Jaipur, 21 Nov 23- With only four days remaining until the November 25 Assembly election in Rajasthan, the Congress party officially launched its manifesto. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, State Congress President Govind Singh Dotasara, Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi, and other party leaders were present at the manifesto release.
In a bid to address key issues, the Congress manifesto makes several promises, including the commitment to provide government jobs to four lakh youths and employment opportunities for an additional 10 lakh youths. Other highlights of the manifesto include the implementation of a minimum support price (MSP) law for farmers based on the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee, doubling the Chiranjeevi insurance amount from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, and establishing a new cadre of government jobs at the panchayat level.
The Congress also pledged to conduct a caste census, reduce the cost of gas cylinders from Rs 500 to Rs 400, introduce the Right to Education (RTE) Act to make education up to 12th standard free in private institutions, and extend the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) and Indira Gandhi Urban Employment from 125 to 150 days.
Furthermore, the manifesto outlines initiatives such as the launch of a merchant credit card scheme offering interest-free loans up to Rs 5 lakh for small traders and shopkeepers, the implementation of the fourth pay scale series for government employees, ensuring security in villages and urban wards with the placement of security guards, and the introduction of the Right to Housing Act.
The Congress manifesto emphasizes the strengthening of ongoing schemes and was released strategically just four days before the upcoming assembly election in the state.