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Cong manifesto in Chhattisgarh tries to woo tribals

Releasing the 34 pages election manifesto, Jogi also promised to transform the new state into a prosperous state, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2003 18:09 IST

In a serious attempt to woo the tribal and youth voters, the Chhattisgarh Congress promised to provide permanent `pattas' to all tribals, who had encroached forestland, provide job opportunity to all unemployed youths and effective launching of mid-day meal in schools in tribal region to prevent dropout, in next five years.

Releasing the 34 pages election manifesto, the Chief Minister Ajit Jogi promised to transform the new state into a tax-free, healthy, literate and prosperous state.

Assuring a good governance, transparency in the entire system, development, social justice and ensure safe drinking water to all, the manifesto claimed that if the Congress retains the power it would ensure that the Chhattisgarh be known as one of front ranker development states in the country in coming five years.

Jogi announced that the unemployed persons who have registered their names in the employment exchange till November 1 this year, be provided job opportunities.

The Congress has decided to set up of an Upper House and more new districts for smooth administration in the state. Justifying for the setting up of Legislative Council, Jogi said that several politicians in the tribal belt could not participate in the election process because most of these Assembly constituencies are reserved constituencies. All the Assembly seats and Lok Sabha constituencies in Bastar and Sarguja are reserved for Scheduled Tribe, he pointed out, and said that the move is to provide an opportunity to politicians of general category, in mainstream politics.

Jogi said that his party was committed for a better future for the people of new state. "We carried out an unprecedented development works in our three-year stint. Once voted to power for the second term, we will enhance employment opportunities for youth and build an excellent business environment in the state," he informed and announced that the state would give an annual award to industrialists who provide highest job opportunities in Chhattisgarh. The award would carry a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation, he added.

The Congress manifesto was made public on Friday only after the release of manifestos of its rivals, the BJP and the NCP.

The Chief Minister said that other features of the manifesto were that the party would convert all forest villages in the state into revenue villages, an effective share of peoples' participation in local-self government, launch special welfare schemes for SC, ST and weaker sections of society and empowerment of women.

First Published: Nov 21, 2003 17:28 IST