People's Manifesto (WNTA) Newsletter - Madhya Pradesh
Wada Na Todo Abhiyan carried out People's Manifesto process in sixteen parliamentary constituencies out of forty constituencies of Bihar. WNTA conducted over 350 meetings at different levels in the state to know the demands of the people. Our partners also met special groups such as farmers, Muslims, women, school going girls, students, unemployed youth, tribals and Dalits to formulate the list of demands from these groups.
Peoplein sixteen Parliamentary constituencies came up with the demands that reflects the demands of all sections of society such as Dalits,
Tribals , Women, children and other marginalised sections in the state. Dalit community demanded for land rights and they underlines that the land shall be in the name of women in their families. They demanded that there are many places in the state where Dalits are not allowed in temples and their children are not treated fairly in schools. They demanded for government intervention tocorrect the situation and uplift the community. .
Girls from many backward communities such as 'Bedia' and 'Banchana' are forced into sex trade. The community demanded that the government and police machinery shall enforce the law strictly and take stringent action to curb the menace in the state and rescue the victimised girls. .
Women highlighted the fact that violence against women is highest in Madhya Pradesh. There shall be strong mechanism for complain redressal and fast track courts to listen to the problems faced by women. Women also demanded that the government shall open hostels in urban centres for working ladies. They also raised the issue of women reservation and asked that political parties shall enforce the women reservation bill as soon as possible. Women those are working as labourers under MGNREGA shall get maternity benefits and nutritious food during pregnancy. Another demand from women was construction of community toilets in each and every village and mohallas..
Tribal community was also vocal for their rights during People's Manifesto meetings. They raised that the government shall allocate separate funds for the development of their area and there shall be monitoring of the government work. They also asked for forest rights and demanded that the government officials shall not harass them for using forest produce..
Muslim community had too their list of demands in which they underlined the conditions of Dalit Muslims which are in living in worse conditions then Hindu dalits. Dalit Muslims are not allowed to bury the dead bodies of their family members in many graveyards in the state. The government shall intervene in such cases and make provision for the welfare of those Muslims. They also demanded that the government shall refrain from arresting innocent young Muslims under false charges. There should be separate courts for hearing such cases..
Christians in Madhya Pradesh also demanded that the state shall prevent communal violence against them and must provide security to their life and property as the number of attacks on them in the name of religion conversion has increased in recent past. .
People from all sections of society raised the demand of improving health services in the state. They demanded that all the medicines shall be provided in the government hospitals. People demanded that many government doctors remain busy in private practice and do not visit government hospitals; they demanded strong action against those doctors so that the poor can avail medical services easily. They came up the idea of providing each individual with health unique ids and prepare the date bank of their health records so that their health record can be accessed easily and monitor the government services provided to an individual. People also demanded for mobile hospitals so that people living
in far flung areas could avail the medical facilities and also those who belong to vagabond communities. .
Laborers demanded that the government shall ensure that people in villages shall be provided 200 days work under MGNREGA. And, if they are not provided work or payment is delayed then they shall be given compensation. The state shall keep the data of migration of labourers and ensure that their rights are provided to them at the place of their working. .
There were other demands under many categories from different sections of society. WNTA has collated all these demands and have prepared a list of demands. Our partners in Madhya Pradesh are meeting leaders of political parties to ensure that the demands of people are included in the manifesto of political parties.