BJD seeks to fulfil ‘minimum needs’ of poor, students
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Saturday released its manifesto, which includes concrete or bitumen-topped roads for all grampanchayats, Rs 1 kg rice for slum-dwellers, bicycles for all class X students and a Food Security Act that ensures food security for people not covered under the BPL.
Orissa CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik said this is the first time a party has guaranteed to fulfil the primary infrastructure in the areas of road communication, drinking water, electrification, irrigation, agriculture and education in rural and urban areas of the state, along with provision of adequate funds so these minimum needs are fulfilled in time.
The manifesto promised Orissa will have its own Food Security Act, which will have indicators other than the BPL to reflect economic status.
Naveen said agriculture loans would be given at 1 per cent in the next one year.
The manifesto promised that all kutcha houses would be given assistance to convert to a pucca house. If government land is not available, private land would be purchased by the government for the homes. A shelter security mission under CM’s chairmanship would also be started.
The manifesto promised that each of the 314 blocks would have a model public school to improve the quality of education. Girl students will get interest subsidy of 6 per cent and boys 4 per cent on educational loan sanctioned by banks.
It also promised a body would be set up to ensure transparency in work done by government departments.