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Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan Dr Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training, a public servant by choice, and a democrat by conviction. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1980 in the aftermath of Emergency and the failure of the Janata Experiment. During his nearly 17 years of distinguished public service in various capacities, he acquired a formidable reputation in the State of Andhra Pradesh. Rehabilitation of 8000 youth from displaced families of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, designing the reconstruction of drainage and irrigation network in Krishna and Godavari deltas, strengthening the credit cooperatives and making them independent of government control, and several major policy initiatives including empowerment of parents in schools, speedy justice through rural courts, economic reform and restructuring of Andhra Pradesh, developing the Infocity in Hyderabad, and empowerment of local governments and stake holders are among his outstanding accomplishments in Andhra Pradesh. Among other things, he served as Secretary to both Governor and Chief Minister.

Dr. Narayan's experience in government fully convinced him that what India needs today is not merely periodic change of players, but a fundamental change in the rules of the game. In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from the Indian Administration Service (IAS) in 1996, and worked with like-minded colleagues for the formation of Lok Satta.

Lok Satta emerged as India's leading civil society initiative and people's movement for wide-ranging governance and political reforms. The movement is driving the electoral and governance reform agenda of the country with several notable successes to its credit. Recently, Lok Satta launched a national platform called VOTEINDIA in partnership with several organizations to spearhead the campaign for political reforms. Dr Narayan is the National Coordinator of LOK SATTA and VOTEINDIA movements.


DVVS Verma has been an active member of the Communist movement in AP for more than 2 decades and worked at the grass roots level. After quitting the communist party in the mid 90's, Sri Varma continued to work in the areas of primary education and sanitation, two issues that are dear to his heart. Sri Varma lives in Tanuku, West Godavari district along with his wife and two children.

Under the able leadership of Sri Varma, LOK SATTA expanded its reach into all 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh and currently has primary units in almost every mandal of the state. The campaign for candidate disclosures led by Sri Varma culminating with the "People's Ballot" was hugely successful and caught the imagination of the people of the state. Sri Varma is currently LOK SATTA's campaign coordinator for Andhra Pradesh.

M Rama Reddy - has been a life-long worker for the causes of individual liberty, empowerment of local governments and plural democracy. He started his career as an elected local government leader, and acquired insights into our governance process. Eventually, he founded Samakhya, later re-designated as Cooperative Development Foundation, to work for creation of an enabling legal environment for cooperatives in India. CDF has evolved over the years into Indias preeminent organization in the fields of cooperative autonomy, legal reform and advocacy, and training and development. His work convinced him that liberty and autonomy are not

isolated concepts, and to preserve them larger democratic reforms in our governance structure are vital.

Ashok Kundalia - is an entrepreneur imbued with great idealism, combined with practical wisdom. Influenced by the experience of the infamous 'Emergency' in the 1970's, he has developed passion for true democracy and liberty. An active student leader while in college he brings the fervor and idealism of a student and the entrepreneurial and pragmatic approach of a businessman to Lok Satta. His exposure to student activism, people's movement in 70's, and to government at various levels as an entrepreneur made him comprehend the rot in our political and governance process, and led him to work for democratic reforms.

Mrs. G Pratibha Rao - G Pratibha Rao has a master's degree from Madras University and taught briefly at Maris Stella college, Vijayawada.. She returned with her family after a 12 years stay in the US. During her stay, Mrs.Rao was fortunate to observe some of the good qualities of the American Society. She strongly believes that we can overcome many of our problems with a spirit of community involvement, philanthropy and can-do attitude. It is in this spirit of 'can-do' that she and her husband returned to India in 1986.
After returning to India in 1986, she was closely involved in the development of LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, a world - class center for eye care and research, and was responsible for putting in place the administrative infra- structure for a variety of training programs and the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. As a sensitive, accomplished and creative Indian, Mrs.Pratibha Rao brings the citizen's perspective to the democratic reform efforts in India. A full time volunteer dedicated to governance reform goals, Mrs.Rao is directly responsible for Lok Satta Times, the website, and advocacy of right to Information and electoral reforms."

Vinod Poddar - An experienced businessman from a traditional family of entrepreneurs, Vinod Poddar understands deeply how political processes and economic enterprises are integrally linked. He is chairman of the Poddar group of Industries. Widely traveled, he has rich insights into the conditions of governance and business in all of the metropolis' of India. He brings a businessman's perspective to governance issues.

Venkat Akkineni - Venkat Akkineni obtained a masters degree in business administration in the US. An innovative and successful entrepreneur, Venkat is the over all in charge of Annapurna Studios, and Heart Entertainment Ltd., India's first full-fledged animation studio. A director on the boards of several companies, Venkat is deeply conscious of the need for good governance to promote excellence and economic growth. As a member of FDR, he brings passion, creativity and freshness to governance reforms.

Justice A Lakshmana Rao - Former Chief Justice, A.P. & Allahabad High Courts, distinguished jurist and social activist.

He is the chairman of Lok Satta's Election Watch Committee.

BPR Vithal - A highly refined intellectual, distinguished economist and outstanding civil servant with a great sense of humor, BPR Vithal was imbued with the spirit and idealism of freedom struggle. As a teenager he attended the Quit India session of the Indian National Congress of Bombay in august 1942, and was later elected as Vice President of the Madras Students' Congress in 1944. He served in government with distinction, and specialized largely in finance, planning and development. He was the IMF Budget Adviser to the Governments of Sundar and Malawi. He served as chairman or member of several high level government committees at the union and state levels. An expert in Public finance, Union - State finances, local governments and Federalism, Sri Vithal served as Member, Tenth Finance Commission. (a Constitutional body), and Deputy Chairman, AP State Planning Board. An outstanding philosopher, thinker, administrator and writer, BPR Vithal brings knowledge, maturity and wisdom to governance reforms advocacy. Vithal is chairman of Lok Satta's Working group on local governance and empowerment of stake - holders.


K. R. Venugopal - An uncompromising, dedicated and compassionate civil servant, K.R.Venugopal served government with distinction in various capacities. He was responsible for designing and implementing the much- acclaimed subsidized rice program in Andhra Pradesh. He capped his governments with distinction during a turbulent period. A person committed to social justice and poverty eradication, he was the UN policy adviser on poverty issues in south Asia, and has been the Special Rapporteur of National Human Rights Commission for the four south Indian States. He was the chairman of the NIRD group on Decentralization of Governance. K.R.Venugopal brings a high level of energy, competence, commitment, and moral fervour to governance reforms initiatives. He is the chief executive of the highly popular and successful Election Watch movement.

S.R.Vijayakar - Suresh Ramarao Vijayakar was a life long professional and served with the Ahmedabad Electricity company, and later with the state-owned ECIL including as chairman, and finally capped his career as Secretary of Departments of Electronics in government of India. He has been associated with several electronics and software companies. A devoted social activist, Vijayakar is a born consensus-builder. He brings energy, single-minded determination, professionalism, and systems approach to governance reforms work. He is the convener of Lok Satta's Consumer Organization for Regulation of Electricity.

Sri. Raghavachari - Distinguished Journalist, Editor, thinker and Reformer, Former writer of Vishalandhra

Mr.Potturi Venkateswara Rao - former Editor-Andhra Prabha & Udayam, former chairman A.P. Press Academy

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