THE AAM Aadmi Party (AAP), in its 31-point ‘kisaan’ manifesto released Sunday at Baghapurana Mandi in Moga, announced to continue with the free power, atta dal, shagun and old-age pension schemes of the current SAD-BJP government.
It also announced there will be a complete waiver of bank loans of small farmers, Dalit and backward class farmers and farm labourers while the interest amount of other farmers will also be waived off. The AAP claimed that Punjab farmers will be debt-free by 2018.
The party announced crop compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre in case of natural calamities. Currently, the SAD government gives a compensation of Rs 8,000 per acre.
Releasing the manifesto, AAP’s manifesto committee head Kanwar Sandhu announced that ‘Free power, atta-dal to continue; life term for selling spurious fertilisers’
“If AAP comes to power, those dealing in spurious chemicals and fertilizers will be awarded life imprisonment and their properties will be attached”.
“Some people are spreading rumours that we will discontinue the schemes being run by the SAD-BJP government. They will stop getting atta dal, free power, shagun in marriages, etc. We will not stop what you are getting, in fact, you will get much more (than that),” said party MP Bhagwant Mann.
AAP, in its manifesto, has claimed that farmers’ produce will be purchased within 24 hours in mandis and payments will be cleared within 72 hours.
Even as Mann had allegedly, in a controversial statement, said that “the Badals have turned people of Punjab into beggars by giving subsidized atta-dal”, Kejriwal Sunday announced that the party will cover 10 lakh more families under this scheme after coming to power.
Currently. farmers get 8 hours free power supply in paddy season which, AAP said, will be increased to 12 hours a day. AAP has also announced to increase old-age pension from current Rs 500 per month to Rs 2,000 per month.
Currently, the government gives shagun of Rs 15,000 to for marriage of girls, which AAP has proposed to increase to Rs 51,000. It has also promised shagun of Rs 21,000 on birth of a girl child.