BJD releases poll manifesto with focus on women, youth & farmers

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday released party’s manifesto for the upcoming election 2019.

Patnaik unveiled  BJD’s poll manifesto in the presence of several senior party leaders at party’s headquarters office here.

The conch party in its poll manifesto, apart from reiterating it’s long-standing demand of the Special Category Status for Odisha, has given focus on women, youth and farmers.

Here are some key points of BJD’s manifesto:

JOINT UPLIFTMENT OF HABITATIONS AND REGIONS (JUHAR)

To reduce regional disparities and fast pace development, BJD will have Special Development Councils in Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Subarnapur Districts and Athmallik, Kuchinda and Nilagiri Sub-Divisions.

These will be formed with a Chairperson and 50% women Members who will identify and develop region specific plans to bridge gaps, redress regional imbalances and suggest investment ideas to accelerate growth.

This initiative will ensure that convergence of all existing programmes is done to multiply the harvest from development inflows. The Councils will also have representation of professionals and experts from various fields for effective performance and increase efficiency. They will be allotted untied corpus fund to reach the goal of Fast Pace Odisha.

Odisha has started Special Development Councils in 9 predominantly tribal districts that have ensured representation of all tribal and PVTGs in the State of Odisha. These Councils have ensured protection and preservation of tribal cultural heritage. In the same lines Special Councils will be formed for communities not represented such as Kudumi, Scheduled Caste and economically backward classes for the welfare and preservation of unique skills, art and cultural heritage.

In all predominantly minority dominated areas world class community centre will be provided in identified clusters. A Micro and Small Enterprisers Welfare Board will be formed to protect the interests and work for the sustenance and growth of those in Micro and Small Enterprise sector. A Welfare Board will be formed for those engaged in traditional (Paramparagal Bruti), livelihood earning means like Priests, Barbers, Washer man etc.

It is the endeavour to ensure ‘Nabeena Odisha Sashakta Odisha’ is Samastanka Odisha.

Presenting BJD government’s report card to the people, the manifesto highlighted:

ADDITIONAL 10 LAKH HECTARE IRRIGATION POTENTIAL: 9 lakh hectares created, will cross 10 lath hectares by May 2019. From a food deficit state to a major contributor to food security of the country.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH SECURITY: Implemented through Biju Swasthya Kalyan Nana. Free medicines. diagnostics and treatment from PHCs to Medical colleges for entire population. 45 lakh cases treated per month.

UNIVERSAL FOOD SECURITY: States own Food Security Scheme covers all deserving families.

UNIVERSAL SOCIAL SECURITY: 48 lakh beneficiaries including old people, widows, destitute and differently-abled. The State with the highest beneficiary to population ratio.

SHELTER SECURITY FOR ALL: A record 20 lakh families provided with pucca houses. 10 lakh slum dwellers getting land rights under the historic JAGA mission.

INDUSTRY INVESTMENT: Top most state in aluminium, steel and stainless steel production. A mammoth Rs. 4,19,574 crore investment through the Make in Odisha programme leading to creating 30 lakh job potential.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Skilled in Odisha Program – Global Brand. The Best State in skill development.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: 70 lakh women part of socio-economic empowerment movement – Mission Shakti The First Legislative Assembly to have passed resolution for 33% reservation for women in Parliament and Assemblies.

MODEL SCHOOL IN ALL BLOCKS: 190 Adarsh Vidyalayas functional.

1% INTEREST LOANS FOR FARMERS, STUDENTS, WOMEN: Implemented from 2015, Currently. Zero interest loans to farmers and women.

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