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Industry hails Congress's Lok Sabha polls manifesto
For the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress party has released its manifesto in which it promised right to health, more injection in infrastructure, poverty alleviation, pension schemes, a big push for affirmative action in private sector jobs and other people- friendly initiatives, as well as inclusive development.

Industry body FICCI's President Sidharth Birla, while commenting on the manifesto said, "The congress manifesto provides an aspirational vision on many key concerns facing the economic life of the nation and the people. Inclusive growth is an imperative, however the wide variety of rights must be only based on sound economic health of the country. FICCI awaits an evolving road map in due course."

Industry body CII (Confederation of Indian Indsutry) while reacting on the manifesto stated that, "CII welcomes the release of the Congress manifesto which stresses on the aspirations of the common man. The right to health, to pensions and to housing are three major initiative promised by the Congress, which will go a long way to support inclusive growth."

CII expressed its happiness over the part of the manifesto in which the Congress party has pledged to restore India's 8% plus growth rate with in three years and boost manufacturing to 10% with special emphasis on small and medium enterprises.

CII added, "This will be done by ensuring a globally competitive business and investment-friendly environment. Importantly for industry, the manifesto has committed to introduce the Good and Services Tax Code Bill and a new Direct Tax Code Bill in Parliament and ensure that they are enacted within one year."

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