Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 3:The Odisha unit of the BJP today promised sops for all sections of the society in its manifesto, jointly released by the party’s ‘Pravari‘ for Odisha, Arun Singh and national secretary DhramendraPradhan at the party office here today.
The party’s manifesto includes 35 programmes and promises for the people of the state, if voted to power.
Laying emphasis on women empowerment and safety, the BJP has promised to set up fast track courts at district level to deal the crimes related to women and make the Women’s Commission free from political interference.
Going a step ahead of the BJD manifesto, which has promised to provide loan at 1% interest to farmers, the party said agricultural loans shall be interest free for the first year, 1% for the second year and 2% for the third year and 3% subsequently and there shall be provision of loan waiver during natural calamities.
It also promised provide Rs 300 as bonus on minimum support price of paddy.
Taking a cue from the Aam Admi Party, the party has decided to conduct audit of the power distribution companies in the state and provide 24 hour electricity to the people.
While it has promised to return the chit fund depositors’ money, if it comes to power, the party said it is committed to empower the government agencies to explore minerals from mines by amending the mineral policy of the state.
The party has promised to identify sharecroppers in the state as well as provide free power to farmers for irrigation. It also promises to double the coverage of irrigation in the state from the negligible 39 percent at present.
The party also promised to set up a cold storage centre in every block in the state for preservation of agricultural produce and save the farmers’ from going for distress sale of their produce.
In its bid to strike an emotion chord, the party has promised to set up an Odia University for the development of Odia language.
For the state’s youth, the party while promising jobs, said unemployment allowance will be provided to the unemployed.
Further it promises to raise the upper age limit from the present 35 years for jobs to 40 years.
The party has also promised to pressurize the Centre to accord special category status to the state if voted to power in the state.
The BJP said it will introduce a Kanyaratna programme for the welfare and development of the girl child and address gender discrimination issues.
Moreover, if voted to power the party has promised to set up ‘Krushak Haat’ in every panchayat for farmers to sell their produce.
With hardly a week to go for the first phase polls in the state, the BJP is the second party among the three principal parties in the state to announce its election manifesto.