patients – two in Una and six in Kangra district – have recovered. So far, 144 patients have recovered and 204 cases are still active. Result of 1061 samples sent for testing on Wednesday was awaited.  

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