Abhay Chautala says Scooty for 12 pass girls, probe into 'controversial' land deals

Written by PTI | Chandigarh | Updated: Aug 3 2014, 06:23am hrs
Abhay ChautalaThe Indian National Lok Dal said all 'controversial' land deals during the Congress rule will be probed. PTI
The Indian National Lok Dal today said all "controversial" land deals during the Congress rule will be probed as it announced sops for people, including 50 per cent job quota for sons of the soil in private sector, in its manifesto for upcoming Haryana assembly polls.

Releasing the party's poll manifesto here, INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said in the event of the party coming to power in the state, a Commission will be set up to probe "all controversial land deals, including those related to Robert Vadra".

The INLD, which is out of power for the past nine years, is the first political party in the state to release its manifesto for the assembly polls likely to be held in October.

Yesterday, the party released its first list of 62 candidates for the 90-member Assembly.

To probe alleged irregularities in land deals during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime, the INLD has promised to set up a Commission which, Chautala said, will help in farmers getting their dues.

If voted to power, the party will give free scooters (a scooty or a moped) to all girl students in rural areas who will enroll themselves in colleges after passing class 12th examination, Chautala said.

The party promised reservation of 50 per cent jobs for the Haryanvis in the private sector and companies falling in the Public-Private Partnership mode.

The INLD also promised to waive loans up to Rs 2 lakh taken by farmers, dalits and other weaker sections from banks and other financial institutions.

The INLD manifesto said traders who will deposit VAT will get a payback of 5 per cent of the total amount, old-age pension will be hiked from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 and it will be delivered at beneficiary's doorstep.

The party, which had in 2009 promised monthly allowance of Rs 3,000 to unemployed graduates, has now said a monthly allowance of Rs 5,000 will be given to those unemployed who have passed the Class XIIth examination and Rs 8,000 per month to graduates.

The INLD said if voted to power, it will repeal the Act under which a separate SGPC had been formed in the state by the government.

Chautala said his party will bear expenses to facilitate travel of 1.25 lakh pilgrims from the state each year to the famous Sikh shrine Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

For this, a separate department will be set up which will also facilitate free travel for Hindu devotees to Katas Raj temple in Pakistan, besides helping the Haj pilgrims to undertake their journey in a hassle-free manner.

Chautala said an additional one month salary was, at present, given to women working in the police department.

If voted to power, his party will extend this provision for women working in all departments, he said.

In other sops, the party promised to build houses for the poor under Tau Devi Lal Housing scheme and provide free education to students of Haryana in medical, engineering, technical, management and all graduate-level courses.

A Commission will be set up to deal with problems faced by traders and compensation given to farmers for crop damage due to calamities will be enhanced, the manifesto said.

It promised round-the-clock power supply to all sectors and free drinking water to all poor families in the state.

Wooing the student community, INLD promised to hold elections to various student bodies if it forms the government in the state.

To prevent cow slaughter, a Cow Protection Commission will be set up.

INLD state unit chief Ashok Arora said his party will also encourage sportspersons in the state.

"We will give Rs 7 crore to a player from Haryana winning an Olympic gold, Rs 5 crore to the silver medalist and Rs 3 crore to the bronze medalist," he said.

When asked who will be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate, Chautala said party president and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala is the party's leader.

"Does anyone have any doubt in this regard (as to who is leading the party). If our party comes to power, he will again lead us," Abhay Chautala said.

Chautala senior is currently on bail. He was jailed last year by a Delhi court in connection with the teachers recruitment scam over 13 years back in the state.

Abhay Chautala took a dig at his party's erstwhile ally BJP, saying it was day-dreaming of coming to power in the state ever since their good performance in the Lok Sabha polls "which was due to the Modi factor".

On the SYL canal issue, he said its early completion will be their priority.

The INLD, if voted to power, will show "zero tolerance" towards corruption, he said adding "we will also order a probe into wasteful expenditure by the present government,"

Hitting out at the Congress, Chautala said "even when the party knows fully well that it is not going to touch the double-digit mark at the hustings, it has issued notices for acquiring 30,000 acres of land.

"The plight of farmers under the Congress rule is miserable. While prices of petrol, diesel, farm implements and tractors have gone up manifold, the farmer still gets very less for his produce," he said.