Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The Congress party released its much-awaited manifesto for Madhya Pradesh assembly elections on Tuesday. The 106-page ‘Vachan Patra’ includes series of promises—covering all classes and categories from farmers and students to women, tribals and OBCs.
Some of the major announcements include Rs 500 to Rs 1500 scholarship to school students under ‘Padho-Padhao’ Scheme, restoration of old pension scheme, 27% OBC quota, farm loan waivers and Madhya Pradesh’s very own cricket IPL team.
Buoyed by the success of Baghel-govt in Chhattisgarh, Congress has introduced similar schemes if the party is voted to power in Madhya Pradesh. For instance, Team Kamal Nath has promised purchase of cow dung under ‘Nandini Gau Dhan Yojana’ in Madhya Pradesh, just like ‘Godhan Nyay Yojana’ in Chhattisgarh.
Similarly, Congress has also promised to acquire paddy from farmers at Rs 2500 per quintal— another scheme implemented by Baghel govt in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
The document was unveiled by MP Congress President Kamal Nath and Chairman of the Promissory Note Committee Rajendra Kumar at Bhopal's Ravindra Bhavan.
On similar lines with Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress has also promised to waive the electricity bill of 100 units and halve the bill of 200 units to the common electricity consumers.
The manifesto also includes the promise that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made to school students a few days ago in a public rally in Mandla. It says, under the Padho-Padhao scheme, Rs 500 will be given to the children of government schools from class 1 to 8, Rs 1000 to the children of class 9th-10 and Rs 1500 to the children of class 11-12 every month.
Some noteworthy announcements from the manifesto are:
If Congress forms government in the state, it will purchase paddy from farmers at the rate of Rs 2500 per quintal, wheat at Rs 2600. per quintal. Kamal Nath said that the target is to take the amount to Rs 3000 per quintal.
Will buy cow dung under Nandini Go Dhan Yojana.
Recruitments by creating one lakh new posts in rural areas.
Will start Swabhiman Yojana for youth and provide financial aid of Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 to the unemployed youth of the state.
Will make a law for the right to health with health insurance up to Rs 25 lakh, and accident insurance upto Rs 10 lakh.
Under Nari Samman Nidhi Yojana, women will be given Rs 1500 per month.
Social security pension will be increased to Rs 1200.
Will give 27% reservation to OBCs in government services and schemes.
Will restart Old Pension Scheme.
Domestic gas cylinder at Rs 500.
The amount of pension for multi-disabled people will be increased to Rs 2000.
Farmer loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh under Jai Kisan Agricultural Loan Waiver Scheme.