PTI The much-awaited Aam Aadmi Party manifesto, released on Tuesday, is short on the number of promises compared to its document, but is focused on the concerns of the time, promising as it does to serve and uphold the values of the Constitution while talking of a nationalism course in government schools. Yet, it chose to do away with a categorical assurance of being committed to the well being of minorities as it had done in when it spoke out against attacks on places of worship and inflammatory speeches. The party manifesto of elections had a point action plan. While the promise of doorstep ration delivery is new, Jan Lokpal and Swaraj bills were part of the manifesto as well. It is pending with the Centre for four years. Sisodia said the next Kejriwal government guarantees to provide good education to every child in Delhi, better healthcare to its people and hour supply of pure water.
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Why Contest? The Aam Aadmi Party AAP will fight for a non-corrupt, competent, clean and caring administration in Maharashtra which can enable citizens to live a humane and happy life in a cosmopolitan community within the ambit of the Constitution of India. Why Maharashtra? Decay and Decline Maharashtra is failing — neglected and exploited.
Manipulation of caste and communal identities; appropriation of public spaces for private gain; control of media space by state power; rotting roads, bridges, public education and health systems; deep agrarian distress and joblessness, has led to political, economic and social tyranny in city and countryside through the rule of a few feudal families.
The state is broken and broke — expenses routinely exceed revenues. The Human Development Index is far below potential. Complete disregard for all — farmer, laborer, worker, youth, professional, trader and business person, dalit, adivasi and minority have plunged the state into steep decay, decline and debt — What is to be done? Maharashtra — heart of the Deccan — connects south and north, east and west India — strategically placed in the Indian Ocean.
Through targeted initiatives and investment, in trade, commerce, fintech, insurance, tourism and cultural transactions AAP envisages opportunities for agriculture, business, education, research and development, technology and innovation, manufacturing, services, entertainment, to put in place an environment and conditions for quality jobs, careers and a full life.
AAP has shown in Delhi state through disciplined and compassionate governance that change is possible: Less corruption, cleaner air, greener surroundings, free quality health and education, affordable and accessible basics — electricity, water and doorstep delivery of services — and the protection of human rights of women, children and transgender are achievable. AAP accepts the challenge — this election a first step to transform vision into reality.
How will AAP govern? The inter—related ecological, human, socio-economic and physical infrastructure is in shambles. AAP will reverse the degradation. Guiding principles, policy and practical measures to empower citizens and promote human security that anchor the AAP Maharashtra Platform follow see master manifesto for detail. Democracy cannot survive under gross political and economic inequality. Stability and fair rules are essential to the success of an Indian or a foreign investor.
Laws must protect the citizen from the state, not the state from the citizen. A Comprehensive Legal Appraisal Program CLAP should examine all state legislation, relevant institutions and practices of the current justice system to establish a democratic, accountable, impartial, representative and professional alternative.
Focus should be on reform of the core of the criminal justice system — police, judicial and penal. AAP calls for a SWOT analysis to understand strengths and weaknesses, and options and constraints of the state machinery prior to charting new policy directions.
Outcome Budgeting applied by the AAP Delhi government with particular emphasis on gender, youth, environmental and well-being impacts should be considered for the state budget. Representatives in the state represent vote banks.
Mitigation and adaptation measures are urgently warranted. Environmental modernization in all aspects of human, industrial, agricultural and cultural life can only lead the state out of the present rut into a new 21st Century economy. New policies must conserve the current stock of unaffected nature in the state and insure credible environmental and social impact analysis respectful of UN Sustainable Development Goals to which India is a party.
Urgent measures to cap 2. Increasingly access to and control of state and public property is coming under direct control of private interests. Critical mass of quality land should be earmarked as Public Commons by law for use by all citizens in every town and village plan. The Coastal Zone should be protected according to law for public and not private benefit.
Preservation of marine life and mangrove swamps should be prioritized. Forests should be conserved and not cut as in recent case of Aarey Milk Colony in Mumbai. Robust quality afforestation is necessary along roads in arid areas, district boundaries and other places across the state to recharge ground water. The River Regulation Policy should be revisited and upgradedthrough updated measures to protect people and river banks from abuse.
A Green Technology White Paper to chart a road map for supporting the transition to renewable energy sources must be systematically studied and formulated into policy. The disaster management regime — plans, norms, decision-making procedures — of the state should be audited in the wake of recent droughts and flood.
There should be a functional early warning system in place in every block. A concerted effort is required to identify the comparative advantage of the state in different fields. Investments in quality education and skill development can prepare the young for decent jobs in the state.
This requires efforts to push economic growth on several fronts —industrial, agricultural and service and new frontiers such as environmental modernization. Current blocks in recruitment in state sector need attention.
Opportunities available and challenges are multiple. To enable youth to navigate complexity and constant change, a multi-pronged job and careers policy should be put in place which can raise the quality of the hard and soft skill base.
The state should identify good land across the state interspersed with other regular use and make it available for low income groups. Every family in Maharashtra should have the opportunity to own a house. A housing scheme managed by a mandated professional public authority could provide for a sq.
As part of the initiative Mahila Panchayats will be set up for grass root community participation in dispute resolution. The supreme court of India struck down section of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexuality. The state should ensure through strong enabling legislation to protect the rights of sexual and gender minorities, to enable a full life and equality of opportunity. A Beautification, Sanitation and Cleanliness Commission comprising of the finest architects and landscape designers in the state should be established to draw upon the natural and cultural heritage of the state to seed a Green, Clean and Beautiful Maharashtra and make sustainable recommendations to that effect.
AAP will press for clean, affordable water to all in rural and urban areas of the state. It is important that access to water is not restricted. Cost and taxation structures of all power providers should be reviewed. Initiatives of the current government related to Swach Bharat should be extended and upgraded. AAP has done this in the state of Delhi. It can be done in Maharashtra. The health budget in the state needs to be raised. Rural — Urban Transformation: Agriculture and Farmers: Affordable, uncontaminated, assured and a diverse supply of food are key to food security.
This requires local sources of food close to areas of consumption, the cultivation of which is ecological, low cost but remunerative to farmers. The challenge for sustainable agriculture is to balance interests of growers and consumers while ensuring ecology of soil, air, water and energy use. The terms of trade between industry and agriculture need to be leveled to ensure equity between the rural and urban, and arrest migration to the city. AAP will consult with a wide array of stakeholders to develop a long-term approach — Ease of Farming — for the transformation of agriculture in the state.
It affirms implementation of the Swaminathan Report in the state. Over fishing has depleted stocks close to the sea, and coastal waters are polluted. Focus should be on regeneration of fishing stock on a sustainable basis. Cities and towns have become strip developments mushrooming into urban sprawl. This must change. The five regional urban centers — Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Nasik, and Aurangabad need to be aligned to the rural hinterland.
Satellite towns should serve as counter magnets to ensure balanced development. All regulations to ensure safe and efficient movement of people and goods must be enforced. Mining and quarrying are the most affected sectors. Lay-offs have added to the growing pool of unemployed.
Fuel and gas prices are a major concern for those dependent on private road transport. Although Maharashtra receives considerable flow of foreign direct investment, much of it remains to be translated into actual projects. The challenge is to jump start industry. This requires a mindset change. A composite group of stakeholders must be systematically consulted — business, unions, state, youth, farmers, educationists, scientists, professionals and members of civil society — to consider a forward looking Services and Industry Policy for the revival and transformation of industry.
Such a group will also look at the role of private and public research, technology development and innovation in the industrial and services sphere. A full review of the cooperative sector should be carried out — initially focused on banks — to identify corrupt practices and level of customer satisfaction.
It will ensure smooth transit from one form to another — train, metro, bus, air, and ferry. In Mumbai, as in Delhi — a single card — Common Mobility Card — must enable seamless travel across all modes of transport. Bus routes across Maharashtra and Mumbai should be scientifically redesigned under proposed Connect Maharashtra and Connect Mumbai initiatives respectively.
All terminals should be wired to state of the art Wi-Fi. Public transport infra across the state must be upgraded — made accessible, safe and comfortable.
A phased plan for inducting electric vehicles in the state transport fleet needs to urgently considered and implemented for which incentives must be given. Soon robots and artificial intelligence will become common place. Technology literacy and ethics should be taught in school and adult education curricula.
AAP supports Net Neutrality. A comprehensive audit of current infrastructure must be carried out to improve safety for common users and support initiatives in industry, agriculture and services to ensure productivity, equity and least harm to the environment.
Maharashtra is a diverse community with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites — natural and cultural — harnessing these can make the state a world class destination for Indians and others.
Indoor and outdoor — particularly team sports, are important to recreation, health, personality development, and soft and hard skills. These should be an integral part of school life. Integrated sport complexes at the taluka level need to be established in every Taluka of the state. A State Family Commission tasked to assist families could help families to maintain and strengthen bonds to achieve life goals of all members should be considered.
Collaboration with these is important for the state economy and law and order issues of mutual interest. The best of plans and agendas are often not implemented.
Legislators would be expected to provide regular status reports to the party leadership and constituents.
This will ensure a time-bound investigation in matters of corruption. The Delhi Lokpal will have the power to initiate investigations and prosecution against those charged with corruption. Whistleblowers will be provided protection and awarded for their contribution toward creating a just system. Decisions affecting the local community will be taken by citizens and implemented by their Secretariat. This way land will be made available for the common man, there will be greater synchronization and shared purpose among civic services with regard to service delivery and the law and order machinery will be accountable to the citizens. A more efficient, transparent and accountable system to regulate and audit the power generation and distribution companies is the need of the hour and AAP will do everything within its command to achieve that. Discoms should purchase power from economical sources and wriggle out of expensive and unsustainable Power Purchase Agreements.
Delhi Assembly Election 2020: AAP manifesto will look beyond education, health
It will focus on pollution, traffic, water, cleanliness. To do this, the party is of the opinion that it must address some of the most pressing issues of Delhiites, moving beyond education and health for which it had set aside most of its annual budget during its tenure. For the elections slated for February 8, the party will look to address air pollution, traffic, tap water, cleanliness and the Yamuna. The party is also planning to go big on addressing the issues of those living in slums and JJ clusters, including the expansion of its in-situ rehabilitation project. On Tuesday, the party formed a special committee to draft its poll manifesto, which will be released by the chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal between January 15 and
AAP Manifesto 2015