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POSITIVE APPROACH: Captain Gopinath (left) addressing a gathering at an interactive session in Bangalore on Sunday.
POSITIVE APPROACH: Captain Gopinath (left) addressing a gathering at an interactive session in Bangalore on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

The forum focusses on five main areas of development

‘Public Policy’, ‘Public Services’, Education among the important domains

Volunteers invited to join each of the five groups

BANGALORE: The Citizen’s Empowerment Forum, headed by Captain R. Gopinath, Air Deccan founder, an apolitical platform that aims to engage citizens on key development issues impacting the city, met here on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, Girish Rao, coordinator, said, “This forum is a movement that was started weeks ago by Capt. Gopinath with the aim of engaging more people in public life. We want to set up a system that is productive, supportive and sensitive to all our needs.”

Joining Capt. Gopinath on the panel were Mohandas Pai, Director, HR, Infosys, and Prasad Ram, Head of Research and Development, Google India.

Mr. Pai said that the forum had decided to concentrate on five main areas of development.

“We have chosen ‘Public Policy’, ‘Governance in Public life’, ‘Public Services’ , ‘Creating One India’ and ‘Education’, as our primary domains. Each of these has a wide scope covering a range of sub-areas.”

The panel began by calling for volunteers from the audience for each of the five groups. At the end, around 10 citizens volunteered for each domain.

In his address, Capt. Gopinath urged people to stop being indifferent.

He said, “Our biggest threat is our indifference. We need inextinguishable energy, optimism and commitment to succeed.”

Moreover, he stressed that the forum remain objective and non-partisan in nature.

The group of around 75 met at Jain Heritage School Auditorium, Bellary Road

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