Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 (LocalWire) Around 3000 people across Odisha, under the banner of Odisha Shramajibi Manch, Mahila Shramajibi Manch, Odisha, declared its manifesto for the forthcoming general elections in 2019 to be submitted to different political parties.
The organization pleaded the representative of political parties like BJD, Congress, CPI-M, CPI, BJP, SP, Samata Kranti Dal and many others to include their demands in their respective political manifestos.
Many public intellectuals, senior journalists and social activists participated in the meeting held on the eve of World Human Rights Day.
The people’s manifesto include providing land to the landless, increasing old age pension from Rs. 300 to Rs. 2000, providing minimum 200 man days, releasing payment within a week’s time under MGNREGA,, include nutritious food in the food security act 2018, to provide irrigation facilities, to recognize individual and community forest rights of tribal and other traditional forest dwellers under FRA 2006, upload the resolution of Gram Sabha and Palli Sabha in the official website within two days, to convert all forest villages into revenue villages and formation of State Minority and tribal commission, and to ensure equal rights for women.
Suresh Panigrahy of CPM , Sudarshan Das of Congress, Sundarshan of Samjavadi Party and Sajjan Sharma, Spoke Person, BJP have endorsed the manifesto and assured the organizers to take up the demands raised through the process in their respective political parties .
Ex-finance minister Panchanan Kanungo, former union minister and founder of Samata Kranti Dal raja Kishore Tripathy and senior journalist Rabi Das expressed concern over failure of political parties in keeping election promises and urged them to consult people’s organizations before finalizing their manifestos.
Civil society members stated that this process will create a space for larger democratic dialogue and a culture of inclusiveness .
The process has undergone intense consultation with people in 1050 villages of 15 districts through a “cycle jatra” which was started from Malkanagiri from the eve of Birsa Munda Divas November 15 and ended in Bhubaneswar on World Human Rights Day on Dec 10.