Union home minister Amit Shah released the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto on Sunday for the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal. The party’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ lays special emphasis on the welfare of the women in the eastern state.
Releasing the manifesto, Shah said, “We promise -a safe Bengal, an appeasement-free Bengal, an infiltration-free Bengal, we will bring back the Bengal that made the entire nation proud.”
If voted to power in Bengal, the saffron party has promised to make education free for all females starting from KG to post-graduation level. He also said that travel will be made free of cost for all women in public transport across the state.
The manifesto prepared on the lines of achieving of ‘Sonar Bangla’, promises to provide financial support to Dalits/adivasis/tribals and economically weak girl students under the 'Balika Alo' scheme.
If opposition BJP opens its account in West Bengal, it will increase widow pension from Rs.1,000 to Rs. 3,000, according to the manifesto. The party also plans to start a nine women police battalion and three women police reserve battalion to ensure women's security in eastern the state.
The BJP has further promised to increase ASHA workers' basic pay to ₹6,000, which at present is Rs.4,500.
Among other major promises, Shah said, their government will start new ambulance services. “By 2025, seats in Nursing and medical colleges including post-graduate will be doubled and one Nation, one health ID card will be started,” he said, adding that BJP government will support 10,000 start-ups in the state with subsidised rooms.
Elections to the 294-member state Assembly will be held in eight phases starting March 27 while the final round of voting will be conducted on April 29. The results for the polls will be declared on May 2.