BJD-BJP releases manifesto

Updated on Apr 10, 2004 01:32 PM IST

The ruling BJD-BJP alliance promised to formulate an employment policy for Orissa to create job opportunities for 24 lakh youths.

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The ruling BJD-BJP alliance promised to formulate an employment policy for Orissa to create job opportunities for 24 lakh youths and set up special court to try corruption cases if voted back to power.

The joint manifesto of the alliance, released by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and BJP state president Manmohan Samal, said that a KBK development authority would be set up to speed up development of Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi (KBK) region.

Assuring irrigation facility for 25 per cent more farm land, it said subsidised loan would be extended to create own irrigation facility to a minimum of ten lakh farmers.

The manifesto promised to declare all forest villages as revenue village saying land ownership record or patta would be given to all people living in forests since 1993 as per the central decision.

While affirming that the alliance would pursue its demand for special category status for Orissa, it said a foreign investment forum would be set up under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister to attract investment.

Every village having a population of 500 or more would be linked with pucca roads, the manifesto said while promising that a state-level Kalinga bank would be established.

Besides, the Dhamra and Gopalpur ports would be developed into all-weather ports, it said.

It promised electrification of all villages while stating that no power tariff hike would be imposed while laying stress on reducing transmission and distribution losses.

One hospital would be set up for every 20,000 population and a commission for the disabled, it said.

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