City : New Delhi
When was the last time you witnessed Parliament discussing issues that mattered to you? When was it that you witnessed Parliament responding to your needs? Elections in our country are widely regarded as a celebration of democracy because of a voter turnout of 60%. However, soon after the elections, the democratic fervor fades into apathy, turning enthusiastic voters into uninterested spectators of politics. However, did you know there exists a procedure by which YOUR voice can be heard directly in Parliament? Yes, the Parliament has a Committee of Petitions, to which any citizen of the country can file a petition. Filing a petition is as simple as writing a letter or Postcard addressed to the Petitions Committee. However, not many people are aware of it and even if they are, not many are willing to take up the pain of writing a petition and then filing it to the Committee. Therefore, there is scope for improving the system further, by making the process easier and faster.
A forum called Ideas Conclave was conceptualized to further engage citizens, prominent members of the civil society and public servants to ideate and discuss new avenues by which the Parliament can become more representative, accessible, relevant and sensitive to issues that matter to you and me.