BJP free Vaccine: Road to Win Bihar elections
BJP on Thursday released its manifesto for the Assembly polls in Bihar with the first promise in it being free distribution of vaccine against COVID-19 once it is approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for production.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who released the manifesto in Patna said, “As soon as Vaccine is available for production on a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto.”Senior sources in the party, who declined to be named, tried to explain the move. “Like all programs, the Centre will provide vaccines to States at a nominal rate. It is for State governments to decide if they want to give it free or otherwise. Health being a State subject, Bihar BJP has decided to give it free,” said a source in the BJP.
The manifesto also promised 19 lakh jobs in the next five years, including the appointment of three lakh teachers within the next year in schools and higher education institutions and one lakh jobs in the health sector. Jobs has become a major issue in these elections with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav promising that his first act, on being elected to power, would be to create 10 lakh jobs.
A promise to construct 30 lakh pucca houses for the poor was also made. Special emphasis would be given to the information technology sector, as well as the establishment of 13 food processing parks.
Under the New Education Policy, engineering and other technical education will be made available in Hindi in the State. A minimum support price regime will be put in place for pulses too in the State.