Indian National Congress has hardly crossed fifty days in office, but party senior leaders have all praised for its Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for his policies and decision. Earlier, senior leader Harsh Mahajan, who had not contested election and contented with the chairman post of HP State Co-operative Bank had praised Singh’s work and within 24 hours another Senior Congress leader Ram Lal Thakur, who could not win the assembly election but later awarded with the plum post of Chairman of State Level Planning Development and 20 Point Programme Committee, credited for his closeness with Virbhadra, praised his working and decision. Latest in this league senior Congress leader and Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board Kuldeep Singh Pathania, who also lost assembly election, has lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for initiating measures to strengthen the education sector.
Like other Congress leaders, Kuldeep Singh Pathania praised the decision of Virbhadra Singh led State Government to re-open 149 schools which were de-notified during previous Government regime besides providing free travelling facility in HRTC buses to all the students studying in Government educational institutions from the next academic session 2013. Pathania believes that these decisions would prove beneficial for the students who cannot afford to bear the travelling expenses, I hope there is any.
Pathania credited the approval of Rs. 22,800 crore in 12th Five Year Plan from Government of India to Chief Minister and also appreciated his decision for taking effective steps in framing policy for regularization of PTA Teachers in the State. It is notable that these PTA teachers had suffered for last five years for want of proper policy for them.
Senior Congress leader also bold over with the decision of enhancing social security pension from Rs. 450 to Rs. 500 per month and I think he believed that added Rs.50 will enable them to improve their standard. He also lauded Govt decision to launch a plantation drive by removing lantana grass, but I thing congress weed is also causing problem to many farmers and hope they will also decide on it as early as possible.
It’s been over month and a half that the Congress has been in power in the State, but the party leaders here seem to be making all efforts only to make it into the good books of the Chief Minister and hit the headlines every now and then. There seems to be no action in wake of the policies laid out in the party’s election manifesto, but only flattering statements for the CM from his loyalists – it beyond us to understand what these leaders are trying to portray.
The new party in power is still far from its promises made in election manifesto, which include unemployment allowances of Rs.1000 per month for all 10+2 passouts and graduates whose total family income is less than Rs.200,000 a year, skill development corporation, free laptops for toppers under ‘Rajiv Gandhi Digital Student Yojana’ and a state-level vision document for industry development in State.
It will be pertinent for the office bearers to work in this regard and will be in State’s favor if these policy makers make efforts to deliver good, credible, work oriented and clean governance.
Yes, these are early days, and there is still time for the policy makers to execute the party objectives for the benefit of people in the state. Yet, a piece of mind from our side to these leaders – ‘please talk about your performance and achievements instead of making an attendance in the list of flattering voices for the Congress state boss.’