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BJP to release its AP Assembly poll manifesto on Mar 14

BJP to release its AP assembly poll manifesto on Mar 14. The party promises various schemes to boost agriculture, gemder and youth empowerment in the state if elected.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2009 05:52 PM IST

Specific schemes for new-born girl child, welfare of farmers and senior citizens are some of the salient features of the BJP's manifesto for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections to be released on March 14.

Under the scheme, 'Adabidda Andalam', Rs 21,016 would be deposited for every new-born girl child which would become about Rs two lakh when she turns 18, the party's manifesto committee chairman C Vidyasagar Rao told reporters.

A comprehensive chapter in the manifesto deals with the agriculture sector, he said. A 'Youth Empowerment Scheme' (YES) aims at empowering the substantial population of youth in the state. A programme to link the land-locked Telangana region with sea has also been promised, Rao said.

The scheme is based on the technology used in Three Gorges Dam in China and similar technology used in other countries, Nirmala Sitaraman, BJP National Executive member, who was instrumental in preparing the manifesto, said.

A children's commission would also be set up if the party came to power.

Rao said the party is not indulging in competitive populism and was acutely aware of its responsibility while preparing the manifesto.

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