- Work Experience
- Campaigner Sustainable Agriculture - Greenpeace India (2013–Dec 2014)
- Worked on developing a policy framework to provide safe food (especially for women and children) in India. The work involved research on sustainable agricultural practices, interactions with stakeholders including government and self help groups of women; and policy level strategizing
- Travelled to various remote villages in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Punjab and Haryana to understand the impact of pesticides on farmers.
- Represented Greenpeace in ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture), a nationwide network of over 400 organizations and worked towards strengthening the network
- Attended global conference on ‘Crisis Response Management’ in Athens, Greece in February 2014
Development Consultant with MLAs of Delhi (May–October 2014)
Positions held in Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) (2006- 2012)
- Led a team working with 27 elected representatives (MLAs) of Delhi to help them undertake greater developmental works in their constituencies, with a focus on creating work plans for their areas and efficient utilization of allotted funds
- Worked closely with Delhi government departments on several policy issues as well as to procure sanctions for various government projects
- Implemented mechanisms to enhance people’s participation (especially of women) in government projects in these constituencies
During 2006-13 worked in Public Cause Research Foundation, on various issues primarily related to increasing transparency, accountability, public participation in governance and women empowerment. Was awarded a fellowship from Association for India’s Development (A.I.D) for development work during this period.
- Administrative and Financial Manager – PCRF
Responsible for overall management of PCRF which included planning, coordination, finance, budgeting, policy decisions as well as supervision of staff during 2008-12
- Member, Core Committee of ‘India Against Corruption’ – (Anna Andolan) Movement (2011)
- Youngest member of the Core Committee of the nationwide anti-corruption movement which was a 23 member body consisting of stalwarts like Mr. Anna Hazare, Ms.Kiran Bedi, Mr.Arvind Kejriwal, Mr. N. Santosh Hegde (former Lokayukta of Karnataka), Mr. Prashant Bhushan and others.
- Was the Coordinator of Delhi for Anna Andolan
- As Head of the Mobilisation Team:
- organised and led several national level and state level campaigns, programmes and protests
- led a team to develop and implement strategies for campaigning and mass mobilisation (with a focus on women), both offline and online
- was responsible for the effective usage of SMS and other mobile technologies as innovative tools for spreading awareness and enlisting support for the movement
- was responsible for volunteer engagement and training
- was responsible for conducting and organising various awareness programs of women
- As Head of the Research Team, extensively analysed and examined various aspects of controlling corruption and improving systems; and led the drafting of the Jan Lokpal Bill (enacting which was the main demand of the anti-corruption movement).
- Head, People’s Participation Project in PCRF
- Initiated and coordinated a nation-wide coalition – “Swaraj Abhiyan”, which brought together social and women activists, NGOs, researchers, experts, movements and elected representatives working towards promoting greater decentralisation of power in India. A major focus of the campaign was to increase the participation of women in governance. Organised several national level meetings as well as grassroots campaigns through the coalition
- Travelled to various villages across the country, including model villages like Hiware Bazar (Maharashtra); carried out surveys, gathered primary and secondary information (collected 55,000 pages of Gram Sabha proceedings in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh) and studied them; interacted with experts, policy planners and government to draft a modified Panchayati Raj Bill for rural areas and Model Nagar Raj Bill for urban areas. Major focus of these proposed amendments were to increase women participation in local self governing institutions
- Presented the draft bills to several prominent leaders of the ruling party and opposition as well as to the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Bihar and Goa; and received a positive response from them. The Delhi Nagar Swaraj Bill (modelled on the draft Model Nagar Raj Bill) was presented in the Delhi Assembly in February 2014.
- Awareness and People’s Participation Project (Mohalla Sabhas) Conducted regular public meetings (Mohalla Sabhas) in 4 municipal wards of Delhi for 2 years, a unique experiment which helped achieve greater public participation in government schemes, thereby ensuring better delivery of public services. The project was highly successful, especially in redressing crime related problems of women of the community and received support from Lt. Governor of Delhi
- As consultant to the Bihar government, studied the welfare scheme ‘Integrated Child Development Scheme’ (ICDS) and suggested reforms to help improve the participation of mothers in the scheme thereby aid in better implementation of the same
- Through consultations with various social activists like Ms Medha Patkar and Mr B.D. Sharma, and others as well as with the project affected people of the Yamuna Highway project, prepared an alternative framework in place of the Land Acquisition Act, 1984 to promote greater public participation in the decision making process.
- Studied reports of all Central Finance Commissions and presented suggestions for reforms to the Thirteenth Finance Commission
- Designed publicity material like movies, brochures etc for awareness on strengthening local self-governance; regularly coordinated with print and electronic media
- All my experiences and research were incorporated in Mr. Arvind Kejriwal’s book “Swaraj” (self governance). This book puts forward a sound argument for strengthening local democracy as well as suggests a way forward.
- Head, Right to Information Awards, 2009
- Worked as Head of the first ever ‘Right to Information Awards - 2009’ and was responsible for planning, strategising and organising the Awards:
- Helped procure funding for the project
- Organised a national level media campaign announcing the Awards and inviting applications
- Developed and executed a detailed process of analysis and short listing of the applications-obtained and analysed orders passed by Information Commissioners; wrote letters to almost 36,000 appellants requesting them for a feedback; and analysed the work of several PIO’s and RTI campaigners
- Created partnerships with several national and regional media houses like NDTV, Hindustan Times, Dainik Jagran and others
- The result of this mammoth exercise was subsequently presented to a Jury which consisted of stalwarts like Mr. Fali. S. Nariman, Aamir Khan, Narayana Murthy, J.M. Lyngdoh, Mallika Sarabhai, MadhuTrehan, Late Justice J.S. Verma and others, on the basis of which awards were presented in a ceremony cosponsored by NDTV and ONGC.
- RTI Awards were widely reported by media
- Co- authored a report titled “State of Information Commissions in India- A performance evaluation”
- Organised protests and awareness campaigns on women issues and RTI Act
Have organised several awareness campaigns on Right to Information Act and women issues. Led a team of students and volunteers in the protest against Nirbhaya Rape. Suffered lathicharge by police during the same
- Engagement with Community at the Grassroot Level
- Worked in Parivartan with Late Ms. Santosh Koli and the residents of Sundernagri, a rehabilitation colony in East Delhi to empower people to avail benefits under government schemes and increase awareness on rights and gender issues. Also worked with various self-help groups of women in the area
- During Kosi river floods in 2008, worked for 3 months in Supaul, a flood affected district (of Bihar) on relief and rehabilitation of the victims
Over the years, have been invited to present my experiences at various forums including IIT Delhi, Google Hyderabad and Springdale School, Delhi
JSS Academy of Technical Education, UPTU (2006)
B.Tech (Information Technology) with 66% marks
Amity International School Noida (2002)
Class XII (CBSE) with 92% (best of four subjects)
Awarded Certificate of Merit by CBSE for being among the top 0.1% students in India in English language in 2002.