The Punjab Congress has decided to petition the Punjab and Haryana high court against the “corrupt and inefficient” SAD-BJP government’s failure to give Rs 1,000 per month unemployment allowance to the youth.
According to a press statement, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday asked Punjab Mahila Congress president Malti Thapar to enroll names of maximum unemployed girls in employment exchanges and send details to the PPCC.
Bajwa said that the PPCC would collect names of 1.25 lakh unemployed youth by August-end and then petition the high court against the SAD-BJP government, seeking unemployment allowance for 65 lakh unemployed youth of state.
He said that unemployed youth were promised Rs 1,000 per month pension by the SAD-BJP in its election manifesto but nothing was done. He said that SAD-BJP government had failed on all fronts and people would get an opportunity in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to pull down this “corrupt and inefficient government”.
State-level Mahila Congress meet held
Bajwa assured Mahila Congress leaders that they will get due representation in the PPCC and called upon the women workers of party to participate in the mass contact programme.
Addressing the state-level conference of the Punjab Mahila Congress here, Bajwa said that women were more committed than men in any field and could play a major role in building a movement.
Anita Verma, the national president of the Mahila Congress, presided over the conference that was organised by Malti Thapar, state unit women’s wing chief.
Bajwa said that he was a strong advocate of giving 33% reservation to women in state assemblies and Parliament. The women reservation bill was presented in the Lok Sabha and couldn’t be passed due to difference of opinion in certain parties. He hoped that the bill would be passed at the earliest.
The PPCC chief appealed to members of the Mahila Congress to propagate the policies of the Congress-led UPA in villages. He said that the food security ordinance was a revolutionary step that would benefit 80 crore people of the country.
Among those present on the occasion were Anita Babbar, national general secretary Mahila Congress, Parminder Kaur, general secretary Mahila Congress, Guriqbal Kaur, Nawanshahr MLA, Karan Kaur Brar, Muktsar legislator, and Lalit Joshi from Chandigarh Mahila Congress.