Indian National Congress party today released its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which is to start from April 11. The manifesto was released in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Priyanka Gandhi and other big leaders were also there. Indian National Congress working way against BJP to get back into powers
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- All of the 4 lakh vacancies as on 1st April 2019 in the Central Government, Central Public Sector Enterprises, Judiciary Parliament will be the end of March 2020.
- Application fees for government examinations and government posts will be abolished.
- MSMEs account for 90 percent of all employment outside agriculture. The definition of MSMEs based on capital employed is biased against labor. Congress will link the definition of MSME to employment.
- Repair and restoration of water bodies (‘Water Bodies Restoration Mission’); and,
Regeneration and afforestation of wasteland and degraded land (‘Wasteland Regeneration Mission’).
- Congress will announce a ‘Make for the World’ Policy under which foreign and Indian companies will be invited to invest in ‘Exclusive Export-only Zones,’ manufacture and export their entire production, pay no indirect taxes and pay a low rate of corporate tax.
- Congress promises the Right to Housing for the urban poor and protection from arbitrary eviction. We will build night shelters for the homeless so that no one will sleep in the open.
- Increase the guaranteed days of employment up to 150 days in cases where 100 days have been achieved in a block/district
Minimum Income Support Programme (MISP) or Nyuntam Yojana (NYAY)
- The target population will be 5 crore families who constitute the poorest 20 per cent of all families. They will be the beneficiaries of MISP or NYAY;
- Each family will be guaranteed a cash transfer of Rs. 72,000 a year;
- As far as possible, the money will be transferred to the account of a woman of the family who has a bank account, or who will be urged to open a bank account;
- There will a Design Phase (3 months), followed by Pilot and Testing Phases (6-9 months) before the rollout;
- The rollout will be implemented in phases;
- The estimated cost will be <1 per cent of GDP in Year 1 and <2 per cent of GDP in Year 2 and thereafter;
- As the nominal GDP grows and families move out of poverty, the cost will decline as a proportion of GDP.
Goods & Services Tax 2.0
- Congress promises to review and replace the current GST laws with the GST 2.0 regime that will truly reflect the intent and purpose of a non-cascading, value-added, indirect tax.
- The GST 2.0 regime will be based on a single, moderate, standard rate of tax on all goods and services. The rate will be revenue neutral to the current indirect tax revenues of the Central and State Governments and will take note of the potential of GST 2.0 to boost their tax revenues.
- The GST 2.0 regime will levy a special rate of duty on demerit goods.
- GST 2.0 will be easy to administer, easy to understand by the taxpayer, and easy to comply with. We are confident that GST 2.0 will promote growth, new businesses and employment. The website under GST 2.0 will be re-designed and made user-friendly with inputs from the taxpayers.
- Congress promises that Real Estate (all sectors), Petroleum Products, Tobacco and Liquor will be brought within the ambit of GST 2.0 in a manner and time period not exceeding 2 years as agreed to in the GST Council.
- Essential goods of mass consumption (such as food grains, lifesaving drugs, vaccines, etc.) and essential services will be exempted from GST 2.0 or zero-rated.
- All goods and services that are exported will be zero-rated and not subject to GST 2.0.
- Congress promises that threshold exemption for small businesses will not be affected by inter-state supply of goods or services.
- In order to support small, unregistered businesses that supply goods and services, there will be no GST liability on the purchaser through the reverse charge mechanism.
- Congress promises to abolish the e-way bill. Tax evasion will be detected through the risk management mechanism and strengthening the intelligence machinery.
- Congress will endeavor to allocate a share of GST revenues to Panchayats and Municipalities.
- Congress promises that a taxpayer will be required to file a simple, single quarterly return for his/her business and an annual return. Every tax payer will be subject to assessment by a single authority based upon turnover.
- The GST Council will be the policy-making body and will be served by a permanent secretariat of tax economists, tax policy experts and tax professionals. Its minutes will be put in the public domain.