LS POLLS: Elitist fads, again … CPIM promises to ensure secular govt at Centre, 33% reservation for women in Parliament


NEWS / CPIM manifesto / LS POLLS
NEW DELHI: The CPI(M) on Thursday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, promising one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, unemployment dole for the jobless, Rs 18,000 as minimum wage for unorganised labour, reservations for SC-STs in private sector, among other things. 

The manifesto also promised to ensure the installation of a secular government at the Centre after the polls.

The party, which is unlikely to get more than 20 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha by any count, said it would, if elected to power, also ensure 35kg rice for each family at Rs 2 per kilo, an old-age pension of Rs 6,000 per month, make jobs a fundamental right of citizens, give 50 per cent more than the expenses as price for farm produce, and tax the rich more. 

The manifesto was released by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. The manifesto also promised to stop privatization of public sector units, as the Modi government was keen on doing. 

In another promise, it said its government would set apart six per cent of the GDP for the Education sector, instead of the present 2.8 per cent. The manifesto also promised to make provisions for free distribution of medicines. IHN-NN

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