Aizawl: For the upcoming Mizoram Assembly polls the Congress released its manifesto and provide free laptops to students who have cleared class 10 and above if it returns to power in the state. The Congress party also pledged to continue with its two flagship programmes for farmers and youth in the election manifesto released by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla.

From the eight northeast states, Mizoram is the only state in the northeast where the Congress has a government and BJP leaders have asserted they would make concerted efforts to oust the opposition party. The Chief Minister and the party unit president Mr. Thanhawla has been a chief minister since 2008.

Hence, the party manifesto said that “If voted to power in Mizoram for the third consecutive time, students who clear the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) exam for class 10 and above will be given laptops every year.”

It further said that they would be distributed among those students the HSLC without jobs. The Congress party also promised to continue with its New Land Use Policy (NLUP) for the farmers and New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) For unemployed youths.

In January 2011 the NLUP was launched to end the wasteful practice of shifting of ‘jhum’ cultivation-process of clearing land by burning its natural vegetation before growing crops. The party also added that the grant would be raised and beneficiary of the NLUP around Rs 1 Lakh.

The NEDP would be continued with special thrust on entrepreneurship development for the youths.

The manifesto of Congress party has promised to house for the poor in rural areas and residential quarters for employees of police and education departments. It further added that to set up more rehabilitation centers for drug addicts and alcoholics across the state.

On November 28 the polling will be held and the results will be declared on December 11 along with four other states.

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