Punjab Poll 2012: SAD manifesto released
The Akali Dal has finally released its manifesto for the January 30th Assembly elections.
Development remains the key focus area, with the party promising to make Punjab power-surplus in a year and making Malwa the textile hub.
The manifesto interestingly promises a laptop for every Plus one and two government student in the state.
The Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday released its manifesto for the Punjab Assembly elections, and as expected, kept its hopes on the development plank.
Party president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal released the manifesto at Ludhiana and said the party in coalition with the BJP was more than hopeful of returning to power' ' '
Sukhbir Badal said the Akali Dal government, if voted to power, would make Punjab power-surplus within a year.
And also develop the Malwa region as a textile hub.
But it' ' 's the education sector that the manifesto is full of promises about.
It promises free education for girls till graduation.
Right time, girls studying till Plus Two in government institutions do not have to pay.
The manifesto also promises a free laptop with data card for Plus 1 and 2 students.
Well, that' ' 's some promise for a state with a poor track record of education in government schools.
And free bicycles will be given to students of classes 9th and 10th too
As announced earlier, the Akali government, if it comes to power, has hiked the Shagun Scheme money to Rs 31,000
The manifesto also promises e-sewa centres at each block in the state
With the youth very much in target, the Akali Dal has promised to give jobs to 10 lakh youth in the next five years
In the sports arena, 1,000 sportspersons will be given stipend of Rs 10,000 each
While in the transport sector,where the Badal family has attracted criticism for allegedly favouring their own transport companies,the Akali Dal manifesto says that all government buses will be air-conditioned.