Vote for a New India! #YesDemocracy

Vote for a New India! #YesDemocracy

Test of real democracy is free and quality education and healthcare for all – Not just a privileged few who can afford quality private services but all Indian citizens irrespective of their birth, class, caste or economic background.

This election, Say #Yes Democracy

“Yes democracy” is a campaign led by a broad coalition of Indian civil society (NGOs, Think Tanks, Academicians, social influencers) working together to ensure all Indian people receive free and quality education and healthcare.

In a country based on equal citizenship, every person should be accorded the same rights, opportunities and respect. Together let’s make free and quality education and health care a reality for all Indian people and not just a privileged few who can spend to avail the same from private players.

This Campaign is a joint initiative of Oxfam India and several other organizations like RTE Forum, and others.

Key Asks –


1. Increase in government spending on healthcare to 2.5% of GDP in the short term and 5% subsequently. This will ensure universal access to free medicines and health care in all public health centres and the availability of qualified health professionals.

2. Take urgent action to expand and strengthen the public health system to ensure quality and availability of completely free healthcare, medicines and diagnostics and for that significantly increase budget, staff and infrastructure.

3. India’s public health systems need a drastic overhaul and require a better public health system instead of an insurance-based model. The transfer of public funds for healthcare into the hands of private players – healthcare providers and insurance companies, should be stopped. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) under Ayushman Bharat, based on the discredited ‘insurance model’, should be abandoned and existing publicly funded health insurance schemes (PMJAY and different state health insurance schemes) absorbed into an expanded and strengthened public health system.

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1. Ensure 100% compliance with the RTE norms within 3 years of formation of the new government. The government must spend at least 6% of the GDP, in line with the global education financing benchmarks.

2. Ensure all out of schoolchildren are brought back to schools and provide quality inclusive education. It is important to particularly plan for the uninterrupted education of girls to ensure their holistic development given they are more prone to drop out due to social discrimination.

3. The Union and respective State governments should expedite the process of recruitment for vacant teachers’ positions and put in place appropriate mechanisms for pre- and in-service teacher training, timely availability of textbooks and creation of other infrastructural facilities to ensure RTE compliance as soon as the new government is formed.

Let’s pledge to ensure free and quality Education and Healthcare is a reality for all Indian people! Add your details below to pledge your support and keep up-to-date with other work being done to support the asks. Your urgent support will make a big difference.

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It’s time to make the world’s largest democracy work for its people. Let’s demand free and quality education and healthcare for all.

Let's vote for a New India.

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