New Delhi: Making empowerment of poor, increasing farm income and national security as the main theme of the manifesto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that last mile delivery was the one mission and one direction of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Modi said that the manifesto was the first crowd sourcing document prepared by the party after getting feedbacks from at least 6 crore people and also opinions of experts. PM said that the development process of the next government of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would be multi-layered which will work for the development of villages, scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, women and youth. Modi said that the document was prepared keeping in mind the aspirations of the people that would be met in the next five years.
“The party has decided that it would come back to people to give its record of work in 2022 when India celebrates its 75 years of independence. We have decided to take 75 steps that are time bound and well defined that will be achieved by 2022. This is the first time that a party wants to give an interim account of its work done in the government," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of BJP’s manifesto or Sankalp Patra released by the party on Monday.
Speaking on the release of manifesto, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the manifesto was of a party which is in government and would continue to be in government and work done by the NDA was backed by a strong achievement and vision of the party.
“The 2014 election was about hope. BJP-NDA gave a highly performing government and the manifesto is in continuation of the work done by the government. PM Modi gave resources to the poor and we are determined to bring poverty down to single digit and then elimination of poverty," said Jaitley.
The finance minister also said that India needed a strong, single party government and the country could not afford to experiment with the idea of a fragile government. “India cannot afford to miss this opportunity. We need a single party and strong government. The work of the government would ensure 8% plus growth in the country," Jaitley added.
BJP has announced to create a separate water ministry, zero percent loans for farmers, expand its existing PM Kisan scheme of giving ₹6000 annually to all farmers and not just to small and marginal farmers.
“We want to spend ₹25 lakh crore for rural India in the next five years and double farm income by 2022. The BJP-NDA combine was committed to end the regional imbalances and work for development of the country," said home minister Rajnath Singh, who headed the manifesto committee.
Singh also said that BJP was committed for early construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, passage of citizenship amendment bill in Parliament, and implementation of uniform civil code in the country.