Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday released the party’s manifesto titled “Jan Ghoshna Patra” in Rajnandgaon for Chhattisgarh, which promises farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and ban on liquor in Naxal affected areas.
Emphasising on healthcare services, the manifesto proposes the introduction of a Universal Healthcare program pertaining to which free and quality services will be provided to those in need. It also proposes converting 6 medical colleges into multi-speciality hospitals, along with bringing 1000 specialists on board in the first year. Air ambulances will be provisioned for areas like Bastar, Sarguja and Supebeda.
During a media interaction, Rahul Gandhi said that farmers’ loans would be waived within 10 days of the party attaining power and the MSP for paddy will be fixed at Rs 2,500 per quintal and maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal.
Speaking on the lines of Naxalism in the state, Rahul Gandhi stated that “A policy will be drafted to curb Naxalism and serious steps will be taken for talks”.
“And Naxal-affected panchayat will be given a package of Rs 1 crore for community development works”, he added.
To provide a boost to employment under the party’s “Ghar Ghar Rozgaar, Har Ghar Rozgaar” scheme, the manifesto states apprenticeship programmes and employment opportunities for the youth and manifesto also promised a monthly stipend to 10 lakh unemployed youths under the party’s ‘Rajiv Mitr Yojana”.
The party’s manifesto further promises about the establishment of sports hostels and scholarships for economically weak sportspersons. The manifesto assures a ban on the sale of liquor in the state and Gram Sabhas in Scheduled areas like Sarguja and Bastar districts will be provided with the power to decide on such a ban.
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