Congress manifesto for Delhi Assembly polls high on subsidies and freebies
Delhi Congress’s manifesto promises an unemployment allowance of Rs 5000 for graduates and Rs 7500 for post-graduates and to create a Rs 5000-crore fund for subsidy for startups.Updated: Sep 06, 2020 23:46 IST
The Congress on Sunday released its manifesto for the Delhi Assembly elections, promising to address concerns of women, youth, businessmen, senior citizens and slum dweller with generous dollops of subsidies and freebies.
Delhi Congress president Subhash Chopra and party leaders Anand Sharma and Ajay Maken released the party’s manifesto for upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. The Congress while ruled Delhi for 15 years under Sheila Dikshit from 1998 to 2013, drew a blank in the 2015 assembly elections when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept to power winning 67 of the 70 seats in the House.
The manifesto promises an unemployment allowance of Rs 5000 for graduates and Rs 7500 for post-graduates and to create a Rs 5000-crore fund for subsidy for startups.
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The Congress will launch flagship cashback schemes for power and water supply to benefit consumers saving these resources. The party, if voted to power, will open 100 Indira Canteens to provide subsidised meals at Rs 15, Chopra said.
“We will give free electricity of up to 300 units. Between 300 to 400 units, the charge will be 50%,” Chopra said.
It also proposes 33 per cent reservation for women in government service. The Congress also plans to set up Mahila Canteen to be staffed only by women.
The party’s manifesto assures the business community that would not be any arbitrary sealing of shops and that the party would try to simply the Goods and Sales Tax (GST).
The manifesto promises free education in all government institutions from nursery to a doctorate, clear back log of teachers’ appointments and ensure interest free education loans for students.
The manifesto also promises free health care, free medicine and hospital admission for the residents. The Congress also wants to set up five new like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Addressing transport issues for Delhites, the Congress manifesto promises electric buses, electric autorickshaws and electric rickshaws and build multilevel bus depot.
It also seeks to fight pollution with a dust management plant to make Delhi green with 25% budgetary allocation.
“Thousands have died of pollution in Delhi in the last five years. Kejriwal is responsible for that. We will spend 25 % of the budget on fighting pollution,” Chopra said.
For unauthorised colonies, the Congress has promised a fund of Rs 5000 crore. Slum dwellers would be given 25 sq metres of plots to make their flats.
It also assured food security for families below the poverty line.
For senior citizens, the party has promised a pension of Rs 5000 a month and emergency buttons for aid during distress.
The Congress also addressed Schedule Castes with a promise to set up Sant Ravidas hostel for students.