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Congress’ ‘manifesto’ promises quota for Dalits in party, law to stop atrocities in edu institutions

Congress on Thursday released a “Lucknow Manifesto (Declaration)” at its conclave, which was addressed by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:12:01 am
rahgul gandhi, congress, up election, Congress lucknow manifesto, congress dalit support, dalit convention lucknow, Uttar pradesh news, india news, lucknow news, latest news The party also promised to bring an Act “to stop atrocities against Dalits in higher educational institutions”. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

With an aim to strengthen its connection with the Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh before the assembly elections next year, the Congress on Thursday released a “Lucknow Manifesto (Declaration)” at its conclave, which was addressed by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Reading the declaration and promising to implement it “after the Congress comes to power in the state in 2017”, Rajya Sabha member and Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, P L Punia, said: “In every 18 minutes, one Dalit family becomes the victim of atrocity, every day three Dalit women face harassment, every week at least 13 Dalit families are killed in the country.”

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Punia promised “20 per cent reservation” for Dalits in the Congress organisation in Uttar Pradesh as well as withdrawing new revenue code once the party comes to power. The revenue code has made sale and purchase of Dalit land holdings easier in the state.

The party also promised to bring an Act “to stop atrocities against Dalits in higher educational institutions”.

The manifesto puts forth some measures the party intends to take at the government level. These include:

** Construction of Navodaya schools for Dalit students in every development block

** Law to ensure proper use of funds under SC/ST sub-plan in UP

** Reservation for Dalits in various skill development programmes

** Reservation in government jobs, both permanent and temporary.

** Restore demoted officers to their original posts.

** Make provision for reservation of Dalits in private jobs.

** Representation to Dalits in appointment of government lawyers.

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