A “new age Gujarat”, that is what the Congress manifesto released on Sunday promises the electorate.
And it plans to implement it through, among other ways, free ration and Mediclaim policies for BPL families, setting up of a Minority Financial Development Corporation and withdrawal of cases against farmers for electricity theft.
“If the Congress comes to power, the party will give 25kg wheat, 10kg rice, 4kg dal, 5kg sugar and 15l kerosene free to 20 per cent of poorest of poor families every month,” said Bharat Solanki, the GPCC president.
This scheme would be implemented within three months.
The manifesto promises to develop the economic status of minorities, deprived and weaker sections of society. The Congress will give house and business loans for minority and deprived sections through cooperative banks. The Sachar Committee recommendations will be implemented in line with the Centre.
Implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission scales for government employees, 14 hours continuous power supply for irrigation, subsidy hike
on farm implements and poultry, rehabilitation and employment of minority women homeless after the 2002 carnage and assurance that slumdwellers will not be displaced without alternate arrangement are some of the other promises.
AICC chief Digvijay Singh went on to criticize Narendra Modi’s regime saying “Hindu terrorism” is prevailing in Gujarat. Political analysts said it may prove counter-productive as the chief minister is likely to cash in on it to arouse Hindutva sentiments again.