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Tech manifestos 2019: BJP’s promises on fintech, startups, farming & technology, and more

The Bhartiya Janata Party today released its manifesto for the Elections 2019, in which it lays out 75 goals to be achieved by 2022; see other political parties tech manifestos here. The BJP is not specific about its gameplan, and does not elaborate on plans regarding Aadhaar, surveillance, Digital India, or Smart Cities. The BJP has not made one comment on demonetisation, although it said GST has reduced tax rates and increased compliance. The manifesto makes no mention of e-commerce, except for promising to develop such a platform for organic farming products. The manifesto does advocate further development of the fintech industry in India seeing the "unprecedented success of Jan-Dhan"; it aims to increase financial inclusion via a by creating a new data-sharing framework "that builds on the success of Jan Dhan and Aadhaar platforms while ensuring data privacy and security." (The manifesto is appended at the bottom) Tech Goals for 2022 Some technology related goals for 2022 are listed below, and other material from the manifesto is below that. Farming Ensure adequate market avenues for the realisation of MSP through e-NAM, GrAMs and Pradhan Mantri AASHA Yojana. Work towards digitising land records. Education and Health Aim to cover all the secondary schools under Operation Digital Board. Target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at all health and wellness centres to ensure quality primary medical care to the poor at their doorstep Railways Start developing smart railway stations across India. Work towards equipping all main railway stations with Wi-Fi…

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