MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) released a four-page Common Minimum Program (CMP) here on Thursday. The CMP, that was charted out during hours of deliberations between the leaders from the three parties about a fortnight back, lays thrust on “secularism” and fulfilling the polls promises.
Legislature party leader of Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress viz. Eknath Shinde, Jayant Patil and Balasaheb Thorat, announced the CMP at a joint press conference.
As expected, the CMP focuses primarily on the burning issues of the farmers and youth. As promised during polls the crop loan waiver, food for Rs 10 and 80 per cent jobs for locals, are some of the key highlights of the CMP.
However, more importantly, the Shiv Sena appears to have kept aside its “Hindutva” agenda while adopting the “Secular” while forming the MVA in association with the NCP and the Congress and charting out the CMP.
“The alliance partners commit to uphold the secular values enshrined in the Constitution. On contentious issues of national importance as well of state importance especially having repercussions/consequences on the secular fabric of the nation, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will take a joint view after holding consultations and arriving at a consensus,” said the preamble of CMP.
The three parties are well aware of the issues that may crop up and hence, a decision has been taken to form two coordination committees, one for coordination within the State Cabinet and the other for coordination among the alliance partners, the CMP has said.
“The government won’t engage in vindictive politics. But, some of the major infrastructure projects would certainly be reviewed,” said Patil. “We will have to check the commitments made by the previous government,” he added when asked about the Bullet Train project.
Homes of 500 square feet free of cost to slum dwellers instead of 300 square feet in Mumbai as well as across Maharashtra, under the Slum Rehabilitation Programme, with best infrastructure and basic facilities, is another key announcement made in the CMP, that if properly implemented could be a game changer for the government.
Among the other highlights, the CMP promises farmers the immediate loan waiver, prompt assistance to those suffering due to unseasonal rains and floods, revising the crop insurance scheme to ensure immediate compensation on crop losses, ensuring remunerative prices for farm produce and sustainable water supply schemes for the drought-hit regions.
To address the problems of unemployment, the MVA regime will take immediate measures to fill up all vacant posts in the government, enact a law to provide 80 per cent jobs to locals, and provide fellowships to educated unemployed youth, the CMP has said.
For women, girls from economically weaker sections will be given free education, working women's hostels will be built in cities and district headquarters, increased honorarium and better service conditions for anganwadi sevikas/asha workers, strengthening women's Self Help Groups to empower them, while highest priority will be accorded to safety of women by the government.
The government will take all measures to improve the standards of education, children of farmers and economically weaker sections will be given zero interest loans, the three leaders said.
For urban roads development, the new MVA government will bring a scheme designed on the Chief Minister Gram Sadak Yojana with separate financial provisions for Nagar Panchayats, Municipal Councils and Municipal Corporations.
To ensure good health for all, the government will launch Re 1 clinics at taluka levels to conduct all pathological tests, super-specialty hospitals and medical colleges will be set in each district in a phased manner, and health insurance cover provided to all citizens of Maharashtra.
For ensuring social justice, the government will take measures on pending questions of the SCs/STs/Dhangars/OBCs/Balutedars, etc so that they are not deprived of basics rights like food, shelter, clothing, education, health, employment, besides schemes to eliminate social, educational and economic backwardness of the minority community, as per the Constitution.
The government will take special steps to develop tourism in the state, increase facilities for senior citizens, and deal sternly with food and drugs adulteration.