In the past 2 years India has seen its share of scandals; the 2G Spectrum and Commonwealth Games inflicted lasting damage on the Indian psyche that culminated in the Anna-Hazare led people’s movement against corruption and the demand for an all-encompassing anti-corruption legislation, the Jan Lokpal Bill, to usher in greater transparency and accountability in governance in the country.
The Citizens Feedback Initiative (CFI) in India is a mechanism that allows citizens to demand and track their basic entitlements and services of health, education, water and livelihoods among others through various national and local level government schemes which align with the MDGs.
The initiative is being implemented in 2 pilot locations – the predominantly tribal Koraput District in Orissa state and the quasi-urban Sehore district in Madhya Pradesh.
CFI is locally branded as “Samadhan,” which means “resolution” in Hindi.
Why SAMADHAN? There are less than four years left for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – a series of ambitious commitments that countries made across the globe to reduce poverty, eliminate preventable … Continue reading
35-year-old Laxman Saunta and his wife, Daimoti, live in Kathapada village in Koraput District. They have a 7-year-old boy, Durhaya and a 4-year-old girl, Saita. Both husband and wife work as daily wage earners to … Continue reading
35-year-old Sibaram Bandhia lives in the Bandhia Guda village of Koraput District. The village has 56 households with a population of 267. About 43 are children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. … Continue reading
31-year-old Arath Takri lives happily with his wife, Sunita, in Tayaput village, Laxmipur Block of Koraput District. During the Palli Sabha (village meeting), his name was selected as one of the beneficiaries of the Indira … Continue reading
Koraput District – Orissa, India – Sadan Krishani a 29-year-old daily labourer lives with his wife and son in Chakarliguda village in Koraput, a tribal-populated remote district in the central Indian state of Orissa, where … Continue reading
This article from the Washington Post describes an exciting new program being conducted in two Indian districts in which citizens can connect directly with government officials to report problems via cell phones. LONDHIYA, INDIA — … Continue reading