seeks to give a push to planned urbanisation, creating inclusive cities and revamping urban governance; it hopes to achieve this by empowering mayors, increasing their tenures and allowing them as also chairpersons of municipalities to function much like CEOs of cities with executive powers.
There are measures aimed at increasing financial inclusion: The manifesto talks of every citizen having a bank account within the next five years; the Nachiket Mor commitee had recommended that by January 2016 every citizen above the age of 18 should have a fully-functional electronic bank account.
The manifesto talks of encouraging foreign direct investment in labour-intensive sectors — UPA II had thrown the open multi-brand retail space to FDI in September, 2012 albeit with a cap of 51%. There are also the expected noises on reining in inflation and improving productivity in agriculture.
The party hasn’t provided details on how it would promote a more open and competitive economy — for example, whether coal mining would be freed up — though it says it would open the economy to more global and domestic competition.