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Cong promises free power, water

The Congress on Monday released its manifesto for next month's polls in Goa, promising up to 150 units of free electricity and water to the poor if voted to power in the state.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2012 00:14 IST

The Congress on Monday released its manifesto for next month's polls in Goa, promising up to 150 units of free electricity and water to the poor if voted to power in the state.


The manifesto was released by All India Congress Committee general secretary Oscar Fernandes in the presence of national and state leaders.

Congress has also assured to solve the problem of housing in the state by providing 5,000 flats and row houses through the Housing Board Corporation in the next five years.

"We will also form a committee of agricultural experts to survey fallow paddy fields and suggest an action plan to make it cultivable and fast track courts would be set up to solve land related disputes," the manifesto said.

The Congress has also promised a slum-free Goa through rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers. The party has assured to increase the ceiling of mediclaim scheme from Rs 1.2 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, covering all illness.

The Congress further said it would increase monthly allowance to senior citizens under Dayanand Niradhar Yojana from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500 and every application of widow and handicapped people would be disposed of within three months.

Tickets for family
Defending its decision to give tickets to family members of party leaders, the Congress maintained that people of Goa would decide the issue. "If young people have come up, it is their right to get the ticket. Let the people of Goa decide," Fernandes said, claiming that the number of tickets disbursed to family members is not "large".