BJP Manifesto 2014 focuses on e-governance, manufacturing, Wi-Fi, NGN infra

BJP Election Manifesto 2014 released today focuses on e-governance, manufacturing, Wi-Fi and NGN infra.

e-Governance: BJP aims to nurture a Digital India thereby making every household and every individual digitally empowered. The party aims to make every household digitally literate with a goal to make India the global knowledge hub, with IT being a major driver and engine of growth.

Manufacturing: Accord high priority to the growth of manufacturing, so that we can create enough jobs in the country. Take steps for Interest rate rationalization and have a clear tax policy. Take steps like: removing red-tapism involved in approvals, to make it easy to do business, invest in logistics infrastructure, ensure power supply and undertake labour reforms, besides other steps to create a conducive environment for investors. Increase public spending on R&D and incentivize R&D investments. We will facilitate setting up of software and hardware manufacturing units.

Next Generation Infrastructure: Set up a National Optical-Fibre Network up to the village level; and Wi-Fi zones in public areas; and harness advanced satellite technology and expertise for development.

Price Rise: Leverage on technology to disseminate real time data, especially to farmers – on production, prices, imports, stocks and overall availability.

Employment and Entrepreneurship: BJP will accord high priority to job creation and opportunities and develop high impact domains like labor-intensive manufacturing say electronics assembly. Transform employment exchanges into career centers.

Corruption: We will eliminate corruption through: technology enabled e-Governance – minimizing the discretion in the citizen-government interface; system-based, policy-driven governance; rationalization and simplification of the tax regime; simplification of the processes and procedures at all levels.

Open government and accountable administration: Administrative reforms will be a priority for the BJP. From birth certificate to school admission, from setting up business to paying of taxes, our present systems complicate the lives of our own people. Digitization of government records will be taken up on top priority so that they are easily accessible.

Judicial: Initiate the computerization and networking of courts all over the country, set up a comprehensive National e-Library, empowering lawyers; evolve a national network of specialized universities having expertise in complementary domains; and develop India into a global hub for arbitration and legal process outsourcing.

Police: Modernize the police force, equipping them with the latest technology. Initiate the networking of police stations across the country for intelligence sharing and crime control. Overhauling intelligence set up, with special focus on coordination and integration of human and technological intel – comprehensively gearing it towards collecting real time, specific and actionable inputs. Modernize prison system with technology and infrastructure. Train and technologically enable the police to track, pursue, as well as prevent cyber crime.

Urban Areas: We will initiate building 100 new cities, enabled with the latest in technology and infrastructure – adhering to concepts like sustainability, walk to work etc, and focused on specialized domains. Wi-Fi facilities will be made available in public places and commercial centres. Use technology for scientific, strategic and long term town planning – including GIS based mapping.

Specially Abled: Use technology to deliver low cost quality education to specially-abled students ‘in-home’ – through E-learning. Identify each and every special needs person across the country – establishing a web based disability registration system to issue universal ID for all applicable government benefits (healthcare, transportation, jobs, education etc).

Women: Using IT for women’s safety and set up an all women mobile bank to cater to women.

School Education: Establish a national E-Library to empower school teachers and students.

Taxation: Provide a non adversarial and conducive tax environment; rationalize and simplify the tax regime; bring on board all state governments in adopting GST, addressing all their concerns; and provide tax incentives for investments in research and development, geared towards indigenization of technology and innovation

Foreign Direct Investment: Barring the multi-brand retail sector, FDI will be allowed in sectors wherever needed for job and asset creation, infrastructure and acquisition of niche technology and specialized expertise.

Industry: We should become a global manufacturing hub by setting up world class investment and industrial regions. We will ensure that a conducive, enabling environment is created making ‘doing business’ in India easy; our attempt will be to move towards a single-window system of clearances both at the centre and also at the state level through a hub-spoke model; and decision-making on environment clearances will be made transparent as well as time-bound.

MSMEs: Sector needs to be developed by providing international linkages for exports, availability of credit through a dedicated SME bank, supply chain efficiencies, adoption of IT, support in R&D and innovation, and a policy support for enhancing the mandate to purchase from SME for large scale projects.

Business and Trade: Focus on Zero defect products; build world class ports; connecting them with roads and rail to the hinterland so as to drive the maritime trade of the country; export promotion mission will be established integrating all stakeholders; and current accounts deficit will be brought down aggressively by focusing on exports and reducing the dependency on imports. Work with the state governments to usher in the GST in an appropriate timeframe. For implementing the same, a robust IT network system will be put in place.

Defence Production: With its skilled human resources and technical talent, India can emerge as a global platform for defence hardware manufacture and software production. BJP will strengthen the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Focus will be to encourage domestic industry to have a larger share in design and production of military hardware and platforms for both domestic use and exports.

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