The Congress-led UPA has always considered the safety and security of each and every citizen of the country with paramount importance. The ten years of UPA rule saw a considerable increase in expenditure on national security and defence, with an increase from 77, crore in to 1,93, crore in A similar pattern was witnessed during the Congress-led UPA regimes, where the employment graph only went up during , with both public and private sectors experiencing strong and sustained growth. The Congress-led UPA believes that the nation can't progress unless the farmer gets a fair price for his produce. The Indian National Congress has always placed a high premium on education. The share of GDP allocated for education primary, secondary and tertiary saw an increase from 3.
India’s elections could seal the fate of its LGBT community—for better or for worse
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The Indian queer community has never been so invested and watchful of national politics as it is right now in the midst of the general elections. These elections are historic for the community as it is the first time that queer people are contesting elections as independent candidates or on the ticket of a political party. However, what has hogged the minds of the community at large, are manifestos—a search for a political party that claims it is ready to go the whole way in providing queer people with equity and equality. In other words, completing what is left to be done after the reading down of section of the Indian penal code last year and the supreme court order on transgender rights providing them with fundamental rights—commonly referred to as the NALSA judgment.
LGBT rights in India
Congress is a secular party whose social democratic platform is generally considered to be on the centre-left of Indian politics. After India's independence in , Congress formed the central government of India , and many regional state governments. There have been seven Congress Prime Ministers , the first being Jawaharlal Nehru — , and the most recent Manmohan Singh — Although it did not fare well in the last general elections in India in , it remains one of two major, nationwide, political parties in India, along with the right-wing, Hindu nationalist , Bharatiya Janata Party BJP.
Over the past decade, LGBT people have gained more and more tolerance and acceptance in India, especially in large cities. Although same-sex couples are not legally recognized currently by any form, performing a symbolic same-sex marriage is not prohibited under Indian law either. Since , transgender people in India have been allowed to change their gender without sex reassignment surgery , and have a constitutional right to register themselves under a third gender. Additionally, some states protect hijras , a traditional third gender population in South Asia , through housing programmes, welfare benefits, pension schemes, free surgeries in government hospitals and others programmes designed to assist them. There are approximately 4.