Friday, December 7, 2012

Cong promises 16 hours of power for farmers

Gujarat EDN
IE  28SEP2012

Announcing its eighth point under the Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan 2012, the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) here on Thursday promised 16 hours of daily power supply with three phase connections to farmers and free solar street lights to all the 18,000 villages in the state if the party comes to power in the Assembly elections to be held at the end of this year.
Addressing mediapersons, GPCC president Arjun Modhwadia, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Shaktisinh Gohil and chairman of the party election campaign committee Shankersinh Vaghela announced that the first 50 units of domestic connection would be free and there would also be a 10 per cent reduction in energy charges to help the middle classes. It also promised to enact a new law for providing power connections to more than 10 lakh farmers, to take action against electricity companies if they failed to give agricultural connections within a period of six months from the date of application and to provide a 90 per cent subsidy on the purchase and installation of water pumps working on solar and wind power.
Cong to hold workshop for its spokespersons
The state Congress is holding a two-day workshop for its spokespersons and media committee members from across the state on September 29 and 30 to train them in handling media work effectively and get maximum publicity for party's programmes and election meetings.
Among those who will address the gathering will be state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia, Congress Legislature Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil and senior party leader Shakersinh Vaghela.
Modi nervous, says Vaghela
Reacting to Chief Minister Narendra Modi's comments at BJP national executive at Surajkund that BJP in Gujarat not only has to face Congress but also CBI in the upcoming Assembly elections, senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said it only reflected the nervousness of the man who was seeing sure defeat for his party at the hustings.
Replying to questions from mediapersons at a press conference at the state party headquarters here on Thursday, he said the CBI was only doing its duty in Gujarat as elsewhere.
He alleged that Modi, in 2007 Assembly elections, took pride in justifying the Sohrabuddin's fake encounter for votes but when the noose was tightening around those involved in the crime, he had started accusing CBI of bias and dubbing the agency as “Congress Bureau of Investigation”.
Other sops
Withdrawal of water and power theft cases against farmers
Waiving of irrigation water charges against poor farmers
Making 'energy self-reliant villages'
Distribution of copies of extracts of property form no. 7/12 and 8-A free of charge in the village itself
Completion of 74,600-km long Narmada canal network within three years to provide water to 18 lakh hectare agricultural land
Filling of all existing dams and reservoirs with Narmada water
Dealing with the menace of blue bulls and pigs, which destroy crops in Saurashtra, under a special project
A Rs 1000-crore corpus fund for market intervention to provide remunerative prices to farmers growing cotton, groundnut, potato and onion
Special provisions for farmers and farm labours during drought
Allotting of government wastelands and hilly areas to farmers' societies for maintenance of their cattle
Additional 2 pre cent subsidy on horticulture land