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Unemployment Allowance, Skill Training Among Congress's Promises in Uttarakhand

To activate the card, the youth will SMS the unique ID number to 9235002222 from his/her mobile. They will then receive a 4-digit code, which they will write at the back of the card.

Pallavi Ghosh | CNN-News18pallavighcnnibn

Updated:February 4, 2017, 1:10 PM IST
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Unemployment Allowance, Skill Training Among Congress's Promises in Uttarakhand
File photo of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat. (PTI)
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New Delhi: Uttarakhand heads to the polls on February 15 with the ruling Congress and opposition BJP appeared to be locked in a straight contest in a majority of the 70 seats.

Miffed over denial of tickets by their respective parties, quite a few strong leaders from both sides have also thrown their hats into the ring as independents making the contest interesting in nearly 18 seats.

While 11 former Congress MLAs are in the fray this time batting as BJP nominees, Congress has also fielded three former BJP MLAs. Three former BJP MLAs are also contesting as independents.

This is the state's fourth assembly elections and in the last three elections power has changed hands between the two parties alternately.

Here’s what the Congress is offering to the voters in its bid to retain power in the hill state:

- Providing one job per household to each youth between 18 and 35 years of age by 2020

- Till such employment is provided, the youth will undergo skill training and will receive a stipend

- Also an unemployment allowance of Rs 2,500 per month for a period of up to 36 months will be provided through a ‘Berozgari Bhatta Card’

- To activate the card, the youth will SMS the unique ID number to 9235002222 from his/her mobile. They will then receive a 4-digit code, which they will write at the back of the card.

- Once activated, this card will ensure that the bearer can reach out to the Harda Government (once-constituted) for skill training and unemployment allowance.

- People can get these cards through stalls set up at party offices, at markets and through individual karyakartas, who are conducting a door-to-door exercise across the state.

| Edited by: Nakshab Khan
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