Event Information

Launch of Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2016 by Mr. Manish Sisodia

Event Date: 16 Aug 2016; Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: India International Centre (Annexe), Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi

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DCH 2016

Centre for Civil Society takes pleasure in inviting for the launch of Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2016 by Mr. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, and a panel discussion on the theme “Jann ki Baat: A Citizen’s Perspective” on 16 August at Lecture Hall 2, India International Centre (Annexe), Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi. Request you to confirm your participation by registering here.

The Delhi Citizens' Handbook features research papers assessing the impact and relevance of policies that shape the lives of ordinary citizens in the national capital on eight core areas of urban governance: Trade & Commerce, Education, Health, Water, Urbanization, Power, Governance, and Environment, and is envisioned as a critical resource for productive public intervention and for ensuring an informed discussion on achieving effective and accountable governance.

The panel discussion will be centered on exploring ways to address policy shortcomings in areas most crucial for decent urban living, and recommendations on how to mitigate their adverse implications for ordinary citizens and will consider recent policy innovations such as the Mohalla Clinics and Delhi Solar Energy Policy 2015, as well vulnerability assessment to water supply shocks, etc.

Agenda of the event

5:00-5:10pm - Introduction by CCS and Welcome Remarks by Dr Ronald Meinardus, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
5:10-5:50pm - Panel Discussion 'Jann ki Baat: A citizens' perspective on urban governance in Delhi'
6:00-6:20pm - Launch of the Handbook and Keynote Address by the Chief Guest Mr Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, New Delhi
6:20-7:20pm - Presentation by researchers; 7 minutes pitch each on 8 themes
7:20-7:30pm - Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
7:30-8:00pm - High Tea

The Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2016 emerges from an intensive six-week internship program Researching Reality initiated by Centre for Civil Society. An effort to identify and address lacunas in everyday governance, Researching Reality offers intensive training in research and public policy to undergraduate and graduate students across various disciplines. Over the course of the internship, interns are expected to draft research papers that rely on primary and secondary data. Interns conduct an analysis of the feasibility, impact and outcomes of various policies. This is achieved through engagement with modular legislations and relevant literature, interaction with key stakeholders, and extensive field surveys. This includes the study of various agencies, boards, corporations, departments, schemes and programs of the state governments and Municipal Corporations; evaluating existing systems to recommend sustainable and long-term policy improvements in the functioning of government structures. Each year, interns identify core areas of governance and assess the efficacy of prevailing institutions and propose policy recommendations. The Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2016 focuses on:

  • Trade & Commerce: The relevance and reach of the Delhi Shops and Establishments Act (1956)
  • Education: The operation of School Management Committees (SMCs) under the Directorate of Education
  • Health: The emergence and functioning of “Mohalla Clinics” in Delhi and community participation in preventive efforts
  • Water: Citizen Vulnerability Assessment to water supply shocks and the hazards of raw-water extraction
  • Urbanization: Cost Analysis of a unit of Jhuggi Jhopri and a review of the Delhi Rent Control Act, 1958
  • Power: The cost-benefits and receptivity towards the Delhi Solar Policy 2016 in city households
  • Governance: Accuracy and Consistency of Information Displayed under RTI in the websites of Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Education, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Commission for Women, Delhi Transportation Commission and Directorate of Vigilance
  • Environment: Assessment of five Urban Local Bodies in meeting the targets for Swacch Bharat Mission with respect to open defecation and public urination