BJP released its party ‘Sankalp Patra’ for Lok Sabha elections 2019 on 08 April, 2019 at BJP National Headquarters in New Delhi. The party ‘Sankalp Patra’ promises zero tolerance policy towards terrorism. Others present at the launch of the ‘Sankalp Patra’ in New Delhi were BJP National President Shri Amit Shah, Members of the BJP’s Parliamentary Board including, Union Ministers Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders.
The BJP Sankalp Patra promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers. The Sankalp Patra also charted 75 milestones India has to achieve at the 75th year of Independence, chief focus being on the farm sector, education, health and infrastructure. Apart from making India the third largest economy of the world by 2030, Ram Mandir, doubling farmers’ income, abrogation of Article 35A, also found mention in BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’.
Worth mentioning, Shri Rajnath Singh-led ‘Sankalp Patra’ committee of the BJP had decided to form 15 sub-panels to reach out to the different group of voters in January this year. The BJP crowd sourced its manifesto and held events across the country to get inputs from different sets of voters like farmers, youths, women, businessmen and others.
The 20-member ‘Sankalp Patra’ Committee includes Union Ministers Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, former MP Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sushil Modi and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya, among its members.
‘BJP promises people a transparent, strong and decisive government’
On the occasion Party National President Shri Amit Shah said, “In five years, the government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken 50 major decisions for the betterment of the country. From 2014-19, the Modi government has transformed the country. These have been the golden years”
Shri Amit Shah said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has provided a decisive leadership for the government over the last five years. He also said that the period between 2014 to 2019 would be penned in ‘golden words’.
Talking about the surgical strikes, he said that the Modi government dared to take on the fight against terror all the way to the origins of terror. He said that the Modi-led government had sent out a strong message that India cannot be taken lightly with strikes on terror.
“Our Sankalp Patra promises to fulfil all expectations of people. BJP makes 75 pledges in manifesto for upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” Shri Shah said. Urging the voters to vote party into power again, he said, “BJP promises people a transparent, strong and decisive government.”
Polling will be held in seven phases across the country from April 11 to May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.
Here’s a look at the 75 milestones that define BJP’s vision for New India :
–Achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
–Enable the creation of 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organizations.
–Ensure adequate market avenues for the realisation of MSP through e-NAM, GrAMs and Pradhan Mantri AASHA Yojana. Work towards ensuring that maximum farmers get income suppo.. under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.
–Launch a pension scheme for small and marginal farmers to ensure social security after 60 years of age.
–Work towards completing all irrigation projects under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi
–Provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs 1 lakh at 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
–Increase the cropped area under irrigation.
–Strive to ensure all-weather connectivity for every village.
–Work towards assisting the maximum number of fishermen by ensuring the availability of storage and other infrastructure under a new ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’.
–Ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste and reuse of waste water.
–Work towards digitising land records.
YOUTH AND EDUCATION
–Aim to cover all the secondary schools under Operation Digital Board.
–Enable investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore in higher education through Revitalising of Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE).
–Work towards increasing the number of seats in premier management institutes.
–Work towards increasing the number of seats in premier engineering institutes.
–Work towards increasing the number of seats in premier law institutes.
–Establish at least one Atal Tinkering Lab in every block.
–Under a new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme, provide financial support to MSMEs and for employment generation in northeastern states.
–Ensure a pucca house to every family.
–Ensure the LPG gas cylinder connection to all poor rural households.
–Ensure 100% electrification of all households.
–Ensure every citizen has access to a bank account.
–Ensure a toilet in every household.
–Ensure access to safe and potable drinking water for all households.
–Complete Phase-1 of Bharatmala Project expeditiously.
–Double the length of national highways.
–Ensure 100% waste collection under Swachh Bharat Mission to achieve ODF+ and ODF++ in cities and villages.
–Ensure ODF status for all villages and cities.
–Achieve 175 GW of renewable energy capacity.
–Strive to achieve 10% blending of ethanol in petrol.
–Connect every Gram Panchayat with high speed optical fibre network.
–Ensure the supply of piped cooking gas in major Tier 1 and 2 cities.
–Form a new Ministry of Water unifying the water management functions. This will help approach the issue of water management holistically and ensure better co-ordination of efforts.
–Aim to increase the number of operational airports to 150 for better air connectivity
Increase port capacity to 2,500 MTPA.
–Ensure conversion of all viable rail tracks to broad gauge by 2022.
–Make all efforts to ensure electrification of all railway tracks by 2022.
–Start developing smart railway stations across India.
–Work towards equipping all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility.
–Complete the dedicated freight corridor project by 2022.
–Establish 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat.
–Start setting up 75 new medical colleges/postgraduate medical colleges.
–Target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at all health and wellness centres to ensure quality primary medical care to the poor at their doorstep.
–Work towards increasing the number of childcare facilities threefold.
–Ensure a drastic reduction in cases of tuberculosis.
–Increase the doctor-population ratio to 1:1400.
–Under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, aim to reduce the malnutrition level as well as accelerate the rate of reduction of malnourishment.
–Further improve India’s rank in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking.
–Work towards improving GDP share from manufacturing sector.
–Work towards doubling the total exports.
–Establish National Traders’ Welfare Board and create a National Policy for Retail Trade for the growth of retail business.
–Work towards creating a single-window compliance and dispute resolution mechanism for MSMEs.
–Strive to ensure reduced tax rates, higher tax collection and greater compliance.
–Work towards ensuring a stable taxation regime.
–In order to incentivise compliance of law and ease of doing business.
–Amend the Companies Act to impose civil liability for technical and procedural defaults of a minor nature, thus unclogging the majority of cases from courts.
–Ensure the availability of banking services within 5 kms of every individual.
–Achieve complete digitisation and modernisation of courts.
–Promote and increase digital transactions.
–Ensure end-to-end digitisation of government processes.
–Enable digital delivery of government services.
–Work towards substantially reducing the current levels of air pollution.
–Work towards completely eliminating crop residue burning to reduce air pollution.
–Put an Indian in space in an Indian spacecraft as part of ‘Gaganyaan’ mission.
–Ensure full immunisation coverage of children.
–Strive to make all government buildings accessible.
–Ensure the completion of six Tribal Freedom Fighters Museums.
–Work towards completing the development of ‘Panchteerth’ circuit.
–Expand the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme to cover all small shopkeepers.
–Ensure comprehensive social security coverage for all unorganised labourers including insurance, pension etc.
–Work towards increasing female workforce participation rate.
–Ensure justice for Muslim women by enacting the law against triple talaq.
–Achieve the goal of Clean Ganga by 2022.
–Complete the development of all projects under Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD and HRIDAY schemes.
–Work towards digitisation of collections in all national museums.
Sankalp Patra lists expectations of 130 crore Indians: Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister and head of the BJP’s manifesto committee Shri Rajnath Singh said, “Our Sankalp Patra is vision document that lists expectations of 130 crore Indians.” “We are fully committed on nationalism and have zero tolerance towards terrorism”.
He said that the party will work towards increasing the strike capabilities of armed forces if voted back to power. Reaffirming the party’s stand on the Uniform Civil Code, the Home Minister said that his party is committed on its implementation. He also said that the BJP will ensure passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament with utmost respect to every state’s cultural value.
“Will give Rs 6,000 yearly income support to farmers and pension to small and marginal farmers above 60 years of age,” Singh said. “We will work on improving India’s ranking in ease of doing business and will try to double exports,” Shri Singh said.
BJP committed to annulling Article 35 A: Arun Jaitley
Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that the BJP manifesto has a strong nationalist vision. It is “rooted in Indian reality”, he said. He said that the BJP, through its manifesto, seeks to deplete poverty over next five years to single digit and then gradually eliminate it. “Previous governments only gave slogans. Modi government gave resources to poor,” Shri Jaitley said.
The Union Finance Minister said the party was committed to annulling Article 35 A of the Constitution, which provides special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “The provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. “When India is at the cusp of history making most of all its lost opportunities, does it require a fragile government or a decisive one?” he asked.
Shri Arun Jaitley had also unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party’s election campaign just a day before of the release of Sankalp Patra on 07 April, 2019. The party has chosen the slogan “Phir ek baar Modi sarkar” as its election tagline and its campaign will revolve around the Narendra Modi-led government’s achievements in the past five years.
Opposition parties working to form a weak coalition government: Sushma Swaraj
Taking a dig at the opposition, Minister of External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj said, “We are working for stable and strong government, whereas opposition parties are working to form a weak coalition government.”