Staff Reporter

Awareness India chief makes the announcement about the outfit

Funds to be collected from people

Focus on mass participation in democratic process

BHUBANESWAR: Kailash Mishra, founder chairman of Awareness India, an organisation that deals with micro finance to Self-Help Groups (SHGs), on Thursday announced that a new political outfit would be launched on December 4.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Mishra claimed that the political party would receive funding from people and would work towards their welfare after its electoral success.

Terming the launching of the political party as a unique experiment, Mr. Mishra said: “till now, all political parties were mobilising funds from industrial houses and richer sections of society to meet their election expenses. When they came to power, they went on to address concerns of rich people only.”

The new outfit would purely bank on people’s money, which would ensure participation of masses in democratic process, he said.

A huge rally was planned in Bhubaneswar on December 4 when representatives from all corners of the State were expected to assemble, Mr. Mishra said.

Name of the political party as well as its functionaries would be decided on that day, he said.

Mr. Mishra, who edits a newly-launched Oriya daily Amarikatha, said development of 80 per cent of people would lead to overall growth of a society but so far 20 per cent of the population was at the helm of the affairs.

SHG base

Sources said the new outfit would try to exploit the SHG base, which had been involved in micro-finance activities over the years.

“We have been able to unite 17 lakh families over the years. They will take lead in the movement,” the founder president of the organisation said.