People’s Agenda – DELHI ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS-FEBRUARY 2020

Future is Green, Green is Future!

INDIA GREENS PARTY
Registration Number: 56/476/2018-19/PPS-I
Registered Office: 104, 1st Floor Vardhman Complex, LSC, Savita Vihar, Delhi-110092 
Email: indiagreensparty@gmail.com Website: https://indiagreensparty.org

People’s Agenda

DELHI ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS-FEBRUARY 2020

Introduction

Formed on 18 November 2018, the India Greens Party (IGP) is a party with a pledge!

The IGP is committed to make India ecologically and politically green!

The party is registered with the Election Commission of India as a pan-India ecological and environmental political party — only one of its kind!

The IGP follows Greenism or Green Politics as a political ideology. Green Politics is advocated by supporters of the Green Movement, which has been active through Green parties in several parts of the world since the early 1970s and was consolidated with the formation of the Global Greens on 12 April 2001 and four days later i.e. on 16 April adopted its Charter, which identifies six guiding principles — ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, participatory democracy, non-violence and respect for diversity. The Objectives of the party are based on these guiding principles.

Allegiance

The India Greens Party pledges its allegiance to the Constitution of India. It shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and to the principles of Socialism, Secularism and Democracy and would uphold the Sovereignty, Unity and Integrity of India.

The India Greens Party is concerned that the Constitution of the country is threatened. Therefore, the party will work for the autonomy of the institutions, ensure transparency and strengthen transparency through better RTI provisions.

Commitments

Ecological Wisdom: The India Greens Party acknowledges that human beings are part of the natural world and we respect the specific values of all forms of life, including non-human species. It acknowledges the wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the world, as custodians of the land and its resources. The Party acknowledges that human society depends on the ecological resources of the planet, and must ensure the integrity of ecosystems and preserve biodiversity and the resilience of life supporting systems.

Social Justice: The party asserts that the key to social justice is the equitable distribution of social and natural resources, both locally and globally, to meet basic human needs unconditionally, and to ensure that all citizens have full opportunities for personal and social development. It declares that there is no social justice without environmental justice, and no environmental justice without social justice.

Participatory Democracy: The IGP strives for a democracy in which all citizens have the right to express their views, and are able to directly participate in the environmental, economic, social and political decisions which affect their lives; so that power and responsibility are concentrated in local and regional communities, and devolved only where essential to higher tiers of governance.

Non-violence: It declares its commitment to nonviolence and strives for a culture of peace and cooperation between states, inside societies and between individuals, as the basis of global security. The Party believes that security should not rest mainly on military strength but on cooperation, sound economic and social development, environmental safety, and respect for human rights. 

Sustainability: The party recognises the limited scope for the material expansion of human society within the biosphere, and the need to maintain biodiversity through sustainable use of renewable resources and responsible use of non-renewable resources. The Party believes that to achieve sustainability, and in order to provide for the needs of present and future generations within the finite resources of the earth, continuing growth in global consumption, population and material inequality must be halted and reversed. INDIA GREENS PARTY recognises that sustainability will not be possible as long as poverty persists.

Respect for Diversity: The India Greens party honours cultural, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings. The Party defends the right of all persons, without discrimination, to an environment supportive of their dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being. It promotes the building of respectful, positive and responsible relationships across lines of division in the spirit of a multicultural society.

Therefore, IGP reiterates its commitment to the progressive, secular, democratic and inclusive values with the purpose of building green politics in the country and to have a sustainable future.

The India Greens Party remains committed to spreading awareness on the environmental issues in Delhi and throughout the country. It is high time voters start dialogue with their candidates on local environmental issues. 

The party is committed to push for the proportional representation and preferential system in the elections. 

The party is committed to making the institutions of the Supreme Court, CAG, Commission for RTI, PCI, Parliament, UGC, and other such institutions stronger. The party also reiterates its commitment to Federalism in the country.

Belief

The IGP is of the strong belief that we depend on the Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty and that the natural environment provides the foundation for all human livelihoods and existence of all non-humans. Therefore, it is our responsibility to pass them on, undiminished or even improved, to the next generation.

The India Greens Party (IGP) believes in creating an equitable societal structure by making the people empowered at the economic, political, social, cultural and ecological- environmental levels.

The party is of the belief that without equality between men, women and others, no real democracy can be achieved. The party is determined to have equality at all levels and for all including the rights of the minority communities and those on the social margins including women. In a nutshell, the party is for social justice at all levels.

Concerns

There is not a single constitutional body that has not been tampered or compromised with. If we look at the rights of the citizens and freedom of expression to the right to life, we will know that the citizenry has been weakened by the State. The social fabric of the people of the country has also been damaged. A situation has been created where social tension and confrontation are at the top.

The India Greens Party is aware that overexploitation of resources is causing extreme deterioration in the environment and leading to massive extinction of species and the search for maximum short- term profits is causing widespread human suffering. Therefore, the party will work towards diminishing the dominant patterns of human production and consumption, including excessive and wasteful use of natural bounties, considering Earth’s carrying capacity.

Resolve

The India Greens Party resolves to fight injustice, racism, poverty, ignorance, corruption, crime and violence and armed conflicts.

Political Heritage

The party acknowledges the great political heritage of India and the Freedom Struggle against the Imperialist regime of the British as its own heritage even as it associates itself with the values of the Freedom Struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.

The IGP is of the view that it was the Freedom Struggle against the British Raj that paved the way for Parliamentary Democracy in the country. It is of the firm view that the country accepted the Federal Constitution, Freedom, Equality and Sister(brother)hood for the sake of building New India. 

However, the IGP is of the opinion that the experiences of the journey after the Independence in 1947 show that the belief in being empowered and equal has been eroded and weakened. And the discontentment has been on the rise in the marginalised and deprived castes, categories, communities, and regions.

It has been assessed that the trends prevalent in parliamentary politics have been instrumental in taking the society in the direction of subjugation, rather than towards empowerment, freedom and independence. 

The intra-societal struggles are also encouraged and promoted.

In this light, the India Greens Party is of the opinion that the parliamentary democracy in India is the grip of the competitiveness where the values of the statutory and constitutional bodies have been eroded. 

In such a situation, an effective political intervention looks inevitable.

Political Situation

It is regrettable that the present situation in the country has reached a stage where the policies based on inequality have been accepted at the political level. Society looks deeply divided at the economic level. And, at the societal level, the culture of appropriation and domination looks to be calling the shots. In fact, the objectives of the parliamentary political processes have almost been appropriated or eliminated. The very elements and objectives of the parliamentary political participation have been eliminated, though they are the stellar pillar in a diverse society. 

The so-called development process is just consolidation of the anti-people economic, social and political regime. And in the name of security, we are being provided with the expanded militarism in place of real democracy.

PEOPLE’S AGENDA/DEMANDS

As the focus is currently on establishing party’s presence throughout the country — we are not contesting the Delhi Assembly February-2020 election. 

However, we are here with the IGP People’s Agenda/Demands for the Delhi Assembly Election-2020.

Appeal

The party appeals to the voters of the NCT of Delhi to exercise their franchise on 8 February 2020 in favour of the AAP candidates for the sake of continuity, better governance, transparency, efficiency and clean politics and environment.

The IGP is of the opinion that the AAP Government is committed to providing good health facilities and education to all. And, it accelerated the speed of development in Delhi by constructing several flyovers to reduce travel-time and thus contribute in improving the environment.

The AAP Government is also committed to provide faster and better local transportation system and to make basic amenities including water and electricity accessible to all citizens in the national capital.

The party believes that it is vital to ensure a big win for the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly Election-2020 at a time when the country is passing through an extraordinary political situation and at a time when all the progressive and forward-looking citizens in the country are against the exclusionary provisions like the CAA, NRC and NPR.

The IGP is of the belief that it is also important to discourage those parties which are bent upon doing dirty politics and resorting to fascist, fundamental and narrow-minded narratives and political approach just for the sake of votes of particular communities. 

The India Greens Party strongly feels that the religion-based politics has no place in the country and, therefore, must be discouraged by defeating the candidates of the parties relying on the religious mobilisation.

The IGP People’s Agenda, therefore, outlines certain definitive and firm demands as follows and expects that the Aam Aadmi Party will implement them when it returns to power in the national capital.

Social Justice: The India Greens Party is concerned at the gap between rich and poor. It is worried that a citizenship based on equal rights for all individuals in all spheres of social, economic, political, cultural life has not been built so far. As regards the party, its members shall continue to struggle for the sake of high objectives of freedom, equality, and sister(brother)hood as per the federal system. The party and its members shall also contribute towards creating political culture and climate as per the federal structure of the country. However, the party demands from the government that —

  • The gap between rich and poor is eliminated. 
  • A citizenship based on equal rights for all individuals in all spheres of social, economic, political and cultural life is built.
  • Adequate provisions for the women need to be made in all spheres of life including political. There will be social balance only if we make it 50:50 between women and men. We need to be sensitive enough to understand that the women have to face so much at the physical, mental and emotional levels. The point is that women want equality, not the majority. 

Ecological Rights: As said before, the India Greens Party is of the belief that we depend on the Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty and that the natural environment provides the foundation for all human livelihoods and existence of all non-humans. At the same time, the party is fully aware that the rights of nature are threatened. The rights over air, water, and soil are also restricted. In fact, the environment is being targeted by domination. As a result, the conflict between animals and humans is on the rise. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • The rights of nature are legislated, protected and preserved. An increasing number of court rulings and legislation worldwide have already recognised the rights of nature.
  • The government ought to consider what all these rulings and legislation worldwide say about the rights of nature and what legal and systemic considerations be taken into account as the recognition of the rights of nature.
  • Those amendments in the law are to be revoked which  affect the environment, ecology and people.

Food Security: Food security entails ensuring adequate food supply to people, especially those who are deprived of basic nutrition. It has been a major concern in India. According to UN-India, there are nearly 195 million undernourished people in India, which is a quarter of the world’s hunger burden. The NCT of Delhi is no different. In 2018, India ranked 76th in 113 countries assessed by the Global Food Security Index (GFSI), based on four parameters — affordability, availability and quality and safety. As per the Global Hunger Index-2018, India was ranked 103rd out of 119 qualifying countries. Therefore, the party demands that — 

  • The food security and coverage for all citizens in the NCT of Delhi is ensured.
  • The public distribution system (PDS) to be made more efficient and inclusive.
  • The mid-day meal programme needs to have more coverage and emphasis.
  • Natural and organic foods need to be popularised.
  • Strict action be taken against those who violate the ban on drugs like Oxytocin, which are used to increase the size of vegetables. 

Public Transport: The local transportation — DTC buses, private buses, Delhi Metro trains, local trains, taxis, cabs, cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws — is the lifeline of the capital city of Delhi. More than half of the population in Delhi is dependent on local transport for commuting systems. Sixty per cent of Delhi Metro now runs on solar power coming all the way from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. 290 trains across 373 kilometres serving several million passengers in a single day are now green. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • Hundred percent solar energy is used in Delhi Metro trains within the next five years.
  • The government must think beyond the use of CNG in vehicles and adopt newer technology to reduce air pollution. 

Rooftop Solar Capacity: Rooftop solar power capacity building needs a push in Delhi. Currently, the national capital is producing only 96 megawatts of solar power through its installed rooftops. It lags behind a smaller city like Pune where it is 130 MWs. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • The solar power capacity needs to be tripled in the next five years and necessary ease and availability of the infrastructure and equipment for the same purpose are made available by the government.

Water: Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between society and the environment. Water is also a rights issue. As the global population grows, there is an increasing need to balance all of the competing commercial demands on water resources so that communities have enough for their needs. In particular, women and girls must have access to clean, private sanitation facilities to manage menstruation and maternity in dignity and safety. At the human level, water cannot be seen in isolation from sanitation. Together, they are vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, education and economic productivity of populations.

More than a thousand water bodies in Delhi — lakes, ponds, moats, etc — existed far back in the 20th century. Today, most of them have been encroached upon and lost due to inaction and possible connivance of multiple agencies that owned the land that these water bodies existed on. These include Delhi Development Authority, block district offices, Archaeological Survey of India, forest department, and all five municipal corporations and Delhi Cantonment Board. According to a 2018 Niti Ayog report, Delhi is among 21 Indian cities that is poised to run out of groundwater soon. There are thousands of borewells/tubewells in the city. And, millions of households draw illegally groundwater on a regular basis. Therefore the party demands that —

  • No further borewells/tubewells are allowed in the city and more sustainable water supply is ensured.
  • There is no scarcity of drinking-water in any part of Delhi.
  • Adequate infrastructure for water access, floods and droughts, and the contamination of rivers is ensured and dams are maintained in such a way that they deal with the floods easily.
  • Illegal constructions near reservoirs are strictly banned.
  • Legal action is taken against those who over extract groundwater.
  • The water bodies in the city are made pollution-free.
  • The leakage/wastage of residential water supply is stopped.
  • Restoration of the lost water bodies which have been illegally turned into cremation grounds, temples, government buildings, stadiums and even bus terminals.
  • Reclamation of all water bodies.
  • A total ban on diverting water bodies for industrious human use.

Water Supply: Only seven of India’s states and union territories have tap water supply in over 80 per cent households. Delhi has one of the highest percentages of households with piped water among all of India’s states and union territories. However, about 18 percent or 6,25,000 households in the capital city do not have piped water supply. Therefore, the IGP demands that — 

  • Piped supply of water to those households where piped water supply is unavailable.
  • Sustainable means are maintained and high sanitation and purity standards ensured.

Rainwater Harvesting: Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) was made compulsory in 2001, but has little presence in Delhi with no solid data about effective implementation. Authorities have gone on passing the buck, and municipal corporations allege a loophole in the law that lets new buildings be constructed without the mandatory rainwater harvesting systems. This loophole relates to the practice of builders, who get their building plans (that include RWH systems) approved from the municipal corporations, but don’t actually get the RWH systems installed; nor do they apply for a ‘completion certificate’ for the building after construction has been done. While getting a completion certificate is mandatory on paper, there is no penalty in case the builder does not obtain one. In effect, therefore, municipal corporations would never know if the RWH system was actually built or not.

Procedural complexity adds to the problem. Even with DJB’s financial incentives for those adopting RWH, a resident has to approach multiple agencies for approval – municipal corporation, DJB, and district commissioner of the ground water authority, CGWB. Therefore, the India Greens party demands that — 

  • Rainwater harvesting (RWH) in all commercial and residential complexes is ensured.
  • The loophole in the relevant law needs to be taken care of.
  • The new buildings must be constructed with the mandatory rainwater harvesting systems. 
  • The buildings must not get certificates after construction if they do not have RWH system.
  • Provisions must be made to penalise those building owners who do not follow the rules.
  • There has to be a single window facility for getting approval for the construction of a building. Right now, procedural complexity adds to the problem as a resident has to approach multiple agencies for approval – municipal corporation, DJB, and district commissioner of the ground water authority, CGWB. 

Yamuna River Pollution: Yamuna river is polluted by various reasons such as an outlet of industrial wastes, dumping unwanted trash and also due to other human activities. There are many factories which discharge their wastes and pollute the water in addition to the environment. The IGP, therefore, demands that —

  • A mechanism is put in place to manage industrial waste and not dump trash into the river.
  • Ban on the factories that discharge their wastes to pollute the Yamuna water.

Ridge Forest: The Ridge in Delhi has become prey to the so-called urbanisation and development, which includes construction work, road widening, quarrying, garbage dumping and encroachments. Today more than 40 per cent of the Ridge has been destroyed and there are no signs of the damage abating. From time to time courts have stepped in for the protection of this heritage but the various legal notices and actions till date have often failed to reach the real target and instead of pressing for an eco-friendly development, the judiciary has put the ridge jurisdiction in the hands of government agencies which are selling our natural heritage for a few hundred crores. The party, therefore, demands that — 

  • A separate conservation authority is created to protect and restore Delhi Ridge forest.
  • City forests and biodiversity parks are created instead of theme parks and amusement parks.
  • No construction, or development or road building in forest areas are allowed for any reason.
  • Strict ban on conversion of listed areas of forest cover, for any reason is enforced.

Tree Care: Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present and future. Like India, Delhi is facing so many ecological and environmental issues. We need to take care of our trees in an attempt to mitigate. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • A blanket ban on the felling of trees in the NCR of Delhi.
  • Woodlands, forests and trees in urban and rural settings of Delhi are protected, preserved and sustainably managed with the help of the citizens. Recruitment of the deficit posts of forest officials for this purpose is also necessary.
  • A scheme is needed that encourages each citizen in the national capital to plant one tree and take care of it. If each citizen grows one tree there will be enough oxygen and a better environment. 
  • The trees need to be freed from concrete around them for their uninterrupted growth and not pressurise the water channels around them.
  • Increase the tree cover of Delhi NCR by 5 per cent, with native species plantation.
  • Trees across Delhi must be de-choked and given requisite 1-meter radius of soil.
  • GPS enabled app for tree count and numbering of all trees.
  • Nailing or tying wires to trees must be heavily penalised.
  • Increase in the tree cover with native species of Delhi NCR by another 5 per cent.

Air Pollution: Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen and mold spores may be suspended as particles. Ozone, a gas, is a major part of air pollution in cities. In short, smog, soot, greenhouse gases, and other top air pollutants are affecting the planet and our health. Most air pollution comes from energy use and production. Burning fossil fuels releases gases and chemicals into the air. Air pollution not only contributes to climate change but is also exacerbated by it. Air pollution in the form of carbon dioxide and methane raises the earth’s temperature. Climate change will make it harder in the future to meet pollution standards. As regards Delhi and the neighbouring states, union environment minister has, by now, postponed three times the tripartite meeting of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to arrive at a solution of stubble burning. Therefore, the IGP demands that — 

  • A tripartite meeting of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab must be held without any further delay to arrive at a solution of stubble burning and the burden of buying threshers and allied equipment to deal with stubble burning must be resolved.
  • The air quality index (AQI) should be monitored and kept at a safe level as per graded response action plan (GRAP)
  • Target of at least 65 per cent reduction in air pollution by 2025.
  • A blanket ban on all firecrackers on all occasions.
  • Factories should be given targets to reduce emissions of GHG gases and be periodically monitored for the same.
  • Seek reduction in air pollution levels drastically in order to meet the national standards for safeguarding public health.
  • Income Tax rebate for those people who use metro rails or buses for commuting and tax exemptions for restaurants and hotels for promoting eco-friendly organic and non-plastic products.

Waste Treatment: Waste management means the activities and actions that are required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal. This includes the collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste, together with monitoring and regulation of the waste management process. Therefore, the party demands that — 

  • A proper road map is prepared for zero waste at landfills and strict implementation of waste segregation and solid waste management rules.
  • Blanket ban on the single use plastic in the city.
  • A practice of community composting of wet waste in MCD & DDA parks to be initiated.
  • Inclusion of environment as a mandatory subject in the school curricula for all ages.
  • New technologies to be explored for turning waste into useful products like tiles for footpaths.
  • Officials to be made accountable for environmental targets.

Recycling: Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new, useful products. This is done to reduce the use of raw materials. Recycling also uses less energy and a good way of controlling air, water and land pollution. In Delhi, we need to teach ourselves to recycle our waste. The young generation, which comprises a great part of the population, needs to take the lead in this. It is good that the young generation is aware of the land, air and water issues and is worried about its future. In view of this, the party demands that — 

  • A mechanism needs to be in place to teach all, especially the young ones, to recycle their waste.
  • To follow how several developed countries are already recycling their waste.

Clean Air: Clean air is not only an inalienable human right but also fundamental to healthy human life. Yet, the vast majority of the population lives in places where they are exposed to poor air quality. This has the potential to get significantly worse, as population and economic growth, and urbanisation cram ever more people into increasingly polluted cities. The air pollution continues to take a heavy toll on health, causing millions of early deaths. With air quality failing to meet legal standards in the majority of cities, people and environmental organisations are increasingly going to court to demand action. The party is at pains to say that at the heart of the problem is a lack of political will, a symptom of a legal and political order which puts private profit before public health. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • A mandatory ban on the sale of diesel in the city in order to achieve air quality standards. 
  • A ban on solid fuel, including stubble, burning to tackle winter smog that sees particulate matter reach levels many times higher than the limits.

Single-use Plastic: Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, balloons, tea-coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles, most food packaging, etc. The nature of petroleum-based disposable plastic makes it difficult to recycle and they have to add new virgin materials and chemicals to it to do so. Additionally, there are a limited number of items that recycled plastic can use. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • Law is made to stop production, promotion, and use of single-use plastic throughout the the NCT of Delhi.

Bicycle-friendly City: We need to make our cities bicycle-friendly. People do not ride bicycles because they cannot leave them anywhere. Also, there are no safe roads for bicycle riders. In several countries, bicycles have GPS and one can leave them anywhere and the lock will not open without paying through the card. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • Create programmes to make the NCT of Delhi bicycle-friendly as it is not only a cheap system of transportation in comparison to cars and buses but also eco-friendly.

Cleanliness: Cleanliness is about being clean and free from germs, dirt, trash, or waste and the habit of achieving and maintaining that state. Cleanliness is often achieved through cleaning. Gandhiji had a great view of cleanliness. He gave it a very high status. Therefore, the party demands that — 

  • The government as well as the citizens do their best to make the country clean.
  • Awareness campaigns and programmes are needed on a large-scale.
  • More dustbins in public places are to be ensured so that people can find them easily and use them.
  • Urgent need to have clean and hygienic public toilets.

Women’s Safety: Women’s safety is among the biggest issues in the national capital of Delhi. Day-by-day, an increasing number of rape cases and domestic violence have triggered the urgency of strong and practical action-plan to stop that or at least minimise the number as much as possible. Therefore, the party demands that —

  • The women are needed to be protected from sexual and gender-based violence. 
  • Changes in-laws are needed to give women adequate protection in homes and out of them.
  • There are strong laws against violence and harassment but they are just on paper. Therefore, a mechanism to implement them is required.
  • Awareness about the laws that can help the victims is also required.
  • Strong support from the police as well as from the society is urgently required.
  • A change in the thought processes of society and men through awareness programmes in schools is the need of the hour. This way, we can also teach our next generation and create a better environment for women. 
  • To make women strong enough to handle the situations of violence and harassment, etc. Running self-defence programmes in school, colleges, offices and in the neighbourhoods where women gather. Making such training mandatory for all women at the workplace, colleges and schools would benefit them.

Anti-Rape Squades: Safety of women and girls is a real concern in any society or in any country. Delhi is no exception. That is why an anti-rape movement is in existence and seeks to combat violence against and the abuse of women. And the fact is that majority of the rape cases are not reported due to several reasons. Therefore, the IGP demands that — 

  • There is a need to change community attitudes to violence against women, such as attitudes of entitlement to sex and victim blaming, as well as attitudes of women themselves such as self-blame for violence against them. 
  • There is a need for a change in law too. The rape laws also need to be redefined so that the rape accused do not easily get bail.
  • The laws of evidence need to be strengthened as they are presently inadequate and they enable the rapists avoid penalties.
  • Penal action required against those who discourage victims from reporting assaults against the rapists who generally come from powerful communities or are capable to denigrate the victim.
  • Anti-rape squads are required in every police station in the NCR along with a functional 24/7 helpline. Such squads are necessary as the national capital has been witnessing rapes everyday. 
  • They offenders must not be allowed to go scot-free until their innocence is proved and punishment made stringently. 

Menstrual Leave: The women in the reproductive age-group get sick every month due to their menstrual cycle. The pain on the first day of the period is unbearable. People must understand that during this period, the hormones give a tough time and women are emotionally and physically weak. Therefore, the party demands that — 

  • There should be legal provision to make menstrual leave mandatory.
  • The working women need not explain to their seniors every month that they cannot come to the office due to their menstrual cycle.
  • There should be sensitisation programmes in schools, colleges, offices, etc, to make people respect their female colleagues.

Child Rescue Cells: In cities like Delhi, children’s safety is a major concern. Child abduction or child theft is an unauthorised removal of a child under the age of legal adulthood from the custody of the child’s natural parents or legally appointed guardians. Extortion or sexxual exploitation are the major reasons for kidnappings. Therefore, the party demands that — 

  • The fast track child rescue cells (FTCRCs) are created in all police stations of Delhi for the young and very young children. 
  • The FTCRCs are equipped with an effective child tracking system. 
  • Mechanism for zero FIR registration in any police station of Delhi in case of a kidnapping.
  • The police officials need to be sensitised to handle the kidnapping issues and they are expected to understand child and criminal psychology. 

Animals: The livestock sector is vital for humans. In the NCT of Delhi, there are hundreds of villages where people are dependent on animal husbandry for their sustenance. However, domestic animals have to live in pathetic conditions. The so-called non-productive animals — bulls and old cows — are abandoned to roam around and live in very harsh conditions. Therefor, the IGP demands that —

  • Census of all domesticated animals including cows, buffalos, dogs, pigs is made mandatory.
  • Action plan made to sterilise the street and domesticated dogs.
  • Blanket FMD vaccination coverage to bovines, sheep, goats and pigs ensured.
  • Complete ban on stray animals is enforced and provision made to penalise those who abandon their ‘productive’ or -non-productive’ animals.
  • Government should take care of the abandoned animals as they cannot be allowed to roam around and create a threat to humans. 
  • Blanket ban to be ensured on the use of hormonal and other injections like Oxytocin which are injected illegally to increase cattle milk production. Oxytocin is a hormone classified as a Schedule-H drug, and the Food & Consumable Substances Adulteration Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and the Drug Control Laws ban the sale of this restricted drug without prescription from a registered medical practitioner, as its indiscriminate use can cause serious side effects. The misuse of Oxytocin injections is widespread in the dairy industry where it is used to make cattle/livestock release higher quantities of milk at a time convenient to the farmers. 
  • Institution of a department for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying for the development of livestock sector to be ensured.
  • Effective implementation of the national animal disease control programme (NADCP) to control and eradicate the diseases of livestock like foot and mouth diseases and brucellosis.

The party also resolves to demand that the government —

  • Makes a common and equitable new education policy.
  • Makes a common and equitable new health policy including health and care rights.
  • Ensures protective labour laws and rights.
  • Creates more and more democratic political spaces.
  • Protects civil society and their rights and supports real freedom of speech.
  • Safeguards from offensive new technology.
  • Supports media rights.
  • Ensures economic empowerment of common citizens.
  • Makes legislation against the development resulting as the concentration of assets.
  • Enforces law to restrict communalism and hate speech campaigns.
  • Make those public toilets operational that were built but not being used due to electricity connection, water and sewage connection.
  • Ensure phase-out of fossil fuels and promotion of electric transport in the city.
  • Enforce ban on all kinds of firecrackers on all occasions and stringent penalties for sellers/users of crackers.

Contributors: 

Santosh Shintre, Suresh Nautiyal, Dr Noel Mathew, Ms Mahima Bhardwaj, Anil Chamadia, Kusum Kandwal Bhatt, Ish Kumar Bhargava, and Ms Anita Nautiyal.

Acknowledgements:
http://urjadelhi.org/
https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/water/index.html
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/air-pollution-everything-you-need-know#sec1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki

The IGP document initiated by Manifesto Committee convener Santosh Shintre and expanded and edited by party president Suresh Nautiyal. The document released on 6 February 2020.

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