BJP releases 11 point manifesto for Himachal polls, promises Uniform Civil Code if voted to power
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda on Sunday released the party's manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections with 11 commitments which include the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code and investigation of Waqf properties under the judicial committees in the state.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, state party chief Suresh Kashyap, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and others were present during the launch of the manifesto.
Addressing the occasion, the BJP chief detailed the 11 commitments of the party going into the polls hoping to retain the government.
"First commitment is that the BJP government will bring Uniform Civil Code here. A committee of experts will be set up and according to their report, UCC will be implemented in Himachal. The second commitment is that the Rs 3,000 per year will be added to the Mukhya Mantri Annadata Samman Nidhi, besides the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Nearly 10 lakh farmers will be connected with this," Nadda said.
Nadda said that the party will increase the job opportunities in the state in a phased manner.
"Our third commitment is that our government will increase the job opportunities of over 8 lakh in a phased manner. This will include govt jobs and works underway in the economic zone. Our fourth commitment is that the BJP government will ensure that all the roads are connected with the pucca roads under the PM Gramin Sadak Yojana in the next five years," he said.
The BJP chief informed that the governmnet will launch programme 'Shakti' to develop infrastructure and transportation nearby religious places.
"Our fifth commitment is that the BJP will launch a programme named 'Shakti' under which Rs 12,000 crore will be spent in 10 years to develop infrastructure and transportation around religious places and temples. They'll be connected to the 'Himteerth' circuit'. Our sixth commitment is that the government will the GST on the material used by the farmers for the packaging of apples will be 12 per cent and the additional GST of the material will be borne by the state government," he said.
He also promised to open five new medical colleges in the next five years and doubling of the mobile clinic vans aiming to provide regular health checkups to far-off places.
"Our seventh commitment is that the government will open 5 new medical colleges in the state. The mobile clinic vans will be doubled in every constituency so that health could reach the doorsteps of the people. Facilities of regular health check-ups will be provided. Our eighth commitment is that the government will introduce startup Yojana to promote startups for youth. A corpus of Rs 900 will be brought to include the youth in the startups," he added.
The BJP chief said that the government will increase the ex-gratia given to the soldiers killed in the line of duty, as the ninth commitment.
"Our tenth commitment is that the government will conduct a survey and the Waqf properties will be investigated under the judicial commission as per the law. We will work to stop the illegal usage of Waqf properties," Nadda said.
"Our eleventh commitment is that the government will remove the discrepancies in the remunerations of government employees," he added.
Nadda said that the 'Sankalp Patra' will "bring uniformity in society".
"This 'Sankalp Patra' stands on 11 commitments. These commitments will bring uniformity in society, empower youth and farmers, strengthen horticulture, give justice to govt employees and take forward religious tourism," he said.
The BJP chief said that the state government under Jairam Thakur has "established a new dimension of development". Nadda detailed the developmental work done in the past five years.
"We have established a new dimension of development. We connected 2 lakh families with cleanliness. We connected nearly 28 lakh families with PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Himachal. 100 per cent electrification has been done. Nearly 4.70 families are covered in Himachal under Ayushman Bharat Yojana. 96 per cent of the Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal has been completed in the state. 6,000 km of rural roads have been constructed in the last 5 years under CM Jairam Thakur," he said.