COMMITMENTS FOR CHANGE

(Released by the Grand Alliance Partners at a Press Conference where CPIML was represented by Comrade Shashi Yadav)

We commit to:

  1. Filling the lakhs of vacancies in government jobs lying pending in 15 years of NDA rule, and beginning the process of creating new permanent posts to ensure time-bound recruitments in 10 lakh jobs, with the first signature in the first Cabinet meeting

  2. Making forms for recruitment exams free of fees for Bihar’s youth and ensuring that their journey from their home district to the exam centre within Bihar will be free

  3. Creating a ‘Karpoori Migrant Support Centre’ in every state in the country, so that the Bihar Government can be on hand to offer help and support to migrant workers and their families in every kind of crisis or need.

  4. Improving MNREGA to ensure 200 days of work per person instead of 100 days of work per family, at an assured minimum wage, and introducing an Urban Employment Guarantee scheme   

  5. Ending the contract system to implement “Equal Pay For Equal Work”, ending privatisation in all departments, and providing regular and stable jobs  

  6. Scrapping the 2005 New Pension Scheme and restoring the Old Pension Scheme   

  7. Expanding the rights of Karyapalak Sahayaks, Sankhyiki Swayamsevaks, Tola Sevaks and Taleemi Markaj, ASHA workers, Anganwadi Sevikas and Sahayikas, Midday Meal Cooks, rural health workers and Jeevika workers. This will begin by doubling the current honorarium amounts for scheme workers.

  8. Regularise Jeevika workers, double their honorarium to equal at least Rs 4000 a month, and income to the jeevika workers. Ensuring loan waiver for women and members of SHGs, and interest-free loans in the future. Stopping any kind of harassment in the name of loan repayment

  9. Reopening closed sugar, jute, paper and other mills and reviving sick units in the public sector as a priority. Setting up food processing industries and units, government godowns near every market, cold storage units and warehouses.  

  10. Stopping rampant corruption in police stations and block offices

  11. Stopping the drive to evict and demolish the homes of rural and urban poor and shops of street vendors; regularising such settlements/slum clusters/shops.   

  12. Implementing short-term and longer-term measures for flood-control, water management and rehabilitation of flood victims, and putting in place district-level disaster management plans

  13. Enacting a law through the state legislature to counteract the worst effects of the anti-farmer Farm Laws passed by the Modi regime, which will mandate government procurement of produce at Minimum Support Price at one and half times the outlay costs in state agricultural markets; setting up procurement centres in every panchayat      

  14. Waiving agricultural loans and rent on agricultural lands, providing cheap loans, electricity, water, fertiliser, seeds to all farmers including sharecroppers

  15. Building super speciality hospitals in all divisions, providing free dialysis care to poor patients through dialysis centres at all district hospitals   

  16. Spending 12% of the budget on education; raising the teacher-student ratio in Bihar to 1 teacher for every 30 students in primary school and 1 teacher for every 35 students in middle school, ensuring permanent jobs and regular training to all teachers

  17. Introducing teachers for fine arts, computers, and sports in all schools, a time-bound white paper on the condition of Ambedkar Hostels, Kasturba Vidyalayas and SC/ST hostels and schools, towards all-round overhaul of infrastructure and amenities.

  18. Repair and restoration of infrastructure in colleges and Universities; ensuring regular sessions and exams; addressing the problems of teachers and employees in unaided educational institutions

  19. Freeing bureaucracy from political control as a priority, introducing a merit-based SOP for transfers, with emphasis on abilities, departmental assessment, and performance

  20. Lowering the current electricity rates. Currently electricity is being sold at the steepest cost in the poor state like Bihar; these policies will be changed to bring relief to consumers

  21. Clean drinking water, electricity, pucca roads in every village/tola and every home. A house under the proposed Ambedkar Awaas Yojana to every poor family. Free computer centres in every panchayat. Solar powered community centres with LED screens. Solar powered tubewells.

  22. Strengthening infrastructure in Bihar: bridges, roads, highways, airports to ensure Bihar is counted among the developed states; equipping tourist spots with world-class facilities. Improving law and order, providing police with world-class training and modernising the police force   

  23. Smart Village Scheme to ensure a clinic with a qualified doctor and fully trained nurse in every panchayat.  

  24. Time-bound development of towns, civic bodies in keeping with the master plan.

  25. Commitment to protect the endangered constitutional rights. We affirm that governance is strengthened not weakened by people’s movements and people’s criticism. We are committed to ensuring a government that holds talks with movements. No activist or innocent citizen will face harassment and false cases in Bihar. The Bihar Assembly will pass resolutions against unjust cases and arrests being imposed on students, intellectuals, journalists, activists in India.