New Delhi, Apr 2: Ahead of the first phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections on April 11, the Congress party will on Tuesday release its manifesto for the elections, which is expected to unveil the party's roadmap 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 Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme under which the party has promised to deposit Rs 72,000 per annum in accounts of poorest 20 per cent families of the country if it comes to power in the Lok Sabha elections.
On March 25, the Congress, while announcing the Minimum income guarantee scheme, 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 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 the poorest 20 per cent families if the party comes 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 6,000 per year.
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.
The manifesto has been prepared in consultation with people from different segments of life. UNI