Cong unveils 'Bharose ka Ghoshna' for Chhattisgarh

The Congress party has unveiled its manifesto for the upcoming Chhattisgarh assembly polls. Titled ‘Bharose ka Ghoshna Patra 2023-28’, the manifesto was released at multiple locations across the state, including Raipur, Rajnandgaon, Jagdalpur, Bilaspur, Ambikapur, and Kawardha. The chief minister, Bhupesh Baghel, released the manifesto in Rajnandgaon, while Kumari Selja, the party’s state in-charge, unveiled it in Raipur.

The manifesto highlights several key promises made by the Congress party during their election campaign. These include a caste census, loan waiver for farmers, a procurement price of Rs 3,200 per quintal for paddy, and subsidised cooking gas cylinders for women through a new scheme.

During the launch, Chief Minister Baghel announced that farmers would receive Rs 3,200 per quintal for paddy, which includes the current input subsidy provided under the Rajiv Gandhi Nyay Yojna. Additionally, the rate for Tenu leaf collection will increase to Rs 6,000 per standard sack, and tendu leaf collectors will receive an annual bonus of Rs 4,000.

Baghel also announced the introduction of a new scheme called “Mahtari Nyay Yojana” for mothers and sisters. Under this scheme, women from all income groups will receive a subsidy of Rs 500 per cooking gas cylinder, which will be directly deposited into their bank accounts.

The manifesto emphasizes that existing schemes will continue if the Congress party retains power in the state. The assembly polls, consisting of 90 seats, will be held in two phases on November 7 and 17.

(Inputs from PTI)

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