Congress, seeking a third term in a row in Haryana, on Wednesday released its election manifesto for the October 15 polls, attempting to woo farmers and other sections, even as chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda promised to put the state on higher growth trajectory.
Seeking mandate in the name of development while promising to carry out welfare projects in various fields, the 23-page manifesto lays thrust on agriculture and horticulture, irrigation, energy, industry, trade, commerce, FDI, health, besides employment, women empowerment, scheduled caste and backward classes, urban and rural development and education, with a promise to set up an university in every district.
The document says efforts for a separate high court for Haryana in Chandigarh will continue, mining will be resumed after getting approval from the environment department, students union elections will be permitted in universities and colleges while a roadmap will be prepared for each of the 90 assembly segments so that their needs are fully met.
The manifesto was released at Panchkula jointly by Hooda,Congress general secretary and party state in-charge Shakeel Ahmed, party secretary Asha Kumari, chairman of the manifesto committee Ram Prakash, state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and former MP Naveen Jindal. It was read out by Prakash.
Hooda said, "Congress does not want to sit on its past laurels, but intends to continue the unprecedented path of development growth and prosperity of Haryana in its endeavour to serve effectively. Now, we want to put Haryana on higher growth trajectory."
Haryana being a leading agrarian state, the manifesto says the government will pay 100% interest of the farmer who return the short-term loan regularly and 50% interest of the farmer who return the long-term loan regularly. Land acquisition policy will be further rationalised.
Efforts will continue to secure Centre's approval to lower the interest rate on long-term loans of farmers to 4%. Credit limit to farmers will be provided on the similar pattern as industrialists. Organic farming will be promoted.
Minimum support prices of potatoes, onions and tomatoes, like other crops, should be fixed to safeguard the producers from being exploited and attempt will be made to persuade the Centre for this, the manifesto says.
With Traori in Karnal region famous for production of Basmati rice, a modern 'rice improvement centre' will be set up there while Basmati festival will also be held each year, it said. A national-level vegetable and fruit market will be built in every district.