Aid for relatives of Covid victims will cancel surrender of convicts in Bilkis case: Congress

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Providing assistance of Rs 4 lakh to all families whose members died from Covid-19, canceling the surrender of convicts in the Bilkis Bano case and restoring the original name of Motera Stadium are some of the key promises that Congress made in its manifesto unveiled Saturday.

In issuing the manifesto, Chief Observer and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, said the party will not only curb the rampant privatization of the health and education sectors in the state, but will intervene also in the changes made to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, as part of the redevelopment project.

The party also promised “justice” to the victims of the collapse of the Morbi bridge. “What problem does the government have with appointing a commission headed by a serving or retired High Court judge? If people are punished, they will be suspicious in the future. Governance sucks here,” said Gehlot who was joined by Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Jagdish Thakor and other leaders to unveil the manifesto titled “Jan Ghoshana Patra 2022-27”.

Opposition leader Sukhram Rathwa remained absent from the event. Congressional leaders declined to answer any questions, including those about Rathwa’s absence.

“At the first cabinet meeting of the new Congress government in Gujarat, we will table this manifesto and it will be adopted as a government document.”

Congress said it approached 65 million people to prepare the manifesto.

One of his other great promises was to restore the name of Narendra Modi Motera Stadium to Sardar Patel Stadium.

Deepak Babariya, Chairman of the Manifesto Committee, said: “We want to assure the people of Gujarat that at the very first Cabinet meeting, we will revert the name of the stadium back to Sardar Patel Stadium.”

The stadium originally built in 1983 was renamed in 2021 after its reconstruction.

“Attempts to interfere in Sabarmati Ashram will be dealt with in such a way that the culture of Gujarat will not be forgotten,” Babariya added.

The manifesto that revolves around the promises of the leader of Congress Raoul Gandhi – subsidized gas cylinders, free education for female students, Rs 10 lakh medical cover, jobs, etc. leaks in government recruitment exams.

The party said it will bring in a new law to fight corruption in government recruitment exams and also promised to set up fast-track courts. Deaths that occurred during the 2015 Patidar unrest will also be reviewed.

Congress has said it will pass tough legislation to ban the “buy-sell” of deputies in the state and institute investigations against those deputies. He also promised the establishment of a state narcotics control cell to eliminate the growing threat of drugs in Gujarat.

The Congress manifesto speaks of the introduction of a “happiness index” that will complement the development of the state. It not only promises free android cell phones for needy students, but also promises a 20% reduction in taxes and a 20% reduction in fees across the education sector.

Promising Rs 3 lakh loan waiver to farmers and fishermen, Congress said it would consider changes made by BJP government to the UPA government’s Land Acquisition Act 2013 and will bring in a new law to replace the Special Investment Region (SIR) ‘Anti-Farmer’ Act 2013.

Investigations will also be launched against insurance companies that provided crop insurance between 2016 and 2020 and crop insurance will also be extended to horticultural farmers.

Congress also said it would not only set up a separate fisheries department, but would provide a Rs 50 lakh package to fishermen caught by Pakistan and control the operations of foreign fishing vessels within a 12 nautical mile zone. from the coast of Gujarat.

The manifesto promises to implement a Single Pension Scheme (OPS) for all categories of government employees, reverse the “anti-work” amendments passed by the BJP government over the past two years, implement implemented salary scales for teachers in private schools, raising minimum salaries for construction workers up to Rs 500 and building 35 lakh houses under the “Ghar nu Ghar” scheme.

The manifesto also talks about preventing corruption in MNREGA and canceling land surveys conducted by the current BJP government using satellite images.

For the state’s industrial development, the manifesto says that 1,000 units with a turnover of Rs 50 crore will be set up over the next two years and an MSME fund of Rs 5,000 crore will be established to provide small business loans.

The manifesto also states that 25 crore trees will be planted across the state and Gujarat will be “plastic waste free” within the next two years.

Reacting to the Congress manifesto, BJP national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said, “There is a difference between words and deeds, as far as the Congress party is concerned. In the 2019 manifesto, Congress spoke of ending the sedition right. But after 2019, if there is any government that has used this law, then it is the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan…”

Asked about the renaming of Motera Stadium, Trivedi said Congress had no moral reason to talk about Sardar Patel. “By installing the tallest statue in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sardar Patel,” he added.

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