B.E.S.T. going strong for the next 5 years
As we conclude our B.E.S.T. pilot project in Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore, good news beckons us. The B.E.S.T. MoU will see extension for another 5 years!
The historic outcome is a result of the meeting that took place on Aug 1, 2011, in Delhi between Janaagraha and the Election Commission of India. Janaagraha was represented by Ms. Swati Ramanathan, Co-founder of Janaagraha, Mr. Gen. Prasad (Retd.), Co-ordinator of Jaagte Raho! and Mr. Narayan Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys.
The Area Voter Mitras who have made B.E.S.T., a success will be felicitated in a function to be held towards the end of Aug, 2011. The function will be presided over by Dr. S Y Quraishi and other dignitaries from the Election Commission of India.
At Janaagraha, we believe in the power of citizen participation. When we collectively take charge of our quality of life, we can make a real difference. Over the years, we have been able to consistently demonstrate this through our work with a range of citizen groups, community volunteers and engaged citizens in the city of Bangalore.
One of our recent successes in engaging with citizens is our B.E.S.T project. The Bangalore Electoral Systems Transformation project resulted out of an M.O.U that we signed with the Election Commission. We promised that we would get citizens involved in cleaning up the electoral rolls in one constituency of Bangalore – Shantinagar. Once this is done, the Election Commission agreed to replicate our model across Bangalore city, and consequently, in other cities as well.