SDF releases 127-point manifesto for Panchayat elections

Gangtok, 12 Oct:

Sikkim Democratic Front released its election manifesto for the upcoming Zilla and Gram Panchayat Election 2017 in the State here at the party head-office today. The fifty-five page election manifesto of the ruling party starts with the message of the SDF president, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, and enumerates 127 “responsibilities and commitments” to the people on various issues which will now be shouldered by the panchayats. The party manifesto also highlights numerous achievements of the SDF party and future targets, work and plan of the SDF government.

The 127-point manifesto begins with the ban on cow slaughter and states that the Panchayats will be responsible for implementing the law in letter and spirit. This is followed by the ban on firecrackers and ban on grazing to be enforced by the Panchayats.

Further, the manifesto promises a minimum of Rs 1,000 as pension for farmers, development of villages as business centres with linkages with the market economy, formation of Gram planning forum and Ward development committee, establishment of Women's club in every Zilla, etc.

Meanwhile, in his message, the party president has assured, "During the ongoing Panchayat Elections, we will become the total holistic voice of the people to empower our people to create people's government and ensure qualitative governance for the people and by the people. We will ensure a model, equity and justice, democratic freedoms, non-communal development and progress, safe, secure, happy and prosperous Sikkim through our Panchayats."

Mr Chamling has further assured that SDF was fielding competent candidates for the 185 Gram Panchayat Units, 1,037 Wards and 113 Zillas.

Speaking during the release function today, SDF party spokesperson, Bhim Dahal mentioned that the SDF party has always campaigned for elections on concrete issues and this time too, the party is offering pro-people programmes. Elected Panchayats of the party will seriously follow all programmes mentioned in the manifesto, he added.

Although opposition parties have fielded candidates, they do not have any programme or vision for the people, he alleged.

Another SDF spokesperson, KT Gyaltsen congratulated and expressed best wishes to all candidates of the party. He added that the election manifesto is in the interest of the people of Sikkim and appealed to the people to support SDF candidates.

More than 80% of works mentioned in the last Panchayat Election manifesto of the party in 2012 have been completed, he added.

The manifesto release function was also attended by senior leaders and workers of the party.