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Cong manifesto to skip SEZ issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 22
As the controversy over the sensitive issue of special economic zones (SEZs) continues unabated, the Congress has decided it will be wise not to dwell on the matter in the party’s election manifesto for Punjab.

The draft document, which was today approved by the party’s central manifesto committee headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, is learnt to have maintained a studied silence on this issue, which has generated country-wide heated discussions and also led to violent protests in West Bengal. Consequently, the Centre has been compelled to take a fresh look at its SEZ policy.

Punjab’s election manifesto, according to Congress sources, highlights the achievements of the Amarinder Singh government and how the Congress plans to carry forward its development agenda if returned to power.

While enumerating the measures the government has taken to help the farmers, the Congress promises to usher in a second green revolution in the state.

The manifesto focuses at length on the improvement of the state infrastructure. In this connection, it mentions that 30,000 mw of additional power will be generated which will require an additional investment of Rs 50,000 crore. In addition, the Congress promises creation of additional jobs for the youth and improvement in the health and education sectors.

The prevailing problem of female infanticide and drug abuse finds special mention at the instance of Mrs Margaret Alva, AICC general secretary.

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