Survey organised by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan

As the countdown to the 2014 general election begins, a campaign for government accountability, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan , on Thursday announced the launch of a national people’s manifesto.

The organisation plans a survey on issues of gender and religious discrimination and how to end poverty and social exclusion.

Convenor Paul Divakar said about 3,000 non-government organisations will be working in 250 Parliamentary constituencies across 22 States, including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Assam, to get feedback from the electorate.

Views of people

“Representatives of these organisations will try to get views of the people, especially marginalised communities like the minorities, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and persons with disabilities, about the problems plaguing them and what they expect from the new dispensation at the Centre,” he said.

Mr. Divakar further said: “We will collect views of diverse groups on different issues like whether the Mahatma Gandhi Naional Rural Employment Guarantee Act was useful to them and what the marginalised communities want to see in the next budget. We will also get views of the electorate in high-profile constituencies such as Rahul Gandhi’s constituency of Amethi and other stalwarts of the Congress and the BJP.”

Mr. Divakar said that in 2009 only the Left parties had incorporated the organisation’s manifesto, but this time he was hopeful that other parties would also respond positively.

“We will ask the Congress why it has been taking the Dalits for granted and the BJP about the need to maintain communal harmony. We will also seek feedback from the minorities in riot-inflicted areas of Gujarat, and Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh,” said Mr. Divakar.

  • Survey will cover 250 Parliamentary constituencies in 22 States across the country

  • Questions in the survey include gender and religious discrimination and how to end poverty