Congress promises free vaccination for all, new education policy in poll manifesto-Politics News, Firstpost

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The manifesto also said that Congress would reiterate the request for statehood for Pondicherry and take action to persuade the Center to forgo loans owed by UT to the Center over the years.

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To free COVID-19[female[feminine vaccination for all; abolition of NEET and the new education policy; Rs 1,000 as a help to housewives; reopening of the mills; and the improved pension for the parents of martyrs are some of the promises made by the Congress party in its poll manifesto.

The manifesto was released on Sunday by former Union Minister and top congressional leader Veerappa Moily.

The manifesto promised free vaccination against COVID-19[female[feminine the expenses of which would be borne by the government.

A housewife in each family would receive a monthly aid of 1,000 rupees, according to the manifesto.

Steps would be taken to remove NEET mode for medical admission and the new education policy, according to the manifesto.

An agricultural university would be created in Karaikal and a law school in Pondicherry, according to the manifesto.

He promised a waiver of loans taken out by beneficiaries through the Backward Class Corporation and the Puducherry Adi Dravidar Development Corporation.

Municipal elections would be held immediately, he said.

A 25 percent quota for Pondicherry students in each of the courses available at Pondicherry University, he said.

A 50% quota would be introduced for students from private medical schools who have been selected by CENTAC, he said.

A housewife in each family would receive a monthly aid of 1,000 rupees, according to the manifesto.

Steps would be taken to reopen the government AFT, Swadeshi Cotton Mills and Sri Bharathi Mills factory which were closed by the NDA government in the Center, he said.

Likewise, the Lingareddipalayam cooperative sugar mill would be reopened, he said.

All households would benefit from a free supply of water, he said.

The purchase price of milk would drop from Rs 32 currently to Rs 38 per liter, according to the manifesto.

Monthly aid to widows, destitute women and the elderly would be increased to Rs 5,000; the martyrs’ pension would be increased to Rs 10,000, he said.

The Centre’s decision to privatize electricity distribution here would be bent tooth and nail and the current arrangement for distributing electricity through the Department of Electricity would be maintained, according to the manifesto.

People with disabilities would get an improved pension of 5,000 rupees per person, he said.

Passenger ship facilities would be introduced between Karaikal and Sri Lanka, according to the manifesto.

The development of infrastructure, the protection of the weakest sections and the increase of basic equipment, special programs for farmers, self-help groups for women and health services were among the other promises.

The manifesto said the party would reiterate the demand for statehood for Pondicherry and take action to persuade the Center to forgo loans owed by Pondicherry to the Center over the years.

The manifesto said that measures would be intensified for the inclusion of Pondicherry as a member of the Central Finance Commission.

The first copy of the manifesto was received by former Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.

AICC Secretary General Dinesh Gundu Rao was among those present.

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