mcd: Tax exemption, bikes for female students among women-centric initiatives promised by BJP in its MCD poll manifesto

The establishment of 50 Annapurna kitchens run by women, an additional 5% exemption from property tax for women and free cycles for female students – these are some of the women-centred initiatives promised by Delhi’s BJP if it comes to power in the civil body polls again. The BJP’s Delhi Municipal Corporation’s 12-point poll manifesto titled “Sankalp Patra”, promising apartments for slum dwellers, 1,000 permanent Chhath ghats, cow shelters and the development of “happiness” zones, was released by party leaders including Union Minister Piyush Goyal here on Friday.
In the manifesto, the party listed its women-centric initiatives, including granting an additional 5% property tax exemption on top of the existing 15% for properties wholly owned by women.

The party pledged to provide women with self-employment opportunities, quality health facilities and a dignified life.

As part of its women empowerment plans, the party has proposed to set up 50 female-led ‘Annapurna Rasoi’ in Delhi in which citizens will be provided with food at Rs 5. There are also plans to offer scholarships monthly to deserving female students of MCD-run tertiary schools after class 5.
“We will provide free cycles to deserving Class V female students studying in MCD run schools. We will increase the marriage grant from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 for daughters of poor widows.

“We will encourage the establishment of more self-employment training centers like ‘Garima Griha’ set up in Kirti Nagar for women,” reads the party manifesto.

The party said it will hold self-defense classes for women in every neighborhood and initiate Prime Minister Kanya Yojana for girls from poor families born in the MCD-run maternity center.

Under this program, Rs 5,000 will be deposited in the name of the girl so that after reaching the age of 18, she will receive Rs 50,000.

The Delhi BJP said it had established 130 health and maternity centers for women.

“Over the next five years, we will ensure state-of-the-art facilities in these centers and establish Prime Minister Jan Aushadhi Kendras there,” he said.

The manifesto also promised to establish pink toilets and feeding halls around all markets and public places in the capital.

Delhi State’s Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union has been campaigning to boycott the BJP and AAP in the MCD polls.

Amidst this boycott campaign, the party promised to work towards an increase in fees for Anganwadi women attached to MCD health centres.

The Delhi government said it paid the highest fees and allowances in the country to Anganwadi workers and helpers in the capital.

The BJP said it will set up free health check-up facilities for women in slums and JJ groups and continue to distribute free iron and vitamin tablets to women.

“We serve the people of Delhi by running nine hospitals, 130 women’s health centers, maternity wards, 123 dispensaries and mobile health vans. We will expand our services under the PPP model,” he added. .

The party said it received more than 1.5 lakh suggestions for the manifesto.

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