The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to attract voters in Jharkhand by making scores of promises to every section of the society, including ending the Maoist menace in the state.
In the manifesto for the Assembly polls, released by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Tribal Welfare Minister Arjun Munda and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das last week, the BJP has promised to provide job or self-employment opportunities to one member of the each BPL (below poverty line) family.
Jharkhand BJP chief Lakshman Giluwa and BJP poll in-charge Om Mathur were also present on the occasion.
The key points of the manifesto include, expanding the Mukhyamantri Krishi Asirbad Yojna to maximum number of farmers where they will get Rs 5,000 each, launch of the Krishi Bima Yojna to provide full insurance cover to crops, and construction of water grid to every cultivable plot of land.
The manifesto also promises 33 per cent reservation to women in government jobs, 70 new Eklavya Schools by 2022, free job training camps for tribal students, construction of tribal hostels in every district, two skill development centres in each district and a new sports university.
The party has also promised to train 20 lakh youths through skill development schemes, set up Rs 500 crore Jharkhand Startup fund to promote entrepreneurship, pension for 60-year-old sports medal winners, and distribution of pulses through the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state.
The BJP manifesto also promises Rs 1,000 crore fund to provide modern facilities at government schools and colleges, and setting up of an agro industrial corridor.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, the BJP government had done so many things for women empowerment through Sakhi Mandal. The Jharkhand women could get Rs 50 lakh property registered in their names by just paying Re 1, he added.
Stating that the BJP government is dedicated to development of farmers, the Chief Minister said the double engine government was hugely benefiting farmers.
"Under the PM Kisan Samman Nidi, farmers are getting Rs 6,000 and under the Mukhyamantri Krishi Asirbad Yojna, those having 5 acres of land are receiving up to Rs 25,000," Das said.