The Punjab Congress manifesto for the Assembly elections scheduled for February 4 promises sweeping legislative and police reforms to improve the state’s law and order situation, which is in complete doldrums as a result of the criminal links and the stranglehold of the ruling party leaders.The manifesto lists out a series of new legislations the party will bring out when elected to power.
· Right to Education Act
· NRI Marriage Regulation Act
· Child Labour Act
· NRI Property Safeguard Act
· Whistleblower Safeguard Legislation
· Cable Authority Act
· Confiscation of Drug Dealers’ Property Act
· The Conflict of Interest Act (unseating of MPs/MLAs if found to have business interest in official capacity)
The party will also introduce several important police reforms in line with Supreme Court directives and centred on zero tolerance for political interference at any level.The Congress government will review the territorial restructuring of police stations done by the Badal government and will abolish the Halqa in-charge system introduced by them.The reforms will aim at ensuring that there are no human rights violations and no unfair detentions. New training programmes will be initiated to train the police to tackle new crimes and situations facing Punjab, especially drug menace and cyber crime.A new police welfare fund will be set up to provide housing to lower ranking police personnel and education for their children. Other welfare measures include time-bound promotions, fixed hour duty, etc.Modernisation of police infrastructure, large-scale construction of police houses, free medical insurance for all police personnel and their families, all new recruitment to be done in PAP and a zonal PAP headquarters in Punjab’s southern region are other elements of the proposed police reforms.