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BJP manifesto promises to reinstate daily wagers

The BJP manifesto making tall promises says, the party's bases of the State's development would be the people, water, forests, animals and land.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2003 19:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

The Bharatiya Janata Party, in a populist announcement,promised to take back the 28,000 daily wage employees sacked by the Digvijay Singh Government. In its manifesto for the state assembly elections, that was released by the BJP state chief Kailash Joshi on Monday, the BJP has also promised clean and efficient governance if voted to power.

The manifesto says, the BJP's bases of the State's development would be the people, water, forests, animals and land. Without considering the six-crore population as a liability, it promises to convert them into an asset.

Union Law and Commerce Minister Arun Jaitley, party's chief ministerial candidate Uma Bharti and state organisation general secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki were also present during the release of the manifesto at Deendayal Parisar. Bharti said besides the manifesto, a Vision Document would be released by Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie and Jaitley here on November 20. The Document would contain the blueprint for the State's development.

The manifesto specially focuses on infrastructure and power situation in the state and has promised to bring down the transmission and distribution losses from the existing 51 per cent to the national average for 27 per cent. It also talks about early completion of the pending power projects and pushing reforms in power sector aggressively.

Regarding the alleged 'inflated electricity bills' of the farmers, the BJP manifesto says the party would get the bills from January 1, 2001 to December 2003 investigated and would consider waiving them on merit basis. Uma Bharti said, power would be generated by the private as well as the public sector and will be distributed to consumers at no profit no loss basis.

About the condition of roads, the BJP promises that it would emulate the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government's policy and would build a network of quality roads in the State.

The party would play an important role by walking in tandem with knowledge-based economy. The tax structure would be rationalised, Form 75 for traders and professional tax for the service class people would be abolished. New areas would be developed for employment through Information technology hubs. Stress would be laid on self-employment.

The party would encourage farming of medicinal plants and the State Government would play the role of a facilitator in the national and international marketing of the plants. The tribals would get at least a month's time for plucking tendu leaves against the week's time they are getting now, it says. The manifesto promises to make the women self-dependant through economic, social and political empowerment.

The basis of the development of the rural areas would be programme for urban amenities in rural areas (PURA). As the name of the programme and the acronym suggest, the rural areas would be laced with the facilities available in the urban areas. This would help the rural people get the same jobs as the urban people.

Bharti said the party's special focus would be on education, which inspires employment opportunities. The big cities would become quality education hubs. The BJP would send to the Centre within a year projects for linking of State's rivers. She said special courts would be set up for trying cases related to exploitation of women. The cases would be settled within three months and there would be no personal character assassination of the women. There would be at least one fast track court per district for women, she added.

First Published: Nov 17, 2003 19:53 IST