Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi releasing the Congress Party Manifesto for Chhattisgarh Assembly Election
Congress launches 'people's manifesto' in Chhattisgarh
AICC President Rahul Gandhi launched Congress Party's ' Jan Ghoshna Patra' in Dongargarh, today. This manifesto is the culmination of Congress Party's touring of 24 districts of Chhattisgarh extensively to take inputs from varied organisations and representations, including farmers, women representatives', workers organisations, students, teachers, mitanin workers, Tendu Patta workers, tribals, businessmen, doctors, nurses, political outfits, housewives, lawyers, amongst others. Speaking to the media, Rahul Gandhi highlighted the main features of the manifesto, elucidating the aspects on which Congress will fight the forthcoming elections in Chhattisgarh.
Congress has zeroed down 36 major points of policy making incorporated in the manifesto, addressing various quarters of society and their interests. The prominent features include
- Immediate loan waiver for farmers within 10 days of formation of Congress Govt. A major thrust on the agricultural sector also includes fixing MSP for various crops as per Swaminathan Commission report. The MSP for Rice has been fixed at Rs 2500/quintal and Maize at Rs 1700/quintal. The manifesto also includes provisioning of pension for farmers above 60 years of age to support them.
- The Manifesto also promises cutting of electricity bills by half for domestic consumption, provisioning of houses and land to urban and rural families, respectively.
- Every family will be given 35kgs of rice, every month at the rate of Rs 1 only!
- Tackling employment under Ghar Ghar Rozgaar, Har Ghar Rozgaar, the manifesto underlines apprenticeship programs and employment opportunities for the youth. Also the govt will provision monthly stipend to 10lakh unemployed youngsters under Rajiv Mitr Yojna for financially support.
- Women Safety is one of the primary features of Congress Party's Jan Ghoshna Patra, pertaining to which strict enforcement of laws, setting up of special women police stations and women help cells in every police station have been proposed. Also special conveyance for women for late night commuting, adept with technology has been proposed in the Manifesto.
- Minority communities and their interests have been give due importance in the Manifesto with proposals in place for their security, job opportunities and special help for ease of doing business.
- Emphasising on healthcare services, the Manifesto proposes introduction of a Universal Healthcare program pertaining to which free and quality services will be provided to those in need. It also proposes converting 6 medical colleges into multi speciality hospitals, alongwith bringing 1000 specialists on board in the first year. Air ambulances will be provisioned for areas like Bastar, Sarguja and Supebeda.
- Special attention on improving the quality of education through emphasis on quality of teachers has been listed out in the Manifesto. Apart from education, measures will be in place to deal with nutrition and anaemia in school kids, putting a health cell in all educational institutions. The Manifesto alos promises filling in 50,000 post for teachers to balance the teacher student ratio in the first year.
- Increasing the MSP on 70-85 forest crops and fixing Rs 4000 per bag for Tendu Patta workers. Fixing a respectable income for daily wage labourers, increase in income bands of Class 3 and 4 employees, distribution of 7th pay commission surplus in 3 phases, increase in the pension being given to police families, who lost loved ones in naxal attacks, establishment of sports hostels, scholarships for economically weak sportspersons.
CLP leader T.S Singh Deo, who was also the Congress Manifesto Committee Chairman helmed the process of amassing suggestions from the public. He elaborated that this manifesto is dedicated to Rahul Gandhi's vision for Chhattisgarh and it's people and has been compiled with Gandhi's own inputs.