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With Wealth & Welfare as theme, Congress manifesto promises NYAY, Jobs, Kisan Budget

Political News, Nation, (New Delhi), April 2:-The NYAY scheme for minimum income guarantee, a new development agenda for Jammu and Kashmir, leaner GST with only two slabs and no political interference in intelligence agencies are among the promises in the Congress manifesto for upcoming elections.

After launching Congress’ manifesto –Hum Nibayange, Rahul Gandhi says, “Manifesto a result of year-long process. There are no false promises made. We are reflecting people’s voice. The Congress manifesto promises LGBT rights, rights for minorities, women empowerment, NYAY scheme.”

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had already announced that NITI Aayog, which replaced the Planning Commission, would be scrapped if the Congress comes to power. News agency ANI has also quoted Bhalchandra Mungekar, a member of Congress’s manifesto committee, as saying that the document promises probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal. “When we come to power, on the first day, we will initiate an inquiry into Rafale deal and we have included this in the manifesto (sic),” he said.

Congress will ensure that EVMs and VVPATs are tamperproof. During counting, the count in at least 50 per cent of the EVMs will be matched against the physical count of the voting slips in the corresponding VVPATs. We will allocate substantially more free airtime on All India Radio and Doordarshan at the time of elections to recognised political parties in accordance with criteria laid down by law.

Congress manifesto to focus on five main themes

– NYAY Scheme – Garibi Par War, Rs 72,000 per year

– 22 lakh government vacancies will be filled. 10 lakh jobs in panchayats. Entrepreneurs won’t need any permission for starting business in 3 years. 150 days of work gauranteed under NREGA

– A separate budget for farmers. Loan default can’t be treated as criminal offence but a civil offence.

– 6 percent of GDP to be spent on education, No to private insurance companies and public health to be strengthened

– National security and internal security.

During the launch of manifesto, Manmohan Singh says, “Forward looking document which sums up aspiration of people — dignity and self-respect. Congress manifesto is called the “Jan Aawaz Ghoshna Patra’. This manifesto spells out what we would plan to do how to get rid of poverty. In 10 years of UPA 140 Million people were out of poverty.

The real issues are unemployment, 4.70 crore jobs were lost under the Modi-led government. Farm distress is the second biggest issue. The third is the security of women and their children’s security and of their homes, P Chidambaram said.

Congress says will omit Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code and make ‘defamation’ a civil offence. Omit Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (that defines the offence of ‘sedition’) that has been misused and, in any event, has become redundant because of subsequent laws.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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