Rahul Gandhi's new poll promise: 'We will allow qualified ex-servicemen lateral entry into civil services'

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 03 April 2019, 09:33 PM
Rahul Gandhi's new poll promise: 'We will allow qualified ex-servicemen lateral entry into civil services'
Rahul Gandhi's new poll promise: 'We will allow qualified ex-servicemen lateral entry into civil services'

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made a new poll promise for former soldiers, saying the party would allow qualified ex-Servicemen lateral entry into the civil services. "Our Ex-Servicemen are India’s pride & must be given the respect they deserve. We will allow qualified Ex-Servicemen lateral entry into the Civil Services. The Central Armed Police Forces will be opened up to Ex-Servicemen under the age of 40," Gandhi tweeted.

The latest announcement came in addition to the Congress's manifesto which was released on Tuesday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.  Senior party leader P Chidambaram asserted that "wealth and welfare" is the manifesto's central theme.

The Congress made a slew of promises, including giving Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the 'Nyay' scheme, filling up 22 lakh government vacancies, bringing a separate budget for farmers and fixing a single moderate GST rate.
 The 55-page document titled 'Hum Nibhayenge' (We will deliver) focused on addressing the issues of joblessness, farm distress, safety of women and boosting the rural economy, with stress on building a narrative on "real issues" faced by people.

The manifesto was released by party Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram among others.

For farmers, Congress promised to put them on the path from "Karz Maafi" (loan waiver), to "Karz Mukti" (freedom from loans).

This will be done through remunerative prices, lower input costs, and assured access to  institutional credit, the party said, adding it will present a separate "Kisan Budget" every year, if voted to power.

Speaking on the occasion at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi, Gandhi said the Congress will allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, strengthen government hospitals and give high-quality healthcare access to poor if voted to power.

(With PTI inputs)


First Published: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 06:46 PM
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