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NPCC releases election manifesto

Published on 13 Feb. 2018 12:10 AM IST
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All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer Capt Praveen Dawar on Monday released Congress manifesto for the ensuing Assembly election.
Speaking on the occasion, Dawar remarked that today the nation was at the crossroads – one leading towards a Hindu rashtra while another towards a secular State. This, he said, had placed a great responsibility upon the people of Nagaland to make the right choice and protect secularism, even as he appealed for voting in favour of secularism.
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie, who too was present on the occasion, said the present Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) had lost its meaning as the Assembly met just to fulfil the constitutional provisions and did not sit long enough to discuss issues and problems confronting the people.
Lamenting that the people had also come to believe in money power over issues that concerned their future, Therie commented that he was pained to see that “our people” were forgetting the bad roads and collapsed bridges in the State.
He explained this was for the first time in the history of Nagaland that Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) had come out openly because they recognised the threat from the BJP-RSS combine.
According to Therie, Congress, which subscribed to the ideology of secularism, had taken a policy decision to support secular candidates in constituencies where the party was not putting up candidates. “We shall work to provide a secular front or alliance government in the State,” he added.
Stating that NPF had expressed no regret in not being able to form an alliance with BJP, the NPCC president termed this as an indication of the party’s shift to secularism. He said talks were on with some secular parties and that the Congress would tacitly support them against BJP-NDPP alliance in constituencies where it did not have a candidate.
“Congress will support secular parties to form the government as this in the only option,” he reiterated.
Highlighting the manifesto, Therie said one of the major commitments of Congress was the endeavour to solve the decades-old Naga political problem. He also said cashless health cards would be issued to all citizens, thereby insuring them for free cashless treatment. He also promised that Congress would strive for quality education in the State so that students did not have to migrate to other cities. To boost employment, Therie said all departments would be encouraged to only take up projects that would generate employment and were productive. He said agriculture sector would get special attention through minimum support price to famers to assure them returns and that value addition would be done through cold storages to ensure that Nagaland’s organic food was marketed.
“We shall increase technical seats to 3,000 with scope for increasing the intake capacity further,” he promised.
Claiming that minorities had participated when the memorandum for Naga Hills was submitted to Simon Commission in 1929, the NPCC president however lamented that their participation was lacking today. He, therefore, promised that legislation would be introduced to ensure their participation in decision-making process through nominations.
He also assured 100% release of MGNREGA fund to beneficiaries and full delivery of schemes under Civil Supplies department.
Alleging that Nagaland did not benefit from any additional Plan or non-Plan fund apart from the 14th Finance Commission award, Therie said the State today faced a deficit of over Rs 2,000 crore. Asserting that only Congress could rescue the State from the present situation, the party president promised to provide a secular and corruption-free government with support of the people.

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