Return of Amaravati land tops BJP agenda

Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal releasing the BJP manifesto in Vijayawada along with State president Kanna Lakshminarayana and national spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: V RAJU

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised in its 2019 election manifesto for Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) to give back the land that was allegedly taken by the State government “ through deceit” for the construction of Amaravati, to those who request for it while promising to develop the city to global standards.

It has committed to declare every parliamentary constituency a district for the sake of administrative convenience and form local development councils to give more importance to the development of backward districts among others.

The party stated in its manifesto called ‘Sankalp Patra’ released by Union Minister Piyush Goyal here on Tuesday that ₹3,000 monthly pension would be given to all aged above 60 years and an action plan would be prepared for accurate classification that would reflect the socio-economic deprivation of the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Backward Classes (BCs).

‘Polavaram by year-end’

The BJP promised to complete the Polavaram project by year-end and focus on other projects ‘neglected’ by the State and provide 16 hours of quality power supply to the farm sector and to provide two bags of fertilizer per acre at 50% subsidy.

Besides, it was envisaged that the State would pay the premium, instead of farmers, under the crop insurance scheme and extend it to all agricultural and horticultural crops and set up an agricultural planning commission for promotion of the primary sector.

Godavari and Krishna rivers are promised to be cleaned on the lines of ‘Namami Gange’ programme.

In the health sector, the BJP undertook to establish a kidney research centre in Srikakulam and set up government medical colleges where there are no such colleges now, and a cancer research centre in Rayalaseema.

It has expressed commitment to ban gutkha and tobacco consumption, distribute laptops to degree and PG students free of cost, supply ‘scooties’ to degree students (girls) at 90% subsidy and allow 50% interest rate subvention for progressive women entrepreneurs.

Marriage gifts

It has also resolved to give marriage gifts comprising a mangalasutra, a pucca house and new clothes to newly married couples with poverty as the eligibility criteria, supply electricity to new industries at 50% concessional tariffs, ensure job security and give free plots to State government employees and abolish the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Other promises are development of Vizag, Vijayawada and Tirupati as regional developmental centres, abolition of belt shops and enforcement of complete prohibition in a phased manner, establishment of the High Court on a permanent basis in Rayalaseema, inquiry into the ‘corruption of TDP government’ and forming a SIT for it and a minimum salary of ₹20,000 for home guards.

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Printable version | Jun 19, 2021 12:32:03 PM |

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