INLD releases poll manifesto; sops galore

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 23:06

Chandigarh: With Assembly elections in
Haryana scheduled for October 13, the Indian National Lok Dal
(INLD) on Wednesday released its manifesto and promised sops to every section of the society which included a monthly allowance of
Rs 3,000 to unemployed graduates.

The manifesto was released at a press conference here
by INLD general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Chautala and
party`s state unit president Ashok Arora.

The manifesto aims to bring back the era of party
founder and former deputy prime minister Devi Lal and has a
punchline of `Apna Vaada, Kaam Ka Irada` (our promise is to
deliver).

Wooing the youth, he said if INLD came to power
it would ensure 50 per cent reservation for them in private
sector and provide a monthly unemployment allowance of Rs
3,000 to all unemployed graduates.

"Every student in Haryana shall receive free education
upto graduation in any stream," he said promising to set up a
university in the backward Ahirwal region of the state.

Chautala said the party would rekindle the
people-friendly policies of late Devi Lal, and would wave-off
loans upto Rs 1 lakh for farmers, labourers, backward classes,
small traders, service class and other professionals.

Terming the recent announcement of bonus of Rs 100 per
quintal wheat by the Centre as a "cruel joke", Chautala said
if his party comes to power it would give Rs 1,400 per quintal
MSP to the farmers for wheat with the difference being borne
by the state government.

It also promised special package for women to spread
literacy among them.

"To let girls in Haryana continue their studies after
class XII, they shall be provided free two-wheelers while
every female employee in the state government services shall
be paid one month`s extra salary in a year," he said.

Wooing the Punjabi community, he promised it will be
given the second language status in the state.

INLD, which has often charged the Bhupinder Singh
Hooda led Congress government in the state in not fully
implementing the Sixth Pay Commission report, said the party
will implement the entire recommendations of the Commission
to benefit the working class in Haryana.

The age limit for entering the government jobs would be
enhanced to 45 years, Chautala said.

"Every family in Haryana shall get a free LPG
connection, the BPL families shall receive free supply of 25
kg grains every month," the INLD leader said while announcing
other sops.

The party also promised to provide old age pension of
Rs 700 to every eligible beneficiary.

He promised free pilgrimage to 1.25 lakh people of
Haryana wishing to travel to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan,
Katasaraj Mandir and said expenses of Haj pilgrims, other than
being borne by the Central government, would be taken care by
the state government.

The business and trading community in Haryana
depositing VAT would get a five per cent incentive, he said.

He also vowed to waive off tax on supply of drinking
water.

The INLD has also promised 25 kilogram grains per month to
all the poor.

Besides, all the lands of the farmers would be restored to
their "rightful owners", Chautala said.

The INLD would also extend the loan limit to Rs 3 lakh
from the existing Rs 1 lakh for the cooperative societies and
the rate of interest will be 2 per cent.

Water treatment plants will be installed in all the
villages to provide safe drinking water, he said.

Chautala also said students` union elections will be
held in all the colleges and universities if they come to
power.

Announcing more sops for women, he said that 33 per cent
reservation will be provided to them in government jobs.

Wooing the media community, Chautala said press clubs
will be constructed at all the district headquarters in the
state and a policy which will take care of housing needs of
the journalists will also be framed.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 23:06

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