NGOs for inclusion of their issues in election manifesto

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Jaipur, Oct 19 (UNI) Contrary to the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress' planning for taking on each other over issues like terrorism, appeasement and corruption, social outfits and NGOs are making efforts for getting their demands included in political parties' manifestos for the upcoming Assembly polls.

Jan Morcha Rajasthan, a Jodhpur based joint forum of various NGOs and human rights groups, has held its three-day meet in Jodhpur this week to identify the issues and draw strategy to approach the political parties to pursue them.

Stressing on pro-poor approach, the forum has sought commitment from parties to ''shun present pro-rich capitalistic policies''.

Opposing the policy of creation of special economic zones(SEZs), the morcha has sought categorical assurance for prevention of displacement and/or eviction of poor for setting up the SEZs.

The outfit has also urged for appropriate compensation and due rehabilitation of oustees from the Mahi Dam project in tribal area of Banswara, from ongoing crude oil project in Barmer and different wildlife reserves in the state.

The front also asked to curb privatisation and commercialisation of education and increase in allocation for education.

Social outfit--Dalit Adhikar Kendra, has urged for effective pro-Dalit approach in the political governance and said that genuine representatives of Dalits be projected and promoted in political process for raising the voice of poor.

The outfit has sought commitment for setting up a commission or special courts for liberating Dalits' land from encroachments and prevent illegal sale or transfer of such lands.

A consumer rights group has also sought inclusion of pro-consumer agenda and commitment for effective implementation of the consumer protection laws.

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