The document was released by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the presence of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The major claims and promises made in the manifesto include the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme, under which Rs 72,000 would be deposited in bank accounts of the women belonging to poor families, annually.
Gandhi said the ‘nyay’ scheme has the twin objectives of giving money to the 20% poorest families and remonetising the economy damaged by the demonetisation in 2016.
Former NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya has said the implementation of the Congress Party’s ambitious ‘Nyay’ scheme not only poses a “fiscal challenge” to India’s economy but also has a “serious incentive problem”. “It raises three major questions – the incentive compatibility issue, the fairness issue and fiscal challenge,” The eminent Indian-American economist, said.
Other promises include filling 22 lakh government vacancies by March 2020 and increase the job guarantee from 100 days to 150 days under the MGNREGA scheme . Also, 10 lakh youths will get jobs in gram panchayats. The party has reiterated its promise to introduce 33% reservation for women in government jobs.
The UPA also wants to ammend AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) but after some backlash, Congress spokesperson Randep Surjewala has issued a statement saying that they will only do so with permission of the security agencies.