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Congress Manifesto 2019: Top Promises, Wealth and Welfare For Lok Sabha Election

Congress Manifesto 2019: Top Promises, Wealth and Welfare For Lok Sabha Election: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as well as UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and a number of other senior leaders released the party’s election manifesto with the tagline “Congress will deliver”. Check key Points of Congress manifesto 2019. BJP Manifesto 2019

Congress’ Lok Sabha Election Manifesto Key Points

  1. NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana, a minimum income plan): Under this scheme, India’s poorest will receive money directly in their bank account to ensure they have a minimum monthly income of Rs 12,000.
  2. Jobs: The Congress will fill 22 lakh job vacancies within the government in an effort to boost employment. Entrepreneurs won’t need any permissions for the first three years of starting a business. Raise guaranteed days of employment under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarentee Act) up to 150 days. Angel tax will be withdrawn.
  3. Farmers: There will be a separate budget for farmers. If farmers default on loans, it will be considered a civil offense and not a criminal offence. Congress also promised to extend a farm loan waiver to all states.
  4. Education: Double government expenditure on education to 6 percent of GDP by financial year 2023-24.
  5. Health: Will strengthen government hospitals and the public health service. Double government expenditure on healthcare to 3 percent of GDP by financial year 2023-24.

The Congress on Tuesday,2ndApril 2019 declared its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, creating a slew of promises, comprising providing of Rs. 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the ‘NYAY’ system, filling up 22 lakh government job posts, carrying a separate budget for farmers and setting a solitary reasonable GST rate. BJP Candidates List 2019

The 55-page document is titled ‘Hum Nibhayenge’ which means “We will deliver” focused on speaking on the issues of unemployment, farm grief, security of women and advancing the rural economy, with pressure on constructing a narrative on “real issues” confronted by the people. Congress Candidates List 2019

Congress Manifesto On Judiciary

Here are the other changes the party plans on making in India’s judiciary:

  • To introduce bill to establish a Court of Appeal between the High Courts and the Supreme Court, to hear appeals from judgments and orders of High Courts.The Court of Appeal will sit in multiple benches of three judges each in six locations.
  • Retirement age of judges of Supreme Court and High Court as well as judicial members of tribunals will be fixed at 65 to prevent post retirement assignment for sitting judges.
  • To establish a National Judicial Commission for selection of judges for appointment to the High Courts and the Supreme Court. The NJC will be comprised of judges, jurists and parliamentarians.
  • An independent Judicial Complaints Commission to investigate complaints of misconduct against judges and recommend suitable action to Parliament

Rahul Gandhi, after releasing the Congress manifest said, “When we started a year ago, I made it clear that nothing in this can be a lie because we live in a time when we hear a large number of lies every day.”

The document, titled Hum Nibhayenge, talked about a series of further major concern matters, comprising national security, the circumstances in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East, foreign policy, defence, state of the rural economy, the present tax system and environmental challenges, amongst various other matters.

Rahul Gandhi Promises Minimum Income Of Rs 12,000 A Month For India’s Poorest

“We will do the math when we are in government. Because all the information will only be available when we are in the government. Once we have a number and we are in the government and we assess the resources and the sources of revenue, we will tell you exactly how to implement it.” P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister How to Remove Vote Indelible Ink?

The astonishing importance on welfare in the Congress manifesto establishes the beam and bind of the channel that the party confidences to shape among its mainly upper-caste leadership assembly and the teeming lower castes. The Congress anticipates its form of social engineering will substitute the politics of individuality with that of interest and reduce the request of religion and caste.

The poll manifesto of the party is summed up here in 15 points

Minimum Income Guarantee

The Congress has promised to implement Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) to eliminate poverty. To ensure a life of dignity to all Indians, Congress will introduce the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) under which Rs. 72,000/year will be transferred to the poorest 20 per cent households in India.

Jobs Revolution

To the youth of India, Congress pledges to make jobs our no.1 priority, both in the public and private sector. The party has promised 34 lakh jobs in the public sector if elected to power by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020.

Farmers And Farm Labour

The Congress has promised to put the farmers “on the path from “Karz Maafi” (loan waiver), to “Karz Mukti” (loan-free)”.

Universal Healthcare

The Congress promised to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. It said, “We will double expenditure on healthcare to 3 per cent of GDP by 2023-24.”

GST 2.0

The Congress promised to “simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services.”

Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces

The Congress has promised to increase defence spending and expedite all modernisation programmes of the Armed Forces in a transparent manner.

Quality Education For Every Child

The Congress has said it will make school education from Class I to Class XII in public schools compulsory and free if elected to power. “We will double the allocation for Education to 6 per cent of GDP by 2023-24,” the party said.

Gender Justice

The Congress has promised to legislate the Women’s Reservation Bill providing for 33 per cent of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies and a 33 per cent quota for women in all central government jobs.

Adivasis

The Congress has promised to “implement, in letter and spirit, the Forest Rights Act, 2006” saying, “No forest dweller will be unjustly evicted.” It has also promised minimum support prices for non-timber forest produce.

Right to Homestead

The party has promised to enact the Right to Homestead Act to provide a piece of land for every rural household that does not own a home or own land on which a house may be built.

End to Hate Crimes

The Congress alleged that under the BJP-led government, “hate crimes and atrocities against vulnerable sections of the people have increased manifold”. It said the police and district administration will be held accountable for proven negligence in the case of riots, mob violence and hate crimes.

Celebrating Freedom

The Congress has promised to enact a law on privacy and restrict the use of Aadhaar to the original purposes of the Aadhaar Act.

Protecting Our Institutions

Alleging that the institutions of the country “were brazenly undermined in the last 5 years”, the Congress said bodies such as RBI, ECI, CIC and CBI will be given authority and autonomy. It also promised to “abolish the opaque electoral bonds introduced by the NDA government and set up a National Election Fund” to ensure free and fair elections.

Cities and Urban Governance

The Congress has promised to introduce a new model of governance for towns and cities through directly elected mayors and introduce right to housing.

Environment and Climate Change

The Congress has said air pollution is a national public health emergency and promises to strengthen the National Clean Air Programme.

Rights of LGBTQIA+

Congress has promised to “immediately withdraw” the Transgender Bill, 2018 and instead draft a new bill in “consultation with the LGBTQIA+ community”.

Press

A law to be enacted to curb monopolies and cross-ownership in media. Cases of suspected monopolies will be referred to the Competition Commission of India.

Anti-defection

An amendment to the Anti-Defection Law to ensure immediate disqualification of MPs and MLAs who disobey the party whip or withdraw allegiance.

Anti-discrimination

A law to be enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of language, caste, religion or gender in the supply of goods and services.

Reservation in promotion

An amendment to the Constitution to ensure reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in promotion posts.

Planning commission

The Niti Aayog to be scrapped and Planning Commission will be reconstituted with re-defined responsibilities.

As per the Congress, it held 121 public sessions and 53 closed door conferences to make the manifesto and that it imitates the faiths of the people. Previous finance minister P Chidambaram was the head of the manifesto board.

Chidambaram after speaking at the press conference said that the manifesto is going to set the narrative for the polls. Chidambaram said, “The BJP may be the ruling party today but the party is trying to take the narrative to five years back …to divisiveness and hyper nationalism….Our manifesto is focussed on real issues of jobs.”

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Rahul Gandhi speaking at the press conference said that he instructed party members not to make it in closed doors. The manifesto is the voice of the people, he said. “I do not want a single thing in this manifesto that is a lie because we have been hearing large number of lies spoken everyday by our PM.”