The Congress party on Sunday finally released its highly awaited election manifesto to give a befitting reply to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the assembly election front. To smash BJP manifesto offer of procurement of paddy Rs 3100 per quintal, it promised to procure it at Rs 3200 per quintal.
Congress party has on Sunday released its manifesto “Bharose Ka Ghoshna Patra” for the upcoming assembly elections, just two days ahead of the first phase assembly polls for 20 seats on November 7, from six places including Raipur, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur and Kawardha.
Paddy farmers to receive Rs 3,200 per quintal
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel released Congress’ manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections from Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh Congress In-charge Kumari Selja released Congress at state headquarters Rajiv Bhawan, State Congress President Deepak Baij launched from Jagdalpur, Deputy Chief Minister T S Singhdeo from Ambikapur.
Addressing the media persons at Rajnandgaon at the launch of the manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the Congress party had talked about waiving the farmers' loans and buying paddy. Now the farmers will get Rs 3200 per quintal. Farmers’ loans will be waived off if the Congress is voted to power again in the state, he said.
Free Electricity upto 200 units, Rs 500 subsidy will be given on domestic gas. Women of all sections would get a subsidy of Rs 500 in their bank accounts, Selja said.
Promise of caste census
Caste-based census would be conducted if party voted into power twice, the Congress State in-charge said.
Other key announcements of Congress manifesto are
Free education from kindergarten to post graduate will be given in government educational institutions. Tendu leaf will be procured at Rs 6,000 per gunny bag in place of Rs 4,000 per gunny bag. Rs 4,000 bonus will be given to tendu leaf collectors annually. Rs 10,000 will be given in place of Rs 7,000 annually under Rajiv Gandhi Bhoomiheen Krishi Majdoor Nyay Yojana.
About 17.5 lakh poor people will be given houses. Rs 10 per kilogramme additional amount will be given on minimum support price (MSP) of minor forest produces.
Rs 10 lakh free treatment will be given in place of Rs 5 lakh to poor people under Dr Dr Khoobchand Baghel Swasthya Sahayata Yojana. Rs 5 lakh will be given in place of Rs 50,000 to APL families.
Free of cost treatment will be given to the residents of Chhattisgarh in road accidents under Mukhyamantri Vishesh Swashthya Sahayata Yojana. Tivara will be procured on minimum support price. Loans worth Rs 726 crore of 66,000 vehicle owners will be waived off. 700 new Rural Industrial Parks (RIPAs) will be constructed and the RIPAs will increase 1000 from 300. 6,000 government higher secondary schools and high schools will be upgraded as Swami Atmanand English Medium Schools and Hindi Medium Schools.
Rs 50 per cent subsidy will be for young entrepreneurs. Earlier, it is being 40 per cent subsidy. Woods will be provided for last rites in urban areas of the state if the Congress is voted to power again in the state, said Chhattisgarh Congress Kumari Selja added.
Urban Administration and Development Department Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Dahariya, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Rajesh Tiwari, MLAs Satyanarayan Sharma, Kuldeep Juneja, AICC Media Coordinator Radhika Khera, State Congress Media Chief Sushil Anand Shukla and other Congress leaders were present at the press conference held in Raipur.