Amaravati: Jana Sena Party founder Pawan Kalyan released the election manifesto at Rajamahendravaram yesterday which also happened to be its foundation day. The party will be jumping into the political battlefield for the first time this year.
Yesterday, the party which was established in 2014 celebrated its 5th anniversary and the event was largely attended by public. Addressing the meeting, Pawan promised to bring the Chief Ministers position under the purview of Lokayukta to ensure more accountability by strengthening the institution if the Jana Sena was voted to power.
Some of the highlights of the manifesto were providing 10 lakh jobs every year and introduction of a universal free health scheme with an insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh per person. Fifteen per cent budgetary allocation for the education sector and a major thrust to agriculture sector with an offer of Rs 5,000 monthly pension for farmers over 60 years are the other promises made.
Existing Minimum Support Price system has been promised to be changed to a new Profitable Price System (PPS) by including 25 additional crops that are not covered under MSP. It also promised to supply farm inputs like high-quality seeds, micronutrients, fertilizers and biocides free of cost, besides 150 units of free electricity to farmers houses. A zero-interest agriculture loan for unirrigated and fallow lands will also be ensured under a new scheme Rythu Sampada, Kalyan announced.
The actor-politician also promised 33 per cent reservation for women in the state Legislature and establishment of Mahila Bank in all districts for easy lending to self-help group women at lower interest rate. He also promised a Special Development Plan for the backward north coastal Andhra by interlinking rivers, fishing harbours and developing tourism clusters, modern agriculture and vertical farms.
An eight-hour shift system would be introduced for police personnel while a bench of the state High Court would be set up in Rayalaseema in tune with the demand from the region. He also promised to ensure a strict recruitment calendar by the AP Public Service Commission to fill government vacancies.
Efforts would be made to attract Rs 25,000 crore investment through various modes for setting up agro-food processing industries that could generate 10 lakh direct jobs for farmers, farm workers and educated youth and another 15 lakh indirect employment in manufacturing and service sectors.
The party has announced candidates for 32 Assembly and six Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. It has made a head start becoming the first party in the state to announce the first list of candidates as well as the manifesto.