In a recently released manifesto, AITMC claimed that it will turn out to be the third largest party and hence is the best alternative to Congress and BJP to lead the government at centre. Party’s ideology is pro-poor and it has promised a government “of the people, by the people and for the people”. Secularism and federalism (proper devolution of power to states) also form the core of their manifesto. In below mentioned points, general vague points are willfully not written.
Some important points are as under:
1) Welfare of marginalized section: Covering muslims under OBC reservation; forming a special class of economically backward people in general population and formulating plan for their betterment; special status like BPL to underprivileged tribal population.
2) Economic: Against the withdrawal of subsidies especially in petroleum, fertilizers and diesel prices; Against FDI in retail; against Special Economic Zones (due to land grabbing issues).
3) Against Corruption: Universalize e-governance and strengthen present such systems; state funding of elections to prevent huge donations for ulterior motives; strengthening Panchayati Raj system; mechanism to identify black money in India and foreign banks.
4) Judicial Reforms: Fast Track Courts for speedy justice; Human Rights Courts; Exclusive women’s court; increase number of judges in judiciary to do the need full.
5) Health and Education: Cover each village by “Health for ALL” program which will include mother and child care; Increase staff to bridge the human deficit in public healthcare; Employment oriented education policy to be brought out through more spending in education; special focus on higher education by committing to open new institutes in time bound manner.
6) Infrastructure Development: Time bound guarantee for 100% rural connectivity; enhance connectivity of states through national highways; universal coverage of safe drinking water in time bound manner; Enhancing railways as per Vision 2020 document published by then railway minister of AITMC; Water transportation corridors for rivers to utlilize their potential for cargo transportation, tourist cruises and heritage tourism; Action plan for Rainwater harvesting and Water distribution for domestic use and irrigation.
7) North East Focus: Integrating them in India’s Look East Policy and develop them as the Gateway to ASEAN nations (Vietnam, Thailand etc)
8) Agriculture: Farmers productivity initiative to increase productivity; Technological interventions and international best practices like multi-cropping and crop-diversification to boost farmer’s income; people centric policy of industrialization of the agricultural and allied services sector to combat rural unemployment; loan waiver scheme; Land Acquisition bill to be amended to prevent any forcible acquisition of farmer’s land by government or private entity.
9) Industry: National Policy to promote employment intensive small and medium enterprises; New Industrial policy with employment consideration in manufacturing, mining, power sectors and engineering; IT policy to combat global challenges in this sector; Labor friendly laws to be formulated; Environmental considerations will also form the core of industrial policy: Public-Private Partnership policy to handle recent conflicts in the model;
10) Taxes and Banking: Promise to left no village unbanked through “Banking for ALL” initiative; Judicious tax policy includes uniform Goods and Services tax based on consensus of states and measures which will benefit common man.
11) Foreign Policy: Embrace World as one single family; more or less panchsheel (peaceful co-existence, conflict resolution through dialogue); Foreign Trade Policy in the interest of small industries.
12) Defense Policy: E-tendering to fight corruption in arms deals; welfare of defense personnel and their family priority.
13) Federalism: Respect state legislature’s consent at the time of bifurcation of state.
The idea for this is to debate the policies of parties and not the grandeur of their rallies or personal attacks on their leaders or by their leaders. For example, AITMC is clearly pro-poor but it does not talk about the ways to generate resources to implement measures it has proposed. It is usually due to financial compulsions that government has been unable to implement measures like universal healthcare. AITMC is perhaps the only party which gives nature its due share in manifesto. On the other hand, it does not talk about modernization of Indian Forces which is very important in 21st century.