Shah: Con­tain­ing Maoists BJP’s ma­jor achieve­ment in C’garh

Pen­sion For Farm­ers, 24x7 Power Fea­ture In Man­i­festo

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Raipur: Eye­ing a fourth con­sec­u­tive term, the rul­ing BJP re­leased its poll man­i­festo on Satur­day ahead, vow­ing to root out Nax­al­ism, en­sure round-the-clock power sup­ply, give farm­ers above 60 years a pen­sion of Rs 1,000 a month pen­sion, and —rais­ing the bar — free mopeds to mer­i­to­ri­ous girl stu­dents.

BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah, re­leas­ing the man­i­festo, re­called that Ch­hat­tis­garh was carved out at Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee’s ini­tia­tive when he was PM. Af­ter BJP came to power in 2003, Shah said, Ch­hat­tis­garh has “marched to­wards progress un­der CM Ra­man Singh”. “Con­tain­ing the spread of Nax­al­ism is one of the ma­jor achievements of our gov­ern­ment,” Shah said, claim­ing that Ch­hat­tis­garh has be­come a hub of steel, power and alu­minium in­dus­tri- es and an ed­u­ca­tion pow­er­house within 15 years.

CM Ra­man Singh promi- sed Rs 1,000-per-month pen­sion to small and medium farm­ers and land­less labour­ers aged above 60, and in­creas­ing MSP on mi­nor for­est pro­duce by 1.5 times.

Raipur, Atal Na­gar (Naya Raipur), Bhi­lai, Durg and Ra­j­nandgaon will be de­vel­oped as state cap­i­tal re­gion, and uni­ver­si­ties will be set up for de­vel­op­ment of Hindi and Ch­hat­tis­garhi lan­guage. Other promises in­clude 2 lakh new pump con­nec­tions to farm­ers, small dams and schol­ar­ship schemes for SC and ST stu­dents. The man­i­festo promises to set up haat bazaars for pur­chase and sale of for­est pro­duce. Reach­ing out to women, The man­i­festo promises in­ter­est-free loan of up to Rs 2 lakh for women in busi­ness and Rs 5 lakh for self-help groups. The as­sis­tance un­der Noni Su­rak­sha Yo­jana to preg­nant women will be hiked to Rs 2 lakh, BJP says.

An “en­trepreneur­ship mas­ter fund” with a cor­pus of Rs 200 crore is also promised in the party’s man­i­festo, as is busi­ness in­sur­ance of Rs 5 lakh for small traders among other promises.

Rahul Gandhi at a gu­rud­wara in Ch­hat­tis­garh on Satur­day

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