Thoubal: BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a public rally ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in Manipur's Thoubal on April 5, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Bhubaneswar (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Sunday released the party's manifesto for Odisha as he slammed the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government, saying it had proved worse than the Congress rule in the state.
"The BJP's manifesto for Odisha is based on nine points. These are the nine pillars of our vision for the development of New Odisha," he said.
In the manifesto, the BJP assured implementation of Ayushman Bharat Yojana and PM-KISAN scheme in the state, besides PESA Act within three months of coming to power.
It said farmers will be given loans at zero per cent interest while Rs 1 lakh crore will be spent on the irrigation sector.
While chit fund accused will be jailed, it promised to return the duped money to the depositors.
The BJP also promised a metro rail between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
After completing 10+2 exam, meritorious students will be given two-wheelers, the manifesto said.
The BJP government will establish a Skill Odisha Fund of Rs 3,500 crore to skill 20 lakh youth under the Odisha Skill Development Program over the next five years, it added.
"We promise to provide the youth of the state the opportunity for self-employment through a revolving fund of Rs 3,000 crore which will facilitate loans of up to Rs 3 lakh at one per cent interest rate.
"We promise to start a Rs 1,000 crore 'Dharmapad Start-Up Fund' to support innovative business ideas and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth," said the manifesto.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was present at the event, said capital punishment will be given to those who commit rape of girls under the age of 15.
On the occasion, the BJP President alleged that Odisha is being run by bureaucrats who do not understand the feelings of the people.
"BJD has proved worse than Congress in Odisha. They haven't been able to live up to the expectations of the people of Odisha," he said.
While Odisha has great potential, it has not been explored. Despite being rich in natural resources, its people were poor. It was lagging behind in drinking water, houses, health, security for women, education and other fields against the national average, Shah added.
Odisha will have Assembly and Lok Sabha polls simultaneously in four phases from April 11.