The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced a 10-day-long programme to reach Punjab farmers and the farm labour to apprise them of its plan to pull them out of the debt trap once the party formed the government in 2017 in the state.
Addressing a joint press conference here, AAP national spokesperson and in-charge of party’s Punjab affairs Sanjay Singh, state convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich, Punjab Dialogue head Kanwar Sandhu and legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill, said from October 29, the party will launch a mass-contact programme with the farmers and the farm labourers across the state.
“The prime objective of the programme will be to apprise the farmers and the labourers of party’s manifesto and how we have made a commitment in it to waive off their outstanding debt by December 31, 2018,” said the party leaders. Waraich said the party will also expose the “malicious and misleading propaganda” unleashed by the Congress by distributing forms pledging loan-waiver.
The party also promised to reintroduce old pension scheme for government employees in Punjab once it is voted to power in 2017. “After coming to power, we will revert to the old pension scheme,” said Waraich.
Waraich said pension to 1.25 lakh employees recruited after 2004 had been discontinued. “After coming to power, the AAP will revive pensions to all these employees and to all those recruited after 2004,” he said.