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What is LOK SATTA?......

LOK SATTA is a non- partisan people's movement for better governance.

LOK SATTA (People's Power) is a robust and cheerful people's movement for good government and against corruption in India. It is run democratically by the people themselves. LOK SATTA stands for rule of law and believes that people are the true masters in a democracy, and every official, however highly placed he may be, is only a servant of the people. Integrity in public life, and genuine empowerment of the people are the cornerstones of LOK SATTA's philosophy. LOK SATTA is India's largest movement for democratic reforms. Many eminent citizens, known for their experience and record of public service are associated with LOK SATTA.

LOK SATTA is dedicated to fighting against illegal use of money power in elections. In India, in five years Rs.125,000 is spent on behalf of every family by the governments. And yet, votes are purchased for a small sum at elections, and those in power plunder the people.

One out of every seven legislators in India has a criminal record against him. LOK SATTA is dedicated to end this criminalization of politics.

Elections in India have been reduced to a farce as legitimate voters are denied the vote and rigging continues unchecked. LOK SATTA movement is aimed at cleansing the electoral process.

LOK SATTA is about a better future for all the children of India. It is to place the citizen in the centre of Indian democracy. Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety, and nothing can save it if they leave their safety in any hands but their own. As Mahatma Gandhi said, the real Swaraj (self-governance) will come, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the acquisition of the capacity by all to resist authority when abused. Every Indian who wants better government, fair elections, and clean public life should join LOK SATTA movement and make the struggle his own. There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. LOK SATTA movement is the idea whose time has come.

Where does it operate? ......

Lok Satta's goals are national. It's grass roots organization is limited to Andhra Pradesh for the time being. It is a highly visible, credible movement all across AP.

  • There are over 1,00,000 members
  • Its real strength comes from ready recognition and support from over 10% to 15% of the State's population.
  • Lok Satta is now a leading people's movement for governance reform in India.
  • It is now reaching out to other citizens' initiatives and movements across the country to work for reform goals nationally.
What does it do? ......

  • At the local level members work for better public services through collective effort. It's the Lok Satta brand image of credibility that brings people together everywhere - be it a village, locality or town.
  • Lok Satta provides the platform and necessary tools for effective citizen participation and intervention.
  • On a larger plane , Lok Satta directly mobilises public support through various activities and campaigns aimed at specific reforms, greater accountability and better democracy.
  • At the national level Lok Satta works with other like minded groups and individuals for reform advocacy and to build a national movement for governance reforms.

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