In Congress manifesto, Rahul Gandhi set to unveil quota for SC/ST in private sector

Mar 26 2014, 14:23 IST
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The crux of the document to be released by Sonia Gandhi in the presence of a galaxy of leaders including Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi. Reuters The crux of the document to be released by Sonia Gandhi in the presence of a galaxy of leaders including Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi. Reuters
SummarySources indicated that Congress would have a sub-manifesto for different sections of society.

Facing tough Lok Sabha elections, Congress is expected to fall back on left-of-centre policies focusing on welfare measures and widening the ambit of rights-based legislations to include healthcare and employment in the party's manifesto to be released tomorrow.

The crux of the document to be released by party President Sonia Gandhi in the presence of a galaxy of leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi will also express a firm resolve to tackle corruption, an issue that has haunted UPA-II in the form of scams like 2G, coal and CWG.

Uplift of 70 crore people falling between middle class and below poverty line, a promise to empower women and increase their representation in politics and strong affirmative action in the private sector could be the other highlights.

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Given the fact that government jobs are drying up in the post liberalisation period, the party's poll document could lay special emphasis on job creation.

Battling allegations of corruption and an aggressive opposition campaign on the issue, the manifesto is likely to announce specific measures to check the menace as well as to bring back black money stashed abroad.

While the manifesto may lay emphasis in favour of high growth, the party will be insisting that benefits of a rising economy reach the last man.

The party's poll document will also factor in the issue of price rise and more particularly of the food basket and could advocate stringent measures to check blackmarketing and hoarding besides amending some rules in market regulation.

Sources said that a meeting of the committee on March 16 has by and large finalised the manifesto after which some minor additional inputs were also incorporated.

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The Committee headed by A K Antony, has P. Chidambaram, Sushilkumar Shinde, Anand Sharma, Salman Khurshid, Sandeep Dikshit, Ajit Jogi, Renuka Chowdhary, P L Punia, Mohan Gopal, Jairam Ramesh and Digvijay Singh as members.

The sources have indicated that Congress would have a sub-manifesto for different sections of society.

With women security being a major issue, especially propelled into limelight by the December 16, 2012 gangrape case, the party has received a number of suggestions like making a provision for at least six women police stations in all districts.

There is another recommendation to provide 20

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