BJP Manifesto Silent on Gorkha Aspirations

BJP Manifesto

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday, April 14, released its manifesto or ‘Sankalp Patra’, with the tagline “Modi ki Guarantee”, for the Lok Sabha election 2024. Their 67-page manifesto, which is more of a big canvas policy statement, has avoided mention of all political issues, including – Gorkha aspirations.

There is no mention of PPS, or inclusion of 11 left-out Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes.

BJP Manifesto

Is this the alternative Gorkhas need?

You can check the full manifesto here: https://www.bjp.org/bjp-manifesto-2024

Here are the highlights of BJP’s Sankalp Patra

  • To continue to provide free ration for the next five years under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
  • Continuation of free and quality health care
  • To expand PM Awas Yojana
  • To expand our efforts to protect the garib ki thali by becoming Atmanirbhar in the production of pulses, edible oils and vegetables
  • Extensive use of technology to reduce the wastage of water
  • Expansion of PM Ujjwala Yojana
  • Promises provide free electricity to poor households under PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana.
  • On real estate – Aims to build 3 crore more houses for the poor; to work at a fast pace to provide households with affordable piped gas. Make new satellite towns in the country and will launch bullet trains in North , east, south India
  • On Disaster – A comprehensive strategy for disaster management and resilience in the Himalayan states is pledged due to the fragile ecosystem and increased natural disasters.
  • On Jobs – Expand Bharat’s top-tier startup ecosystem to tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
  • Transform Bharat into a global centre for high quality services including tourism to generate high value and diverse employment opportunities nationwide.
  • On healthcare – Every elderly person above the age of 70 years will be brought under the ambit of Ayushman Yojana.
  • For ST – 740 Eklavya Model Residential Schools will be established to prioritize the education of tribal children
  • Every senior citizen above the age of 70 years, whether poor, middle class or upper middle class, will get free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh. Proposes Ayushman Arogya Mandir network.
  • On Education – Introduce more Medical colleges, IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and other such institutes. We will launch internship programmes to blend academic and practical skills.
  • On environment – Develop more green spaces like parks, playgrounds etc., revive water bodies like lakes and ponds and develop other natural spaces to make cities more adaptable, sustainable and people-friendly
  • On women empowerment: Empower three crore rural women to become Lakhpati Didis. Empower women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) with the skills and tools in key service sectors like IT, healthcare, education, retail and tourism with an aim to increase their income.
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