Category: Reform Movement

Fund raising appeal: Rs. 1 lakh to print and distribute the SKC agenda in December 2014. Please commit funds.

Date of fund-raising appeal: 21 October 2014

Sone Ki Chidiya Federation is happy to announce that after more than 18 months of hard work, the First Edition of the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Agenda will be ready to be published in December 2014.

It is planned that 1000 copies will be printed, of which around 500 will be distributed by post to the media and eminent people, and 500 copies will be retained for distribution during the year 2015. If all goes to plan, an improved second edition will be publised in end-2015, and so on till 2019. In the meanwhile translations of the agenda will also be prepared. But at this stage we intend to only publish the basic English edition.

To allow the First Edition to be printed, we have estimated that around Rs.1 lakh will be needed. 

At this stage we are only seeking commitments. SKC will call on the committed funds only after its audit for the previous year is completed. The audit is currently in progress. Once the audit is published, we will send a message to donors with details of how to send the money.

Please do not donate if you are not an Indian citizen. NRIs can donate but not OCIs/ PIOs. Note that donating to SKCF does not currently provide the donor with any income tax exemption. 

Any funds raised above Rs. 1 lakh will be retained by the Federation for future work of the reform movement. 

PLEASE CLICK THIS to complete a short form to make your commitment. Or visit http://goo.gl/forms/sEzpj5VzsV

Current list of donors is available here.

Earn around Rs.10,000 (per policy) by writing policies for Sone Ki Chidiya Movement

The Sone Ki Chidiya Federation (SKCF), started in April 2013, is a Trust registered in New Delhi with membership from a range of reform-oriented organisations and individuals.  It is the organiser of the Sone Ki Chidiya total reform movement that encompasses fundamental reforms to governance for India to achieve its potential. This involves, among other things:

a) developing a total reform agenda; and

b) developing good policies to support this agenda.

With the help of the Freedom Team of India, a key constituent (and founder organisation), SKCF would like to create world-best policies in 22 areas outlined separately below. The policies should be based on the policy framework template used in FTI’s policy competition. The standard of policies is expected to be similar to that prepared by the winner of the first prize in the competition.

We are now looking for expression of interest from students (or young professionals) to draft these policies under the direction of a team of SKCF members.  Sanjeev Sabhlok will act as the coordinator for this policy project.

The work involves the following, on each policy listed below:

  • internet and electronic database search to identifying literature (including review of policies submitted for FTI's policy competition);
  • discussing the policy structure with Sanjeev and preparing a draft policy;
  • consultation with relevant SKCF policy committee;
  • discussion further with Sanjeev to incorporate policy committee feedback; and
  • finalisation of the draft policy.

SKCF will pay an honorarium of up to Rs.2,500 per month (up to Rs. 10,000 in all) per policy, subject to satisfactory progress and completion of work. If work output is delayed or quality found to be unsuitable, the work order for a particular policy will be cancelled. Any payment for work done till date of cancellation of work order will be made on the basis of the quality and timeliness of output produced.

How to apply

We are looking for students and professionals with good knowledge of economics and public policy. An undergraduate degree with major in economics is mandatory (unless you can separately prove that you understand basic economics). Higher qualifications in public policy related fields is desirable. You should have good research skills and (ideally) access to electronic databases.

Please send your brief CV and two samples of any policy or economic research conducted (at least 500 words each) to policy@sonekichidiya.in by 17 June 2013. Later submissions will also be considered, and work allocated preferably by 20 June 2013. While you may indicate policy areas of your interest, the final allocation will be done by the project coordinator.

The 22 policy areas

General governance

1.            General economic policy (including investment, licensing, trade, labour market flexibility, etc.)

2.            Property rights and land administration (including land acquisition, tribal land management, national parks, eminent domain, mining rights, etc.)

3.            Local government (including urban and rural self-government)

4.            Urban planning (including linkages with local government governance and structures)

First order functions of government

5.            Defence (including defence R&D, defence industry and technologies)

6.            Police (including prisons and internal security)

7.            Justice (including all tiers of justice system, and principles of harm and justice)

8.            Sound money (e.g. money, monetary policy, finance and banking)

Second order functions of government

9.            General infrastructure (including key principles and frameworks such as funding options)

10.          Poverty removal and social minimum (social insurance)

11.          School education (including early childhood education)

12.          Health (including preventative, primary, and hospitals)

13.          Vocational education (including skills, apprentices and guilds)

14.          Higher (including professional) education

15.          Agriculture (including irrigation)

16.          Energy (including energy generation, distribution and use)

17.          Water (including rivers policy and potable water supplies)

18.          Transport (including public transport, etc.)

Possible third order functions

19.          Environment (including wildlife and nature tourism)

20.          Archaeological artefacts and heritage (including heritage tourism)

21.          Industry (including industrial estates, SEZs, innovation and general R&D)

In addition, (22) an anti-corruption and black money policy is sought.

Note: Members of FTI and SKC Federation are invited to join policy committees but will not be paid any honorarium for their work.

Sone Ki Chidiya Reform Movement has BEGUN! Graced by Swami Om Poorna Swatantra

The launch of Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement was an open event with invitations sent out widely across social media and internet.

The key objective of this exercise was to build INITIAL awareness about this movement. That has been achieved.

With an extremely meagre budget and limited membership (everything must, after all, begin small) we got a very good bang for the buck.

  • Thousands of people in Delhi are now aware of this movement through handbills distributed across the city.
  • Hundreds observed the rally that was taken out from Ramlila Maidan.
  • Despite the intense heat of Delhi, a good number participated in the actual event
  • The press has been widely informed about this movement, and a few newspapers also published some reports on it. I'm expecting more media coverage in the coming days.

SPEAKERS INCLUDED:​

  • Swami Om Poorna Swatantra
  • Dr Vachaspati Kulwant
  • Dipnder Sekhon
  • Ram Atri
  • Abhijeet Sinha
  • Ran Singh Shokeen
  • Sunita Godara, Team Anna
  • Prasoon Mishra, Vishwa Shakti Party
  • Vivek Garg
  • KK Verma
  • Sureshan P.
  • PK Sabhlok
  • Prakash Prabhaker
  • Preeti Porwal
  • Dr Radhesh Suri 
  • Sanjay Kumar
  • And others (names will be provided as more written informaton becomes available)

There is now a significant increase at least in Delhi and around about the need for system reform.

With this the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement HAS FORMALLY BEGUN!

Now it will depend on the effort and desire of India for change whether the movement will achieve its goals.

The occasion of the launch was special because this was a common man's effort. Ordinary middle class Indians who DEMAND better governance. They came out into the streets and voiced messages in favour of small but strong government. Such messages have not often been heard on India's streets for at least 40 years since the death of Rajaji. Is India willing to listen to the message of liberty? Only time will tell.

It was heartening that Swami Om Poorna Swatantra graced the occasion and offered his advice and suggestions. Here is a collage of a few snapshots of Swami Om Poorna Swatantra taken in different places (click for larger image). Proper photos from the event will be uploaded in due course.

The SKC Federation involves a lot of diverse people with a common goal: to make India a Sone Ki Chidiya again. Sone Ki Chidiya is what India was and what it CAN become. But it won't become that without cleansing of the current set of policies.

The SKC Movement is is the SKC Federation's offer to India. We will persist in this offer. We believe it holds the key to India's success.

Please join the Federation if you haven't already joined it.

I'll post photos/videos as and when I receive them.

 

Media release: Launch of the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement on 4 June 2013

Media Release, 2 June: Word | PDF

Launch of the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement on 4 June 2013 at Jantar Mantar

The Sone Ki Chidiya movement, a movement for total reform of India’s dysfunctional governance will be launched on from Jantar Mantar on 4 June 2013 after a public rally from Ramlila Maidan to start at 4 pm. A number of participants (including farmers and ordinary Indians) and speakers from across India and the world are expected to attend despite the searing heat of Delhi’s summer.  

India’s governance is in a terminal condition, with virtually every institution having collapsed. The collapse is not surprising. What is surprising that India did not anticipate this collapse, for we have blindly followed policies for the past 65 years policies which have failed everywhere else in the world.

The excuse often made that “India is different” is entirely invalid. We know this because the economic and governance systems in ancient India, based on Chanakya’s wisdom (Arthashatra), were in many ways similar to those of the most modern economies today. Such systems led to India’s success. It is a basic truth that principles of economics and good governance apply to all societies at all times.

Our failed policies include lifetime tenure and pension for senior public servants, along with constitutional protections that make it almost impossible to get rid of corrupt officers, leave alone the incompetent ; direct management by government of key aspects of the economy with discretionary political and bureaucratic decision-making control, which leads inevitably to corruption; and in-built incentives for politicians to become corrupt or turn a blind eye to corruption. As reported in The Economist, Lant Pritchett of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard calls the Indian bureaucracy “one of the world's top ten biggest problems—of the order of AIDS”.

Our system’s dismal performance is classic text book case study. No policy in India, for instance, passes a net benefit test. And any public servant who innovates is shunned. Only corruption and sycophancy is rewarded. In such an India why are we surprised when nothing works? And even Communist China is now overtaking us in every way.

There have been some movements for reform in the recent past but it is unfortunate that these have focused on half-hearted simplistic “solutions” like the Jan Lokpal Bill which are not even a palliative to India’s terminal disease, for they do not scratch even the surface of its underlying failures. Such “reforms” have become a mirage, misleading the people into believing that things will improve “if only” the Lokpal Bill or some such band-aid were passed by Parliament.

The reality of India is that corruption is only one of our many system-wide failures. Delayed justice, police tyranny, crumbling infrastructure and sheer obtuseness of public servants grind down our will to live, destroy our plans and make it impossible to dream of a great India. The poor can’t set up even a tiny business without paying bribes to policemen and other corrupt inspectors. And even large companies, fed up with governance delays and corruption, are choosing to invest outside India.

The Sone Ki Chidiya reform movement will address all underlying disorders of this terminal patient. It is committed to world-best policy and governance frameworks, including electoral reforms that will motivate good people to enter Parliament, total removal and replacement of the IAS and other tenured services by modern public services, and testing all polices against a 10-point test that includes cost benefit analysis and considerations of strategic gaming.

A summary of key outcomes that India can then achieve (in the short run) is available on the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation website as part of a draft Agenda for Change. No existing political party will bring these reforms forward since most of them benefit (through corruption) from current arrangements.

And so, the Federation is determined to make its views known through rallies and events. The Sone Ki Chidiya Movement Organising Committee invites all Indians to join this movement and fix India’s terminally sick governance system. Together, we can recover the ethical, cultural and spiritual fabric of our once-great nation. Let’s make India a country where no child, woman or man goes hungry or feels unsafe.

We believe that if the reforms proposed by the Total Reform Movement are implemented, India’s growth will become unstoppable, making it a Sone Ki Chidiya once again.

Urgent funds appeal: to host the 4 June public event

Funds received to date for SKC Federation work : Click here.

Significant funds are now needed for 4 June

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

A golden bird of the past, our great nation, Bharat, is now on the verge of slipping into a third rate nation as a direct result of corrupt leadership. Scams and scandals continue to humiliate what is truly a  great nation. The corruption has even infiltrated the judiciary, defense, and business elements of India.  

Over 147 Members of Parliament have been found to have a criminal background, in the form of charges related to murder, rape, kidnapping, extortion and so on. Matters such as these have eroded the ethical and cultural fabric of our once great nation and other nations have noticed this, as evidenced by our international reputation.

They  call our country  “A Banana Republic”.  "A Republic of Scams"

Have you dreamed of a time when the corrupt politicians of this country are rooted out of power?

Recently formed SKC Federation, a group of highly educated and dedicated  professionals, have started a movement of bringing TOTAL REFORMS  or पूर्ण   व्यवस्था  परिवर्तन.

The government of India has been mercilessly suppressing the peaceful demonstrations and curbing the fundamental rights granted by the constitution of India. What the government did on June 4 2011 year shamed the even British Rule. In the middle of the night while protesters were fast asleep, Police mercilessly started beating the men, women and children. Their conspiracy to kill Swami Ram Dev ji did not succeed but Ms. Raj Bala became the (indirect) victim of police brutality.

To protest against the draconian policies of Congress Government, the Federation has decided to organise a Protest March from Ram Lila Maidan to Jantar Mantar on 4 June at 4pm, followed by a number of speeches and resolutions.

 Please join us in large numbers. Please also donate liberally for the cause. A minimum of Rs.5 lakhs is needed.

Funds will be used for stage, banners and logistics, including paying for buses to bring farmers and other oppressed Indians from outside Delhi.

How to donate:

Account Name: Sone Ki Chidiya Federation

Bank: ICICI bank

Branch: Laxmi Nagar Delhi

RTGS/NEFT IFSC Code ICIC0000831

Account No. 083105000859

Currently, no income tax exemption is available.

i) Only Indian citizens are eligible to contribute to SKC Federation. All contributions will need to be made in Indian rupees electronically into SKC Federation's bank account.

ii) SKC Federation may publish the names of all its donors, the amounts they have donated, and township (not detailed address).

For any questions regarding donation to SKC Federation, please contact info@sonekichidiya.in

Minutes of the National Reform Summit held in Haridwar from 5-8 April 2013

The minutes of the National Reform Summit are now available from here. These 23 pages are brimming with extremely valuable information.

Particular thanks to Sureshan Payyaratta for his extensive notes, and to those FTI members who helped by transcribing whiteboard notes.

The membership form for joining the Federation is located here: http://bit.ly/ZFWsQG

We want TOTAL reform, not just removal of corruption or injustice

Swami Om Purna Swatantra speaking at the launch fo the Sone Ki Chidya Total Reform Movement on 4 June at Jantar Mantar. More photos and videos will be uploaded in the next few days.

(Media Release, 2 June: Download (Word | PDF))

About Sone Ki Chidiya Federation

Individuals, NGOs, political parties and private companies can take membership of the Federation. Please download the brochure (Word | PDF), and join as an individual or organisation: here. Membership is initially free.

Some leaders we respect:

(This incomplete list of leaders is in no particular order. Please add suggestions here.)

Other leaders we respect:

Shivaji and Netaji Bose for their nationalism.


Song that captures India's prosperous and glorious past

National Reform Summit, 5-8 April 2013

SKC is pleased to announce a four day Summit in Haridwar on 5-8 April 2013. Download the brochure (PDF) by clicking the image below. (Word document here).

Please click here to register for the Summit.

Please read the vision carefully before completing this form. Please also read the following instructions.

Expected resolutions/action plan: This is a tentative draft outline of the resolutions we might take at the Summit.

You MAY (if you so choose), pay the registration contribution also through the links below. Electronic payment as provided in the brochure is the preferred way to pay.