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Right to Health demand: Protesters write to Modi

Ashok Agarwal
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Public health activists led by Ashok Agarwal staging dharna demanding right to public health

BS RAWAT
NEW DELHI:
The demand for Right to Public Health has intensified in the National Capital Delhi, with hundreds of activists from the National Campaign for Right to Public Health, patients, their caretakers and social workers engaged in the field sending a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 9, 2019.

The letter, signed by noted lawyer and campaign convener Ashok Agarwal has demanded bringing ‘Public Health’ in the concurrent list, making right to public health a Fundamental Right and enactment of a national legislation on right to public health.

"We understand that in the draft of the National Policy for Health it was incorporated that on the lines of Right to Education, Public Health will also be made a Fundamental Right,” it added.

Staging a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, activists from the National Campaign for Right to Public Health asked the Prime Minister that without a constitutional guarantee of free and quality treatment, no person can lead a dignified life as guaranteed under the constitution.

“The status of a common man qua Right to Free and Quality treatment is just like a beggar who often knocks on the doors of Chief Minister and Prime Minister for financial assistance and even that is not guaranteed,” Ashok Agarwal said.


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