The BJP has promised to create at least one job opportunity for every youth in the frontier state Meghalaya in the public or private sectors.
In the vision document released by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for February 27 assembly polls in the state, the party said, “The BJP envisions at least one job opportunity for every youth in the state. We propose to do this by creating an environment for big investors in the state who will create large number of jobs, and by creating more jobs in the public sector. We also envision providing opportunities for self-employment.”
The BJP, which is contesting on 47 out of 60 seats said, “The BJP will make Meghalaya God’s Own Paradise through tourism. The focus will be on cultural tourism apart from promoting adventure and eco-tourism. Employment for two lakh youth will be created in the tourism industry alone.”
The party has also promised to look into problem of coalmines, which are closed following an order of National Green Tribunal in 2014.
The BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli who was present on the occasion said, “Coal mining is a very important activity in Meghalaya and a large number of families were dependent on it till they were closed down. We will put the mines back on track within 180 days. This has to be done keeping in mind the environmental issues. The Congress government in the state failed to come out with a mining policy, let alone resolving the issue affecting thousands of families.” Other promises in the BJP’s Vision Document include getting Eighth Schedule status for Khasi and Garo languages, a new state education policy, setting up more vocational institutions with focus on job-oriented skill development.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India on Friday said that they are looking into charges of BJP against Director General of Police S B Singh accused to have been campaigning for chief minister Mukul Sangma.
“BJP has given a complaint and we are gathering the facts. Whatever, fact that has been gathered till now NPP has withdrawn its complaint and BJP’s complaint that INC is using officials, so far we have not received anything on this issue but the process is on. Whatever emerges, the Commission will take necessary action,” said the CEC O.P. Rawat.