Bengaluru: Ahead of Karnataka polls following in the footsteps of its bigger rivals Congress and BJP, the Janata Dal (Secular) has announced that it will provide a monthly pension of Rs 6,000 to pregnant women, senior citizens, widows and the differently abled, waive off all agricultural loans within 24 hours of assuming power, provide free seeds and fertilisers to cultivators and power to rural BPL families.
As per sources JD(S) in its 60-page manifesto for the May 12 elections released on Monday, the JD(S) also announced a monthly amount of Rs 2,000 under the head ‘family living assistance’ for women who are over 24 years old and have lived in Karnataka for 10 years and don’t have an income of Rs 5,000 per month. Besides the family should have less than four acres of land.
The manifesto has promised 100 percent loan waiver to the tune of Rs 53,000 crore. “I will waive off bank loans of all farmers within 24 hours of taking oath and supply free seeds and fertilisers across the state,” JD(S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy said after releasing the manifesto.
He said the loan waiver will include all agricultural loans. “We will also set up a farmers’ consultative committee to address their issues. The committee will include two farmers from each of the state’s 30 districts,” the former CM said.
The JD(S) has also promised to scrap the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and restore all powers of the Lokayukta. The party said pregnant women, differently abled people, senior citizens and widows would be given pension by the state government. “We will give Rs 6,000 monthly pension for all senior citizens above 65 years,” he added.
The party also aims to provide pregnant women an assistance of Rs 6,000 per month, three months prior to delivery and as many months after. “Households below poverty line (BPL) will receive free electricity in rural areas,” the manifesto said. JD(S) has also promised a slew of measures to help the poor, including free power and 30 kg rice to BPL families.