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Advani’s promises; Rs 10k laptops, free mobiles
Published on 15 Mar. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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In a slew of poll promises, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani on Saturday said if NDA is voted to power, it will make Multi-purpose National Identity Cards mandatory, provide laptops to students at Rs 10,000 and give free mobile phones to people below poverty line. Unveiling BJP’s ‘IT Vision’ document here, Advani said his government would lay thrust on expanding the use of technology to make national security more robust, overcome the economic crisis, create large-scale productive employment opportunities and accelerate human development through vastly improved and expanded education and health care services. “A BJP-led government will create a new policy climate where we use technology mainly for India’s -- I would add, Bharat’s -- sustainable development,” the former Deputy Prime Minister said. Talking about security concerns, he said over two crore illegal Bangladeshis were estimated to be in India. “The influx of illegal Bangladeshis is continuing...This is a serious problem,” he said at the function that was attended by BJP president Rajnath Singh, senior party leaders Jaswant Singh, Arun Shourie and Arun Jaitley, among others. He said if the NDA comes to power, it will enact a legislation to make possession of Multi-purpose National Identity Cards (MNIC) mandatory as “security is our main consideration”. Suggesting that the UPA had failed to address the problem of illegal Bangladeshi infiltration, Advani said even the Supreme Court had “admonished” the government for not taking enough steps with regard to tackling the issue. National identity card is the key promise of the IT Vision Document for polls, he said. BJP’s IT cell head Pradyut Bora said the cards will be made available in three years. Making the power presentation of the ‘IT Vision document’, the NDA’s Prime Ministerial face said it promises creation of 1.2 crore IT-enabled jobs in the country, which would mean 20 IT jobs in every village of the country. Advani said one crore students will be provided with laptops at a price of Rs 10,000. Interest-free loans will be provided for those who cannot afford it. The party also promised to increase mobile phone penetration in five years from 40 crore to 100 crore subscribers. The document said free ‘smart mobile phones’ will be provided to every family living below poverty line (BPL). “Specifically, this will mean a radical shift of emphasis in favour of agriculture, rural economy, infrastructure development, SMEs, informal sector of the economy, affordable health care for all, meaningful education for all...and last but not the least national security, both internal and external,” Advani said.

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