Bhubaneswar, April 7 (LocalWire): Odisha Congress on Sunday released the party’s manifesto here, making a slew of promises with a focus on the farmers, youth, women, tribals and dalits.
The 32-page document titled “Your Voice Your Choice”, promised to waive farm loans up to Rs.2 lakh per family, 33% reservation for women in government jobs, parliament and assembly, and Rs.72,000 each to five crore poor families under the “Nyay” scheme as announced by the AICC.
It said the Congress government will address the problem of unemployment, farm distress, safety and women empowerment, besides uplift of tribals and dalits.
Releasing the manifesto here, Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik said that Rs.6,000 would be transferred directly to a woman account holder of an eligible family every month under the Nyay scheme.
The manifesto said one person in every family will have a job, either in the public or private sector, while the jobless will be entitled to an unemployment allowance of Rs.3,000 per month.
All contractual workers in the public sector will be regularised while there shall be no contractual employment in teaching, healthcare and social security services, the manifesto said.
It also promises land to landless and home to homeless. A five-year plan will be unveiled to provide homestead land to every landless family in a village and shelter for every urban homeless family.
The manifesto said the Congress government will give a minimum support price of Rs.2,600 per quintal of paddy, and each farming family will get a financial aid of Rs.10,000 annually for the next three years.
There will be a guaranteed remunerative price for all major farm and forest produce, it said. In addition, access to irrigation, cheap power and seeds, and monthly pension of Rs.1,500 for farmers above 60 years.
In the manifesto, Congress also promises free education and financial assistance to needy families for their daughter’s marriage and Rs.2,000 monthly pension to widows and single women above 60 years.
The Congress government will also raise an incubation fund of Rs.1 crore in each block to support women entrepreneurs, the manifesto said.
Also, all forest offence cases, except those involving criminal acts, will be withdrawn in the first 100 days of forming government, while management of forest resources will be vested with Gram Sabhas and PESA Act, 1996 will be implemented within 100 days of the party forming government, it said.
The party said exclusive dalit protection cells and special courts will be formed to expedite cases of atrocities against Dalits.