The youth will visit villages and help people realise their rights

The Surajya Movement for good governance headed by Lok Satta leader Jayaprakash Narayan, will train over one lakh youth in the coming days to take the concept of people centric governance to grass root level.

Dr. Jayaprakash announced that the trained youth would visit villages, inspect basic amenities related to health, education and other facilities and make an on the spot assessment of fund requirement for putting in place an effective system. They would create awareness and mobilise people’s support for asserting their rights to receive fruits of democracy, a target which remained a distant dream 65 years after Independence.

The Lok Satta chief launched a three-day fast, a beginning in this direction, here on Wednesday in the presence of former civil servants, representatives of political parties and civil society groups. Former IAS officer K. Madhava Rao, M. Padmanabhaiah, veteran politician Ch. Rajeshwar Rao, BJP leader K. Lakshman, CPI (M)’s P. Madhu CPI leader K. Ramakrishna were present.

Dr. Jayaprakash clarified that the event was not aimed at “blackmailing” the powers that be, but a step towards educating the people about their rights.

Surajya Movement was launched in support of demands for constitution of strong Lok Ayukta to contain corruption.

“We don’t call the Lok Ayukta as a panacea for corruption. But putting in place an effective mechanism will serve as deterrent for wrongdoers,” he said calling the need for politics to become education and health centric. Mr. Madhava Rao recalled how the initiatives like Right To Information became reality as people rallied behind them and said the dream of Surajya could also be a reality provided the change comes from within.

He lamented how the governments of the day indulged in “pickling of the files” pertaining to issues they were not interested.