April 2, 2019 / 7:53 AM / 3 months ago

India's Congress party promises jobs, help for farmers ahead of election

NEW DELHI, April 2 (Reuters) - India’s main opposition Congress party said on Tuesday it would expand an existing jobs programme to guarantee 150 days of work a year to rural households and provide additional help to farmers if the party wins a general election starting next week.

“Unemployment is the gravest challenge to the country and job creation is the highest priority for the economy,” the party said in a manifesto that identified farm distress and security for women among its main priorities.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act currently provides for 100 days of employment a year. (Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal Writing by Krishna N. Das Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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