ACCUSING THE Congress of raising empty slogans in the name of the poor, the BJP Monday began tracing the contours of its ambitious “garib kalyan agenda”, with a party panel exchanging notes on effective implementation of pro-poor schemes in states governed by the BJP and the AIADMK-ruled Tamil Nadu.
The panel is headed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and has, as members, his Maharashtra and Jharkhand counterparts, Devendra Fadnavis and Raghubar Das, besides BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who is also in-charge of party affairs in MP.
The panel is expected to submit a draft report to BJP president Amit Shah, and the final report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before September 25, the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyay.
The committee’s final recommendations, once cleared, are likely to be put into effect in the birth centenary year of the party ideologue. The report will be discussed at the party’s next executive committee meeting, it was informed Monday.
Adding education, health and kamai (income from self-employment) to ‘roti-kapda-makaan’ as the needs of the poor, the panel said that the focus will lie not just on poverty alleviation but also on making them self-sufficient by increasing their income.
Sources said successful schemes from non-BJP-ruled states were also touched upon.