NC unveils poll manifesto with focus on social welfare and security

Published On: October 31, 2017 03:40 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: With the focus squarely on social welfare and security, the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) has unveiled its election manifesto for the upcoming federal parliament and provincial assembly polls on Tuesday. 

The poll manifesto, jointly unveiled by NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel, General Secretary Shashanka Koirala and Bal Krishan Khand amidst a special function at the party's headquarters at Sanepa,  introduces the concept of an integrated Social Security Program (SSP) that guarantees state support to citizens from 'womb to tomb'.

The manifesto proposes a universal health insurance package that even covers the unborn, 100 percent enrollment of children up to high school through various state incentives, unemployment allowances including an allowance for  skill-orientated training, contribution-based pension schemes for both formal and informal sector workers, and a funeral allowance to ensure a 'dignified death'   for the indigent. 

The manifesto, prepared by a team led by NC senior party leader Mahesh Acharya, announces allowances for pregnant women, who face various health complications and risks.  Likewise, children in poor and marginalized communities shall be entitled to a certain allowance in order to ensure 100 percent school enrollment by them up to high school, among others. 


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