The ruling AIADMK on Thursday unveiled its election manifesto at Perundurai near Erode for the assembly polls slated to take place on May 16. Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has promised scrapping of pending crop loans in the party’s poll document. Some of the promises made in the ruling party manifesto are 50 percent subsidy for women to buy scooters, raising the level of water in Mullaperiyar Dam to 152 feet, 100 unit free power for all families, free wi-fi at public places and free mobile phones for all ration card holders.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the party’s mega Chennai rally this evening claimed that the BJP Government at the Centre has reduced allocations for various welfare schemes and blamed the AIADMK of having a tacit understanding with the BJP as it is supportive of the party in Parliament. DMK chief M.Karunanidhi, who shared the dais with the Congress chief, said the deep relationship between the two parties date back to several decades and the previous UPA Government offered many prestigious projects to the state including the Chennai Metro train service. Meanwhile, a total of 3,500 places have been identified as ‘sensitive’ in Tamil Nadu and adequate forces will be deployed in these areas for the May 16 Assembly elections.
Here are the highlighs of the manifesto:
Free Laptops with internet for 10th and 12th std students. Maternity assistance of Rs. 18,000 100 units electricity free every two months. Jayalalithaa promises waiver of all farm loans Rs. 40,000 crore loans for farmers in 2016-21 Fisherfolk assistance to be hiked to Rs 5000 No FDI in retail Relief for fisherfolk to be increased to Rs. 5000 Seperate housing for fisherfolk. Famers loans to be paid Cooperative banks completely waived off Women to get 50% subsidy to buy mopeds of scooties Master health check-up and women special check up to be expanded to all districts. 20% land on SME industrial parks will be reserved for SC/ST entrpreneurs. New granite policy, Lok Ayuktha on the anvil. All ration card holders to get co-optex coupons worth Rs. 500 for Pongal festival. 10 lakh houses promised through various housing schemes. One soverign gold for women ahead of marriages Free cell phones for all ration card holders. State govt. employees salary to be revissed as per 7th Pay Commission. Rs. 1 lakh for temples of local deities. Aavin to provide milk for Rs. 25 per litre. Govt. to reimburse education loan. Amma banking card to improve financial services – to get interest-free loans and avail of government schemes. Free wi-fi at public spaces. Breakfast under nutritious meal scheme. Women to be trained in driving vehicles and subsidy provided to buy au-tickshaws. Old pension scheme for govt. employees to continue. Housing loand for govt. employees to be raised to Rs. 40 lakh Education loans of students who are still unemployed to be paid by the govt. Assures uniterrupted supply of power Poor people to get Amma Banking Card to avail all government services