A separate ministry for welfare of nomadic tribes, 15 per cent quota in jobs and educational institutions for economically backward classes and stabilising prices have been promised in the manifesto of Shiv Sena-BJP alliance for the October 13 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The manifesto or ‘vachan nama’ was released by Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray in the presence of senior BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari at Shiv Sena Bhavan in central Mumbai here on Monday.

“The Shiv Sena-BJP if voted to power will provide a people-centric government and involve people in decision-making,” Mr. Thackeray told reporters.

‘Shiv Sampark Cell’ with state-of-the-art technology will be established to keep abreast of the people’s problems and a separate ministry will be created to co-ordinate between the government and the people, he said.

Mr. Thackeray said the Shiv Sena had earlier set up a helpline and also created an email-id seeking suggestions for preparing the saffron alliance’s manifesto and the initiative drew an overwhelming response.

“We don’t intend to stop this initiative after elections and will continue this dialogue with citizens,” he said.

“Sena-BJP will provide soft loans to farmers at 4 per cent interest, Rs 500 pension for farm labourers, work towards stabilising prices of five essential commodities for five years, set up a separate ministry for nomadic tribes and provide 15 per cent reservation for economically backward sections in jobs and education,” Munde, BJP general secretary, said.

The Bandra-Nariman Point Sea Link would be extended northward till Versova and work on Mumbai-Nashik eight-lane express way would be expedited. All other main cities in the state will be linked through express ways, Mr. Gadkari said.

The Sena-BJP will strive to make the state power surplus within three years of assuming charge of the government and emphasis will be laid on developing water transport in Mumbai and all efforts will be made to turn the megapolis, the country’s financial capital, into a truly state-of-the-art international city.

The Shiv Sena-BJP government will make the report of the Pradhan committee, which probed the lapses that led to 26/11 terror attacks, public and ensure appropriate action against the guilty, Mr. Gadkari said.

A museum will be set up in Mumbai depicting the ‘Samyukta Maharashtra’ movement and a permanent mechanism would be created to stop the inflow of illegal migrants, Mr. Thackeray said