About ADR Association for Democratic Reforms ADR _329ae1c4-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) was established in August 1999 by a group of Professors from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. It started working on building fair and transparent electoral and political processes in the country by filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in August 1999 in the Delhi High Court asking for mandatory disclosure of criminal, financial and educational background of candidates contesting elections to the Parliament and State Legislatures, prior to the polls. _329ae408-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a To work towards strengthening democracy and governance in India by focusing on fair and transparent electoral and political processes. _329ae516-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a Electoral and Political Reforms Working actively towards Electoral and Political Reforms _329ae5b6-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 1 Electoral Process Reform Disclose background (criminal, financial and educational) of candidates who are contesting elections _329ae638-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 1.1 Election Watch of Parliament and State Assembly elections is more or less a continued activity of ADR. Under the Election Watch of Parliament and State Assembly elections, ADR discloses background (criminal, financial and educational) of candidates who are contesting elections. Since the landmark judgment of Supreme Court, ADR has done election watches for almost all State Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the country. ADR has also successfully mobilized and networked with a large number of civil society organizations all over the country. This, in turn, has helped in taking the campaign to grass roots while strengthening our network across the country. ADR has also got great support from the various media organizations. All our press releases and reports have been extensively covered by the media – both the print and visual. 3c27bdb2-a7a2-4b25-b15b-cd01bbd85d4f c595b693-1bc0-4660-9b48-ca1ffde9e50e Political Process Reform Seek disclosure of financial information by the political parties _329ae6ce-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 1.2 ADR has also expanded its agenda to encompass political process reforms. Political parties function as the key link between the people and their representatives, and thus, in their structure and working, political parties must adhere to democratic norms and transparency. ADR sought disclosure of financial information by the political parties, in line with the recommendations of the Indrajit Gupta Committee Report (1998) on state funding of election expenses and the 170th report of the Law Commission. The Chief Information Commissioner vide his order dated April 29, 2008, has held that copies of the Income Tax returns of the political parties filed with the public authorities and the assessment orders passed on them will be available to the citizens. Taking it forward, ADR has been scrutinizing the copies of the IT returns of political parties collected using RTI. ADR has also been working on the creating an environment for bringing political parties under the ambit of law. 38706e17-2b00-4dc8-a555-a9e59d570bd1 c8e9a532-3965-4f5b-9d49-b340a26c0833 Right to Information Working towards strengthening Right to Information as a tool and facilitating the process for attaining greater transparency of those people who are in power _329ae76e-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 2 People in Power in India _329ae822-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 2d20cdaa-5daa-4c64-a6dd-2f4fa8ab84de 03aafed2-7093-4ae8-bb1b-7576e4f9cc8a Mobilization, Dialogue, and Empowerment Mobilizing public opinion, facilitating a dialogue between policy makers and civil society organizations for the empowerment of citizens _329ae8d6-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 3 Citizens of India _329ae994-eb9c-11df-b4f6-12207a64ea2a 831f74ae-9200-4466-bd56-c588f7e13d69 a20b745d-0169-49bb-b0fa-c9481111088b 2010-11-08 http://adrindia.org/About-Us/Content/about-adr.html Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.