BJP Releases 22-Point Manifesto For Rural Polls: Focus On Empowering Panchayats

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Thursday released a 22-point manifesto for the three-tier panchayat polls in the State. The saffron party in its charter laid stress on empowering panchayats, sarpanchs and ward members.

“We will ensure that the Sarpanch have the power and discretion to take decisions. Every village will have Gram Sabhas which will work with Ward Members for development of the panchayat. Paddy mandis will be opened in panchayats with the support of FCI,” the charter stated.

“Nutritious food at Anganwadis, cooking gas and electricity connection to every household, skill development of SHG workers and wiping out brokers from paddy procurement process will be our target,” BJP State president Samir Mohanty said.

The party’s manifesto focussed on transperacny in beneficiary selection for Central schemes such has Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and others. “We will work towards eliminating the ‘Token System’ at paddy mandis,” said Mohanty.

This apart, the BJP has stated in its manifesto to ensure that liquor shops are not allowed within 500 metre distance of schools, religious places, colleges, residential areas and highways.