Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today said its 'youth manifesto' will be released by the party's national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Amritsar on July 3.
AAP leader and Delhi Dialogue Commission Chairperson Ashish Khetan said besides releasing the manifesto, Kejriwal will also hold a meeting with “different sections of the society” during his three-day visit to Punjab.
It will be the party’s first manifesto ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls in Punjab. It will also release manifestoes on issues related to farmers, Dalits, women and other sections of the society.
With the party giving importance to the youth who account for more than 30 per cent of the state’s population, Khetan said to prepare the draft manifesto, members of the party’s Punjab Dialogue Committee visited schools, colleges, dispensaries and industries among other places.
After talking to teachers, industrialists and other shareholders, it was finalised, he said, adding that youngsters in large numbers took part in the process with the hope that only AAP can change Punjab’s current scenario.
Punjab Dialogue Committee chairperson Kanwar Sandhu claimed a huge number of state government posts were lying vacant in various departments.
“There are schools running without teachers and around half of the posts in ITIs are vacant. Sports teachers’ posts in schools are not filled which has led to the sports culture of the state being destroyed,” he said.
The manifesto has been prepared with “extra diligence” after holding seven dialogues with the youth, said Sandhu, adding that the dialogues were held at Mohali, Sangrur, Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Malerkotla and Raikot.
A total of 1,610 suggestions were received in writing. Another 340 suggestions were received through e-mail and the team interacted with 6,000 people on social networking websites, said Sandhu.