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Cong manifesto to focus on party’s roadmap to create jobs, tackle agrarian crisis & boost health, education
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Cong manifesto to focus on party’s roadmap to create jobs, tackle agrarian crisis & boost health, education

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New Delhi, Apr 1: Ahead of the first phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections on April 11, the Congress party on Tuesday will release its manifesto for the elections on Tuesday, which is expected to unveil the party's road map on jobs creation, tackling agrarian crisis and boosting the education, health sectors and vision on how to further strengthen the economic growth of the country.

The highlight of the party's manifesto, to be released by Congress president Rahul Gandhi here at the party headquarters, will be the NYAY scheme under which the party has promised to deposit Rs 72000 per annum in accounts of poorest 20 per cent families of the country if it comes to power in 2019.

On March 25, the Congress while announcing the Minimum income guarantee scheme (NYAY) , proclaimed that Rs 72,000 a year would be given to poorest 20 per cent families in the country, if the party comes to power in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The money will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of these families, Mr Gandhi said at a news conference here last week after consultations of the Congress working committee which discussed the party manifesto for the 2019 elections for the House of the People.

''Under the Minimum income guarantee, Congress will give Rs 72,000 per annum to the poorest 20 per cent families if the party come to power,'' Mr Gandhi said.

The scheme will ensure a family has a minimum income of Rs 12,000 in a month.

The scheme of the Congress is in a counter to the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s income plan for farmers at Rs 6000 per year.

"Gareeb Parivar, Bahattar Hazaar" is said to be the slogan finalised by the party to publicise the proposal.

The scheme, which Mr Gandhi has described as the "final assault on poverty", proposes to give Rs 6,000 every month to five crore poorest families in the country.

It is also being believed that the party would incoporate women reservation bill to be passed in Parliament, aiming to gain women votes in the ensuing elections. In the run up to the release of the party manifesto, the Congress president has also made a series of promises for the youth and small businessmen.

He has announced a host of incentives for youngsters who want to start their own businesses including easy availability of bank credit.

The Congress president has also announced that the party will fill all Government vacancies by March 2020 if it comes to power .

The Congress president has also promised that if elected to power his party would move to directly elected mayors with five year terms and elected councils to improve the quality of life in cities.

The party is likely to promise a complete loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh in the manifesto.

It is also being believed that the party would incorporate women reservation bill to be passed in Parliament, aiming to gain women votes in the ensuing elections.

The party is also expected to promise a right to health, under which a universal health scheme is proposed to be rolled out.

The manifesto has been prepared in consultation with people from different segments of life.

The manifesto committee is headed by former finance minister P Chidambaram.  (UNI)