Congress Releases Manifesto for Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls

Promises Caste Census and Farmer Loan Waiver

Raipur: The Congress announced sops for farmers, women, tribals, and youths in its manifesto for Chhattisgarh released on Sunday. The manifesto titled “Bharosa ka ghoshna patra” was released simultaneously at five places, Raipur, Rajnandgaon, Jagdalpur, Bilaspur, Ambikapur, and Kawardha, in the state.

Releasing the manifesto here, AICC general secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh affairs Kumari Selja said, “We have titled our manifesto “Bharosa ka ghoshna patra” (manifesto of trust) as the term ‘Bharosa’ is associated with the Congress which fulfiled 98 per cent of promises made for Chhattisgarh in 2018 Assembly elections.”

The manifesto promised to write off the crop loan of the farmers and buy paddy at Rs 3,200 per quintal, if the party retained power in the state in the upcoming Assembly polls.

The Bhupesh Baghel government is currently procuring paddy from the farmers at Rs 2,640 per quintal.

The party promised not to charge any tariff on consumption of electricity up to 200 units and halve the tariff for consumption of power between 200-400 units. The party has pledged to provide the cooking gas cylinder at Rs 500.

For tribals, the Congress promised tendu leaf collectors to increase the price of procurement from the current Rs 4,000 per sack to Rs 6,000 besides granting a bonus of Rs 4,000 each to them.

The party promised to make school and college education free. It also promised to provide financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per annum to landless agriculture workers.

The party pledged to conduct a caste census in the state. It also promised to waive loans of women self-help groups (SHGs), taken for setting up different ventures.

The manifesto also promised to provide a 50 per cent subsidy on the loans taken by the youths to start their ventures. It also declared to provide health insurance cover of '10 lakh each to the people in the state.

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