Shibu Soren releases the party manifesto at Dumka on Sunday. (Mani Keshri)
Dumka, Nov. 15: The JMM today released its people-friendly poll manifesto not only to woo voters but also to win over the media by announcing a number of welfare packages.
The “JMM ka sapathpatra” — 80 points of public welfare announcements — printed on a four-page booklet also mentioned the achievements of party chief Shibu Soren during his tenure as chief minister of the state.
The manifesto was released today during a function at Soren’s residence at Khujeria locality.
“This time our manifesto has been changed into a written affirmation so that after taking power into our hands, we remain cautious about our commitments. We are now directly responsible for people and if we fail to fulfil our promises, they would never forgive us,” an emotional Soren said.
Development of agriculture, countering large-scale migration of villagers, granting second state language status to Bengali and Santhali besides development of Dumka were some points mentioned in the manifesto.
Goli nahin, boli ke sahare hum Naxalioko samaj ke mukhya dhara mein layenge (We will bring the Naxalites to the mainstream of society not by bullets but by promises that we will keep), announced the manifesto.
The party has promised to offer para teachers permanent jobs, immediately fill vacancies in state jobs, give pensions to former mukhiyas and sarpanch (village heads), besides opening avenues for other job opportunities for youths.
The party repeated its previous decision to rectify the norms of recruitment of constables and junior officers.
“We have already tried to appoint candidates who have passed Class VII as constables,” Soren said.
Block-level establishment committees would be constituted for appointments in the government Grade III and IV jobs in the state, the party announced. Permission of the gram sabha (traditional village body) would be essential for land acquisition for any industrial set-up in the state.
Self-dependence in production of electricity in Jharkhand and giving a share of profit to landowners of mines in the state are the other areas of interest for the party.
JMM also announced creating crisis management funds in each district for the media and promised to give each district headquarters a suitable plot for a press club if the party comes to power.
“I have nothing to say. If a candidate like me can manage to distribute JMM sapathpatra in his constituency, no one would able to defeat him/her. We will certainly get votes this time,” JMM Shikaripara candidate Nalin Soren said today.