Archive for June, 2009

RTI amendment

Hello all,
CHRI, one of the key players in the RTI movement has circulated a note on the proposed amendment to the RTI Act. There is widespread apprehension that the government will try to restrict the scope of the RTI law. One key issue is that of the status of the ‘file notings’. This group might be interested in discussing this impending issue.
There were three attachments to this CHRI letter, which I have not included here. Pls contact CHRI for more information.

GS – Ten things for India to achieve its 2050 potential

Goldman Sachs has a good paper on key priorities for India to achieve its potential. High on the list is to improve governance at various levels, including:

  • Improving accountability of politicians
  • Enhancing clarity in roles and responsibilities
  • Organization of citizens to demand better services

The broad roadmap suggests more public-private partnerships, transparency with respect to information and decentralization. Incidentally, GS has also come up with its expectations from the budget and the list on governance looks pretty interesting.

Governance reforms - GS expectations from budget 2009

Governance reforms - GS expectations from budget 2009

Welcome to Next India!

Welcome to the Next India platform. This is a platform to share and discuss ideas around bringing more transparency and accountability to all levels of governance in India – right from local level to the parliament. We are not tied to an ideology or to any prioritization of such initiative, but seek to provide a broader engagement and dialogue with all such efforts. The fundamental belief behind this platform is that citizen participation must increase in order for our democracy to thrive.

If you would like to contribute to this platform, please drop a mail to alokmittal [at] gmail [dot] com