| Poll personnel check EVMs for the elections in Agartala on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Agartala, Jan. 27: The Congress today promised incentives galore for employees of the state government, PSUs and autonomous bodies in its election manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls.
AICC general secretary and former Goa chief minister Luizinho Falerio, who released the manifesto here today, said, “The decision to extend central payscale to all levels of state government employees will be taken and implemented expeditiously and the retirement age of group D employees will also be extended by two years.”
Apart from this, the manifesto stated that efforts would be made to minimise the gap in payment of dearness allowance to state and central employees and the revised pension benefits given to all beneficiaries. Besides, the party also promised to increase medical benefits for all pensioners.
The manifesto has also promised to constitute the 5th Pay Commission for state government employees in the immediate aftermath of the constitution of 7th Pay Commission by the Centre.
The manifesto also announced that 35kg of rice per month will be given to families below poverty line at Re 1 per kg while the poorest of the poor will be given 7kg rice for free. A monthly allowance for the unemployed has also been announced though the exact amount has not been given.
The Congress also promised employment for people in almost all sectors, including recruitment of youths. A special commitment is to increase work under NREGA from the present 100 days to 200 days a year.
Falerio said the Congress’s national manifesto committee headed by Union defence minister A.K. Antony, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, had vetted the manifesto. “We never go back on the promises we make. Let us be elected and you will see what we do to change the lot of people in Tripura according to the programme and commitments made in our manifesto. This will be the guiding principle of our governance,” he said.
PCC president Sudip Roy Barman and leader of the Opposition Ratanlal Nath, besides the leaders of allies INPT and NCT, were also present at the news conference.