Rajasthan polls: Cong manifesto out, Gehlot says 'we have fulfilled all promises'

Nov 17 2013, 20:37 IST
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI)
SummaryChief Minister Ashok Gehlot dedicated the Congress manifesto to the people.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday released the party’s manifesto in poll-bound Rajasthan promising sops to every section of society. The party promised to adopt ‘the principal of zero discretion, zero corruption and zero harassment by the government’ and said it would set up a ‘manifesto implementation committee.’

The party promised to extend the existing interest free loans to farmers, creation of a rural development board, creation of Rajasthan Revenue Service Cadre for proper and speedy disposal of revenue cases and addresses safe drinking water and environment related issues. Reiterating its promise to provide reservation to Gurjars, Raikas, Banjaras, Gadiya Luhars,the manifesto states that the ‘Congress has already got the bill signed by the Governor and made a law’ and ‘stands committed’ to ensure five percent reservation is granted to the communities.

In addition, Gehlot promised 1 per cent additional concession on stamp duty for registration of land or building in the name of a Scheduled Caste woman, cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for SC students who make it to the merit list of the Board of Secondary Education in the state, electricity, water, link roads among other things on priority basis to Dalit colonies, free Scooty (motorized vehicles) for SC/ST, OBC, SBC girls on merit basis.

An action plan for timely delivery of justice in the courts, metro rail in Jodhpur, new BPOs and call centers under public private partnership, effective e-governance, free computer training to at least one member of every economically weak family account for some of the highlights of the manifesto. The party also assured strengthening of the healthcare infrastructure and support for agriculture and dairy farming.

A toll free call center in the CM office for grievance redressal, yet another toll free line for prompt solution of problems related to senior citizens and a directorate for pensioners welfare also featured in the manifesto. The Congress also offered a state sponsored pilgrimage to those above 60 years along with their spouse once in five years.

The State Child Policy which awaits approval will be pushed, five lakh new jobs for the youth, hostels for the youth in all district headquarters, an exclusive apex bank for women, separate toilets for girls in all schools, extension of toll free service for women in all districts.

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