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Young India focus of Cong campaign

india Updated: Jan 25, 2009 01:07 IST
Saroj Nagi
Saroj Nagi
Hindustan Times
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Young India will be one of the basic themes of the Congress’s 2009 manifesto with the party likely to expand its pro-poor national rural employment guarantee act (NREGA) to cover the country’s young unemployed population.

The aam aadmi, who was the centrepiece of the party’s 2004 election slogan, will continue to be in focus as the manifesto plans to further empower him.

“But we have big plans for the youth, including providing them employment,’’ said a member of the Congress’ Manifesto Committee which finalised the draft document on Saturday.

Committee chairman Pranab Mukherjee will submit the draft to party chief Sonia Gandhi who will then place it to the Congress Working Committee for consideration.

The stress on Young India is linked two developments — the country’s changing demographic profile with about 60 crore of the 112 crore population between 18 and 35 years and Rahul Gandhi’s emphasis on keeping their aspirations in mind.

At Rahul’s suggestion the panel consulted over a dozen stakeholders, including farmers, experts and business groups and drafted the document. “It will be brief, relevant, effective and crisp,’’ said panel member Veerappa Moily.