Highlights proposals of the Union Budget among voters
MYSORE: Ahead of Congress MP and All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Mysore and Chamarajanagar district, activists of Narasimharaja Block Youth Congress in Mysore took out a unique bullock cart rally to highlight the proposals of the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) recent Union Budget.
Enthusiastic Youth Congress activists clambered on to bullock carts, bedecked with party flags and banners, and went around parts of the city and its outskirts distributing pamphlets bearing the Budget highlights.
After National Youth Congress leaders Yogendra Patil and H.C. Anwar flagged off the bullock carts at K R Circle, the procession moved to old RMC Circle near private bus stand before hitting the Mysore-Bangalore highway enroute to Srirangapatna.
As the bullocks moved through the roads , the activists distributed pamphlets among the people to create awareness about the proposals of the Union Budget that will help not only the farming community, but even other sections of society.
The pamphlets bore reference to the Rs. 240,000 crore set aside for agriculture development, Rs. 20,000 crore earmarked for speedy implementation of irrigation projects, besides the Rs. 8,000 crore and Rs. 1,500 crore proposed for welfare measures for the Dalits and minorities, respectively.
The allocations made for women and child welfare, Bharat Nirman projects, Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) also found mention in the pamphlets. Also mentioned were the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, tax relief for salaried class and cuts in excise duty to bring down the price of several commodities.
The bullock carts covered Siddalingapura, Kalasthavadi, K R Mills Colony and Lakshmipura before winding up the rally at Srirangapatna.
Youth Congress leader from Mysore Shoukath Ali Khan told The Hindu that the Youth Congress will take out ten such bullock cart rallies from Mysore to highlight the budget proposals among the urban and rural voters. “We will take out the remaining nine rallies after Rahul Gandhi’s visit,” he said.
Such bullock cart rallies will be taken out by the youth wings of all the ten block Congress units of Mysore.