CPM to get special status for HP

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Shimla, Dec 7 (UNI) The CPM today released its manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh elections, promising to give a special status to the state on the lines of that given to the north-eastern states.

The party, which is contesting seven seats in the 68-member house, promised to raise minimum wages from Rs 80 to Rs 150 and grant 33 per cent reservation to women in the assembly.

Relasing the party's manifesto here, party's state Secretary Rakesh Singha said that it would also allow policemen to form unions.

The party promises to work for getting 12 per cent royalty to the state on hydro-electric projects set up till 1990, providing infrastructural strength to tourism, the economic mainstay of the hill state, he said.

In the field of education, the CPM leader promised to hike budgetary allocation on education and stop its privatisation.

Besides, he also vowed to allow the students free travelling upto 25 km and making Punjabi an optional subject in educational institutions.

UNI

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