Platform for Participatory Democracy

Samruddha Bharat also acts as a bridge between diverse interest groups across India (ranging from professional groups, Civil Society Organisations/ peoples’ movements, and unions) and political parties. SBF’s unique multi-party and multi-stakeholder character has enabled it to facilitate a meaningful dialogue through which the genuine concerns of the people are being mainstreamed into political platforms. 

Some of the policymakers who have been regularly attending these meetings include Prithviraj Chavan (former Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office & former Chief Minister, Maharashtra), Digvijay Singh (former Chief Minister), Sitaram Yechury (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and General Secretary of the Communist Party of India Marxist), K. Raju (Congress President’s Office & former Additional Secretary, National Advisory Council), Ghulam Nabi Azad (Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha & former union Health Minister), Mohammad Salim (Member of Parliament Lok Sabha), Jignesh Mevani (independent MLA), Brinda Karat (former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha), Deepender Hooda (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha), Prof. Rajeev Gowda (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha), KC Ramamurthy (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha), Tikender Panwar (former Deputy Mayor, Shimla), Yogendra Yadav (President of Swaraj Abhiyan), Javed Ali Khan (Member of Parliament & Spokesperson Samajwadi Party) etc.

  • National Conclave On Healthcare: Samruddha Bharat organised a National Conclave on Healthcare in which the office bearers of over a 1000 resident doctors/medical students/ nurses/ allied healthcare associations from 16 states and public health specialists participated to raise substantive issues related to healthcare, in a dialogue with eminent policymakers. Some of these resolutions that the policymakers endorsed included a) halting the unprecedented commercialisation of medical education, as proposed in the National Medical Council bill, b) focusing on universalising primary healthcare, c) enhancing insurance coverage and access to essential medicines, d) boosting public expenditure on healthcare, e) striving to create a new Indian Public Health Service to ensure quality and timely delivery of health services near each citizen’s doorstep, and f) enhancing the number of healthcare professionals and addressing their legitimate concerns. These were subsequently raised in Parliament.    
  • Roundtable on MG-NREGA & Employment: In revitalising MG-NREGA both within and outside Parliament, SBF organised a roundtable in collaboration with the People’s Action for Employment Guarantee and NREGA Sangharsh Morcha organised. Senior party representatives were briefed in detail about the multiple nuances and variables concerning MGNREGA. Based on the briefing, they resolved to a) Endorse an open  letter to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister highlighting the urgent steps that need to be taken to revive MGNREGA; b) Raise questions in Parliament on programme funding, delayed payments, delay in the payment of compensation, non-payment of minimum wages and payment of unemployment allowance etc.; c) Raise a ‘Calling Attention Motion’ on the current financial crisis faced by MGNREGA; d) Assure political commitment to reviving MGNREGA in party manifestos for the General Elections. 
  • Roundtable & Jan Manch On Pensions: In collaboration with Pension Parishad, a pan India network of civil society organisations, SBF organised a jan manch where feedback was gathered from hundreds of beneficiaries from across the country on the state of pensions. Based on this, a separate roundtable was organised with senior policy makers which highlighted the juridical and political neglect towards the National Social Assistance Programme (the central pension scheme in India). Ultimately various policymakers and academics agreed to consider a) A Universal and Non Contributory Pension System with a minimum dignified amount of monthly pension not less than 50% of minimum wage, which should be linked to inflation.