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Congress release election manifesto - health, housing and pension gets priority

Indian National Congress

March 26, 2014 - New Delhi

Congress unveiled an agenda of rights based welfare schemes with reforms to pursue growth and job creation.

Releasing the Congress party's manifesto 'Your Voice, Our pledge' in New Delhi, the top brass of the Congress said that the results in the general elections will make a surprise to all in a reference to the poll surveys that predicted a dismal performance of the party.

The 49 page manifesto was prepared over five months using a different approach of consulting people. It promised an ambitious six point character of pro-poor measures, including the right to affordable healthcare, house and pension and to uplift 80 crore of the population to the middle class. The manifesto included the job reservation be extended to private sector, the commitment itself to creating a national consensus on affirmative action in this direction.

Setting out a special Youth and Student Agenda committing to train 10 crore youth and give them employment opportunities in the next five years.

The prominent are right to health, pension, housing and social security, restoring 8 per cent growth rate in three years, 'zero aversion' to foreign investment, control inflation, to make quality the centre of agenda on education, universalize secondary education, reduce dropouts, to create a new commission to inquire into conditions of most backward and marginalized OBCs, to make legal, judicial and electoral reform by passing various anti-corruption laws, to modernize defence forces and decriminalization of consensual gay sex are some of the many.

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