Why Governments Should Stop Being Airheaded, And Get Rail Instead


Why Governments Should Stop Being Airheaded, And Get Rail Instead

As has been done for the past three general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto after the Indian National Congress did. Released a week later, the BJP manifesto was nearly twice the length and included several interesting promises, based on the programmes undertaken by the incumbent government.

With several ambitious promises, including free immunisation for children and pregnant women, and the Jal Jivan mission – an equivalent of the Ujjwala and Saubhagya scheme to provide piped water to every household (aptly titled Nal Se Jal), the manifesto makes its priorities clear.

However, what is crucial in both manifestos is the importance given to transport and infrastructure. The BJP manifesto can be accessed here; infrastructure is on page 20. The Congress manifesto can be accessed here; infrastructure is on page 14. Read More

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