It is again set to be a case of old wine in a new bottle. The Shiromani Akali Dal,in its manifesto,is likely to once again project schemes like atta-dal,free electricity,old age pension besides other social projects to woo voters for the Assembly elections.
The manifesto will have social schemes like giving subsidised atta-dal to the poor,free power to farmers,enhancing old age pension besides other welfare schemes and development projects initiated by us. The manifesto will be released shortly, said Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa,MP and chairman of the partys manifesto committee. According to sources,in its manifesto,SAD will also push for agriculture,trade and industry,self-sufficiency in power sector and a thrust on youth.
While admitting that these were include in the manifesto of 2007 elections as well,he said: But now,among other things,we will also propose that there will be no income criteria for old age pension. At present,there exists is an income criteria and only those below that can receive pension.
The hugely popular atta-dal scheme that provides subsidised wheat flour and pulses to 8.2 lakh families has helped the party to get a few seats in the last Lok Sabha polls. It is again hoping to in cash on the scheme and if voted to power,the party is likely to increase the number of beneficiaries. Some time ago,the government had expanded the scope of social schemes by extending those to all economically weaker sections. This,the party claimed,have increased the political base of the SAD-BJP combine.