Shah: Containing Maoists BJP’s major achievement in C’garh
Pension For Farmers, 24x7 Power Feature In Manifesto
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