Citizens for Accountable Governance Formed
June 2013 it was when a group of few individuals consisting of a fresh Graduate, a Lawyer, an Entrepreneur, a Software Engineer and two Investment bankers began to discuss the nation's current state at a restaurant's coffee table. What followed was a quick resolve not to just critique the actions of the government but to strive towards making a change for better. Citizens for Accountable Governance was thus born! A group of young and enthusiastic individuals with hope in their hearts and a dream in their eyes - a dream of making India a model of accountable governance. With this vision the group started its activities and people kept joining in. Today we are 45,000 volunteers strong and still growing....
Currently, CAG comprises of over 60 full time associates from different parts of India. In addition there are thousands of part time associates who are remotely associated with the group. CAG aims to grow steadily in the coming months and years.
India, being the youngest democracy in the world, Citizens for Accountable Governance realized the importance of inclusion of youth in the political discourse of the nation and hence, the first ever platform to involve the nation's college-going population in agenda setting of General Elections, was launched- Manthan. With Manthan, we reached out to more than 50% of the country’s college going population 'churned out' the most innovative solutions for inclusion in the political agenda for 2014 general elections. About 7,500 students from across the country, the top leadership of the two principal national political parties and thought leaders from other domains came together at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi on 2nd October, 2013.
One lakh supporters
In just about one month of being launched, CAG had one lakh people from all over India who supported us and our vision of making India a model of accountable and good governance.
CAG continues to grow with around 55, 000 CAG associates who have registered with us and are carrying out the initiatives at various level. Today, we have around 4.5 lakh likes on the CAG Facebook page. With the launch of the CAG City Chapters, the reach of CAG and hence the support of people from across the country has multiplied drastically. We thank all our supporters who have shown a continuous belief in the values that CAG stands for.
CAG Store Launched
We at Citizens for Accountable Governance resolved to make good governance a part of everyone's everyday life. Considering the widespread impact and reach that branded merchandise have, we launched an online CAG store which makes available items that inspire and remind people that through CAG, change has been initiated and that each and every citizen of this nation is an integral part of this movement for change.
CAG store became popular among the masses to such an extent that matching the demand and supply became a huge task. Right now we are in the process of replenishing the stock and the CAG Store will again be up and running very soon.
Statue of Unity Movement Training organized by CAG
CAG became the Social Mobilization partners for the Statue of Unity Movement which aims to revive the values which Sardar Patel stood for, that is, the values of good governance, unity and grassroots development. CAG organized a three day orientation program for training of all the volunteers of the Statue of Unity movement, in Gandhinagar. The workshop saw participation of people from all parts of the country. The orientation program aimed at sensitizing people and empowering them to help in carrying out the movement successfully in their respective states and cities.
CAG Launches its City Chapters
With the intent of spreading across the whole country and carrying out on-ground initiatives in each and every city, CAG launched the first fifteen City Chapters with on-ground meets organized in four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. In the second round City Chapters were launched in Bhopal, Patna, Ranchi, Vizag, Vijayawada, Kanpur and Lucknow. CAG aims to launch city chapters in around 200 cities which will be run via association of CAG full-time and part-time members. These City Chapters and their respective Core Committees will ensure CAG's presence throughout India and will facilitate faster and better work at the grassroots.
Run for Unity
Run for Unity was held on 15th December, 2013, the 63rd Death Anniversary of Sardar Patel. The entire nation came together to pay a tribute to the Ironman of India, by running together at the same time across 1050+ locations all over India. A World Record was set on this day, as the event witnessed the largest number of people running together in human history. Over 4.8 million people, belonging to varied age groups, demographics, religions and regions participated in the Run for Unity. Not just that, NRIs across continents also became part of this run by organizing it overseas.
7th of January marked the arrival of the first group photo of a Gram Panchayat members for the Photo Collage initiative. Under this, over 2 lakh elected representatives of wards and gram panchayats would get a chance to be a part of history. Their images will be collected as a sign of their contribution towards Unity and Good Governance. These images will be collated in the world's biggest collage, which will be housed within the Statue of Unity museum.
Write For Unity
On the 3rd of Jan, 2014, Write for Unity was launched, with invitations being sent to over 50 Lakh students across 600 districts. This extensive outreach is being undertaken to re iterate the values of Sardar Patel amongst the India's youth, as they participate in a nationwide essay and slogan writing competition. The invitation was sent to Principals of over 2 Lakh Schools, along with literature on Sardar Patel, Statue on Unity and the Statue of Unity Movement, and guideline booklet. The best entries from every school will be evaluated and awarded. The wrinning schools will recieve education funds of over Rs. 2.5 Crore.
2014 was welcomed with the start of world's biggest social mobilization event begins with a small gathering of people in a village of Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh on the 1st of January, 2014. Over 100 farmers from the village attended the meeting, and paid tribute to the farmers leader - Sardar Vallbhbhai Patel, in the form of used farm iron, and their signature on the Suraaj Yachika. In these few months , thousands of such meetings are being held in several parts of the country, which will eventually culminating in a grand ceremony in Kevadia, Gujarat
Moditva the book is a collection of 14 short essays derived from quotes of Mr Modi's 13 year tenure as Chief Minster. The 14 quotes covers critical challenges facing the country such as governance, education, economy, sanitation etc. The book – through successful international and domestic case studies – establishes that Mr Modi's ideas have a global relevance along with an ancient Indian context. In order to do justice to Mr Modi’s philosophy, all the quotes have been selected before he was declared as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate for the 2014 elections. Forewords for the book has been written by Dr KiranBedi, Mr Jaswant Singh and Dr Subramanian Swamy.
Chai Pe Charcha
Chai Pe Charcha (CPC) is a modern day experiment with the real democracy where the citizens get to ask their questions, share there grievances and suggest solutions to their leader through a combination of 5 technologies. The first ever round of CPC, on the theme of 'Good Governance' saw enthusiastic participation form across 1000 location spread across 300 cities.
Chai pe Charcha (8th March)
The next round of Chai Pe Charcha was held on the occasion of the International women's day on the theme of 'Women Empowerment'. Riding on the grand success of the first round of CPC the number of location were increased to 1500 locations across 500 cities across India. This round of CPC also saw participation from 34 cities spread across 15 countries outside India. Six women achievers shared their inspirational stories with the nation during the event. This round of CPC was attended in huge numbers by women.
Chai pe Charcha (20th March)
This round of Chai Pe Charha delt with the important issue Farmers and Agrarian crisis in the country. This round of CPC aimed to sensitize the nation to the severity of the problem.The unique feature of this CPC was that it reached the villages of India and the farmers gathered in large numbers to share their stories and listen to Mr.Modi.