Patna: Congress, which is going solo in Bihar,
today pledged all-round growth of the state by spreading
education, promoting industries and providing jobs to five
lakh youths besides ensuring crime-free environment.
If voted to power, the party said in its manifesto that it
would take serious steps to tone up the administration to
bring law and order on the tracks, ensure communal amity and
protect dalits, women and other weaker sections.
The manifesto for the ongoing Assembly elections was today
released by AICC in-charge of Bihar affairs and Union minister
Mukul Wasnik and state Congress chief Choudhary Mehboob Ali
Providing sops for minorities, Congress promised that apart
from safeguarding their constitutional rights, the party
would ensure greater participation in civil administration to
make them feel the government was doing something for them.
Besides, steps would be taken for providing them
reservation in jobs and education on the basis of their
socio-economic condition, the manifesto promised.
It vowed to bring the rural poor in the mainstream of
Panchayati Raj and ensure greater participation of the youth
in government`s functioning.
"The party will take effective and solid steps for
implementation of Integrated Youth Policy to provide jobs to
one lakh youths every year," Wasnik said.
For expansion and promotion of quality education in Bihar,
the party proposed to set up a medical and an engineering
college in each division, recruit trained teachers, build and
renovate educational institutions, besides undertaking
measures for the welfare of farmers, he said.
Congress would also check irregularities in Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) schemes in
Bihar and provide job cards to all in one go, Wasnik said,
adding steps would also be taken for making adequate
facilities for irrigation.
Wasnik said Congress would expedite all pending projects
for flood control and launch new projects for reaching relief
to people during rainy season.
He said Congress would accord top priority to ensure fiscal
discipline and added effective steps would be taken towards
women`s empowerment, urban development and improving power