A high-decibel election campaign for the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly polls has come to an end on Saturday, with BJP and Congress releasing their respective manifestos addressing various quarters of society and their interests. The state will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.
Here’s is a detailed comparison of manifestos released by Congress and the BJP for the first phase of polls.
1. Immediate loan waiver for farmers within 10 days of the formation of the Congress government. A major thrust on the agricultural sector also includes fixing MSP for various crops as per Swaminathan Commission report. The MSP for rice has been fixed at Rs 2500/quintal and Maize at Rs 1700/quintal. The manifesto also includes provisioning of pension for farmers above 60 years of age to support them.
2. The Manifesto also promises the cutting of electricity bills by half for domestic consumption, provisioning of houses and land to urban and rural families, respectively.
3. Every family will be given 35kgs of rice, every month at the rate of Rs 1 only.
4. Tackling employment under Ghar Ghar Rozgaar, Har Ghar Rozgaar, the manifesto underlines apprenticeship programs and employment opportunities for the youth. Also, the govt will provide a monthly stipend to 10 lakh unemployed youngsters under Rajiv Mitr Yojna for
5. Women Safety is one of the primary features of Congress Party’s Jan Ghoshna Patra, pertaining to which strict enforcement of laws, setting up of special women police stations and women help cells in every police station have been proposed. Also, special conveyance for
women for late night commuting, adept with technology has been proposed in the manifesto.
6. Minority communities and their interests have been given due importance in the manifesto with proposals in place for their security, job opportunities and special help for ease of doing business.
7. Emphasising on healthcare services, the Congress manifesto proposes the introduction of a Universal Healthcare program pertaining to which free and quality services will be provided to those in need. It also proposes converting six medical colleges into multi-speciality hospitals, along with bringing 1000 specialists on board in the first year. Air ambulances will be provisioned for areas like Bastar, Sarguja and Supebeda.
8. Special attention on improving the quality of education through emphasis on quality of teachers has been listed out in the manifesto. Apart from education, measures will be in place to deal with nutrition and anaemia in school kids, putting a health cell in all educational institutions. The manifesto also promises to fill in 50,000 posts for teachers to balance the teacher-student ratio in the first year.
9. Increasing the MSP on 70-85 forest crops and fixing Rs 4000 per bag for Tendu Patta workers. Fixing a respectable income for daily wage labourers, increase in income bands of Class 3 and 4 employees, distribution of 7th pay commission surplus in 3 phases, increase in the pension being given to families of policemen who lost their lives in Naxal attacks, the establishment of sports hostels, scholarships for economically weak sportspersons.
BJP’s polls manifesto for Chhattisgarh polls:
1. For farmers- Rs 1000 per month pension for small, marginal farmers and landless labourers of 60 years of age and above.
Two lakh new water pump connections for state farmers in the next five years.
A 50 per cent net acreage of irrigated land by constructing small and stop dams.
2. For education- ‘Guru Ghasidar’ and ‘Amar Shaheed Gundaghur’ scholarship schemes for students of Scheduled Castes and Tribes.
Free bicycles for students entering Class IX.
Free uniforms and textbooks for students up to Class XII.
Free scooties/scooters (two-wheelers) for meritorious students to give them relaxation in commuting.
3. For women and unemployed youth- Interest-free loans worth Rs 2 lakh to women and Rs 5 lakh to self-help groups for the business purpose.
‘Kaushal Unnayan’ allowance for ensuring employment to unemployed youths.
4. Housing, infrastructure and development – ‘Pakka’ (cemented) houses for urban and rural poor families.
Establishment of fully facilitated Haat bazaar for selling and purchasing of forest produce.
Construction of government employees colonies at all block headquarters.
Construction of Chhattisgarh film city.
Microblogging site to bring together Chhattisgarh people abroad.
Increase in destitute pension.
To make applicable Advocates Act.
Setting up of a welfare board for journalists and photographers.
5. Health- District hospitals will be turned into multi-speciality hospitals. Super-speciality hospitals in Ambikapur and Jagdalpur.
Rs 1000 treatment allowance for pensioners.
6. Safe drinking water- Under Jal Amrit Yojana, safe drinking water for all villages.
Revive all traditional water sources and develop them as clean drinking water sources.