If Congress wins this summer’s assembly elections in Karnataka, the government will pay monthly allowances of Rs 3,000 to unemployed graduates and Rs 1,500 to diploma-holders for two years, Rahul Gandhi said Monday at his first rally in the state since his Bharat Jodo Yatra. “We won’t stop there. The Congress government will also provide jobs to 10,00,000 people in the state and 250,000 vacancies in government jobs will be filled,” he said, while announcing the party’s ‘Yuva Nidhi’ programme for the youth, which is its fourth election promise in Karnataka. The Congress-led government in Chhattisgarh has a similar benefits scheme for the jobless, paying Rs 2,500 a month for a maximum of two years. It was announced early this month in the state budget for 2023-24.
Congress’s poll promises in Karnataka include 200 units of free electricity to all families, Rs 2,000 a month to the woman head of the family and 10kg free rice to BPL families.