The Congress party manifesto, which was released just two weeks prior to the Haryana assembly polls on Wednesday, turned out to be old wine in a new bottle.Most of the promises made are from the recent Panipat rally announcements or have already been implemented.
Facing allegations of regional bias with regard to development in the state, the party has been cautious of not making a single promise regarding Rohtak; nor the Jat reservation has been celebrated. However, formation of separate gurudwara management committee has been talked about.
The party reiterated the Panipat rally announcement of Punjab scale for Haryana government employees, which will impact over 2 lakh people in the state.
Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar, former Kurukshetra MP and head of publicity committee Naveen Jindal and head of manifesto committee Dr Ram Prakash were present on the occasion. But power minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, head of campaign committee and excise and taxation minister Kiran Choudhary, co-convenor of campaign committee, were notably absent.
The present manifesto repeats the 2009 promise of taking agriculture growth rate to 4 %. The old promise of 100 % waiver of interest on short term loans and 50 % waiver for long term loans to farmers has been mentioned. The old issue of Satluj-Yamuna-Link (SYL), which has been pending in apex court, is again mentioned.
Exams for Class 5th and Class 8th
Against the provisions of RTE, the party promises to start exams for class 5th and 8th. It also promises for university in each district, English medium schools in every block of the district, RO system for schools, preference of unemployed youth for mid-day meal scheme and recruitment of more teachers. A 600-acre land has been selected for university in Panchkula.
No medical college for Pkl
Every district will get super speciality hospital and civil hospitals will be upgraded to 200-beds. Kurukshetra, Sirsa and Rewari will get medical colleges. There is no mention of medical college at Panchkula, though land was earlier selected for the purpose.
The manifesto mentions about all villages having toilets in five years. It also mentions about manual scavenging to be abolished by 2017. It also promises to ban polythene, but how and when hasn’t been made clear.
Reservation in Industry
The party in its manifesto promises 50 % reservation for people of Haryana origin in jobs in industry. The youths setting up their own jobs will get loans at less rate.
Women banks will be established in the state and representation of women will be increased to 15 %. The manifesto reiterates the victim’s compensation policy, which has already been implemented on the court orders.
To make Dalits fit for jobs in private sector, coaching on personality development, English speaking and subject specific tuition will be provided. A commission for Safai karamcharis will be set up and backlog of SC vacancies will be filled up.
Multi-level parking will be created in crowded areas. ‘Clean-beautiful Haryana’ scheme will be implemented in Faridabad, Gurgaon and Panchkula. Online facility for providing birth and death certificates will be made. New houses will be made in the urban and rural areas . Internet cafes will be opened in villages having more than 10,000 population.
New industrial centres
Sirsa, Karnal, Hisar, Jhajjar, Yamunanagar, Rewari and Mahendragarh districts will be made industrial centres. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Act will be implemented in the state for the development of industry. More single window system will be launched to promote industrialisation of the region so that setting up of the industries can be speeded up. Steps will be taken to develop IMT at Mewat.
Separate HC for Haryana
The manifesto reiterated the old promise of separate High Court in Chandigarh,Other promises
Starting mining after due permission from the Union Environment department.
Permission will be given to holding elections in colleges and universities.