Kathyayini Chamraja

India

Since 2005, have been working as Executive Trustee of CIVIC Bangalore (Citizens’ Voluntary Initiative for the City of Bangalore). CIVIC has been working since 25 years for the proper implementation of the 74th Constitutional Amendment or Nagarapalika Act to bring about decentralisation, transparency, accountability and people’s participation in urban governance. Since the last 10 years, CIVIC has been working with the urban poor to enable them to access their basic rights to food, water and sanitation, housing, health care, education, and social security, by organising awareness programmes on urban poor’s rights, conducting grievance redressal melas, public hearings, etc. Use of RTI in enabling the poor to access their rights has been a strong point of CIVIC. CIVIC has conducted various research studies, including on “Proactive Disclosures under the Right to Information Act 2005” of seven service agencies of Karnataka. As a result of CIVIC impleading itself in the suo motu PIL taken up by the Karnataka High Court on out-of-school children, more than 1.5 lakh out-of-school children were brought back to school. Since more than a year, CIVIC has conducted several consultations with a network of CSOs in preparing an “Accountability Bill”, and advocating for its passage by the Karnataka government, in collaboration with NCPRI.

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