With the State Assembly elections approaching fast, civil society groups in Rajasthan have demanded that political parties include people’s health rights in their manifestos. Health should be a crucial agenda in the Assembly polls, demanded the activists at a “Jan Swasthya Mahamanch” (JSA) here on Monday.

The Mahamanch – an assembly of about 500 people representing 18 districts of the State – called upon the leaders of all political parties to commit to strengthening of health care in the State if they came to power.

JSA Rajasthan convenor Narendra Gupta said the Abhiyan had drafted a 15-point charter of demands asking the parties to ensure guaranteed cashless health services and medical care to all citizens through government health institutions. They also sought the promise to enact the Right to Healthcare Act if they were voted in.