Taking forward our endeavour to building a New Karnataka based on the principles of inclusive development, the Congress has created a people’s manifesto for the upcoming State Assembly Elections. In order to draft this manifesto, we consulted with various stakeholders and have ensured that all the voices of Karnataka and their aspiration are addressed. In Karnataka, we have delivered on our promises under the Siddaramaiah govt and ask that the people place their faith in us once again and join us in building a Nava Karnataka based on the principles of Basavanna, Ambedkar and Gandhi and make the Karnataka model of development an example for the rest of the country.
Agriculture – A New Agricultural Corridor
Creating an agricultural corridor to increase productivity, covering 10 districts of Karnataka parallel to the Economic Corridor, which is well fed by rivers. There will be a focus on promoting horticulture through Public Private Partnerships and a renewed focus on organic farming to make Karnataka 100% pesticide free.
Education, Sports and Culture – Guaranteeing 12 years of Schooling to Every Child
Building an equitable, inclusive and futuristic education system that promotes all round excellence by modernizing our educational institutions. All college students will be provided with free smartphones. A Comprehensive Kannada Roadmap will also encourage and promote the richness of Kannada culture.
Energy – 24X7 Power Supply to all Villages
Providing adequate, clean, reliable and sustainable energy to all is our goal for the next 5 years while also promoting employment opportunities in energy and allied sectors across the districts.
Health and Nutrition – Towards a Malnutrition Free Karnataka
Taking forward Arogya Bhagya to ensure accessibility of healthcare to all Kannadigas while also improving the quality of hospitals in the state. Mathrupoorna will also be extended till the child reaches 2 years of age.
Industrial Development – Ease of Access with Single Window Clearance
Encourage manufacturing sector in the state to generate employment and creating High Skilled Training Centres in all divisions to train students in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Analytics, etc. An endeavour will also be made to train people in skills to cater to local industry requirements.
Information Technology and Biotechnology – Creating the New Startup Capital
Taking forward the innovative spirit of Karnataka, to create a technologically driven state and make Karnataka the Startup Capital with ‘start up subsidy” of upto Rs. 1 crore. We will also build a high-tech IT talent pool for 3 million IT jobs in the state.
Infrastructure – Roads to All Villages
Enhance regional connectivity, by ensuring first and last mile connectivity to all villages. A special package for infrastructure development for development of Tier II cities of Mysuru, Hubli, Dharwad, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Inland Ports Authority for the State will also be established.
Irrigation – Mane Mane – Hola Hola Ke Neeru
Taking forward our vision of a drought free Karnataka, by fighting for our rights in getting our share of Mahadayi and launching Mission Visveshwaraiah for the filling up of tanks, and lakes across the state.
Law and Justice – Ensuring Fast Track Resolution of Cases
Promoting speedy justice and strive to bring pendency in courts to a minimum level in 3 years. Establish labour courts in each district and effectively implement POCSO. We will also ensure presence of at least two-women officers at all times and special officers to fight cyber crime.
Rural Development – Improved Infrastructure and Governance
Promoting rural development by setting up cold storage units to store the fish and fish based products. Make small farming viable through massive public investment. Promote investment in Self Help Groups (SHGs) through venture capital.
Skilling and Employment – Increasing Employability by 50%
In order to fully reap the benefit of our demographic dividend, we will set up Skill University to impart adequate training to youth while also aiming to create at least 15-20 lakh jobs per year. This will be supplemented with Rural Development and Self Employment Training institutes in every taluk.
Social Justice – Ensuring the Right to Equality
Taking forward the inclusive spirit of the Congress, by focusing on supporting 100 SCs / STs entrepreneurs each year from each district. We will also ensure 100% housing and special packages for youths of Koraga community of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi and the doubling of monthly allowance to persons with disabilities.
Tourism – Promoting Tourism, Creating Jobs
To promote tourism and make Karnataka a tourist hub for the country and the world, we will promote our culture through sustainable tourism, set up Heritage Authority of Karnataka. We will also setup Beach Tourism in Mangalore, Udupi and Karwar districts thereby creating 65 lakh tourism industry jobs.
Urban Development, Transportation and Environment Sustainability – Environmentally Sound Growth
Development of our cities in a sustainable manner by converting public transport vehicles to CNG. We will also provide safe access to sanitation infrastructure and services and a tap in every household.
Women Empowerment and Child Development – Promoting Safety of Women and Children
We will continue our support to women entrepreneurs by promoting 1,000 women entrepreneurs every year. We will also provide Mangalya Bhagya (3 gram gold thali to all girls of marriageable age) and distribute free Sanitary Pads to BPL women through PDS.