The Highligts of Congress Manifesto
Congress released its manifesto ahead of the elections on Tuesday and held 121 public consultations and 53 closed-door consultations to prepare the manifesto. Focusing on the real issue of jobs, the manifesto is set to set the narrative of the polls. The top three issues of the manifesto are employment, farmer distress and security of women. The theme is how to marry wealth and welfare.
The highlights of the manifesto are:
- NYAY: Nyuntam Aay Yojna (NYAY) is promised by the Congress under which Rs. 72,000 per year will be transferred to the poorest 29% households in India.
- Jobs: Congress has promised to fill all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020 and to persuade state governments to fill their 20 lakh vacancies. They plan to create 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local body.
- Farmers: Congress is expected to present a separate ‘Kisan Budget’ every year. They have also promised to bring a permanent National Commission on Agricultural Development and Planning.
- Healthcare: Congress has promised to enact the right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalization, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. The party is expected to double expenditure on healthcare to 35 of GDP by 2023-2
- GST: Congress has promised to simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate to tax, zero-rating of exports and exemption for essential goods and services.
- Education: Congress promised to double the allocation to 6% of GDP by 2023-24.
- Reservation: 33% of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies has been proposed in the manifesto. Congress will also reserve 33% of all posts/vacancies in the Central Government for women.
- Aadhaar: Congress will pass a law on privacy; restrict the use of Aadhaar to the original purposes of the Aadhaar Act.
- AFSPA: Besides, the Congress manifesto has promised to review the controversial AFSPA that gives unprecedented power to security forces in disturbed zones like J&K and some parts of the North East.
- Poll Funding: Congress said it will set up a National Election Fund that will be allocated at the time of elections to recognised political parties.
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