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Harpreet Kaur , Hindustan Times
Hoshiarpur, June 29, 2013
Promises are made with the electorate ahead of parliamentary and assembly elections, but hardly at the time of civic or panchayat elections, more so by an individual. In district's Manolian village, however, an aspiring sarpanch and four panchs, have released their 'to-do' list, a clear goal-setting exercise for themselves as well as the electorate.

Balwinder Kumar Baboo, who is contesting for the post of sarpanch and Narinder Kaur, Tara Chand, Varinderjit Singh and Ravinder Singh, all candidates for panch, have taken a 20-point 'pledge'.
 
They have promised to provide a shagun of Rs. 5,100 to every girl at the time of her marriage with co-operation from NRIs and fellow villagers, a library and a book-bank where syllabi books up to graduation level would be made available for free to the needy village students, toilets, plots for homeless as per panchayat rules, park, stadium, gymnasium, sanitation worker, arrangement of timely pensions for the beneficiaries and 100 day employment for all eligible unemployed persons under MNREGA scheme, ensuring supply of LPG cylinder to every connection holder within 21 days, ensured water supply, annual medical camp, planting 5,000 trees in five years, drug awareness camp, camp to make people aware on government schemes, honouring prominent people from time to time, transparency in village fund expenditure, involving the maximum number of villagers in general meetings and settling petty disputes in an amicable manner.

A post graduate, an RTI activist and environmentalist, Balwinder said that the copies of the manifesto would be distributed door-to-door during canvassing.