Mobile handset for farmers and job for BPL family featured in BJP Jharkhand Manifesto

The BJP has pledged for job creation to the local youth. Around 20 lakh youth will be trained in the next five years to make them job-ready

Ranchi: On Wednesday Union minister and senior BJP leader, Ravi Shankar Prasad released the party’s manifesto for Jharkhand assembly elections, promising a slew of measures for the farmers, including a loan of up to Rs 3 lakh with easy repayment options and a mobile handset.

The party also pledged a job for at least one member of every below-poverty-line (BPL) family, if re-elected to power in Jharkhand.

BJP’s manifesto assures to provide financial assistance to school students who belong to backward and poor families. Every student of Classes 9 and 10 will receive Rs 2,200 and that of Classes 11 and 12 Rs 7,500 as scholarships, said the document, which was released by Prasad, in the presence of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Tribal Minister Arjun Munda and BJPs state unit president Laxman Gilua.

Already the incumbent BJP government has given a bonus of Rs 185 per quintal of paddy, in addition to the existing minimum support price. The document said farmers would be given mobile handsets under e-NAM — an online trading platform for agro commodities.

The document said that It also promised to provide Rs 5,000 to the maximum number of farmers every year under the states Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana. All farmers in the state will be given a loan of up to Rs 3 lakh with easy repayment options. The loan limit of cooperative committees will be hiked to Rs 200 crore.

If BJP voted to power again, it would send a total of 5,000 farmers to foreign countries to study and learn about modern farming techniques. The manifesto promised to construct 70 new Eklayva Model Residential Schools for educational upliftment.

In the state, Jharkhand Tribal Empowerment Institution will be formed to address the problems faced by tribal people and welfare schemes will be initiated to uplift their standard of living. In the next five years, a National Tribal University will come up in Jharkhand to encourage higher education among them.

Further, it asserted the vision document assured to sanction a loan of up to Rs 5 lakh for tribals opting for self-employment. The party, if voted to power, would mark December 3, 2021, as the 50th Martyr Day of Albert Ekka, who was conferred Paramveer Chakra posthumously after the 1971 war of liberation.

In an effort to preserve and promote tribal art and languages, the BJP said it would provide a one-time grant of Rs 50,000 to researchers.

The BJP vowed to take strong steps to end the menace of human trafficking. Trafficking rackets often lure youth from the remote areas of the state to metropolitan cities and even abroad on the pretext of giving them jobs.

The BJP has pledged for job creation to the local youth. Around 20 lakh youth will be trained in the next five years to make them job-ready. The existing 44 employment exchanges in the states will be turned into model career centers.

The manifesto also assured a loan of up to Rs 5 lakh for tribal women running self-help groups. In the next five years, one lakh Sakhi Mandal center for the welfare of women will come up in the Jharkhand. Women will receive aid between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh to set up start-ups.

It also pledged welfare measures for the unorganized labor force, the elderly and the differently-abled, government employees, the retired army personnel, drivers of auto-rickshaws, trucks, e-rickshaws, and taxis, and safai karmacharis (sanitation workers).

Assembly elections will be held in Jharkhand in five phases, beginning November 30. Counting of voting will be held on December 23.

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