Bolstered by populism, the opposition Grand Alliance led by Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in Bihar announced its election manifesto on Saturday and pledged 10 lakhs of permanent jobs, loan waivers for farmers, equal pay for equal work for contract teachers, increased fees for Jeevika workers, reduced electricity tariffs and reinstated the old pension system.
The alliance also announced that if it came to power, it would “pass a bill in Vidhan Sabha’s first session to repeal the three anti-farmer (farm) laws”, which were passed amid huge opposition protests to Rajya Sabha during the monsoon. Session.
Tejashwi, the chief minister candidate of the opposition alliance, released the manifesto, which includes 25 pledges. All the senior leaders of the alliance, which includes Congress and leftist parties, among others, were present on the occasion.
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“In addition to filling 4.5 lakhs of vacant positions (which have opened up) under the NDA, we will also create 5.5 lakhs of permanent positions and give them the go-ahead at the very first Cabinet meeting. , if we vote in power, ”Tejashwi said. He said there will be a provision for employment for every member of a family with a guaranteed minimum wage.
“MGNREGA’s working days would also be increased from 100 (current) days to 200 days,” he said.
By trying to woo over 4.5 lakh of contract teachers, the manifesto promises to do away with the contract system and implement “equal work for equal pay”.
The teachers lost their case in the Supreme Court over their pay equity demand.
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The manifesto promises to replace the partial contribution pension system with a full-fledged pension plan that existed before 2005, when Nitish Kumar took office as chief minister.
Assuring people that the coalition will keep its promises, Tejashwi said it is not leaders who forget their promises and that Bihar still has not been granted special status – a demand echoed for years by political parties. from Bihar. “(US President Donald) Trump will not come to grant special status to Bihar, which was promised by the Prime Minister,” he noted.
Congressman Randeep Surjewala said: “If we form the government, under the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav, we will pass a bill in Vidhan Sabha’s first session to repeal the three anti-farm laws. Can PM Modi and CM Nitish Kumar tell us how the farmers will get the MSP (for their produce) if all the mandis are destroyed? “
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Tejashwi and other alliance leaders did not explain how they plan to generate the income necessary to implement the promised programs and waivers. With pti inputs