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Tripura polls: Arun Jaitley releases BJP’s vision document

The ‘Vision Document’ for Tripura promises to implement the Seventh Pay Commission, give free smartphones to youth, free health insurance to BPL household, investigate Rose Valley chit fund case among other things.

Tripura Elections 2018 Updated: Feb 11, 2018 20:35 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley along with party leaders Shahnawaz Hussain  and Himanta Biswa Sarma releasing the BJP’s  vision document for the assembly polls in Agartala on Sunday.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley along with party leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Himanta Biswa Sarma releasing the BJP’s vision document for the assembly polls in Agartala on Sunday. (PTI)

The BJP’s ‘Vision Document’ for the February 18 Tripura assembly elections promises to implement Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for government employees who are still being paid as per Fourth Pay Commission, regularize contractual employees working in government sector and provide one employment to each household.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley who released the document on Sunday said it focuses on development.

“Prime Minister has ushered in development after coming to power and the vision document has also given priority to politics of development,” Jaitley said.

The BJP which accuses the Left Front government of corruption, is seeking to end the CPI(M)’s 25-year-old rule in the state.

The vision document also promises to provide free education for women till graduation, free smartphones to youths, free health insurance to the below poverty line (BPL) households, social allowances of minimum Rs. 2000 with minimum wage of Rs. 340 per day to meet national standard, investigate Rose Valley chit fund case and adopt stern action against those accused in the scam.

Keeping in mind Tripura’s former royals, the document also mentions that establishment of a cultural art academy named after erstwhile king Birendra Kishore Manikya Bahadur, renaming Agartala Airport after Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Deb Burman and a music academy after Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore.

For the indigenous people, the vision document promises to strengthen Tripura Tribal State Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) with more financial power and ensure providing all required facilities. It also promises to hand over murder cases of journalists Shantanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik to the CBI if it comes to power.

Jaitley claimed that the Left Front has controlled people of the state through a fear psychosis but that the people’s fear has turned into hatred for the establishment. “This fear-psychosis-turned hatred will reflect in the coming polls,” he said.

The BJP is contesting 51 out of the 60 Assembly seats, while its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is fighting on nine seats.