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Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9.

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MS ANJALI BHARDWAJ

Anjali Bhardwaj- co-convenor, National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) and founder, Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) --- Society for Citizens’ Vigilance Initiative, studied for an MSc degree in Environmental Management at Oxford University and did her MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

She has been closely associated with the Right to Information movement in India since 2000. The NCPRI played a pivotal role in campaigning for an effective Right to Information Act in India and has been advocating a series of anti-corruption and grievance redressal measures through The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, Whistle Blowers Protection Act, and the Citizen’s Charter and Grievance Redressal Bill.

In 2003 Anjali founded the citizens’ group SNS with a mandate to promote transparency and accountability in government functioning and encourage active participation of citizens in governance. SNS has pioneered the effort of using the RTI Act to make legislators more responsive and accountable.

She is a founding member of RAAG (RTI Assessment and Advocacy Group), set up in 2008 by RTI activists, researchers and academics. It is dedicated to the ongoing assessment and advocacy efforts aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability in India. RAAG has undertaken and published several national assessments of the implementation of the RTI Act.

Anjali has co-authored “Peoples’ monitoring of the RTI regime in India 2011-13”, in 2014, and “Tilting the Balance of Power: Adjudicators of the RTI Act” in 2017.

She is associated with various rights-based struggles in India and is a member of the steering committee of the National Right to Food Campaign.

Anjali is a member of the steering group of the South Asia-based Transparency Advisory Group (TAG).