Claiming it to be different from the Congress’ ‘garibi hatao’ programmes, the BJP is preparing its own poverty alleviation programme for the betterment of the poor in the country. The party wants to launch its ambitious ‘garib kalyan agenda’ in states governed by the BJP and the AIDMK-ruled Tamil Nadu. On Monday, the party held a meeting to deliberate on the contours of the ambitious programme.
On August 27 in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states to work in “mission mode” to make their respective states a model for execution of his government’s schemes. A committee headed by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahastrabuddhe as members was formed at the meeting to prepare the agenda.
The panel is expected to submit a draft report to BJP president Amit Shah, and the final report to PM Modi before September 25, the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyay. The Indian Express reports that the panel’s final recommendations, if approved, would be put into effect in the birth centenary year of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
During Monday’s meeting, panel members reportedly said that the focus should not be just on poverty alleviation but also on making the poor self-sufficient by increasing their income. According to sources, they also discussed some successful schemes of non-BJP ruled states.