Congress-NCP-RPI (Gavai)'s Maharashtra manifesto

The Congress-NCP-RPI (Gavai) combine has announced its manifesto for the assembly elections with an emphasis on urban Maharashtra, including plans to upgrade and provide security to Mumbai, and several pro-poor populist programmes like 25 kg of foodgrains for below poverty line (BPL) families per month and construction of pucca houses of minimum 269 sq-ft for 75 lakh hutment dwellers in the state. This includes 58 lakh people living in slums in Mumbai. MPCC president Manikarao Thakare, deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP) and Dr Rajendra Gavai announced the joint election manifesto which—for the first time—has taken note of the agitations by the Shiv Sena and MNS to preserve the importance of Marathi language in Maharashtra. Chief minister Ashok Chavan said, “We have been giving importance to the Marathi language and plan to take some steps to ensure that it is used in all government communication. It is not in response to the agitation by the Opposition.’’ The manifesto mentions a masterplan for ‘Vision Mumbai’ to develop the metropolis as an international financial hub within five years. Extension of Pune-Mumbai Expressway up to Sion, completion of Mumbai-Nashik Expressway and establishing crisis management group for Mumbai city are the other key proposals. The combine has also assured construction of 10 lakh houses in the state for weaker sections of society, reconstruction of old and dilapidated buildings in Mumbai, reconstruction of old Mhada buildings and reconstruction of Dharavi and BDD chawls. The manifesto also assures to provide pucca houses to 75 lakh slumdwellers in the state, including 58 lakh staying in Mumbai. It also promises to make Maharashtra free from load-shedding by 2012.
Raising per capita income by Rs 1 lakh per year from 58,000
Loan to farmers up to Rs 3 lakh at the rate of 3% interest
Individual water connections to all individual families
Establishment of Chaitya Bhoomi Development Authority for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar statue at Dadar
Women to get 50% reservation in panchayat samiti elections
Every female child born in the state to get 1.5 lakh for education and marriage under scheme ‘Maher’
Free education for girls up to graduate-level and free education for boys up to Std XII

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