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इंदौर-PAC: The next step in “Reclaiming India – One Step at a Time”

5 May 2013 1,206 views 6 Comments

Late in February of this year, as I was desperately trying to catch some breath in the middle of an intense schedule, a close friend asked me when will I begin to slow down..I told him, I am not sure but I do not think it is going to happen anytime soon. The days leading up to late February and the several weeks after that have been a crazy whirl of activity. But things are about to “heat up” – once again!

Over the next few weeks, we will begin to ramp up an initiative that has been in “stealth mode” for the last few weeks. This new idea is “इंदौर-PAC”.PAC” stands for “Parivartan Aur Chetana” . Or if you prefer, “People for Awareness and Change“.

Together with the Sone ki Chidiya movement, इंदौर-PAC is the defining phase in my activism and the next logical step in the journey that began many years ago

We are still putting the building blocks together but the broad skeleton is now in place. We hope to make इंदौर-PAC the nodal organisation in Indore when it comes to governance related activities and civic matters. We hope to make it the hub of an informed & active citizenry – and a successful model of how voters and citizens can interact, work with and collaborate with local government & elected representatives to come up with solutions to a range of developmental challenges – be it public transport, water, roads or deficiencies in civic development of specific localities.  Our objectives include (among others):

  • promoting and sustaining good governance practices and policies
  • promoting a good quality of life for all citizens of Indore city
  • promoting integrity and transparency in all arms of the government

And our planned activties will involve

  • Checking of Voters List data for completeness and integrity
  • Comparison of Party Manifesto’s with reference to specific issues
  • Proposals and ideas for development in Indore
  • Encouraging initiatives like http://ipaidabribe.com/ which we believe will help in sensitizing the bureaucracy towards corruption involved in day-to-day administrative and civic activities
  • etc.

इंदौर-PAC is distinguished in one important way from other fledgling political or developmental efforts. We will consciously stay focused on “solutions” rather than problems – and our style will be collaborative instead of confrontational when it comes to addressing the governance and development challenges in Indore. Ideologically, we are strongly aligned with the “Sone ki Chidiya” movement.

While most of our activities/efforts will be on the ground in Indore, there are many tasks for which we can do with some help. Please do let me know if any of you have the time to volunteer for this so I can include you on our Google group.

And pl do share with your friends, family or colleagues from Indore so that they too can participate, share their ideas and make their voice heard on matters that are going to affect their city.

We are in the process of setting up the legal entity, opening a bank account & other such things. But the initial work has begun – including the soft launch of our facebook page! It is time to roll up our sleeves now, once again!

Needless to add, none of this can work without your active support, encouragement and contribution..So please do think how you can get involved…Pl ask questions and suggest other ideas..Join the discussions over at Google groups..and stay tuned for more in the days to come.. Together, we will win! Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!
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Related Posts: Launching “Sone ki Chidiya”! and the baby steps in Changing India here , here, here, here and here!

Meanwhile the process of “Reclaiming India” continues...One Stepat a Time!

P.S. Pl note I am travelling intensively over the next few days so there may be some delay in responding to and/or moderating your comments.. Thanks for your patience and support, as always.

6 Comments »

  • 1. Prahlad Pandey said:

    A welcome initiative. Together we can and we will.

  • 2. Rakesh Bhatt said:

    All the Very best in your endeavour!

  • 3. Constructive Inquiry said:

    Vandemataram!

    Well said and well done. As always, Appreciated !

    I have some thing to share with you. Here is the brief and if that excite you to know the full inquiry, I would be require your permission. Do let me know, I will mail you the same because here it might go long.

    You might not remember me but I listen / saw you at iLEAD (Mr Abhishek Sanghvi’s Inititative), Indore, 2010 under the gracious presence of Geet Sethi and other prominent personals.

    I was student and still I am student but lot has changed during the last 3 years. I was wager to meet/discussed you but your busy schedule and my silly ignorance didn’t allowed such interaction. later, I dropped email to you, though I got the response.

    Prof Prahald Pandey (Commented above)was fortunate to meet and discussed with you but as a newly joined employee and student, I was just looking at my helplessness.

    The search was still one but I have understood what was pinching me from very long time and why so many questions and how to get the probable answers.

    You were indirectly responsible in search of my quest and I would like to thanks you for same.

    At present,I am sitting on the bank of Spree River, Berlin, Germany and helping German fellows (who are listing patiently)to understand the misconception about the decades old flawed Aryan-Invasion Theory. It was prompted accidentally or unnecessary and I am also enjoying!

    Rest, with you permission!

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Jai Hind. Jai Bharat!

    Regards,
    Constructive Inquiry

  • 4. NNFI Promod Chawla said:

    For:Indore – PAC
    in 2 visits to Indore saw tremendous interest for an organised Good Governance thrust.Glad that you are making it happen.
    Assembly Elections in MP will happen in Nov 2013 wherein it is important to get Peoples Rep elected; no no to Parties fielding Criminals & compromised, who are thrust upon us.
    Do look at the AAP, New Delhi (Aam Admi Party) Constitution & methodology,also we recently saw an initiative by B.PAC (Bangalore Peoples Action Committee)which is worth following as well.
    Our best wishes & we are there to Lend a Hand in Networking such as pointing out above for your benefit.

  • 5. Sudhakar Mishra said:

    INDORE- PAC:IT WILL BE A VERY GOOD STEP TO RECLIAM OUR SOCITY AND GIVE STRONG VOICE TO OUR CITIZENS TO DIRECTLY INTERACT WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES .

  • 6. B Shantanu (author) said:

    Voter Rewards Programme
    You took care of the health of our democracy; Let us take care of your health!

    Announcing the “Voter Reward Program” – इंदौर-PAC’s novel initiative in collaboration with Samadhan!

    After our very successful initiatives, “Ideas for Indore!”, शुद्ध – the water quality testing campaign and सर्वेक्षण – the voter survey, इंदौर-PAC is pleased to announce the “Voter Reward Program”!

    This is novel initiative in collaboration with “Samadhan” – an NGO focused on healthcare in the deprived tribal and rural areas of M.P.

    This programme will be rolled out from 24th April – the day of voting in Indore – and will be available to all citizens of Indore who have voted in these parliamentary elections.
    Specifically, voters will be able to avail of unique benefits and discounts at diagnostic centres in collaboration with our partner, Samadhan until the ink identifying they have cast their vote lasts.

    Samadhan has offered under this programme:
    + Free Diabetes check up or screening at 10 centers at Indore
    + Test for Cholesterol at a deep discount price of ₹30 – and if indicated,
    + ECG Test at a price of ₹75

    For further details, please get in touch with our core team member, Mr Vinay on 7869924444 – or follow the link below..

    Happy Voting Day!

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    मतदाता पुरस्कार योजना” – समाधान के सहयोग से इंदौर-PAC की अनूठी पहल!

    “मतदाता पुरस्कार योजना” इंदौर-PAC का नवीनतम प्रोजेक्ट है | “Ideas for Indore!”, “शुद्ध” (पेयजल गुणवत्ता परीक्षण अभियान) और “सर्वेक्षण” (वोटर सर्वे अभियान) जैसे सफल कार्यक्रमों के बाद, “Samadhan” के सहयोग से इस अनूठी पहल प्रस्तुत करते हुए हमें अत्यंत हर्ष है| ‘समाधान’ वंचित आदिवासी और ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं की उपलब्धि मैं महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभा रहा है|

    “मतदाता पुरस्कार योजना” का शुभारंभ २४ अप्रैल से होगा | वर्तमान संसदीय चुनाव में इंदौर के सभी नागरिक जिन्होंने अपना वोट दिया है, इस योजना का लाभ उठा पाएंगे | इस योजना के अंतर्गत सभी नागरिकों को वोट की स्याही दिखाने पर, निम्न सुविधाएं उपलब्ध रहेंगी:

    • इंदौर में 10 केन्द्रों पर मधुमेह की नि: शुल्क जांच व स्क्रीनिंग
    • ₹30 के डिस्काउंट मूल्य पर कोलेस्ट्रॉल की टेस्ट (और आवश्यकता पड़ने पर)
    • ₹ 75 की कीमत पर ईसीजी टेस्ट

    अधिक जानकारी के लिए , हमारी टीम के सदस्यों , श्री विनय अथवा श्री यशवंत से इन नंबरों पर संपर्क करें: श्री विनय : 7869924444

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