Sena-BJP manifesto: Jobs, edu quotas for poor

Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 15:39

Mumbai: A separate ministry for welfare of
nomadic tribes, 15 per cent quota in jobs and educational
institutions for economically backward classes and stabilising
prices have been promised in the manifesto of Shiv Sena-BJP
alliance for the October 13 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The manifesto or `vachan nama` was released by Shiv Sena
Executive President Uddhav Thackeray in the presence of senior
BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari at Shiv Sena
Bhavan in central Mumbai here on Monday.

"The Shiv Sena-BJP if voted to power will provide a
people-centric government and involve people in
decision-making," Thackeray told reporters.

`Shiv Sampark Cell` with state-of-the-art technology will
be established to keep abreast of the people`s problems and a
separate ministry will be created to co-ordinate between the
government and the people, he said.

Thackeray said Shiv Sena had earlier set up a helpline
and also created an email-Id seeking suggestions for preparing
the saffron alliance`s manifesto and the initiative drew an
overwhelming response.

"We don`t intend to stop this initiative after elections
and will continue this dialogue with citizens," he said.

"Sena-BJP will provide soft loans to farmers at 4 per
cent interest, Rs 500 pension for farm labourers, work towards
stabilising prices of five essential commodities for five
years, set up a separate ministry for nomadic tribes and
provide 15 per cent reservation for economically backward
sections in jobs and education," Munde, BJP General Secretary,
said.

The Bandra-Nariman Point Sea Link would be extended
northward till Versova and work on Mumbai-Nashik eight-lane
express way would be expedited. All other main cities in the
state will be linked through express ways, Gadkari said.

The Sena-BJP will strive to make the state power surplus
within three years of assuming charge of the government and
emphasis will be laid on developing water transport in Mumbai
and all efforts will be made to turn the megapolis, the
country`s financial capital, into a truly state-of-the-art
international city.

The Shiv Sena-BJP government will make the report of the
Pradhan committee, which probed the lapses that led to 26/11
terror attacks, public and ensure appropriate action against
the guilty, Gadkari said.

A museum will be set up in Mumbai depicting the `Samyukta
Maharashtra` movement and a permanent mechanism would be
created to stop the inflow of illegal migrants, Thackeray
said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 15:39

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