Martyr status to paramilitary personnel killed in action, reservation of one-third of government jobs for women, farm loan waiver and stringent laws against fake and paid news could be among the key promises in the Congress manifesto for the Lok Sabha election, besides the minimum income guarantee proposal.
A law to automatically disqualify lawmakers who defect to another political party could also be proposed.
These and more points have been discussed while drawing up the manifesto, likely to be formally released on Tuesday.
Assured income plan
The focus of the manifesto will be poverty alleviation through minimum income guarantee or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) that will transfer an annual assistance of ₹72,000 to the 20% poorest families.
“Today, there are 22 lakh job vacancies in the government. We will have these vacancies filled by 31st March, 2020. Devolution of funds from the Centre to each State Govt for healthcare, education etc. will be linked to these vacant positions being filled,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted on Sunday.
The Congress will promise universal health care as a right and increase expenditure on health up to 3% of the GDP. For education, the figure is likely to be 6% of the GDP.
To tackle the agrarian crisis, the party is likely to propose the setting up of an agriculture and education council on the lines of the GST [Goods and Services Tax] council. Apart from taking out agricultural implements and fertilizers out of the purview of the GST, the document will also promise easier access to credit to the farm sector. The manifesto will also contain industry- friendly promises like scrapping angel tax levied on investors of start-ups.