Beside legal tools, we also believe in building collaborations with cross section of society. We believe this network of relationships keeps us vibrant and gives us support in our endeavors.
We counciously make efforts to maintain this network and further develop it, both by responding to requests and invitation from people, as well as approaching tothers to build relationships.
For example, we helped many people to draft RTI applications when they approached us, or provided information and guidance to some.
- National Social Watch
We participated in the drafting of a report on the National Green Tribunal, you can read the full report by clicking on the link:
National Social Watch is a network of civil society, citizens and communities that come together in order to build a process of monitoring governance to achieve the set goals of social development, particularly for those who are marginalized due to their social or economic status. But they also aim at making Indian democracy more participative and meaningful.
The NSW has a unique approach in terms of looking at the functioning and efficiency of the key institutions of governance. NSW also envisages contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
The coalition provides the space and scope to a wide array of actors to engage in participatory monitoring of the institutions of governance. NSW is a platform and a forum where organizations, citizens and activists can come together, dialogue, debate, and reflect to ensure that people have a stake in governance and governance is pro-poor.
National Social Watch intervenes in four main areas:
NSW monitors the health of Indian Parliament by examining and establishing some worrying trends in the way in which the Parliament functions and conducts its business. The section also focuses on structural challenges such as the conflict of interest between the Parliament and the Executive, the internal democracy in the political parties, etc. It also looks into the performance of the MPs in Parliament and issues and challenges in effective functioning of MPs. It discusses the functioning of the Parliamentary Committees and issues and challenges related to the committee.
NSW study the specific cases to understand the mind of the Judiciary. Under this section NSW analyzes issues and proposals on judicial accountability and reforms. This section also looks in depth at the key issues such as, transparency and judicial corruption, proposals of the Law Commission of India on restructuring of courts, law reforms for the ‘have-nots’, and on mending practices of lawyers. It also includes new proposals of the Ministry of Law and Justice on judicial reforms, and regulation of the instrument of public interest litigation by the Supreme Court.
NSW analyses the structural challenges in the Executive such as the conflict of interest between the Parliament and the Executive and within the Executive and related issues. Under this section, analysis of the issues of accountability, transparency and effectiveness remains the fulcrum. A bottom up perception of the policies provides a view from the other end of the spectrum i.e. at the very end of the delivery chain.
In this section, NSW deals with issues and progress of decentralized governance system. The section analyses the institutional structure, performance, accountability, level of devolution and governance process. The issues of centrally sponsored schemes and parallel administrative structures are an important part of this section. The state level issues such as regular elections, devolution functions, funds and functionaries (3Fs) and conflicting laws vis-à-vis the powers and functions of the local governing bodies are also analyzed regularly.
NSW works through various workshops, conferences, reports and research. They have a network of 15 state-wise social watch organizations.
- Gujarat Social Watch
Gujarat Social Watch was formed in 2011, by various activists and organizations. Gujarat Social Watch Is associated with NSW in order to
- Strengthen democracy
- Make people benefit from transparency in terms of welfare, corruption and public service
- Create awareness among people on problems of corruption, transparency and importance of their participation in a democratic system.
- Sensitize legislators to encourage them to be more involved in the assembly.