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BJP Gets VIP Tips on Drafting Manifesto

Published: 06th February 2014 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 06th February 2014 07:38 AM

The BJP’s move to involve not just the masses but also the intelligentsia cutting across ideological barriers in drafting its manifesto seems to be paying dividends.

Some well-known names have already presented their views hoping that at least some of them would find a place in the BJP’s manifesto.

The state BJP is sending formal requests to over 100 well-known academicians, captains of industry, retired and serving bureaucrats, writers, environment activists and civic planners, seeking their suggestions for incorporating them in the  manifesto.

 This is a part of its “Your Voice, Our Manifesto” programme, which allows for people’s involvement in preparing the manifesto.

“We have approached former Bangalore University vice-chancellor M S Thimmappa, Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Manipal Global Learning chairman T V Mohandas Pai, economist Prof Abdul Azeez, international activist for women’s empowerment Indumati Rao, retired bureaucrat Mahabaleshwar Rao, environmental activist Yellappa Reddy, former chief of the Bio-Fuel Task Force Y B Ramakrishna and others. We have already received responses from a few, including Thimmappa and Indumati Rao,” sources in the state BJP told Express.

Thimmappa told Express he has advocated the need for providing quality education for a vast majority at an affordable cost.

The academician has emphasised the need to make education more student centric with greater flexibility in choosing subjects for study.

 He said a student who is interested in history now cannot choose physics as part of his undergraduate combination of subjects.

“Such rigidities should be removed. A student should have flexibility to choose a subject of his choice at any stage of his study,” Thimmappa said.

Thimmappa also suggested amendment to the People’s Representation Act providing the voters with the Right to Recall.

Economist and former professor at Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC) Prof Abdul Azeez said he would confine his suggestions to only economic issues as he is not interested in identifying himself with any party. 

“I received a phone call a few days ago, but will send my suggestions only if I get a formal request,” he said.

Prof Azeez is ready with his suggestions which include making the economic policy human centric instead of focusing more on the growth rate. He is not pleased with competitive populism that is being practised with schemes like rice at `1, free milk etc.

The economic policy should encourage people to engage in gainful employment with adequate wages, and not turn them lazy with freebies, he feels.

He also feels that there is an urgent need to revamp the Rural Employment Guarantee scheme in the light of labour shortage that is ruining the agriculture sector.

“It is time the government uses the manpower under this scheme for meeting the needs of small farmers. This could bring down the cost of agriculture for small farmers and also prevent farmers from turning to tree crops due to non-availability of farm labour,” he said.

“They have time to send their suggestions online or in written form till February 15. The feedback would be compiled and sent to the BJP National Manifesto Committee for consideration,” sources in the State BJP                      said.

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