Local groups in Dausa prioritized the need to make safe drinking water available to every village in a ‘People’s Manifesto’

prepared in anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections 2009. Sachin Pilot is the sitting Member of Parliament from this constituency in Rajasthan.

The local charter has been prepared as part of the ‘All India People’s Manifesto’ initiative launched on Dec 10th, 2008 and will see ordinary people from 300+ parliamentary constituencies developing 10-point development charters for submission to the candidates expected to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and relevant political parties.

Alok Vyas, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan – Rajasthan said "Thirty five civil society organizations have come together to develop the people’s manifesto in Rajasthan.  The process is being undertaken to enable various sections to voice their demands for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Local Hearings for the development of the People’s Manifesto have been undertaken in 7 parliamentary constituencies so far, including Alwar, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Sikar".Water and irrigation have emerged as common concerns across constituencies.  "Access to drinking water and irrigation is the most imminent need of the people in the area. The river link project  can mitigate this problem but it requires political will" said Ramdhan Potiala of Bharat Kisan Sangh, Nagaur.

Amitabh Behar, Convenor – Wada Na Todo Abhiyan said "Local groups and national networks are joining hands to develop the People’s Manifesto in parliamentary constituencies across 29 states and Union Territories. This is possibly the most extensive effort to establish a grassroots driven, people’s development agenda in recent times. Our aim is to ensure that we engage with the national elections not only choose our elected representatives, but also tell  them what changes we want to see on the ground in the next five years."

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