AIADMK promises Rs 1,500 per month for BPL families

AIADMK promises Rs 1,500 per month for BPL families

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam release a list of constituencies allotted to the allies in presence of coalition leaders, in Chennai, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Releasing its manifesto, Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK on Tuesday promised a monthly dole of Rs 1,500 to “targeted population” as part of the efforts to “eradicate poverty”, to ensure that Common Civil Code is not implemented and establish a regional branch of the Supreme Court here.

In a 38-point manifesto released by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, the AIADMK promised to take steps to get back education to the state list, abolish NEET and release the seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The promise to implement a direct transfer scheme under the banner Amma National Poverty Eradication Initiative (ANPEI) which would ensure transfer of Rs 1,500 in the bank accounts of BPL families, destitute women, widows without income, differently-abled, landless agricultural labourers, rural and urban manual labourers and destitute senior citizens took the cake.

It also promised for the constitution of a nodal agency to generate data about overseas employment and match this data with the beneficiaries of MGR National Skill Upgradation Scheme (MGR NSUS), implementation of special schemes to mitigate the adverse impact of the recession on Agriculture, Industry and service sectors of the economy.

“AIADMK will urge Government of India to bring Education from the concurrent list to the State list again. AIADMK will urge Government of India to exempt Tamil Nadu students for such time till they reach the standard and knowledge of the Improved New Syllabus, from NEET Examination for professional courses like since the NEET exams adversely affect the rural children,” the manifesto said.

Enacting legislation to enable the implementation of the Reservation Policy in Private Sector, adoption of Girl Child Protection Scheme and The Cradle Baby Scheme of Tamil Nadu, support to the Bill providing 33% Reservation for Women are some of the promises that have been made.

On the Sri Lankan issue, the AIADMK said it will urge the Government of India to press the Sri Lankan Government for due devolution of administrative power to the Tamil Eelam regions and for providing Constitutional Guarantee for Eelam Tamils in regard to human, property, language and the religious right.

“The AIADMK will urge Government of India and the President of India to give due directly to the Governor of Tamil Nadu for the release of seven convicts as ordered by the Supreme Court of India and approved by the Cabinet of Tamil Nadu Government,” the manifesto said.

It also said the party will urge Government of India not to bring any amendments to the Constitution for a Uniform Civil Code that will adversely affect the religious rights of minorities of India.

On Tamil, the AIADMK wanted Tamil to be recognised as one of the Official Languages of the country and be declared as the official court language at the Madras High Court.

“AIADMK will urge Government of India to stop imposition of Hindi in the administration of Central government offices in Tamil Nadu and in certain spheres of the functions of State Government,” the manifesto said., adding that it will urge the Union government to devolve 60% of its tax revenue to the States based on 1971 census.