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Delhi MCD Election 2017: Congress releases manifesto; promises to implement no new taxes

The Congress on Monday released first of its MCD poll manifestos, promising to set up an urban poverty alleviation department, cut down house tax, provide unemployment allowance and regularise sanitation workers.

The party will come out with separate manifesto for urban infrastructure and youth in next two days.

Releasing the manifesto, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said if voted to power in the three municipal bodies, the party will also form a task force for delivery of services to the poor.

The corporate houses will be encouraged to spend a share of their CSR fund on poverty alleviation, Maken said.

No new taxes will be imposed, rather the existing house tax rates could be lowered by uprooting "corruption" and efficient collection of other taxes, he said.

Health and accidental insurance cover, unemployment allowance and other benefits will be provided to unorganised sector workers, including domestic helps, he said.

Five lakh street vendors will be identified, registered and provided with licences to save them from harassment and exploitation. Also, all temporary sanitation workers in three MCDs will be regularised in two years, the manifesto said.

The party manifesto also talks on regularisation and development of unauthorised colonies.

"Congress-ruled MCD will earmark Rs 2,000 crore development fund for unauthorised colonies and sanction layout plans of such colonies to speed up their regularisation."

The JJ clusters too will be developed through in-situ rehabilitation, replacing the shanties by housing complexes, the manifesto promises.