CPM releases manifesto, promises insurance, unemployment schemes
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Assuring the people that it will continue its struggle against pro-liberalisation policies of BJP and Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the state Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) on Saturday released its election manifesto and vowed to probe benami land deals, implement crop insurance scheme, set-up a separate education commission for schools, empower Lokayukta and increase daily wages to Rs 300.
Senior CPM leader Omkar Shad along with Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan, deputy mayor Tikender Panwar and party's Kasumpti candidate Kuldeep Tanwar released the manifesto, which focuses on youth and students and also pledges to reduce fees in private universities and provide subsidised and reserved seats.
Senior CPM leader Shad said, the policies of both previous governments had led to a grave financial crisis, unemployment, crises in agriculture and corruption in public life. He said the financial position of the state was precarious and financial management pathetic.
The manifesto also proposes a crop insurance scheme for fruit growers, which will give upto 90 per cent relief if their crops are destroyed due to hailstorm. On corruption, Omkar said Lokayukta would be empowered and a statutory board would be constituted.
The CPM is contesting 16 seats in the polls.
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