There are promises galore in the election manifesto of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for Meghalaya. From 3 lakh jobs over the next 5 years, monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to every unemployed youth, 1 lakh laptops to all higher secondary and college-going students, annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to farmers, direct benefit transfers of Rs 1,200 annually to families of all government school-going children to a sports university, the manifesto has it all.
The election manifesto, containing ten pledges, was released by TMC national secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Shillong on Tuesday. The TMC promised the introduction of a private member bill in Parliament for the immediate recognition of Khasi and Garo languages through their inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
Further, it promised that the memorandum of understanding, signed between Meghalaya and Assam for the resolution of border disputes in six of the 12 friction points, would be revoked and police check posts set up at all strategic border areas.
Tourism contributes immensely to Meghalaya’s economy. The TMC promised that all individuals engaged in this sector would be identified and their services formalised through government-registered job cards so they get a monthly honorarium of Rs 2,500.
The party promised to set up medical colleges, as well as maternal and child care centres in every block to provide efficient prenatal and postnatal services, bridge the shortage of specialists, staff and equipment at all primary health centres and community health centres and facilitate piped drinking water to all households.