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Samajwadi Party manifesto vows pension, social security, jobs

IndiaSamajwadi Party manifesto vows pension, social security, jobs

In the UP assembly polls, the Samajwadi Party manifesto promises free petrol to autorickshaw drivers, jobs, vows to make farmers debt-free.

Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav released the party manifesto ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, in Lucknow on Tuesday, February 08, 2022, and vows to make U.P.’s farmers debt-free in 3 years

The Samajwadi Party has pledged to make every farmer in Uttar Pradesh debt-free by 2025, introduce a law to guarantee minimum employment in urban areas and reserve 33% of all government jobs, including the police, for women.

Social Security

The SP also promised measures to provide social security for widows, poor people and needy women by restoring the Samajwadi Pension scheme under which the beneficiaries were provided ₹18,000 annually. This would benefit one crore families in the State, the SP said.

Rural Development, Pension for Farmers, Free Electricity for Irrigation, Free Urea, 25 lakh to farmers’ families, jobs, rations,3-liter free petrol for auto-drivers, social security….

He promises free fertilizers, with a focus on the rural economy and workers, the SP has also promised to provide two bags of DAP and five bags of urea free of cost for farmers with less than two acres of land, create a corpus fund of ₹10,000 crores to ensure that sugarcane farmers are paid their dues within 15 days.  He will provide ₹25 lakh to each farmer’s family where farmers lost their lives to the farmer’s protests.

The SP also said it would provide free electricity for irrigation as well as insurance and pension to farmers.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav released his party’s manifesto here with a focus on the unemployed youth and addressing the costs of urban living. He said his party if voted to power would bring an urban employment guarantee act along the lines of MNREGA so that men and women can get guaranteed minimum employment and income till they find a secure job or employment.

The SP also said it would launch Samajwadi Canteens and Kirana Stores to provide subsidised ration to workers, labourers and homeless persons and provide the Samajwadi Thali for ₹10 in a big way to tackle hunger.

The 88-page SP manifesto also promised two free LPG cylinders per year for BPL families, one-liter petrol free of cost every month to persons owning a two-wheeler and three litres of free petrol or six kg CNG to every auto-rickshaw driver.

“Unbreakable promise. We have done what he promised,” said Mr Yadav later in a tweet reiterating the resolve made in the manifesto.

Zero-tolerance policy against “hate crimes” against women, minorities and Dalits

Mr. Yadav also vowed to implement a zero-tolerance policy against “hate crimes” against women, minorities and Dalits. Students who clear class 12 would be provided laptops while CCTV and drone facilities would be introduced in all villages and kasbas in the State within one year.

Commenting on the BJP’s election manifesto, which was released a few hours before the SP’s, Mr. Yadav said the saffron party did not fulfil the promises made by it in its manifesto.

“It should have maintained a two-minute silence for the previous manifesto while releasing their [2022] manifesto,” said Mr. Yadav.

Who is Akhilesh Yadav?

Akhilesh Yadav is an Indian politician and national president of the Samajwadi Party who served as the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 2012 to 2017. Having assumed office on 15 March 2012 at the age of 38, he is the youngest person to have held the office.

Yadav also launched the “UP100 Police Service”, “Women Power Line 1090” and “108 Ambulance Service”.  Infrastructural accomplishments of his government include projects like the Lucknow Metro Rail Lucknow International Ekana Cricket Stadium, Janeshwar Mishra Park (Asia’s largest park), Jayaprakash Narayan International Convection Center, IT city, Lucknow-Ballia Purvanchal Expressway et al.

His chief ministerial term also saw emphasis on developing the power sector, modernising the police force, setting up Kisan Bazaars and Mandis, introducing social welfare schemes such as Lohiya Awas Yojana, Kanya Vidya Dhan, Kisan Avam Sarvhit Bima Yojana, Pension Yojna and allotting unemployment allowances.

Between 2012-2015, over 15 lakh laptops were distributed to the 10th and 12th pass out students by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, making it one of the largest distribution schemes by any Government in the world.

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