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Aam aadmi’s manifesto

Jharkhand’s common man has readied a manifesto that, if given a glance by political parties, can surely make a difference in poll results.

Jharkhand Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, a national campaign kick started by a network of NGOs and civil society organisations, has come up with a vision statement for the government that will come to power at Centre after 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Christened as “people’s manifesto”, the initiative to draft the vision had started in December 2013 through a series of village, block and district level consultations across eight parliamentary constituencies of the 14 in Jharkhand.

On Wednesday, a state level consultation was held to fine tune the drafts received from Ranchi, West Singhbhum, Palamau, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Giridih, Dumka and Rajmahal.

What may not surprise the common masses, but definitely force the political parties think tanks to “honestly” work on their own manifestos are the kind of issues handpicked by the people.

The salient issues of the people’s manifesto — which would be revised till February 13 — are demands for institutional development and budget allocation of 3% of the GDP in the health sector, one water body for 20 farm lands through MGNREGA in dry areas, constitution of a lac board and ST/SC development authority and prevention of diversion of tribal sub-plan budgets.

Some prominent politicians were invited in the deliberations too.

They included former Jharkhand Assembly speaker CP Singh, Congress MLA K.N. Tripathy, JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya, Ajsu central committee member Deo Sharan Bhagat, former Ranchi deputy mayor and JVM member Ajay Nath Shahdeo and Aam Aadmi Party representative Ajay Choudhury.

Jharkhand convenor of the campaign AK Singh said that commoners can further contribute to the manifesto by emailing their suggestions to till February 13.