Rajasthan Congress on sunday released a populist manifesto for the Rajasthan assembly Election 2013 to be held on 1st December 2013. Releasing the manifesto in the presence of state incharge and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Gurudas Kamat, senior Congress leader and election campaign committee chairman C.P. Joshi, state party president Chandrabhan and other functionaries, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said five lakh youth will be provided jobs. "We provided jobs to over a lakh people in the past five years and process for recruitment of another one lakh is in the final stage," Gehlot said adding the government plans to provide jobs to five lakh more people in the coming five years. Ostensibly with an eye on capturing the votes of the Meo Muslim community, disgruntled in the wake of the Gopalgarh riots, the Congress has claimed it will streamline the Mewat Development Board and promised the community “all facilities available to scheduled tribes”.
The party has promised 35 kg of wheat free-of-charge to all households that don’t pay income tax; State-sponsored pilgrimage to senior citizen couples of any religion; half-a-million jobs to the State’s youth; and concessional plots to artisans and rehabilitation pension of Rs.1,500 for three years to unemployed widows belonging to the Economically Backward Class. On the education front, the party has promised a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for meritorious dalit students at the secondary level and separate hostels for students belonging to minority communities. The sops for farmers include subsidised power, strengthening of the procurement system through optimum minimum support price, loans for purchase of modern equipment, promotion of distribution and export of locally-grown horticultural products, development of animal husbandry and dairy as a viable alternative to agriculture for the youth. "If Congress comes to power, we would provide electricity at cheaper and subsidised rates for agricultural purposes. We will also launch a special grant scheme for farmers so they can buy modern agricultural equipment," he said. The party, in the manifesto, says it will come out with a policy for dairy sector development. Gehlot said the party has fulfilled promises made in its past manifesto and will do so if it came to power.