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HindustanTimes Sat,01 Nov 2014

INLD releases rural-centric, please-all manifesto

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 02, 2014
First Published: 20:31 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:33 IST(2/8/2014)

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Saturday released a rural-centric and please-all manifesto ahead of the assembly elections.

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Waiver of loans up to Rs. 2 lakh, pucca houses for poor farmers and poor people belonging to all sections of society, free Scooty for all college-going rural girls and 24-hour power supply to all categories of consumers are some of the promises the principal Opposition party INLD has made in its manifesto.

Highlighting other promises of the manifesto for the ensuing assembly polls, party leader Abhay Chautala and state unit president Ashok Arora also said the INLD government would raise the existing Rs. 10,000 per acre compensation to `25,000 in case some natural calamity damages crops.

The INLD manifesto, which amply showed its focus on its farmer vote-bank, said if voted to power, the INLD would also set up a farmers' commission, besides a traders' commission to settle disputes.

Not only the INLD manifesto promised Rs. 5,000 allowance to Class-12 pass unemployed and Rs. 8,000 to unemployed graduates, it also announced full government sponsorship to students eligible for government and private professional colleges, besides restarting students council polls in all colleges and universities of the state.

The manifesto, which promised 5% rebate on VAT to all traders, also talks of traders' commission for settling business-related disputes.

Announcing its promises for sportspersons, the two INLD leaders said it would set up a stadium for every village with 15,000 or more population and give Rs. 7 crore, Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 3 crore to gold, silver and bronze medal winners in Olympics, respectively, besides a job to them. "The Congress had only put up signboards of the stadiums and moved no further," Chautala said.

Stating that the Congress government gave only women police personnel 13-month salary, the INLD said it will give the same to women employees of all government departments. Chautala also highlighted the manifesto promise to put all government employees on par with their Punjab counterparts.

Eyeing the senior citizens' vote-bank, especially Punjabis and Sikhs - who came from Pakistan - Chautala said his party if voted to power would ensure free and hassle-free travel to Pakistan to 1.25 lakh Sikh and Hindu pilgrims every year. Stating that the INLD would set up a separate department for the same, he promised the same for Muslim residents of the state for the Haj pilgrimage.

Promising regularisation of all unauthorised slums in the state, he said the INLD would also ensure that 50% jobs in private and public-private partnership ventures were given to eligible candidates of Haryana.

The INLD promised that it would also hike the monthly old-age pension to Rs. 1,200 to both men and women and that too at their doorstep and `100 hike every year, besides free water supply to all the poor families in the state. The INLD manifesto also promised free tubewell connections and their insurance.

HIGHLIGHTS

Waiver of loans up to Rs. 2 lakh, pucca houses for poor farmers and poor people belonging to all sections
Fee Scooty for all college-going rural girls
24-hour power supply to all categories of power consumers
Free water connections, supply to poor
Rs 25,000 per acre compensation for crops damaged due to natural calamity
Setting up of a farmers' commission, traders' commission to settle related disputes
Rs 5,000 allowance to Class 12 pass unemployed, Rs. 8,000 to unemployed graduates
5% rebate on VAT to traders
Rs 7 crore, Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 3 crore to gold, silver and bronze medallists in Olympics, respectively, and jobs to them
All government employees' salary to be on par with their Punjab counterparts
Free pilgrimages to Punjabis, Sikhs to Pakistan and Muslims to Haj
All unauthorised slums to be regularised in the state
50% jobs to eligible Haryana candidates in private and public-private partnership ventures
Rs 1,200 monthly old -ge pension to both men and women and Rs. 100 hike every year.

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