With the Lok Sabha elections inching closer, the Indian National Congress Party has released its manifesto pledging to push the economic growth rate to 8% over the next three years. The Congress party has also promised to take firm steps to tame inflation, create 10 crore jobs and include 800 million people in the middle-class, among other promises if it is elected to power once again.
The manifesto, which was made public today by party president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi in the presence of vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is said to be put together after consultations across the country over five months.
The 15 point agenda manifesto comprises of laying stress on initiatives such as promoting flexible labour laws, systemic efforts to recover black money and increasing health expenditure to 3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — the total value of all goods and services produced within the country’s boundaries.
The party has also expressed its commitment to create a national consensus on affirmative action for SCs and STs for jobs in the private sector. With this the party has once again promised to work towards women empowerment and children protection, and safeguarding the minorities.
It also pledged to encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and push Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Direct Taxes Code (DTC) within one year of coming to power.
It is worth noting here that the country’s economic growth under the present government UPA has slipped to a decade low of 4.5% in 2012-13. Congress party is the major force behind the UPA. In fact the country’s worrisome growing inflation has also happened during this reign of UPA.
The other major issues that figure in the Congress manifesto include welfare of students, farmers and ex-servicemen, rural development and panchayati raj, infrastructure and urban development, environment, information communication technology, fight against corruption and governance reforms.
The manifesto finds its place on Congress’s social media presence as it says that, “We received thousands of suggestions for our manifesto through our consultations across India as well as through various digital platforms. Many of these will be reflected in the manifesto.”
Twitter is already witnessing #MyCongressManifesto trending at the top of India Trends. Some of the tweets that are making the buzz have been shared below:
— INC India (@INCIndia) March 26, 2014
#MyCongressManifesto has not been drafted by 6 ppl sitting in a room but a compilation of the inputs given by voices from across India.
— Hasiba B. Amin (@HasibaAmin) March 26, 2014
— Yuva Desh (@yuvadesh) March 26, 2014
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) March 26, 2014
The manifesto is one of the efforts from Congress to influence and gain trust of the Indian voters. Will India give the country’s baton to the Congress party for the third time? The answer will be known in the coming months; as for now the Congress supporters are happy to see the hashtag trending at the top of Twitter Trends.
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