Chennai: Reiterating his party’s stand against freebies, PMK founder Dr S. Ramadoss, who released the manifesto on Friday, said his party assured free education, healthcare services and inputs for agriculture to improve the quality of life of the people.
The party has promised to raise the school education curriculum to the level of CBSE or even higher and increasing government schools on par with Kendriya Vidyalas. It also promised to provide tablets to schoolgoing children with ‘e-bag’ software to reduce the number of books they carry to school.
Free medical treatment, government subsidised health insurance scheme, provision of one litre free milk to lactating mothers till their child turns one, a separate Agriculture budget and not allowing GM crops were other promises made in the manifesto, he said.
Dr Ramadoss said his party has proposed to come out with a separate budget for agriculture and three new ministries for agricultural development, horticulture and irrigation. Anbumani added that in order to increase productivity and make agriculture profitable, the party will modernise agriculture and involve MGNREGS workers on farm work at higher wages of Rs 350 a day.
To prevent corruption, a Lok Ayukta would be established and Chief Ministers and their colleagues would be brought under it, Dr Ramadoss assured he would bring in the Right to Public Service Act. The property details of the Chief Minister and his colleagues would be released at the beginning of each year in January and “put up for people’s audit,” he said.
Dr Anbumani assured to make Tiruchy the second capital of the state and the number of districts would be divided further based on population. “Each district will have 12 lakh people. The number of districts will go up to 60 or 65,” he said, adding that the state would be divided into five zones and an administrative officer of the rank of the chief secretary appointed for each zone.
As part of its plan to create one crore jobs, the party’s manifesto promises creation of an international warehousing hub. “We will make use of the entire coastal line and develop it on the basis of Malaysia and Singapore,” he said, adding that Chennai and Coimbatore would be a major healthcare IT/BPO capitals of the world....