LUCKNOW: Farmers, women and youth have emerged as key focus areas of the Samajwadi party manifesto which promises 33% reservation for women in all government jobs, including police services, and to deleverage farmers by 2025, reports Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui. The list of pledges includes 300 units of free electricity for domestic users, creation of 22 lakh jobs and employment opportunities in the IT sector, free education for girls from KG to PG (kindergarten to post-graduate), among others.
The 88-page manifesto, divided into 22 chapters, was titled “Samajwadi Vachan Patra” (Samajwadi Promissory Note) and contains the most comprehensive section on farmers spanning nine pages.
Taking advantage of farmers’ demands they have repeatedly highlighted during the Farm Bills protest, the SP promises that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all crops will be calculated on the total cost of the crop plus 50% of it as profit – a formula derived and endorsed by the National Commission of Farmers constituted under the chairmanship of the agronomist MS Swaminathan.
The chapter deals with financing and credits for rural infrastructure, microfinance and the establishment of a peasant commission to establish the roadmap to free farmers from all debts by 2025.
The Vachan Patra also promises to increase farmers’ insurance to Rs 10 lakh and reduce stamp duty to 2% in case of farm land title transfer.
He also promises the establishment of a corpus fund of Rs 10,000 crore for the payment of the purchase of the rod within 15 days of purchase.
To address unemployment, the manifesto promises an urban employment guarantee law modeled on the MNREGA for urban workers, including women, until they take up regular employment. The manifesto also promises a government employment policy to fill government vacancies regularly and over time, in addition to creating 22 million jobs and job opportunities in the IT sector alone.
The chapter also promises to fill all vacancies in the police department within one year and to recruit nurses and paramedics within a limited time frame.
Referring to the memories of the common man fighting for health services during the pandemic, the manifesto promises a three-fold increase in the allocation for health facility expenses, even raising it to around 10% of the government’s budget. ‘State.
Other “Vachan Patra” promises include cashless treatment, the establishment of a national pandemic relief agency, fixing medical testing rates, the establishment of a superspecialty hospital in each division, intensive care units with ventilators in each district hospital and cardiac emergency ambulances.
In what is seen as running counter to Congress’ emphasis on women’s empowerment under which it promised 50 percent reservation to women if elected to office, the SP announced 33 % reservation of women in all government jobs and establishment of an Obliger.
On the education front, the Samajwadi party has promised the distribution of laptops to all students upon passing class 12 and free education for girls from kindergarten to post-graduation level.
Pledging zero tolerance towards heinous crimes against women, children and hate crimes against Dalits and minorities, the manifesto talks about the creation of a unit to monitor these crimes.
For micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), the manifesto promises a state industrial security force, a one-stop shop/time-limited clearance and a public micro-finance bank for MSMEs.
As part of urban development, the party promises to introduce metro service to Agra, Prayagraj, Kanpur and other cities by 2024. The manifesto also talks about providing ‘Samajwadi Thaali’ at Rs 10 for the poor, ‘Samajwadi canteen’ for subsidies, and groceries for economically weaker sections.
For the welfare of minorities, the Samajwadi Party manifesto promises the implementation of a hate crime prevention and relief policy to protect the lives and property of minorities, women and Dalits. The policy will support victims of hate crimes and community riots.
The manifesto also promises to focus on the English language and make efforts to give cultural identity to Urdu and Hindi, creating funds to sponsor deserving students for study abroad after passing competitions, creating a commission on the income and welfare of minorities to recommend ways to improve the standard of living and an annual pension of Rs 18,000 to skilled workers in the BPL category (below the poverty line).

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