Gujarat Election: Congress releases lucrative people's manifesto

Narendra Modi

Congress also assured unemployment allowance up to Rs 4,000 per month and 100 per cent financing for self-employed entrepreneurs from all communities besides 200 square metre plots with no down payment.

The party promised to pay unemployment allowance up to Rs 4000 for every unemployed youth, and said that it would also request the GST council to exempt small traders with an annual turnover up to Rs 1.50 crore.

On the goods and services tax (GST), which is a key election issue, the Congress has promises it will "simplify" the tax and ensure that tax rate is capped at 18 per cent.

Addressing the need for better healthcare the party manifesto promised to provide Sardar Patel Universal Healthcare Card and free medicines.

Describing it as a people's manifesto, Solanki said that it had addressed all the frayed nerve points of Gujarat cutting across all sections of society.

# Contract workers will be made permanent.

The Congress will consult various stake-holders and will appoint a commission to identify the communities to be included in the "special category", as per the manifesto.

The 60-page manifesto, which party sources said, is likely to become the template for the party's manifesto for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls, focuses on education, health, agriculture, jobs and small and medium enterprises (SME) sectors. A loan of farmers will be waived Farmers will be given electricity on a priority basis, as is being given to private industries at this time.

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Petrol and diesel prices in the state to be rolled back by Rs 10 per litre.

The party will earmark development packages for areas dominated by OBCs and also establish "Vishwakarma Foundation" for providing 100 per cent finance for self-employment of artisans and OBC youths.

The manifesto reiterated its commitment to the agreement reached with the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti under which a Congress government in the state will propose a Bill based on the provisions of the Constitution.

Fast-track courts to deal with crimes against women.

On food security, the party promises to lauch "Indira Canteen" across the state which would serve food at Rs 10 per plate.

The party also promised to form a minority commission and a minority ministry in Gujarat to take care of their needs.

The Congress will also adopt a Smart Village Policy to stop migration and make provision of ponds, playgrounds, sanitation and drinking water supply to villages.

The manifesto says, Gujarat under the BJP has regressed on indicators. The new mantra will be the Gross Happiness Index, " he added.

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