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Sena seeks to revive its Zunka-Bhakar

Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Prashant Hamine

Promises 80 per cent job reservation for local youths, in its manifesto

The Shiv Sena has once again sought to revive its two pet themes of Zunka-Bhakar, permitting seven-seater taxis, freezing prices of five essential commodities for the next five years and earmarking 80 per cent of jobs for local youths in the private sector. In a rather hush-hush manner, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray released the party's Vachannama (election manifesto) at his Matoshri residence early yesterday morning.

On the educational front, the party promises to do away with the online admission process, will construct a grand memorial for late Sena chief Bal Thackeray and instead of constructing statues of Shivaji Maharaj will constructi a walk-through museum.

Like the BJP manifesto, the Sena manifesto also promises developing water transport along the eastern and western coast of Mumbai, amending troublesome provisions of Coastal Regulation Zone II (CRZ – II) to facilitate redevelopment of fishermen settlements in Mumbai, including only those heritage structures in the heritage list that qualify for the heritage tag, implementing Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme all over the state, setting up trauma care centers along highways in the state.

Besides, the manifesto promises to construct a public garden at Mahalaxmi race course, including rail component in Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour link, redefining the Heritage laws, implementing cluster development policy in slums in the state and other issues. The party plans to ban donations from Kindergarten to Post Graduation level, develop new software for essential services like police and fire brigade, scrap toll collection on almost all the major roads, start eco-friendly e-Bus in state, renam the High Court as Maharashtra High Court,have  special courts for women, restructure the Employment Exchange and earmarkg 80 per cent of jobs in the private sector.

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