2009 polls: Congress places on itself the task of fulfilling 29 promises

March 26th, 2009 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, Mar.26 (ANI): A casual glance through the Congress Party’s latest manifesto indicates that it has placed on itself a huge and onerous task of fulfilling 29 promises as part of its nation-building endeavour between 2009 and 2014, should it emerge victorious in this year’s general elections.

The 21-page manifesto starts off with a pledge to ensure a “life of security, dignity and prosperity” for every Indian citizen, and claims “we have delivered on promises made in our manifesto of 2004 in a very substantial measure”.

On why Indian citizens should vote for the Congress, the manifesto, jointly released by party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, says the following:

. The Indian National Congress is anchored in the larger vision of India as a nation, while at the same time being sensitive to regional and local sentiments.

. The Indian National Congress has demonstrated its commitment to a striong centre, strong states, strong panchayats and nagarpalikas and the

. Indian National Congress is the only party with an All India perspective and an All India presence.

Before moving on to its promises to be fulfilled between 2009 and 2014, the party manifesto lists its 12 major achievements in the preceding five years, and says these achievements speak for themselves.

The 29 promises for 2009-2014 are listed under the heading “The Work Programme: 2009-2014). They include the following:

. Guarantee the maximum possible security to every Indian citizen and zero tolerance towards terrorism

. Ensure the highest level of defence preparedness and welfare for the armed forces

. Accelerate police reforms and institutionalise police force accountability

. Build on the success of the NREGA

. Enact a National Food Security Act

. Guarantee health security for all

. Comprehensive social security for all those at special risk

. Make quality education affordable

. Implement a nation-wide skill development programme

. Expand the scope of schemes for improving the well being of farmers and their families

. Democratise functioning of cooperatives

. Promote greater impetus to empowering weaker sections

. Combat communalism

. Sharper focus on special needs of children, especially the girl child

. Make elected panchayats institutions financially strong

. Connect all villages to the broadband network by 2012

. Give special focus to the small entrepreneur and small and medium enterprises

. Strike a balance between high growth and fiscal prudence

. Introduce a goods and services tax from April 2010

. New look to urban governance

. Offer a new deal to youth to participate in governance

. Protect and rejuvenate India’s natural environment

. Promise to carry out renewal of science and technology infrastructure

. Pursue judicial reforms to cut down delays in judgments

. Promote sensitivity to regional aspirations

. Ensure energy security for India by adding 12,000 to 15,000 MW of capacity every year from 2009 to 2014

. Preserve and promote India’s heritage

. Continue to pursue an independent and pro-India foreign policy and

. Intensify involvement with overseas Indians in development-related initiatives (ANI)

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