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Congress manifesto focuses on farmers, labour, electricity, health and housing

Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee released it’s party manifesto for the upcoming assembly elections on Thursday, at Gandhi Bhavan. The manifesto concentrates on five sections - farmers, labour, electricity, health and housing. The manifesto aims at benefiting poor people in the state. "On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we are launching our manifesto. Sonia Gandhi formed this manifesto committee with Sushil Kumar Shinde as the head, with 38 people with five different sections, said Manikrao. The five sections are farmers, labour, electricity, health and housing. The manifesto aims at benefiting poor people. Further we will try to fasten the pending work and each and everyone will enjoy its benefits. We will walk with the people with prosperity and equality." said Manikrao Thakre, President MPCC, during the launch of manifesto. Former Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan said, “Maharashtra holds the number 1 position in industrial sector and we will maintain that position. In this manifesto, flats of 500 sq ft under the Dharavi and BDD chawl re-development schemes will be given prime importance. We will be self reliant in the field of electricity generation which will lead to ‘Load shedding free Maharashtra.’ We believe that even a common man should feel proud about Maharashtra being number 1 state in India.” Highlights of the manifesto:
  • The state income to grow at the rate of 10% per annum
  • First rank of Maharashtra as an industrialized state will be maintained
  • Employment generation through processing units based on horticulture and other agri-products
  • Self-reliant in the field of electricity generation and ‘loadshed-free Maharashtra’
  • Health for all. Treatment upto Rs. 2.5 lakh under Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana
  • Development of SC,ST,DT,NT,OBC and differently abled at a fast rate
  • Empowerment of women in all fields. Police stations for women will be opened in the state and only women will be in charge of these stations
  • Age limit of senior citizens to be brought down from 65 to 60 years of age. The amount of pension for senior citizens to be raised from Rs 600/- to Rs. 1000/- per month
  • Hostel for students belonging to backward class communities and minorities to be opened in each district of the state
  • Construction of 1 lakh houses by MHADA in a period of next five years
  • Flat of 500 sq.ft under the Dharavi and BDD chawl re-development schemes
  • One time financial help of Rs. 25,000/- after the age of 55 years to the domestic servants
  •  The Memorials of the following historical personalities will be constructed. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Dr. Babsaheb Ambedkar, Ahilyadevi Holkar, Vasantrao Naik, Aanabhau Sathe, Lahuji Salve, Sant. Gadge Maharaj, Jiva Mahale

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Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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