Madhya Pradesh BJP on Sunday announced to make the country’s first water policy for the public water sources and loan to farmers at three percent interest rate while releasing the party’s much awaited manifesto for the November 27 Assembly polls in Bhopal.The BJP announced a slew of measures for the poor and the youth as it unveiled its manifesto.
The manifesto includes giving smart phone to students,laptops for meritorious ones,besides benefits to five lakh youngesters under self-employment schemes.The manifesto committee chairman ,Vikram Verma released the party’s vision document in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha,Sushma Swaraj,State BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar and other senior party leaders.
Targeting poor,the BJP has announced a provision of rice at Rs one per kg like wheat and salt under its food security program.It also promised to construct 15 lakh houses for the landless in the state.For agriculture labourers,the party announced a novel provident fund scheme,new crop insurance policy,Mukhyamantri Khet Sadak Yogna,besides providing land lease to slum dwellers among others.
The manifesto titled Jan Sankalp promises setting up of five new medical and 15 nursing colleges,and increasing MBBS seats from 1620 to 5000 by 2018.For turning agriculture in to a profitable venture,the party has announced to increase the agriculture potential of the state to 40 lakh hectare from 25 lakh hectare.It also announced to set up ten agriculture polytechnic colleges in the state.The major sop for young voters is a scheme to pay the rent of students staying in private hostels and shared accomodation.There will be subsidised bus passes for students in rural areas who commute between 10 to 15 kilometers.
The Chief Minister said that for providing medical assistance to domestic animals a new mobile service ”109” will be launched in the state to ensure health care to them on the lines of 108 Ambulance service.There will also be a water policy focused on public water sources in view of the deepening water crisis in the state besides identifying and regenerating old water bodies.The party has promised to turn Madhya Pradesh as the first Bio-Agriculture state in the country.
The BJP manifesto has promised to set up a Debt Relief Commission which will decide the waiver to be awarded to farmers based on their location and need.The party has promised not to leave any farmer landless by debt recovery.Also on offer is a 50 percent subsidy on water pumps for small and medium farmers.BJP has promised to increase irrigation from 25 lakh hectares to 40 lakh hectares and develop a network of small and village industries.
Foreign Direct Investment in Multi Brand Retail will not be allowed.Four industrial corridors will also be developed and all villages and farms will be connected by roads.The government has drawn flak for the degradation of roads after mansoons which have led to several accidents.The manifesto also promises formation of the Madhya Pradesh Middle Classes Commission on lines of the commissions for backward classes and deprived sections.