A lot has been happening at our end during the last three months!  Bala Janaagraha held its third National Civic Fest on 8th Feb.  Around 450 students attended the National Civic Fest and Doon Valley School, Lucknow, St Micheal’s School, Ranchi and St Kabir’s School, Ahmedabad took home top honours. Manjunath Prasad IAS, Commissioner, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and Dr Ashwath Narayan MLA addressed the students.

Swachhata, the official mobile app of the Swachh Bharat Mission in cities powered by I change My City crossed a major milestone of reaching a 1 million user base!  Swachhata has to date recorded 1,010,792 complaints with a 95 % resolution rate across 1334 cities.

Our major highlight for this quarter is release of the 4th edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems report and  the Annual Conclave on Shaping India’s Urban Agenda: New Cities and Smart Cities. Some of you may have caught the action on TV and newspapers.  If you didn’t, please click here to see ASICS 2016 covered on national prime time. Here’s the rest of the media coverage.

Speakers and panelists at the Annual Conclave included Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Junaid Ahmad, Country Head- World Bank, Phanindra Reddy IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu, Neelkanth Misra, Managing Director- Credit Suisse India, S Mahalingam, Former CFO, Tata Consultancy Services and Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan, Co Founders, Jana Group.

We had a fitting inauguration of the V Ramachandran Awards with Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Minsiter for Urban Development, Govt of India, Manish Sisodia, Amitabh Kant,  Dr YV Reddy, Chairman, 14th Finance Commission, Mrs V Ramachandran, Former Chief Secretary, Kerala and wife of Late Mr V Ramachandran all in attendance.  Click here to view categories and Award winners.   We at Janaagraha feel honoured to have had the guidance and mentorship of Mr V Ramachandrn, Former Chief Secretary Kerala and a doyen of decentralization and the Awards are a small tribute from our side in remembrance of his immense contributions to democratic decentralization in India.

We thank you for all your support and encouragement. Your views and inputs are invaluable to us. So please do write in to me at We are excited to get started on 2017-18 and will keep you posted soon.


Srikanth Viswanathan
Chief Executive Officer

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