For the upcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, cow shelters and Made in Madhya Pradesh are among the promises in the Congress Manifesto released on Saturday, November 10 in Bhopal.
Congress in its manifesto, which is of 112 pages, also promises employment for 1 lakh youth in IT sector, cuts in electricity bills of the farmers and a grant of ₹2.5 lakh each to the homeless people in the state.
The manifesto was released by top leaders of the Congress including Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijay Singh.
Releasing the manifesto, State Congress Chief Kamal Nath said, “We will reduce the electricity bill of farmers by 50%, reduce diesel and petrol prices and open gaushalas in every gram panchayat”.
Assembly elections to the Madhya Pradesh assembly will be held on November 28 to elect members of the 230 constituencies. Counting of votes will be held on December 11.
The manifesto released on Saturday, November 10, was prepared by a team headed by senior Congress leader Rajendra Singh, who is also deputy speaker in the Assembly. The other members are MP Vivek Tankha, former MP Menakshi Natrajan, former minister Narendra Nahata and Virendra Kumar Batham.
Among the promises in the manifesto are:
*Loan waiver for farmers up to ₹2 lakhs.
*Farmers will have to pay half the electricity bill.
*Power bill to be ₹1 for the first 100 units.
*Bonus for almost all the crops, and some vegetables.
* ₹5 per litre bonus for milk.
*Right to housing law will be brought. Each homeless person in the state will be given ₹2.5 lakh grant and 450 sq feet of land.
*Drug free state.
*Promoting Made in Madhya Pradesh goods.
*Employment to 1 lakh youth in the field of information technology .
*₹10,000 per month wage subsidy to those industrialists who provide fresh employment.
* Vyapam will be closed down.
*Social security pension to be increased from ₹300 to ₹1000.
* Free education to girls from school to PhD.
*₹51,000 for marriage of girls.
*Laptop to all students who score 70 per cent in board exam.
*Land rights to tribal and Scheduled Castes.
*Pension of ₹10,000 per month for journalists above 60 who have worked for 25 years.
On Friday, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi released the party's manifesto for Chhattisgarh which promises farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and ban on liquor sales.
The state will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.
Rahul Gandhi released the manifesto, titled "Jan Ghoshna Patra" in Rajnandgaon, which is the constituency of Chief Minister Raman Singh.