Right to Health if third UPA govt is formed at Centre: Rahul

Last Updated 25 March 2014, 13:21 IST

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said if a third UPA government is installed at the Centre, Right to Health will be implemented in the country to ensure good health for all.

"It is one of our promises that people's Right to Health will be ensured if the third UPA government comes to power. We have ensured food security for all and MGNREGA to ensure employment. Now we have to implement people's right to health," Gandhi said while addressing a public gathering here.

He said women in the country needs to be properly empowered for a strong nation.
"We have empowered women up to some extent by introducing the Panchayati Raj system. We need to do more. We are trying to bring the women leadership in our party to the fore," he said.

Criticising the Tripura government for not being able to provide safety and security to women, Rahul said, "Women in Tripura are the most tortured in the country. They are intimidated, molested and gang raped, but do not get proper redressal."
He said the Autonomous District Councils for protecting and safeguarding tribals would be more powerful because the Union Home Ministry has approved greater autonomy for them.

"I will always stand in Delhi like a sepoy (sentry) to help any tribal who face any problem," Rahul said.

He said Communism was abolished in Russia, West Bengal and Kerala but only exists in Tripura.

"They should be ousted soon. Not only they, but their ideology of partisan system and showing nepotism to the relatives of their leaders and cadres. Communism is an old thought," the Congress vice-president said.

He also criticised the Left Front government in Tripura for not implementing a pay scale for state government employees at par with the central government and misuse of central funds.

(Published 25 March 2014, 13:21 IST)

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