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Assam polls: Eyeing victory, Congress manifesto promises jobs and special packages

The manifesto promised special packages to small tea farmers, a special package of Rs 2,000 crore for the development councils, while Rs 1,000 crore each will be given to the hill and Barak valley districts.

assam, assam polls, assam assembly elections, assam polls 2016, assam congress, tarun gogoi, assam congress manifesto, assam news, india news, latest news Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi (C) with Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Anjan Dutta (L) releasing party’s manifesto for the Assam Assembly elections at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

One member of each family in Assam will be provided jobs if Congress returns to power in the state, the party said in its poll manifesto on Thursday.

Releasing the manifesto, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said,”If I come to power again, I will ensure job to one member of each family. Our target is to give 10 lakh jobs in both government and private sectors in the next five years.”

The manifesto also promised to classify families as ‘poor’ whose annual income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh and give benefits accordingly.

It said, if voted to power, Congress will fill all vacant teaching posts in schools and create two lakh more such posts in the next five years. It will also regularise services of all the employees within next five years.

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The manifesto promised special packages to small tea farmers, a special package of Rs 2,000 crore for the development councils, while Rs 1,000 crore each will be given to the hill and Barak valley districts.

Also, Rs 500-crore packages will be offered to each Majuli island. For those residing in ‘char’ islands, the Congress will dole out Rs 1,500 crore special package in five years, it stated and also promised to uplift the SCs and STs.

The party also promised to distribute sugar through government-owned subsidised supply stores.


Regarding erosion by the Brahmaputra river, the manifesto stated steps will be initiated to recover the lost land through scientific research so that those areas can be utilised for industry and other purposes.

It also said agriculture universities will be set up in Dhemaji and Bongaigaon. For Barak valley, Congress said a mini secretariat will be set up there and connectivity to the region will be improved.

The poll document also promised that the government will demand the Centre to construct a new airport and set up a Gauhati High Court bench in the Barak valley.

First published on: 24-03-2016 at 09:53:32 pm
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