Dr.Jaiprakash Narayan, Member
|Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by
training, a public servant by choice and a democrat by conviction.
Jayaprakash Narayan the physician went into the Indian
Administrative Service in the aftermath of the Emergency and failure
of the Janata Experiment. He was a topper in the IAS exam. During
the 16 years of distinguished public service in various capacities,
he acquired a formidable reputation in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
Some milestones as a civil servant:
• As a young Joint Collector he trained and ensured permanent gainful employment to 8000 youth from displaced families of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
• In a short span of 2 ½ years , as Collector of Prakasam District, he successfully mobilized the farmers on a large scale to take up minor irrigation schemes. A record two lakh acres came under irrigation, 100000 farmers benefited, and all at a relatively low cost of Rs 2000 per acre. It was the largest such program with direct participation of people and this achievement has not been matched to date.
• In the large and complex District of East Godavari, he spearheaded the reconstruction of drainage and irrigation network in Krishna and Godavari deltas.
• He worked to strengthen the credit cooperatives by making them independent of government control.
• He served as Secretary to both Governor and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
• He had several major policy initiatives to his credit: such as empowerment of parents in schools, economic reform and restructuring of AP, development of the Infocity in Hyderabad, and empowerment of local governments and stakeholders.
Founding of Lok Satta
In spite of an impressive personal achievement, Dr Narayan's experience in government convinced him that faulty governance process was the biggest hurdle to India and Indians achieving greater success. At the same time he recognizes the primacy of the political process and strongly believes that what India needs today is a fundamental change in the rules of the game and not a periodic change of players.
In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from Service (IAS) in 1996, and worked with like-minded colleagues for the formation of Lok Satta and is currently its National Coordinator . After 7 1/2 years of tireless effort, Lok Satta is now India's leading civil society initiative in the field of governance reforms. It has a wide reach, name recognition and credibility and enjoys the support of about 30 – 40% of the population of Andhra Pradesh.
Lok Satta's Goals
• Comprehensive Electoral Reforms
• Empowerment of Local Governments
• Instruments of Accountability
• Speedy and efficient justice
Lok Satta is engaged in a national campaign for political reforms. Towards that end it is working with several credible organizations across the country and is encouraging state-level initiatives which are based on Lok Satta's experience.
Lok Satta is in the forefront of key initiatives like:
• Disclosure of Candidate details,
• Political funding reform,
• Decriminalisation of politics,
• Improvement of electoral registration,
• Comprehensive judicial reforms including local courts, and national judicial commission,
• Citizen's Charters