Sunday, January 15, 2012

Congress Manifesto 2012


The Punjab Congress has come up with a manifesto for Punjab Elections 2012 which focuses on corruption-free governance, fiscal responsibility, welfare of marginalised sections and reforms in the education and health sectors. PCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh has promised the creation of an effective Lokayukta and a statutory vigilance commission. Other salient features are:

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For weaker sections
l A dedicated Rs 100 crore venture capital fund to support enterprises by SC members
l Basic pension for senior citizens to be raised to Rs 400 per month, for widows Rs 500 per month and the physically challenged Rs 600 per month
l Marriage gift to grand-children of freedom fighters worth Rs 51,000
l Pension for freedom fighters at Rs 6,000 per month
l Life insurance cover
For women folk
l Every family to get Rs 15,000 on the birth of a girl-child birth and Rs 5,000 each on admission to Class I, Class VI, Class XI and Class XII
l Shagun scheme sum to be increased to Rs 31,000
For ex-servicemen
l Affairs of ex-servicemen to be directly under the CM
l No VAT on CSD items
l To pursue one rank, one pension demand with Centre
For citizens’ safety
l To discard the practice of putting every police station under the local MLA
l It proposes one cyber police station per police zone and online system for complaints
l Promises to get 50,000 “false” cases against Congress workers investigated
l 3 state-of-the-art senior secondary schools with modern infrastructure in each block
l Effective implementation of computer education
l Focus on improving English and maths skills among schoolchildren
l Online school education content in Punjabi
Health sector
l 3 new tertiary care hospitals besides five medical colleges and cancer hospitals
l Integrated health services from primary health centre to district and referral hospitals
l Full-time doctors and nurses at all primary health centres in rural areas
For the youth
l Employment department of to focus on jobs
l 100 skill development centres and free training for defence, police and security services
l Functioning of horticulture department to be monitored by a committee under CM
l Special nurseries for processing varieties of orange plants and free saplings to be given to small farmers
l 100 per cent subsidy on drip irrigation
l Three agro processing SEZs and agriculture technology information centre in each district
l An international dairy research institute besides 5 new dairy training centres
l A special revolving fund to encourage diversification
l An effective single-window clearance system
l A mega petro-chemical complex at Bathinda
l Three inland container depots at Rajpura, Jalandhar and Amritsar.
l Rural roads to be widened to 18 ft
l Highways to be upgraded
l Transport policy of private bus operators to be reviewed  

Source : Tribune India

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