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Congress extends support to social activists seeking accountability law in Rajasthan

On Thursday, a protest was organised outside the Vidhan Sabha where people from all political parties were invited.

The Congress Thursday backed the accountability law being demanded by social activists led by Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey, even as participants of the Jawabdehi Yatra protested outside Rajasthan assembly on its 101st day on Thursday.

“The government should fix accountability when it comes to its own schemes and implement the accountability law as being demanded by social organisations,” said PCC chief Sachin Pilot, speaking at the protest, assuring that the party will raise the demand in the state assembly. The yatra, which covered all 33 districts beginning December 1, completed 100 days on Wednesday.

On Thursday, a protest was organised outside the Vidhan Sabha where people from all political parties were invited. Apart from Congress, representatives from AAP and the Left parties were present, while the BJP gave it a miss. The activists are demanding passing of the accountability law and arrest of BJP MLA Kanwar Lal Meena, who had attacked the yatra while it was in Aklera. Pilot said that the entire incident is on video, clearly implicating the MLA, but the police are not acting against him.

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Activist Aruna Roy said that the state government should implement the law within two months else the activists will launch an indefinite protest in Jaipur from May 10.

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With the campaign officially culminating on Thursday, a delegation also met Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria who assured them of action against MLA Kanwar Lal “within 8 days”.

The 100-day campaign witnessed seminars, clinics and workshops on Right to Information (RTI), Right to Education (RTE) and Right to Hearing Act (RTH), which was followed up with camps on RTI application, grievance submission and District Shiksha Sammelans in which ward panches and panchayati raj representatives participated. Besides, RTI, RTE and RTH, the Transparency and Accountability Yatra also touched upon several social issues under the government programmes of MGNREGA or for other benefits such as ration pension, health and social security. The campaign also pushed for Accountability Law, which aims to plug the loopholes in public delivery systems and fix accountability for the guilty.