The race for elections is heating up, what with Indian politicians from one camp mouthing off about the inadequacy of those in the other camp. The time is perfect for the Indian people to reject such noise in favor of accountability. A innovative new website iForIndia.org is thus the need of the hour. This website’s whole premise is to make politicians accountable for their public jobs and to get a crowdsourced opinion on whether they are carrying out their responsibilities properly.
Founded by Ankur Garg, the website came into being because he wondered by politicians are not being graded for their work by the Indian people. We keep hearing about scams and more scams and public opinion hardly reaches to the point where it can question such actions and put it out for the record. Citizens and media have a short term memory in general and everyone forgets such things after enough time has passed. What if you could keep record about a politician and see his/her grade over the years of their service record? That would be perfect, wouldn’t it?
The website lets you search for States, CMs, MLAs, MPs and Assembly Constituency. I put in ‘Mumbai’ and got a list of people who are responsible for the different sections of the city. It is not a comprehensive list yet but given the nature of the endeavour, it is marvelous effort nonetheless.
You can view an individual politician’s report card and this is how it looks.
You may ask that how can the website guarantee that the ratings are not faked, given the nature of today’s politicians and their clout on social media. The website requires mobile phone verification while signup and thus makes it harder for anyone to game the system.
All in all, this is a superb initiative by Ankur and we should support him and his team to make politics more transparent and politicians more accountable.
Website | iForIndia
Source | Tech2