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The Congress' NARI NYAY scheme shows its ambition before Lok Sabha elections.
Mar 14, 2024 12:32 pm

Five years later, Congress introduced “NARI NYAY”. The new approach vowed to “empower every Indian woman” rather than identify a poor subgroup.NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana) headlined the Congress party's 2019 Lok Sabha manifesto five years ago. Congress had announced financial aid for the lowest 20% at the time. Subdividing poor people was unusual. Party leaders said some of the party's top economists were wary of Congress' plans to serve only a portion of the poor, which had earlier sought “Garibi Hatao.” The BJP defeated its main opponent in that election, hence the NYAY was never implemented. Five years later, Congress introduced “NARI NYAY” on Wednesday. Instead of targeting a poverty subgroup, the new initiative aimed to “empower every Indian woman.”According to Congress, poor women will receive ₹1 lakh annually, 50% of Central government posts will be reserved for women, and assistance for ASHA, anganwadi, and mid-day meal workers will be double These are nice perks, but Congress' real issue is elsewhere. Congress election promises will collide with “Modi ki guarantee”. Voters would have to choose between lofty promises and trusting the PM, who has already delivered essential utilities like houses, water, toilets, cooking gas, and electricity on a massive scale.West Bengal's political discourse remains dominated by the CAA. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has ruled out Assam-style detention camps for ‘foreigners’.The 2009 Assam government notified detention centers to detain tribunal-declared immigrants until deportation. These temporary centers were located in jails until a permanent facility was identified. Last January, the Matia Transit Camp became the state's largest detention center. It is situated on 28,800 sq. ft. near Goalpara, 130km from Dispur. Banerjee called the CAA, whose regulations were notified on March 12, a ‘political gimmick’ before the Lok Sabha election. Banerjee, Pinarai Vijayan, and MK Stalin, all Opposition chief ministers, warned not to “implement” the law. Yes, citizenship is a central legislation, and no state authority can regulate it. The Lokpal, the anti-corruption authority that investigates public servant complaints, will likely decide this week whether to file a first information report (FIR) against former TMC member Mahua Moitra in the cash-for-query case.Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra began in Manipur and is now 61 days long. The yatra from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat to Maharashtra will end in Shivaji Park on March 17.Congress leaders said the party will summon its Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to ratify the manifesto and other poll-related decisions after the yatra.