As the elections in India are approaching, the main political parties at national level are getting veryactive to attract the major of the vote banks and gain positive influence. So, we will make sure tocompare and critique them all.
The last 5 years have been disastrous for the people of India. The youth have lost jobs. Farmers have lost hope. Traders have lost business. Micro, small and medium enterprises have lost their confidence. Women have lost the sense of security. Deprived communities have lost their traditional rights. Institutions have lost independence.
The harshest blow is that our citizens have lost their faith in the words of the Prime Minister and his Government. He has given us only grandiose promises, empty slogans, failed programmes, false statistics and an overall climate of fear, intimidation and hatred.
In this time of deep crisis, the Indian National Congress promises a clean break from the past 5 years. With this manifesto, the Congress offers to you the only national alternative: a distinct alternative that is unwavering in its commitment to truth, freedom, dignity, self-respect, and prosperity for our people. We promise to make India strong and united, and a just and prosperous society.
Our manifesto process reflects our commitment to a higher vision – that of listening to the Jan Awaaaz. It is not the ‘mann ki baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people.
We have used all possible tools – website, WhatsApp, email, online petitions, along with meetings with citizens, experts, stakeholders and grassroots activists. Between October 2018 and February 2019, many of you engaged in a conversation with the Congress, in at least 16 languages, through the medium most easily available to you. Our Manifesto Committee organised 121 consultations with the public and 53 consultations with experts such as farmers entrepreneurs, economists, students, teachers, women’s groups, doctors, lawyers and many others. We held consultations in over 60 locations across 24 States and 3 Union Territories. We also met with NRI representatives from over 12 countries.
I have personally been listening to people’s voices from all corners of our country. Every single word in the Congress manifesto reflects your voices and the aspirations of crores of Indians. It is an action plan for the future of India. You inspired this manifesto. It is a living manifesto. Now, it needs your support and your vote.
We will present a report to the people of India, every year, on the status of implementation of our manifesto. We will also set up an independent social audit group, which will make its own assessment of how and to what extent we have fulfilled our promises.This is the message delivered by the Indian National Congress as per their manifesto. But if we look back then we can see that the issue of youth losing their jobs is not new and the main reason for that is their ultimate amount of the number of existence. And as a matter of fact, it doesn’t talk about the unity of the nation as a whole. No doubt it is the oldest political party of India but somewhere it has lost its true vision and root logic.
- To scrap the Electoral Bond scheme and set up a National Election Fund to which any person can make a contribution
- To scrap the Niti Aayog and replace it with a new Planning Commission with renowned economists and financial experts
- To work on a holistic agenda of affirmative action for SCs, STs and OBCs, who constitute a little over 75 percent of the population
- To introduce a new model of governance for towns and cities through a directly elected mayor with a fixed term of 5 years, an elected Council and a separate structure for each urban body
Taxation system In India
- To enact a Direct Taxes Code in the first year that will levy taxes at progressive rates having regard to the level of current incomes and income inequalities.
- To review and replace the current GST laws with a GST 2.0 regime that will be based on a single, moderate, standard rate of tax on goods and services
- Real Estate, Petroleum Products, Tobacco and Liquor to be brought within the ambit of GST 2.0
- GST Council to be the policy-making body, which will be served by a permanent secretariat of tax economists, tax policy experts and tax professionals.
Employment In India
- To fill all 4 lakh Central Government and institutional vacancies before March 2020
- To request state governments to fill all vacancies, estimated at 20 lakh, in the sectors of healthcare and education, and in local bodies.
- To launch a `Water Bodies Restoration Mission` and `Wasteland Regeneration Mission` to create 1 crore jobs
- To exempt new businesses from applicable laws and regulations (except Minimum Wages Act and tax laws) for 3 years
- To introduce Nyuntam Aay Yojana to provide Rs 72,000 a year to the poorest 20 percent families in India
- To achieve the target of 3 percent of GDP by 2020-21 and to remain under that limit. Revenue deficit to be contained under 1 per cent of GDP.
- To increase the share of India`s manufacturing sector from the current level of 16 percent of GDP to 25 percent in 5 years
- To review all laws and regulations governing investments within 3 months, and instruments found outdated or obstructionist to be repealed.
- To provide a statutory basis to the National Security Council and the office of National Security Adviser. Agencies under both will be accountable to Parliament.
- To establish an office of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), to be the principal adviser to the government on defence matters.
- To rapidly expand domestic capacity to manufacture defence and security equipment.
- To increase the strength of border guarding forces – BSF, SSB, ITBP and Assam Rifles – to prevent infiltration, illegal immigration and smuggling.
- To waive outstanding farm loans in all states, as done by state govts in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
- To establish a National Commission on Agricultural Development and Planning consisting of farmers, scientists and agricultural economists
- To digitise land ownership and land tenancy records, and recognise ownership and tenancy rights of women farmers
- To re-design the BJP`s Fasal Bima Yojana, and direct insurance companies to offer crop insurance and charge premiums on the principle of `no profit, no loss.`
- To establish a non-lapsable Rural Infrastructure Fund that will provide loans and grants to infrastructure projects undertaken by Panchayats and Municipalities.
- To launch MGNREGA 3.0, which will increase the guaranteed days of employment up to 150 days
- To connect all villages and habitations with a population of 250 with a road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
- To pass a Right to Homestead Act to provide a homestead for households that don`t own a home or own land to build a house.
- To pass the Constitution (Amendment) Bill to provide for reservation of 33 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative Assemblies
- To amend the Service Rules to reserve for women 33 percent of appointments to posts in the Central government.
- To conduct a comprehensive review of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplaces Act, 2013
- To stipulate that every Special Economic Zone shall have working women`s hostels and safe transport facilities
Science And Tech
- To increase the expenditure on science and technology to 2 percent of GDP.
- To establish a National Mission for sunrise technologies such as Big Data, Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Knowledge Networks.
- To set up a National Data Science Institute to train and produce world-class data scientists.
- To create a patent pool, acquire patents and allow access to patented technology to businesses at affordable cost.
Because the nation is ours and it should be. So it is very important to choose wisely because the only paperwork will just not prove anything. The digging over the political party , research and facts are very important to choose for the right one.