Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (HT)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (HT)

Congress manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections: 5 key things already announced

  • Congress party is all set to release its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections 
  •  In the run up to the polls, Rahul Gandhi has made a series of announcements which could find a detailed mention in the manifesto

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi led Congress party is all set to release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday noon. Gandhi is expected to be present at the event which will take place at party's headquarters of 24, Akbar Road in the national capital.

The manifesto is a result of crowdsourcing inputs for over six months beginning with October last year. A manifesto committe formed by the party went into several specific issues and held public and expert consultations over each of them across the country.

The document will give a peek into the key policy schemes being announced by the party, particularly over the two key issues which Congress has raised in its electoral campaign - rural distress and unemployment. In the run up to the polls Gandhi has made a series of announcements which could find a detailed mention in the manifesto:

1

Farm Loan Waiver: In December last year, Gandhi promised his party would do a nationwide waiver of farm loans if voted to power in the 2019 general elections. Farm loan waiver was a key promise made by the party in the run up to state polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which it won.

2

Universal Basic Income: In January, Gandhi announced his party would implement universal basic income if voted to power. Last week, Gandhi announced it would be called NYAY which aims to provide 72,000 annually to 20% of the poorest families in the country and is expected to benefit at least 5 crore families.

3

Unemployment: On Sunday, Gandhi promised that if voted to power, his party would ensure that 22 lakh vacancies in government would be filled up by 30 March, 2020. He added that 'devolution of funds from the Center to each state government for healthcare, education etc. will be linked to these vacant positions being filled.'

4

NITI Ayog: Last week, Gandhi said that if voted to power, Congress would scrap the existing NITI Ayog and would instead replace it with a 'lean' Planning Commission consisting of economists and experts but with less than 100 staff.

5

Start Ups: Earlier last week, Gandhi also announced that starting a new business would require no permissions for the first three years, no angel tax, incentives and tax credits based on number of jobs created and 'easy' bank credit.

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