Jaipur: Ten days before voting in the Rajasthan assembly elections, the BJP released its manifesto in Jaipur on Thursday, focusing on all the sections and issues that the BJP has made its agenda for the elections.
These include a slew of welfare measures for farmers, women and youth and promises of stringent action against allegations of corruption, leaks of question papers and actions by the Congress government to appease religion in the state.
The party avoided flashy populist statements and tried to make promises that only the government could deliver.
The manifesto was announced by BJP national president JP Nadda in Jaipur. He was accompanied by former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and senior leaders from the state unit.
The party, in its manifesto, hinted at continuing some of the Gehlot government’s plans with some changes like subsidized LPG cylinder for Ujjwala beneficiaries and increased social security pensions.
but there is no promise of reviving the old pension scheme (OPS) for government employees.
Central government schemes like doubling Kisan Samman Nidhi and providing free ration cards to poor families for five years are also part of the manifesto as the BJP has talked about bringing a double-engine government.
In this 75-page manifesto of the party, every segment of the society was tried to be satisfied and everyone was given something. Announcements were also made for various sections of society as well as specific focus areas of Rajasthan such as folk culture and tourism, textile and leather industry and small-scale industry.
Addressing reporters, Nadda said, “BJP wants to form a double-engine government in Rajasthan and the manifesto will serve as a ‘road map for development’.”
Highlights from the BJP manifesto:
-BJP has promised to purchase wheat from farmers at an MSP of Rs 2700 per quintal; this is significantly higher than the current MSP of Rs 2015.
– The party promised to prepare a comprehensive compensation plan for farmers whose lands were acquired for various projects. This issue has been a source of great discontent among farmers in Rajasthan.
– As crimes against women are a major election issue in Rajasthan, the BJP has promised to set up Anti-Romeo Squads and Mahila Thana in every district of the state.
-BJP announced ₹2 lakh savings bonds for girls. It will be given to every household where a girl child is born. This bond will mature when the girl turns 18.
– The party promised a Free Scooty Program for successful students pursuing higher education.
– Rajasthan is known for its tourism destinations and looking at this, the BJP has committed to setting up a corpus fund worth ₹ 2,000 crore to promote tourism aimed at creating employment opportunities for 5 lakh youth in the state.
– Corruption is another key issue that the BJP is focusing on and the party has promised a Special Investigation Team to probe document leaks and other alleged frauds in the Congress government.
-The manifesto also promises completion of the East Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) within a certain period of time in collaboration with the Centre.
This is an issue on which the Congress has attacked the BJP for not giving it national project status.
– The party announced 2.5 lakh government jobs for youth in five years, ₹ 12.00 annual assistance for students from poor families to buy school bags, books and uniforms, and establishment of Rajasthan Institute of Technology and Rajasthan Institute of Medical Sciences. in every episode.
– In the healthcare sector, the party has promised to invest ₹40,000 crore through Bhamashah Health Infrastructure Mission and appointment of 15,000 doctors and 20,000 medical staff.
– Expansion of Jaipur Metro, transparent transfer policy, free ration card for five years to poor families under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojna, increase in old age pension and pension of ₹ 1500 per month for the disabled were also promised.
– A special police cell to investigate sleeper cells of anti-national forces and an anti-gangster task force to stop gang wars were also among the promises.
– The party made promises for the welfare of minorities and made special announcements for Jains and Sikhs, but not for Muslims and Christians.
– For OBC welfare, the party has promised time-bound distribution of OBC certificates, collateral-free education loans of up to ₹ 15 lakh and a welfare board for resolving issues.
Various other announcements were also made for tribal welfare, street vendors and gig workers, auto drivers, SC and ST welfare.
JP Nadda (center) Vasundhara Raje (right) | FPJ
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