Social security cards in BJP manifesto

Social security cards for under-privileged, Rs 5,000 in bank for Class V girl students are among the promises made by BJP to woo voters.

New Delhi: Social security cards for under-
privileged, Rs 5,000 in bank for Class V girl students and an
ambitious master plan for drainage are among the promises made
by BJP on Sunday to woo voters for next Sunday`s Delhi municipal

Assuring a more transparent and accountable system, BJP,
the ruling party in the undivided Municipal Corporation of
Delhi (MCD), also assures simplification of the process of
getting building plans and bye-laws by ending "inspector raj
and corruption" by introducing an online system.

To woo voters hailing from Bihar, the party promises to
make Chhat pooja a holiday besides providing washrooms and
changing rooms in pooja sites.
For senior citizens, widows and disabled, the BJP talks
about hiking monthly pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 and
increasing the number of beneficiaries from two lakh to three
lakh. Elderly people will also get recreation areas in every

Releasing the party manifesto, BJP national vice
president M Venkaiah Naidu alleged that Congress suffers from
credibility crisis as they did not keep their promises on the
issues of regularisation of unauthorised colonies and flats
for slum dwellers.

"They have not kept the promises. Congress does not have
the moral right to seek votes. They are destroying the
country. We would not allow that. See the performance of BJP
in the MCD for the past five years and vote for us," Naidu
told reporters.

The manifesto, a single one for the three bodies, also
assures that the party, if voted to power, will regularise
unauthorised colonies and make them habitable with proper
drainage, roads and lanes, parks and schools among other
A master plan for drainage is another promise by the
party which says that it will conduct a scientific survey to
prepare it and accordingly the system will be rectified to
obtain a free flow of liquid waste and its disposal.

Under its plan `waste to wealth`, the BJP has in mind
projects for conversion of garbage into electric power,
compost and vitrified tiles.

To woo underprivileged section, the party announced that
it will introduce social security cards for unorganised sector
including rickshaw pullers, vendors, taxi drivers, domestic
workers and daily wagers.

The card, it said, will enable them to have access to
facilities like insurance and medical care.

Specifically for rickshaw pullers, the party promises
schemes for converting mechanised rickshaws into battery
operated rickshaws with ownership rights to the rickshaw

Promoting girl child`s education, the manifesto talks
about depositing Rs 5,000 in bank accounts of all girl
students on reaching Class V in corporation schools.

It also promises of constructing 100 underground
eco-friendly multi-level parking lots, youth centres with gym,
reclaiming three landfill sites to earn more revenue,
development of a medical college in Rajen Babu Institute of
Pulmonary Medicines and Tuberculosis and conversion of tarred
toads to cement concrete roads.

A single window system will be established to provide
industry, shop and establishment licences.

The party will also strive for `Mayor-in-Council` system
so that councillors have the authority not just formulate
policies but also implement them, the manifesto said.

The BJP also promised that it will ensure that pension to
retired employees will be credited in their accounts on time
and the facility shall continue for the dependants after the
demise of an employee without the necessity of any person
visiting the Corporation office.


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