Agri Cri­sis, Lack of Jobs Fo­cus of Cong Man­i­festo

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

New Delhi: The Congress un­veiled its man­i­festo in poll-bound Ch­hat­tis­garh on Fri­day, promis­ing com­plete farm loan waiver, in­crease in ra­tion, min­i­mum sup­port price (MSP) for maize, sug­ar­cane and soy­abean, and en­hance­ment in MSP of paddy if it comes to power.

It also promised im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion for fam­i­lies af­fected by chit fund scams, pro­hi­bi­tion in non-tribal ar­eas, im­me­di­ate ab­sorp­tion in gov­ern­ment ser­vice of con­trac­tual work­ers, ap­point­ment of teach­ers and halv­ing of elec­tric­ity bills if it dis­lodges the BJP which has been in power for the past 15 years.

Just three days be­fore the first phase of polling slated for Mon­day, the Congress fi­nally put out its elec­tion man­i­festo – Jan Ghoshna Pa­tra (pub­lic state­ment) – with its prime fo­cus on youth, agrar­ian cri­sis, ed­u­ca­tion and un­em­ploy­ment. The party, which has been out of power for three terms in the state, also found a place for cows in its man­i­festo and promised proper cow shel­ters for cows and improve­ment in live­stock breed. At present, stray cat­tle is a com­mon sight in the vil­lages of Ch­hat­tis­garh as there is no ded­i­cated place to feed them and milk pro­duc­tion has de­clined steadily.

The party, which has been out of power for three terms in the state, also found a place for cows in its man­i­festo

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