The manifesto dedicated a special section for Jammu and Kashmir. It made several promises to the people of J&K if the party is voted to power. From making revisions in AFSPA to minimising armed forces in the Kashmir Valley, here are some of the promises made by Congress, in the Manifesto titled “Hum Nibhayenge”:
Mutual and Amicable talks with the stakeholders and people of J&K: Congress has long held the view that dialogue is the only way to understand the aspirations of the people of the 3 regions of Jammu & Kashmir and find an honourable solution to their issues. We will take that path.
The Two-pronged Path: We will adopt a two-pronged approach: firstly, uncompromising firmness on the border and ending infiltration; and secondly, absolute fairness in dealing with the demands of the people and winning their hearts and minds.
Deployment of Armed Forces: Congress promises to review the deployment of armed forces, move more troops to the border to stop infiltration completely, reduce the presence of the Army and CAPFs in the Kashmir Valley, and entrust more responsibility to the J&K police for maintaining law and order.
Review AFSPA: The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Areas Act in J&K will be reviewed. Suitable changes will be made in the text of the laws to balance the requirements of security and the protection of human rights.
A Federal Solution with more Inclusiveness: Building a Union of States that is India is a project of inclusiveness. Jammu & Kashmir and its problems deserve a large-hearted approach that will eschew muscular militarism and legalistic formulations and look for an innovative federal solution. Congress promises to find such a solution through patient dialogue and talks with all stakeholders in the State.
Appoint Interlocutors for Communication of grievances: Congress promises the people of J&K talks without pre-conditions. We will appoint 3 interlocutors drawn from civil society to facilitate such talks.
Employment schemes: We will renew the initiatives taken by the UPA government such as UDAAN, HIMAYAT and UMMEED to impart training in skills and create economic opportunities for the youth of J&K.
Free and fair elections to the State Legislative Assembly will be held immediately.
Address issues of Discrimination: We are deeply concerned about the cases of discrimination and harassment of students, traders and others belonging to Jammu & Kashmir in the rest of India and we will ensure their safety and their right to study or do business.