Congress releases "Vision Document" for UP

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi displays a sword during an election drive in UP
Lucknow, Jan 27: Congress'"Vision Document 2020" for Uttar Pradesh lays out the roadmap for all round developmentby bringing in key changes in the sectors education, employment and economy in the state where it has been out of power for more than two decades.

The document released today from ten different cities focuses on nine main points and has enlisted very ambitious plans like setting up 1000 skill development centres to provide jobs to to 20 lakh unemployed youths and amendments in law to check the persecution of females.

Another key plan is to provide electricity to the farmers in day time for agriculuture and in the night for their homes.

The Vision Document targetting "Nav UP, Nav Vikas (new Uttar Pradesh, new development) encapsulating party's plans for the state, also talks about reviving the traditional industries of the state by infusing new technology and providing the needed financial support.

The nine focus areas of the document with the punchline of "Justice, Development and Right (Nyaya, Vikas aur Adhikar)" are employment, agriculture, education, health, women empowerment, empowerment of weaker sections including most backward classes, minorities and SCs STs.

The document is an attempt by Congress to convince the electorate of its intention to bring about a change in the state, which had been ruled for more than two decades by BJP, SP and BSP, party sources said.

Through the document, Congress has also laid out out special development plans for regions like Bundelkhand in a bid to blunt Mayawati's attempt to woo voters through the proposal of creating four separate states out of UP.

It was released today in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Jhansi, Agra, Meerut, Shahjahanpur and Moradabad by a host of leaders including Union Ministers Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Rajiv Shukla, Meenakshi Natarjan, Jitendra Singh, Rajiv Shukla, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Prime Minister's Advisor on Innovation Sam Pitroda.

PTI

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