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HP polls: Congress manifesto promises interest-free loans, jobs, laptops

Himachal Pradesh goes to polls on November 9

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

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A supporter wearing the mask of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during his public meeting in Bharuch on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

The ruling in on Wednesday released its manifesto, promising to strengthen the farm sector by granting interest-free loans to farmers, the creation of 1.50 lakh jobs in the sector and free to 50,000 college students.

Restoration of the pre-2004 pension scheme, regularisation of contract employees after two years, enhanced daily wages, social security pension and appointment of anti-corruption grievances commissioner were the other promises made in the manifesto.

goes to polls on November 9.

The manifesto released by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Health Minister Kaul Singh, who is also chairman of manifesto Committee and general secretary claimed that had fulfilled 95 per cent of poll promises and would implement the remaining promises and fresh promises in the next term, if voted to power.

Singh said his has ensured the speedy and uniform development of the entire state which is visible on the ground and development and welfare of all sections of people would be the main poll plank.

Kaul Singh said the provided jobs to 75,000 youth during the present term and 1.50 lakh jobs would be given in the next five years. For land acquired by the government, four times the market value will be provided as compensation.

Private bus permits would be given to youth to generate self-employment, interest-free loan of Rs 1-lakh would be given to farmers for purchasing agricultural inputs and 90 per cent subsidy on anti-hail nets.

The promised to reduce the period of contractual employees and daily agers from five years and ten years to three years and five years and now it has promised to regularise contract employees and daily wagers after two and three years respectively.

The manifesto also promises enhancement of pension by 5,10 and 15 per cent after the age of 65, 70 and 75 years, additional increments to employees after fourth, ninth and fourteenth year of service, increasing daily wages to Rs 350 and free to 50,000 college students.

The also promised decentralisation of administrative and financial powers down to panchayat level and continue food subsidy scheme to control price rise.

Speaking to reporters, said the BJP's decision to filed would have no impact on prospects of the

First Published: Wed, November 01 2017. 14:58 IST