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Congress launches election campaign for a ‘5-State Meghalaya’, promises financial support to women and jobs to youth

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Shillong, Feb 9: Kickstarting its pre-poll campaign with a theme of making Meghalaya a ‘Five Star State’, Congress party on Thursday launched five commitments to achieve this goal.

Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Vincent H. Pala along with AICC General Secretary In charge for the state Manish Chatrath released the Commitments in a press conference held at party office in Shillong.

“Direct transfer of Rs 3,000 per month to single BPL mothers raising their children alone tops our five commitments as this will empower women giving them financial independence and help them in running their house better. Rs 3000 a month translates to Rs 36,000 a year is a substantial amount and this will help women pay the school fees of their children and tame inflation,” said Vincent Pala addressing the press conference.

“Our second commitment is to provide one job to deserving candidate from every household of Meghalaya. Lack of decent employment opportunities in the state has fuelled the desperation amongst our youngsters and they are compelled to migrate to far-flung cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc to meet their basic needs,” added Pala asserting that Congress party is committed to bringing Meghalayan youth out of the situation of despondence and dejection.

Speaking at the occasion, AICC General Secretary In charge of Meghalaya, Manish Chatrath took pot-shots at the outgoing NPP-BJP led government and said that the incumbent regime did nothing constructive to channelize the youth energy in the right direction.

“Law and Order in Meghalaya was the first victim of the poor governance given by NPP-BJP coalition. Large-scale unemployment amongst the youth made them gullible and smuggling of all kinds of drugs from across the border worsened the situation,” said Chatrath, insisting that Congress party is committed to make Meghalaya a drug-free state.

Chatrath asserted that Congress is also committed to making Meghalaya a corruption-free state. “We are coming up with a transparency law which would be a Mother of RTI. Stating that the Congress government had brought the Right to Information Act to empower common citizen, he said the new law designed by the Congress party would mandate successive governments to upload all the files related to development and infrastructure on government portals six months after their closure to bring in more transparency in governance which would reduce corruption to a great extent.

The party also released its fifth commitment to provide uninterrupted and regular electricity supply to all commercial and domestic users.

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