Alliance partner of Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP in its election manifesto promised good governance through an empowered Lokpal and assured to bring out more services in the ambit of the Right to Service Act. Industrial clusters to be carved and single-window system would be introduced. The border posts at Attari and Hussainiwala to see more trade, centre to be pressurised to extend the Delhi-Mumbai corridor till Amritsar district-level super-specialty; housing facilities for weaker sections, crime against women to be curbed; widow pension to be increased to Rs 750 per month and families hit by terrorism to get Rs 5,000 a month are the main promises of the BJP.
Interestingly, BJP in its manifesto promised good governance and an empowered Lokpal to root out the corruption from public life. Apart from curbing corruption, the BJP has reiterated its resolve to allot five-marla plots to landless Dalit families, strengthen the PDS, ensure round-the-clock power supply, make Punjab power surplus, recruit more teachers, check unemployment, make Punjab drug-free and ensure better healthcare facilities.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley said, “We are in favour of a strong Lokpal. The BJP will ensure confiscation of the ill-gotten wealth of politicians and officials and such properties will be declared state properties. All public servants will be brought under the purview of the Lokpal. Special efforts will be made to redress public grievances on priority and to bring transparency and accountability in the administrative system.”
He further added that the SAD-BJP government had already provided jobs to thousands of youngsters in the state. “The ruling alliance has initiated the urban renewal mission, so now you have better connectivity through a better road network and flyovers.
Jaitley said the alliance would bring more services in the ambit of the Right to Service Act. Vacant government posts would be filled. Punjab would be made power surplus as the under-construction four thermal plants would be completed within the time limit. “Industrial clusters would be carved in the state, trading hurdles removed and to encourage new industry, a single- window system introduced,” said Jaitley.
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