Right to Information
Report Cards of elected representatives
Grievance redress, whistleblower protection &
Right to food
Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) is a citizensí group working to promote transparency and accountability in government functioning and to encourage active participation of citizens in governance in India.SNS is an independent non-governmental organization and is not affiliated to, or supported by, any political party. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as Society for Citizensí Vigilance Initiative.
SNSís key strategy has been to assist people exercise their Right to Information using the RTI Act.
SNS has pioneered the effort of using the RTI Act for political accountabilityto make elected representatives (MPs, MLAs and Councillors) more responsive and accountable. Using the RTI Act, SNS has been accessing information on the roles and performance of elected representatives and disseminating this information in the form of Report Cards of individual elected representatives. Click here to read more and view about Report Cards.
The Sangathan has also been working towards ensuring that information on the performance of elected representatives is proactively provided by the government so that people can easily access this information. As a result of SNSís efforts, boards displaying details of expenditure of MLA and Councillor local area development funds have been installed in every constituency and the Legislative Assembly of Delhi has initated live webcast of its proceedings. Click here to read more.
SNSís endeavour is to empower individuals to use the RTI Act tofight corruption and the arbitrary exercise of power, and participate effectively in policy formulation. SNS builds capacities of citizens to use the RTI Act to obtain information on the performance of elected representatives and on the functioning of the Government in areas such as ration, civic works, education and social welfare schemes.SNS mobilizes people to use information to take effective action in the form of petitions, complaints, demonstrations and jansunwais to get their development problems addressed.
Along with other organizations like the National Campaign for Peoplesí Right to Information (NCPRI), SNS has been working on several issues related to the implementation of the RTI Act. Members of SNS have been involved in drafting and advocating for the enactment of effective anti-corruption and grievance redress legislations Ė the Lokpal bill,Grievance Redress bill and the Whistleblower Protection bill. Click here to read more.