Shimla: The Congress manifesto that was released today admitted the growing problem of unemployment in the state and proposed an unemployment allowance for tackling the issue.
Other electoral promises included increasing the age of retirement, constructing the Bahnupalli-Bilaspur railway line, setting up of an IIT, a central university and converting the state into a knowledge hub.
Officially the manifesto was released by chief minister Virbhadra Singh at Dharamshala, early today and the party assured the people that should congress return to power, improved governance would be on top priority.
The congress manifesto proposed to set up the regional central university in Kangra and the IIT in Mandi district.
To extend urbanization in the state the manifesto proposes to extend the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Mission to Mandi, Hamirpur and Dharamshala. It also talks about setting up a medical college in Hamirpur and Mandi, enhancing social security allowance from Rs 200 to 300, increasing daily wages to Rs 100 and intends to extend road connectivity to all villages in a phased manner.
Providing drinking water to all habitations would remain high on the party agenda, the document stated.
To insulate the people against rising prices of essential commodities the congress said that it would continue to provide subsidized rations in the state. For improved health services, an institution in each panchayat would be set up where as existing institutions would be strengthened.
The manifesto reiterated that the congress was committed to providing employment to every household in the state by creating employment opportunities in private and government sectors.
The man-animal conflict afflicting the farming community did find echo in the manifesto which stated that steps would be taken to tackle the monkey menace and damage to crops from other wild life animals.
All appointments made under Parent Teacher Associations and other contract appoints were proposed to be regularized, the IRDP survey to identify poor families would be conducted again on persistent demand of the people and to encourage information technology, the party would open more IT parks at strategic locations, the document recorded.