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AIADMK's manifesto vows Women's bill, interlinking rivers, anti-privatisation

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 6:31pm IST | Agency: PTI

AIADMK, which has been hoping for a bigger role for its leader Jayalalithaa in the national political scene, promised among other things, passing of Women's Bill, interlinking of rivers and measures against privatisation in its election manifesto released today. "If a Central Government is formed with the participation of AIADMK, necessary action will be taken to ensure that there is strong and co-ordinated policy making, cutting across sectors and departments," the AIADMK manifesto said.

To take strong policy decisions, it was "essential to have a determined, bold and strong leadership" and AIADMK "will provide such leadership," said the party, which projects 'Peace, Prosperity, Progress' as its election slogan. 

The regional party in the South promised to take action to introduce and enact the Women's Reservation Bill in state Legislatures and in the Parliament.

Holding that the interlinking of Ganga, Tungabhadra, Krishna and Cauvery would bring prosperity to India, it advocated for a harmonious inter-basin transfer of surplus waters from one part of the Country to another for the overall benefit of all the states in the country. The party would ensure that shares of PSUs are not divested and would work towards completely stopping the process of privatisation of PSUs.

While the Jayalalithaa-led party said it would work to secure a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council, it said that interests of the states would be kept in mind while formulating the country's foreign policy.

Attempting to cut the role of oil marketing companies in determining the fuel prices, the party also hoped to increase the eligible number of subsidised LPG cylinders. The party also mentioned a list of programmes for the development of industrial sector in the country, proposed old age pension amount paid by the Centre and proposed a Comprehensive Medical Insurance Scheme across the country.

Aiming to restore the fiscal health of the country, it hoped to withdraw the amendment made to the Income Tax Act, modify the coal mining policy and introduce a transparent Natural Resources Policy, among other ideas. The party, which hoped to increase the IT exemption limit to Rs five lakh, also opposed the RBI governor Raghuram Rajan committee and insisted that the 14th Finance Commission be allowed to make its recommendations independently.

The party, which has been implementing in Tamil Nadu the policy of 69 per cent reservation, also hoped for reservation in other states, in accordance with the unique social structure prevailing in them.

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