The Congress on Wednesday promised interest-free loans to farmers,free laptops to pre-university students and rice at Re 1 per kg to BPL card holders if it came to power in Karnataka,where Assembly elections will take place on May 5.
Interest-free loans up to Rs 2 lakh and on three per cent interest up to Rs 5 lakh,establishment of a Rs 1,500 crore natural calamity relief fund and supply of three-phase quality power for eight hours continuously per day were some of the highlights of the manifesto,released by Defence Minister A K Antony. The party promised to provide free laptops or digital notepads to all PUC students and making Kannada the medium of instruction and teaching English compulsory from the first standard. It expressed commitment to total implementation of the Food Security Act and offering Re 1 per kg of rice up to 30 kg for below-poverty-line families.
A one-time loan waiver to SC,ST,OBC,women,child,fisheries and minorities corporation,and carrying forward unspent budgetary allocations of special component plans were some of the promises in the social welfare department.
The party also promised fast-track courts to try terrorism-related cases and crime against women and children,and constitute a panel to look into cases of detention of innocents in terrorism related cases.