Battered Cong may line up sops for Haryana contest
Farm Loan Waiver, 33% Job Quota For Women On The List Tripura Cong chief quits
New Delhi: In the coming tough contest against the ruling BJP in Haryana, Congress is seeking to amplify its populist tone with a slew of loan waivers and subsidised loans to key social groups in the state.
The Congress manifesto is likely to promise a loan waiver for farmers, with focus on cooperative bodies like land mortgage banks and cooperative societies. Farmers borrow a substantial chunk of money from such establishments and the party is learnt to be examining the cut-off amount for amnesty.
A similar waiver may be promised on bank loans owed by the scheduled castes. This loan segment is said to be substantial and, party leaders argue, would have a good traction with Dalits, the strong social demographic on whom Congress is banking heavily for coming elections. Congress recently appointed Kumari Selja, a senior Dalit leader, as its state unit president.
The Congress panel to draft the election manifesto recently discussed the possible policy promises.
For the battered Congress, the manifesto is a crucial weapon in its campaign quiver in the face-off against an entrenched BJP, which is backed by favourable social equations in the state and a positive political mood after the Lok Sabha triumph.
Congress leaders hope that targeted promises would help in wooing social groups to the party fold.
Sources said Congress may promise 33% job quota for women in the state. It would mean that one-third of Tripura
Congress chief Pradyot Deb Burman quit the party on Tuesday, saying he had been “humiliated” by the “old guard” for stressing the need for an NRC exercise in the state. Deb Burman, a scion of the Tripura royal family, told that he “felt lost” without Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. Deb Burman’s resignation from the primary membership of the party comes exactly a week after he had indicated that Congress’s stance against the NRC would force him to put in his papers. the public employment would be mandatorily earmarked for women.
In a first of sorts, the opposition party is mulling paying insurance money for business establishments with a turnover of over Rs 1 crore.
A clutch of subsidised loans are also on the anvil, sources said.
The party may promise to provide interest subvention on loans to backward communities and extremely backward communities, with a possible deadline of five years to return the money. It may also pledge that if Congress is voted to power, the youth would be able to borrow money for self-employment at very low interest rates.
Haryana ex-CM Bhupinder Hooda with state Congress chief Kumari Selja