Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala has
promised to bring in a legislation to unearth wealth hidden or
stashed away by corrupt politicians and public figures if
voted to power again.
A Rs 2 per kg rice scheme for all, enhancement and expansion
of welfare pensions, creation of 25 lakh jobs in non-farm
sectors and increasing the state spending on infrastructure
projects were some of the highlights of the LDF manifesto
released by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.
"The thrust of the manifesto is Kerala`s development while
ensuring justice and peace for all," LDF convener Vaikom
If voted to power, the LDF government would amend the Lok
Ayukta rules to provide information to public regarding the
assets owned by public figures within and outside the country
and to ensure transparent and corruption-free administration.
Apart from the extension of Rs 2 per kg rice scheme to all
sections, the manifesto promised to increase old age pension
from Rs 400 to Rs 1000.
A populist promise in the manfiesto is offer of a subsidy of
Rs 20 per litre for kerosene for the weaker sections.
It also contained several sops for women and children with
the professed aim of making Kerala a "woman friendly" state
by implementation of various empowerments schemes totalling
Rs 7500 crore. The maternity leave with wage for women worker
in unorganised sector would be increased to three months from
the present one month.
All the school children would be given free meal, uniforms
A welfare-cum-pension scheme for employees of places of
worship of all religions will be introduced.
It said the operations of other-state lotteries would be
contained while protecting Kerala state lottery.
On getting a fresh mandate, the LDF would achieve total
electrification of the state in six months and cent per cent
drinking water supply in five years.
CPI(M) state secretary Pinaryi Vijayan, Home Minister
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and leaders of other LDF constituents