Elec­tion fever

Business Standard - - DEMOCRACY AT WORK -

The elec­tions are nigh. In Pun­jab, the Con­gress has de­clared de­cen­tralised com­mit­tees with all the top lead­ers be­ing in­volved in cam­paign and elec­tion strat­egy but in­ter­est­ingly no leader is part of more than one. So while Chief Min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu are on the same com­mit­tee, they are only mem­bers of one. Party Chief Su­nil Jakhar is also a mem­ber and so are Am­bika Soni, Pre­neet Kaur and Man­ish Tewari, all min­is­ters in the UPA regime.

In neigh­bour­ing Haryana, it is the Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) gov­ern­ment led by Chief Min­is­ter M L Khat­tar that has been quick in tak­ing de­ci­sions. Ahead of the last ses­sion of the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly, the cab­i­net has taken a slew of de­ci­sions. The pay of 4,500 Spe­cial Po­lice Of­fi­cers (mostly ex-ser­vice­men) will be hiked from ~14,000 to ~18,000 per month. An in­dus­trial pol­icy was an­nounced in 2015. Now, a new pharma pol­icy is out: Pharma parks will get tax breaks, land will be given at con­ces­sional rates to in­vestors, and clear­ances for the cre­ation of a pharma park will given quickly.

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