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The All India People’s Manifesto - Key demands

1. Ensure highest standards of healthcare accessible to and affordable by all, upgrade the public health facilities and address as a priority health emergencies such as maternal and infant health and mortality.

2. Prevent health conditions from worsening by ensuring universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities

3. Protect education as a fundamental right by effectively implementing the Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009, arrest drop-out rates and improve quality of teaching and learning outcomes

4. Ensure nutritious food for all through effective implementation of the National Food Security Act

5. Increase agricultural productivity through sustainable methods and revive the farming sector as a livelihood and economic opportunity

6. Recognise housing as a human right by ensuring decent living conditions for the urban poor and protection of the rights of displaced persons

7. Strengthen implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), commit to urban employment, create decent employment opportunities for all across sectors

8. Defend people’s rights to land and forest as pledged in the recent legislations, safeguard agricultural productivity, forest and other natural resources from the profiteering interests of private land developers and extractive industries

9. Amend domestic environmental laws and global positions, put an end to over-exploitation of natural resources to ensure environmental justice for the poor and invest in technology for sustainability

10. Ensure equal opportunities for women by protecting their economic, social and political rights, ensuring political participation and adopting a zero tolerance policy for violence

11. Protect the right of every child to survive, be healthy and safe

12. Eliminate all forms of discrimination and social exclusion against Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and persons with disabilities

13. Repeal with immediate effect, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality, create policies and legal safeguards to protect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community from cruelty and ensure they live a life of dignity, equal opportunity

14. Pledge to invest in the young, create an enabling and aspirational environment to unleash their fullest potential

15. Commit to accountable governance

16. Prioritise and strengthen human rights and access to justice

17. Strengthen the functioning of Gram Sabhas and local self-governments.

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