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Deepening Democracy

Equality, Participation and Representation………

Equality, participation and representation are key attributes of democratic government. Deepening democracy entails strengthening these attributes in the election of government and in the process of governance, which eventually will strengthen the liberties and rights of citizens and groups . There are number of areas that need to be strengthened further to realize the true potential of a well-functioning democracy. The debate on ‘deepening democracy’ has therefore, evolved significance in discussing whether and how the citizens should engage in the political process, analyzing how to ensure inclusiveness of participation, and deepen citizen’s engagement in the decision-making process.

PECUC focuses on deepening democracy to ensure genuine participation of the people in policy making and governance. Assertion of civil and political rights by the people, responsive Panchayatiraj system ,increased people’s participation in Gram Sabhas ,Pali Sabha and Urban local bodies ,increased women participation in all political process, vigilant civil society as well voters with informed choice ,Political parties responsive to the peoples need choice & rights. Various community level groups empowered made aware of constitutional rights & International & National Human rights instruments in our project areas. Mechanism to disseminate information related to policies and programmes meant specially for marginalized communities in Rural/Tribal/Urban population,improved and transparent election process Existing Structures and systems at all levels becoming accountable with inform citizenry . Capacity Building of Elected Representatives,Leadership development of various community level groups with focus on women participation, PECUC’s presence and support in different local/State /National level forums working on Governance related issues ,human and democratic rights issues monitored and public opinion raised, education on Governance and constitution ,& Rights, duties and responsibilities, election process, voters rights and duties, Study and research, Urban Governance ,Foster active participation of community level groups specially women in grass root decision making institutions and process i.e palli sabha, Gram sabha, urban local bodies, Promote networking among community level groups/citizen forums for issue based advocacy ,Exemplary initiatives through community mobilizations focused on accessing social security schemes and programmes in both Rural and Urban setting.

PECUC works to improve governance and for deepening democracy. It has been engaged in promoting informed citizenry, increasing participation of citizens in the decision-making process, building capacity of key stakeholders. Hence, PECUC has undertaken various activities including voter awareness, enrolment of new young voters, deletion of double voter I cards, debates and discussion for electoral reform, etc. Capacity building workshops have been organized for the Panchayat Raj institution functionaries (PRI) members, at the Panchayat level, members of the urban local body (ULB), and dialogue with the Legislators for ensuring fair electoral process and participatory good governance.



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