Kerala polls: CPIM led LDF releases manifesto, assures pension to housewives

Pinarayi Vijayan

The ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala on Friday released its manifesto for the assembly elections promising to create 4 million new jobs for the youth and “pension for all housewives”.

The LDF announced special schemes to rehabilitate Gulf returnees and further bolster the public distribution system.

The manifesto promised a ₹5,000 crore package for coastal area development to protect the shores from erosion.

The social security pension would be increased to ₹2,500 in phases.

Increasing the minimum support price for rubber to ₹250 a kg and attaining self- sufficiency in production of eggs, milk and vegetables are among assurances in the manifesto released by by CPI (M) state secretary in charge A Vijayaraghavan, CPI Secretary, Kannan Rajendran and other leaders of the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

As part of its poverty alleviation programme, the LDF manifesto promised to increase loan amount from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 million for 4.5 million families.

According to the manifesto, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people would get free and modern housing.

The manifesto also promises to set up loan waiver commissions in agriculture, coastal development and education sectors will also be set up besides Rs 10,000 crore electricity project to ensure power security in Kerala until 2040.