October 10, Kathmandu. The CPN Maoist Center has taken suggestions from subject experts to prepare a manifesto for the House of Representatives elections to be held on November 4. The committee, which prepared the Maoist commitment letter, held discussions with various experts for four days.
The discussion, which started on October 7 at Hotel Himalaya in Lalitpur, ended on Monday. DP Dhakal, a central member of the Maoist and a member of the manifesto preparation committee, said that around 300 people participated in the 12 sessions of discussion on various topics.
The manifesto preparation committee headed by senior vice-president Narayankaji Shrestha held discussions with experts from education and culture, health, forests, environment, climate change and disaster management, water resources, energy and irrigation.
Similarly, national sovereignty, security and foreign affairs, inclusion, social justice, social security and federalism, socialist-oriented economic politics, financial sector management, science and technology, information communication and youth, labour, employment and transport, agriculture, land and Cooperation, law, journalism and human rights were also discussed.
According to Dhakal, many suggested that it should be closed saying that there is a tendency to write in the manifesto but not to implement it. Dhakal also said that there was a view that the meaning of socialism should be explained in the manifesto.
The suggestions received in the discussion will be included in the manifesto as far as possible by the Maoists and the unresolved issues will be included in the policies and programs of the government in the coming days. “We keep all the suggestions as ‘zero draft’ of the manifesto,” Dhakal said, adding, “We put as many as possible in the commitment letter. Tomorrow when we formulate the policies and programs of the government, we will include those suggestions which could not be included in the commitment letter yesterday.
Provincial committees can also make provincial manifestos based on the manifesto of the Centre.
What are the suggestions?
Form of government and election system: It should be clear whether the form of government and election system will change or not. If you want to change you have to come in the manifesto. Since this is a matter related to the amendment of the Constitution, a comprehensive package of amendments to the Constitution had to be brought.
Federalism: Federalism should be further strengthened. The propriety of the province has been questioned. If there is no justification, then it should be written as such, if it is justified, then it should be written that it is justified in this or that way.
Education: Education from class VIII onwards was to be taken towards technology. An action plan had to be prepared to increase the scope of technical education to 70 percent. At least the Maoist party moved towards making education and health compulsory within five years.
Health: Had to build a hospital circuit. One/one hospital was to be built at the municipal level. It was also necessary to make arrangements for the posts of health workers in schools. The injured cannot be taken to the hospital in time due to the police case at the time of the accident. Even if you take her to the hospital, the treatment will not start until the money is paid. Therefore, the government had to make arrangements for 24 hours compulsory treatment after the accident. Make health insurance effective.
Industry: Rapid industrialization should be promoted to increase exports by replacing imports. We had to confirm that we would be self-sufficient within five years after identifying self-sustaining products.
Water Resources: Water resources should be developed as a national economy. Programs like Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) had to be introduced for water resources projects.
Agriculture: Provision for farmer pension should be made. The industrialization of agriculture was clearly to come. The support price of the product is not only determined, but the state must make arrangements to procure it.
Forestry: The condition of wasting forest wood, but the import of timber should be stopped. Deforestation had to be stopped and the environment was to be protected. One situation is such that it is not possible to use forest produce, the idea of its use had to come up.
Human rights and mass media: Education, health, employment, food sovereignty and housing are written as fundamental rights in the constitution. However, legislation has not been enacted to enforce those rights. A law was to be made and enforced.
Working Journalists Act was to be implemented. Some mandatory provisions in the Press Council Bill had to be removed. The advertisements had to be distributed proportionately.
Art Literature: There should be a clear policy of copyright and intellectual rights protection.