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Jharkhand Assembly election: Congress manifesto promises farm loan waiver, anti-lynching law

Jharkhand Congress in-charge R.P.N. Singh (second from right), State Congress president Rameshwar Oraon (centre) and others release the party's manifesto for the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, in Ranchi on November 24, 2019.

Jharkhand Congress in-charge R.P.N. Singh (second from right), State Congress president Rameshwar Oraon (centre) and others release the party's manifesto for the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, in Ranchi on November 24, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The Congress manifesto for the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly polls was released by AICC in-charge R.P.N. Singh in Ranchi

The Congress on November 24 released its manifesto for the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly polls, promising a one-time farm loan waiver of up to ₹2 lakh and a stringent law to deal with cases of lynching in the State.

Besides the loan-waiver assurance, the manifesto — released by AICC in-charge R.P.N. Singh in Ranchi — pledged to free farmers from the clutches of money lenders and make the process of institutional loans easier.

“An effective ‘Kisan Fasal Bima’ will be introduced and adequate compensation to agriculture produce affected by pests and natural calamities will be provided, and modern tools and fertiliser will be given to farmers on suitable prices,” it said.

The manifesto promised to enact a strict law against lynching on the grounds of caste, religion and sex, and measures for rehabilitation of the affected families.

The Congress has stitched an alliance with the JMM and the RJD in Jharkhand to contest the five-phase Assembly elections between November 30 and December 20 to the 81-member House.

The party’s statement also said the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy per quintal will be fixed at ₹2,500, and there would be a separate MSP for fruits and vegetables.

Steps would also be taken to provide proper price for forest produce.

Agriculture-related welfare schemes would be made available to landless farmers, workers and women, it said.

The manifesto added that a commission would be set up to look into cases against social activists.

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