Rahul Gandhi’s Pledge to Remove Reservation Cap

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while addressing an election rally in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, made several promises related to reservation, poverty alleviation, and employment opportunities. Let’s delve into the details:

  1. Reservation Beyond 50% Cap:
    • Rahul Gandhi stated that if the Congress comes to power at the Center, they will remove the Supreme Court-mandated 50% cap on caste-based reservation.
    • He emphasized that the Congress aims to provide as much reservation as needed for the poor, backward classes, Dalits, and Adivasis.
    • This move is part of their commitment to safeguarding the Constitution and ensuring social justice.
  2. Financial Support for Poorest Families:
    • Rahul Gandhi pledged that if his government is formed, they will deposit Rs 1 lakh annually into the bank accounts of women from the poorest families until they cross the poverty line.
    • He criticized the existing wealth distribution, highlighting that the government should prioritize the welfare of its citizens.
  3. Employment Opportunities for Graduates:
    • The Congress manifesto includes a scheme called “Pehli Naukri Pakki.”
    • Under this scheme, graduates in India will receive a job for one year, with training. If they perform well, the job will become permanent.
    • The party aims to fill the 30 lakh vacant government jobs and provide employment to deserving candidates.
  4. Enhanced MGNREGA Payment:
    • Rahul Gandhi promised to increase the payment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) from Rs 250 to Rs 400.
    • MGNREGA provides employment opportunities to rural households, and this increase aims to uplift the livelihoods of beneficiaries.
  5. Ending Contract System and Ensuring Permanent Jobs:
    • The Congress plans to end the contract system in the government and public sector.
    • If someone secures a job, it will be a permanent position, providing stability and security.
  6. Debt Waiver for Poor Farmers and MSP Law:
    • The party pledged to waive off the debt of poor farmers.
    • Additionally, they intend to enact a legal Minimum Support Price (MSP) law, ensuring fair prices for agricultural produce.
  7. Lok Sabha Polls in Madhya Pradesh:
    • Madhya Pradesh’s Lok Sabha polls are being conducted in four phases.
    • The first two phases have already taken place, and the remaining two will occur on May 7 and May 13.
    • The counting of votes is scheduled for June 4.
  8. Representation in Lok Sabha:
    • Madhya Pradesh has 29 Lok Sabha constituencies.
    • Among these, 10 seats are reserved for SC and ST candidates, while the remaining 19 are unreserved.

Rahul Gandhi’s promises reflect the Congress party’s vision for inclusive development, social justice, and economic empowerment. The upcoming elections will determine whether these pledges translate into actionable policies1.

Dr. Tulip Duncan

Dr. Tulip Duncan

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