One of the core initiatives of SNS has been to empower people to meaningfully engage with and demand accountability of their elected representatives. Using the RTI Act, SNS accesses information on the roles and responsibilities of elected representatives and disseminates this in the form of pamphlets to enable people to engage with their elected representatives- MLAs, MPs, and councilors, in an informed manner. SNS also develops Report Cards on the performance of elected representatives prior to elections and disseminates them in partnership with the media.
Report cards of Members of Parliament 2014
Report cards of Delhi MLA 2014
Under Section 4 of the RTI Act the government is obligated to proactively provide information to citizens in easy to access ways and in the local language. However this section of the Act is being implemented extremely poorly. Since 2008, SNS has been demanding that the government should proactively provide information on the performance of elected representatives to people under Section 4 of the RTI Act. In 2013, the Delhi Legislative Assembly put in place a mechanism to provide live telecast of Assembly proceedings on its website. This was a result of an order passed by the Central Information Commission in August 2012 in response to complaints filed by SNS. The live webcast is available at http://webcast.nic.in/delhiassembly/
CIC order of webcast of Delhi Assembly Proceedings
In 2011, as a result of public hearings organised by SNS and petitions filed, the Central Information Commission (CIC) ordered the Delhi government to ensure that a board displaying details of all works sanctioned through the MLALAD scheme be installed in every constituency of Delhi. Further, this information was also required to be put up on government websites. In 2016, on the basis of physical audits and verification of government websites, it was found that the government was not complying with the orders of the CIC. Under the Delhi M.L.A. Local Area Development Scheme (MLALADS), each of the 70 MLAs in Delhi is allocated Rs. 4 crore per year to carry out developmental works in his/her constituency. The annual expenditure on the scheme is Rs. 280 crores and over the 5 year term of MLAs, Rs. 1,400 crore of public money would be utilized for this scheme. Despite this, there is very little information amongst citizens about how these funds are utilized. The result is that often these funds are not used for the most important development needs of constituents. Corruption in the allocation of these funds is also an acknowledged fact and is amply borne out by government records Therefore, a complaint was filed to the CIC regarding the non-compliance with its orders by the Delhi government. The complaint can be accessed at-
The audit undertaken by SNS was reported by the media, including the Times of India-