Chhattisgarh collectors to implement government manifesto

December 26th, 2008 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyRaipur, Dec 26 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that retained power in the November assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, has convened a meeting of all the 18 district collectors here Jan 2 to ask them to work for executing the party’s manifesto, officials said Friday.According to officials from the general administrative department, Chief Minister Raman Singh has asked the collectors to come to the state capital Raipur for a daylong conference Jan 2.

The scheduled conference will discuss ways on how fast to implement the BJP’s election manifesto that was announced Nov 10, officials said.

The state went to polls for a 90-member assembly Nov 14 and 20 and the BJP retained power by winning 50 seats. The results were declared Dec 8.

Official sources said that BJP was keen to carry out all its major announcements made in the manifesto with “an urgent push on schemes related to the farmers’ community besides below poverty line (BPL) families”.

The BPL families form nearly 50 percent of the state’s 20.08 million population.

Sources added that by convening a collectors’ conference, the government wants to send a message to the public that “it is keen to honour its pre-poll announcements so that the BJP can extract maximum benefits in the state during Lok Sabha polls expected in the country by April-May”.

The BJP announced Dec 23 that it would pay Rs.220 per 100 kg as a bonus amount to farmers during the ongoing government-sponsored paddy procurement drive.

The announcement for bonus bonanza was made by Singh after presiding over the maiden cabinet meeting at the state secretariat here.

The BJP had announced in the run up to the November assembly polls that it would give Rs.270 per quintal bonus amount to farmers if it returned to power.

The announcement will benefit about one million paddy growers of the state. The bonus amount will be in addition to the government purchase rate of Rs.850 per quintal, fixed for common grade paddy and Rs.880 for Grade-A category paddy.

Poll analysts described the scheme, a brain-child of Singh launched in January this year, a major factor that helped BJP retain power.

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