The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday promised efforts to correct the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to protect genuine citizens and detect illegal intruders to ensure the security of Assam’s civilization. The pledge is part of the 10 commitments made in the BJP’s vision document for the assembly elections.
The updated NRC was released in August 2019 as per Supreme Court directives to locate unspecified foreigners. It excluded 1.9 million out of the approximately 33 million people who applied for inclusion in the NRC. The BJP has dismissed the NRC as “defective”, while the actual citizens were left out while foreigners were inducted. The NRC has not been notified yet.
The document comes days after the Congress’ manifesto was released, which included 2,000 monthly to housewives, 200 units of free electricity to all households, a daily wage increase for tea garden workers, an increase of 365, and the creation of 500,000. Government jobs. The Congress has said that if voted to power, it will not implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in 2019 to fast-track the citizenship process for non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The CAA started protests in Assam amid fears that it might weaken the 1985 Assam Accord and create a new influx of Bangladeshi Hindus. Agreements provided for the deportation of all refugees and migrants entering Assam after 25 March 1971. The CAA extends the deadline to 31 December 2014.
The BJP has promised to implement the CAA in pole-bound West Bengal, but has not included the issue in its commitments to the voters of Assam.
The CAA has been passed by Parliament and will be implemented. I should not question the ideology or intelligence of the Congress, but how can the central legislation passed by the Parliament be changed by the State Legislation? Either the Congress leaders are unaware of this or they are cheating the people of Assam and both are harmful to the state, ”said BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda, who released the document when asked about the CAA.
Nadda said the process of implementing clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which assures security measures in jobs and representation for Assamese people. He said that BJP is committed to this.
Assam goes to the polls in three phases on 27 March, 1 April and 6 April.
The BJP has also committed to speed up the delimitation process in Assam to protect the political rights of the people of Assam. The process, which involves fixing or redressing the boundaries of parliamentary and legislative constituencies, has been stopped as per the direction of a center in Assam.
The BJP has promised to make Assam self-sufficient in food production. “We are committed to making Assam the fastest working state in the country. Our government will create 200,000 government jobs over the next five years and by March 31, 2022, the first 100,000 will be provided. We will also create 800,000 jobs in the private sector.
The BJP has committed to make 200,000 entrepreneurs annually in the next five years by giving them technical assistance and funding under the Swami Vivekananda Yuva Sashaktikaran Yojana. Under the scheme, around 150,000 youth have been given ₹ 50,000 as seed money.
Nadda said that the BJP will give land rights to all the landless people of Assam. The government has launched a scheme under which more than 300,000 landless have been given land allotment certificates so far.
Assam was full of problems five years ago, but our government has been able to address some of them by providing inclusive growth. We have gained momentum and are now ready to take a big leap in the coming years. In addition, 10 commitments, we will work to improve connectivity, health, education, women empowerment, etc. and take Assam to new heights. “
The BJP has also promised Mission Brahmaputra to control the floods in Assam every year. “This will include scientific methods such as dredging, management of tributaries and construction of large reservoirs to drain excess water,” Nadda said.
The BJP document has promised to cover three million families under the Orunodoi scheme, under which 30 830 women of marginal families are given monthly. The scheme was launched last year and involved around 1.7 million households. Nadda said that the payment will be increased to 3,000 under the scheme.
The party has assured to preserve the culture and identity of Assam by removing illegal encroachers from all the Neo-Vaishnavite monasteries and prayer houses, or Namghars and giving them ₹ 2.5 lakh each. There are about 70,000 namghars in the state. As part of the Asom Darshan Yojana, the state government has given 2.5 lakhs each to more than 8,500 Namghars.
As part of Mission Shishu Unnao, we will aim to provide quality education to children. This commitment includes free education in all government schools and free bicycles for all students of classes 8 and above.