Balasore: With the fourth phase of polls slated April 29, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its Sankalp Patra (manifesto), focusing on Pujari Bandhu Yojana, at a private hotel here Wednesday.
In the manifesto, the saffron party has promised an “efficient and careful” government in the state if voted to power.
BJP’s MP nominee Pratap Chandra Sarangi among others released the manifesto, which has Pujari Bandhu Yojana as its cornerstone.
The party has pledged to ensure elimination of poverty, return of money to chit-fund victims, providing drinking water, healthcare coverage and electricity to all and provision of land pattas to tribals.
Among other promises it has made are implementation of Ayushman Bharat, opening of mini Jan Aushadhi Kendra in each government hospital, cold storages in each block, setting up of mini stadiums and development of tourism infrastructure at Udaypur, Talsari, Bhusandheswar, Chandipur, Pancha Lingeswar and Remuna.
In view of possibility for ports in the coastal district, the party has envisioned a plan to make students of Fakir Mohan University employable, setting up of railways and LIC offices, boosting rural connectivity and taking up anti-flood measures. The party has promised construction of embankments from Balighat to Puruna Balasore.
The manifesto envisages renovation of East Coast canal, setting up of an agriculture university, rail connectivity from Jaleswar to Digha, development of MSMEs and 24X7 electricity to farmers. The BJP has also promised launching of pre-paid auto services.
The party has promised to declare Balasore as Municipal Corporation and take steps for total prohibition of liquor in the district.
Most importantly, the BJP has laid focus on Pujari Bandhu Yojana, under which priests at all shrines in the district will be provided Rs 1,000 monthly assistance. To promote dance and music, the party will set up Kelucharan Mohapatra Performing Art Centre in the district.
BJP leaders like Madan Mohan Datt, Ajay Mishra, Gobinda Chandra Das, Anshuman Mohanty, Sanatan Bijuli, Subhankar Mohapatra, Satyajit Mishra and Gourang Das were present at the press meet.