SHILLONG, April 6 - The National People�s Party (NPP) today launched its party manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, putting stress on education, rural economy, youth development, health and other key areas.
The theme of the manifesto is: One Voice, One Northeast. �The party has prioritised rural economy, education, youth and employment, promoting North East, education, environment and health as its key focus in their campaign,� the manifesto stated.
Under these focused areas, the party has committed to work for the cause of indigenous people, minorities and the marginalised. The NPP would further lay stress that indigenous people and the minorities assert their �political say� to safeguard the interest of the people of the region.
On rural economic development, it would target agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors. �There is a need to strengthen rural infrastructure, including health and education. The party would continue to focus on promotion of education and healthcare facilities in rural areas.�
On burning issues like employment and youth development, the party would try to bring in investments in tourism, hospitality, agriculture and IT.
An ambitious policy would be formulated to empower youth with different business and livelihood opportunities linked with the rich resources of the region.
Another agenda of the NPP is to promote and safeguard the interests of the indigenous people, and an example is the fight against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Development of the agriculture sector is another priority. The party said the agricultural produce in the region and State was organic by nature and sold in the nearest markets directly from the farm.
�There is a need to create hope among our farmers, so that agriculture products are value added, which will result in better returns. There is also a need to tag and brand our farm produce, which would create stories of our products regionally, nationally and globally,� the manifesto said.
It said that a major roadblock towards development was the poor educational facilities in the region and as a result several communities have been left behind in terms of development. The NPP would take the responsibility to ensure that every community has access to quality education. �There are several initiatives and interventions to improve the education scenario of the country. However, most of these schemes have not percolated down to the vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society,� it said.
The manifesto said that efforts would be undertaken for holistic development of the society with emphasis on elementary, secondary to higher education vis-a-vis professional and vocational education.
On environment, the party would invest in clean energy to protect the ecosystems. �We are committed to combat climate change and promote clean and sustainable energy, provide alternative livelihood opportunities to our people, particularly those dependent on Jhum and other forms of traditional agricultural practices,� the party promised.