The stage is set for Punjab which will be going for polls early 2012. With only three months left for the state people to give their verdict, all political parties are lagging behind in winning hearts of the people.

It seems that the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance government fears its grim chances of coming to power and is adopting aggressive tools to lure voters.

To begin with, the ruling government is wooing around 3.5 lakh state government employees. The already financially strapped government is offering them a chance to visit abroad in vacations.

According to sources, every state government employee is entitled to air travel and can fly abroad with family once in a lifetime.

They can visit Asian countries if they do not burden the state exchequer much.

Not only this, the government has also announced mobile allowance and increased pay scales for them.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also approved for hike in the monthly honorarium of the Anganwadi workers, helpers and the salaries of revenue officials.

The monthly honorarium for Anganwadi workers and helpers has been increased by Rs 800 and Rs 400 thereby increasing it to Rs 4,600 and Rs 2,300 per month respectively.

He also approved higher pay scale of Rs 10300-34800 plus Rs 3200 grade pay to the revenue patwaris.  They were earlier placed in the pay scale of Rs 5910-20200 plus Rs 1900 grade pay.

Apart from not upsetting its state people, the state government is also luring NRIs.

To attract a strong NRI population, the SAD-BJP led government circulated a draft bill for setting up a NRI commission.

The bill is especially aimed in the Doaba belt, where the NRI population is more. It comes during when NRIs visit the country for annual vacations and for rural sports like kabaddi.

The government promised NRIs at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meeting that such a commission would be set up.

JPN