Profile - 2006

January 2006: People's Action scores when its President is selected among the people who have impacted Delhi in 2005 through their leadership and activism by mainline media house Times of India. Sanjay Kaul is credited with bringing the normally somnolent middle class on to the roads to protest and for federating the Resident Welfare Associations into a powerful lobby for the first time.

February 2006: In Delhi , People's Action intervened in the chaos created by the Supreme Court's sudden orders on the growing commercialization of residential colonies and illegal constructions. The spate of sealings and demolitions that followed was given a ‘Traders versus RWAs' twist by media and some politically affiliated groups. People's Action argued for the principle of self-discipline as a means of solving the crisis asking all those who had transgressed the law to self-correct and offering a time bound plan to allow traders to re-establish themselves in pre-determined areas.

March 2006: People's Action organized a conference between URJA group heads and members of the organsiation leading the traders protests, the Confederation of All India Traders [CAIT], where we collectively tried to emphasise that all traders in Delhi were members of RWAs themselves and sought to bring the two sides closer in an attempt to find solution that served everyone's purpose.

April 2006: People's Action organizes it student wing, United Students to hold a national press conference denouncing the new reservation policy of the government. United Students organized the country's first protest demonstration on this issue at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi and sent a rallying cry to students across India .

May 2006: Members of People's Action's student wing, United Students were invited by the President of India for a dialogue on the reservation issue. US members held a press conference on the Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns to inform the country of the discussions. They also presented a 21-point charter arguing against the proposed policy to President Abdul Kalam.

July 2006: People's Action initiates the formation of an NGO collective that works on common issues of governance. New Delhi People's Association [NDPA] was formed with close to 30 members who are among the most prominent advocacy and civil society groups in Delhi . This group meets every month to debate current issues of concern to residents.

August 2006: People's Action sets up United Students for the student union elections of Delhi university, with Aaditya Dar as its Presidential candidate. Dar came third, after the NSUI and ABVP canddiates securing a sizeable chunk of votes and spent only the stipulated amount on canvassing. The group strengthened itself through activism on Voter registrations drives and lobbying for a safer campaus for girls.

September 2006: People's Action organizes the first independent Bijli Adalat to record meter related complaints of residents in Delhi . The fist, inaugural Adalat is organized at Jantar Mantar in the heart of New Delhi with a Retired Judge in attendance to receive all meter related complaints. Two other such Adalats follow in East and West Delhi . This action becomes the foundation for a series of legal actions against the State Government and private power companies.

October 2006: People's Action pilots a joint-appeal by RWA groups under URJA and members fo the CAIT to the Chief Justice of India seeking relief for the residents of Delhi . The appeal is followed by an immediate reprieve from sealing and demolitions by the Court until further hearings.

November 2006: Leading from the crisis caused by the SC order and the state of the city, People's Action initiates efforts to bring together NGOs and civil society groups under one banner to work on issues of common interest like urban planning, civic improvements and development of the city.

December 2006: People's Action launches New Delhi People's Alliance [NDPA] with close to 30 active NGO and advocacy groups of Delhi as members of this body. It includes gender groups, resident associations, consumer rights groups, and various trade and community bodies. NDPA launched officially on 21 st December 2006.


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