ITANAGAR, April 5 - Toeing the line of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who promised Rs 72,000 income per annum to 20 per cent families in poorest of the poor category under �NYAY� (Minimum Income Support Programme), the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has guaranteed to provide monthly allowance of Rs 5,000 to the educated unemployed youths and free rice to all BPL families in the State, if the party is voted to power.
Releasing the party�s poll manifesto at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Friday, the State Congress chief Takam Sanjoy said, �This manifesto is not merely a document of proposals and vision for a better Arunachal, rather a contractual agreement of INC with the people of the State for implementation with full responsibility and accountability, if elected to power.�
It reiterates the commitment of INC for the speedy and all-round development of Arunachal Pradesh without compromising the cultural ethos of various tribal communities of the State, said Sanjoy, who along with senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, party�s poll campaign committee chairman Padi Richo and others launched the manifesto.
Taking a potshot at rival BJP, Sanjoy said, �This manifesto does not make tall promises like depositing of Rs 15 lakh to your bank account or creating two crore jobs every year.�
He said the Congress will implement �educated employment assurance allowance� of Rs 5,000 for the unemployed graduates � whether technical or non-technical � which will be routed through a task force through the employment exchange.
Sanjoy also assured that the Congress government will provide a consolidated fund of Rs 20 lakh as one-time grant for students who want to carry on their higher studies.
He also said the party will give free rice to the families living below poverty line (BPL), besides promising to enhance the monthly honorarium of head gaonburahs from existing Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 and for gaonburahs from existing Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000.
In health sector, he said that the Congress will revive the Chief Minister�s Universal Health Insurance Scheme, which was launched by the then Nabam Tuki Government but discontinued, with a ceiling of Rs 5 lakh per annum per family.
The party also promised that it will pursue �a policy� for peaceful resolution of all long standing insurgency problems in the North East, adding that �We will bring all factions of NSCN active in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal across the table for a lasting solution to insurgency problem.�