Policy Scan November 2017admin
Janaagraha’s Swachhta App wins India Today Safaigiri Award
The Swachhata app developed by Janaagraha for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs was judged as the “Best Sanitation App” at the India Today Safaigiri Awards 2017. On an average, 17,000 complaints are registered on the app every day, and the redressal rate is 90 per cent. Citizen feedback through this app played a key role in the rankings of the 2017 Swachh Sarvekshan report released by the ministry.
How technology can build better Citizenship
“Civic technology will be a transformative change agent when accompanied by three ingredients: systematic civic learning, neighbourhood-level community organising, and government adoption” writes Srikanth Viswanathan, CEO in the Oxford Government Review. While civic technology can enable neighbourhood-level platforms for citizen participation through customised applications, such platforms are necessary to throw the citizenship net wider and engage a larger number of citizens.
View the Oxford Government Review here
BBMP spends bulk of its budget to clear pending bills
As India’s fifth largest city and technology capital battles flooding, a sea of potholes, uncleared garbage and unfinished projects, the municipal corporation’s unpaid bills rose 7706% over four years and six months into 2017- no more than 3.6 of its budget for new projects was spent, according to an India Spend analysis of data released by Janaagraha.
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Honorable Minister, MoHUA visits Janaagraha and JanaUSP
The Honourable Minister shared his ideas on improving citizen participation leveraging Swachhta App, developed by Janaagraha for Swachh Bharath Mission. Stating that India is well on its way to becoming an urban country over the next two decades, the Honourable Minister stressed upon the urgency of instituting systemic reforms such as enhancing financial devolution and empowering Councillors.
View more pictures from the Minister’s visit here