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Caste Census, J&K Statehood, LGBTQ+ Civil Unions: Congress Manifesto Promises

The Congress has promised to abolish the Agnipath scheme launched by the BJP government in 2022.

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Full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, caste census across the country, recognising LGBTQIA+ civil unions are some of the promises that the Congress party has made in its manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2024.

The manifesto – Nyay Patra – was released by the party on Friday, 5 April.

Here are some of the highlights of the manifesto.

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  • The party has promised to conduct a nation-wide Socio-Economic and Caste Census.

  • Taking it forward, the manifesto also promises that it will pass a constitutional amendment to raise the 50 percent cap on reservations people of SC, ST and OBC communities.

  • 10 percent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) will be implemented for all castes and communities.

  • The party has also promised to restore Maulana Azad National Fellowship which was discontinued by the BJP-led central government in 2022.

  • Congress has also promised to bring a law to recognize civil unions between couples belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • The party has also tapped on Direct Benefit Transfers promising to launch a Mahalakshmi scheme promising to provide Rs 1 lakh per year to every poor Indian family. "The amount will be directly transferred to the bank account of the oldest woman of the household," the manifesto stated.

  • It also promises to enact a law on bail that will incorporate the principle that ‘bail is the rule, jail is the exception’ in all criminal laws.

  • Apart form these, Congress has promised to immediately restore full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, and amend the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to include the tribal areas of Ladakh.

  • One of the key highlights of the Congress manifesto is the abolishment of the Agnipath scheme launched by the BJP government in 2022.

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