BJP's poll promise: Free health insurance for all Delhi residents

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 2 2014, 15:31pm hrs
The Delhi BJP, in its manifesto, which is likely to be released on Wednesday, promises to provide health insurance to every citizen in the capital, the expenses of which will be met by the government, if the party comes to power.

The manifesto has the stamp of Delhi BJP chief and party candidate from the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency Harsh Vardhan, a doctor, all over it.

While most promises are a carryover from the Assembly elections, in healthcare, the party is set to announce major promises to voters.

It promises that every citizen will get at least 25 unani and homoeopathic medicines free of cost. For lower-income groups, mobile hospitals will be set up.

Massive awareness campaigns will be launched on issues like how to follow a healthy lifestyle, among others. In fact, 30 per cent of the total health budget will be spent on this campaign. Fair price shops will be set up for selling generic medicines, which will be sold at half the rates.

Other issues that feature in the manifesto are a promise to strengthen the Lokayukta, provide accountable governance along with establishing accountability commission and a helpline to check corruption.

The manifesto also promises to overhaul the legal system. We promise evening courts for fast disposal of cases, fast-track courts for rape cases, the manifesto reads.

The party also promises to bring down inflation within 30 days of coming to power.

The party has decided to retain the core issues raised in its earlier manifesto unveiled ahead of the Assembly polls a promise to slash power tariffs by 30 per cent. Sources said the party has also retained the promise of development of unauthorised colonies and full statehood for Delhi.

Measures will be taken to make the city safe for women and bringing monorail.