A workshop on ‘Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council’
by Karnataka Social Watch[*]
Institutions of governance become a crucial link in maintaining the equilibrium rendering democracy more stable and meaningful. We are aware that these institutions themselves are under various pulls and pressures have become the ‘weakest link’ in the crucial process. The health of these institutions, therefore, is of great significance to sustain the twin challenges of democracy and development.
It is at this crucial juncture that Social Watch process has expressed its commitment to contribute and intervene in form of ‘Citizens’ Report on Governance and Development’ which looks at the performance of the four nodal institutions of governance, namely; the Parliament, the Executive, the Judiciary and the institutions of Local Self Governance. The Report seeks to create an alternate governance discourse by putting the knowledge and information about the performance of these institutions in the public domain. The Report is presented to the citizens as an advocacy tool in the hope that it will empower civil society to ask relevant questions which will give a push towards people oriented governance.
Karnataka Social Watch invites you to a one day workshop on ‘Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council’ on 23rd January 2012 (Monday), 9.30am – 4pm, Gandhi Bhavan, Near Sivananda Circle, Kumarapark East, Bangalore-560001. This workshop is a step in the ongoing process to bring out the Karnataka Social Watch report 2011-2012.
Keeping in mind the enormity of the functioning of the government and equally the interventions by the civil society, it is a difficult task to understand its depth on one side and document the performance of the institutions of governance on the other. The one day workshop looks at a few select themes (governance & financial reforms, human development and human rights) to understand ‘how the processes of reforms’ have affected our lives. We feel that having a focused understanding of the themes by knowing from those who have observed them (academician, organizations, activists and civil society) would provide us an opportunity to take stock of the situation[†].
We look forward to seeing you on 23rd January 2012, 9.30am at Gandhi Bhavan, Bangalore.
(Gururaja Budhya, URC) (Vinay Baindur) (Anand, ACF) (Manohar, SICHREM) (Rajendran Prabhakar) (Vasudeva Sharma, CRT)