Lucknow: With just two days to go for the first phase of crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday released the party’s manifesto titled ‘Samajwadi Vachan Patra’ with a tag line ‘satya vachan, atoot vaada’ (word of honour, unbroken promise).
Addressing a press conference here, Akhilesh Yadav, who is contesting for the first time in assembly elections from Mainpuri’s Karhal assembly seat, said, “I remember that when in 2012 the Samajwadi Party had released its manifesto and then when we formed the government, we held a meeting of all departments related to various promises and fulfilled all those promises. With ‘satya vachan, atoot vaada’, we are going to people with this document as manifesto for 2022.”
He said in the next four years (by 2025), all farmers will be made ‘debt free’ and ‘krin mukti’ law will be framed that would benefit most poor farmers.
The 88 page manifesto for Uttar Pradesh by the Samajwadi Party promised minimum support price (MSP) for all crops, besides ensuring payment for sugarcane farmers in 15 day.
“Will form a corpus for this if required,” the former Chief minister said, adding that all farmers will get free power for irrigation, interest-free loan, insurance, and pension arrangments will be made.
He said that 300 units of electricity will be provided free of cost to every household, Rs 1 lakh crore for the upliftment of the rural economy, Food processing cluster in every Mandal, joining the villages with modern agriculture, Interest-free loans, each BPL family to get two LPG cylinders annually free of cost.
The manifesto also promised the owners of two-wheelers to get 1 lire free petrol every month, autorickshaw owners to get 6 litres of petrol and 3 kg CNG free every month.
Free education for girls in government educational schools and institutions from Class KG to PG courses, the manifesto promised.
Akhilesh Yadav said an urban employment guarantee Act will be brought on the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the state. The Samajwadi Party leader also said there would 33 per cent reservation to women in government jobs, including in the police department.
This is similar to the promise made by the Congress in the state.
The Samajwadi Party manifesto also promised free education for girls from primary classes till post-graduation.
“Also, a ‘Kanya Vidhya Dhan’ scheme will be launched again under which girls clearing their class 12th board exam will get a one-time amount of Rs 36,000. While the party pledged to give a laptop to all students clearing their class 12 boards,” he said.
He further said that the ‘Samajwadi Pension’ will be relaunched, under which elderly people, needy women and families in the below poverty level (BPL)-category will get Rs 18,000 person every year.
“This will benefit nearly one crore families in the state,” he said.
Further, the manifesto said Samajwadi canteens and ‘kirana’ (groceries) stores will be established where poor labourers, masons and destitutes will get ration and other essentials on concessional rates. These canteens will provide ‘Samajwadi Thali’ for Rs 10.
He also said that a helpline number for migrant labourers of the state – ‘1890 Mazdoor Power Line’ will be launched.
Earlier in the day, ruling BJP also released its manifesto for the state. The ruling BJP, Samajwadi Party are in a tight competition in political vital state whilenthe resurgent Congress and the Mayawati-led BSP is also looking to make a comeback in the 403 member assembly in the state where the polling is scheduled in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 and counting of votes will take place on March 10.