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Former Secretary, GoI
Principal Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, ‎GoK
Head, Civic Participation, Janaagraha
Co Founder, Citizen Matters

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 14 Apr 2021


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

A thematic discussion around the issues raised in the book ‘Bringing Government and People Closer’ by M. Ramachandran


M Ramachandran

Former Secretary, GoI

Dr M Ramachandran served in the IAS from 1972 to 2010 and has held senior positions including Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand and Secretary to the government of India in the ministry of Urban Development. During his various postings, he was particularly sensitive to regarding taking government to the people and this concern has prompted him to take various new initiatives to bring people and government closer. Transparency in functioning, openness in governance and bringing about changes in the system to make governance meaningful for the people, have always been close to his heart.

In this book, Bringing governments and people closer, he has narrated various instances where the ordinary person finds it difficult even to have access to what he/she is entitled to, be it a service, a benefit or a document and has suggested an agenda for action by implementing which by the seventy fifth year of our independence, every one will have hassle free access to what he is entitled to.

Author of 10 books, Dr Ramachandran currently chairs the Indian Heritage Cities Foundation and serves as independent director on the boards of various companies.

Uma Mahadevan

Principal Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, ‎GoK

Uma Mahadevan is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre. She is presently posted as Principal Secretary (Panchayat Raj) in the Department of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Govt of Karnataka. She has served in multiple capacities in the state, most recently in the women & child development and planning sectors; as well as in the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. She was a member of the working group that produced Karnataka’s first Human Development Report.

She holds a postgraduate degree in English Literature and writes regularly in national publications on art, culture and development issues .

Srinivas Alavilli

Head, Civic Participation, Janaagraha

Srinivas Alavilli is Head of Civic Participation in Janaagraha. He leads the efforts in increasing civic participation in governance. Srinivas drives design and development of Janaagraha’s civic tech platform IChangeMyCity, pioneering civic tech plwhich is being used in thousands of cities across India and he works on creating grassroots networks between civil society and local governments. Srinivas believes in systemic change that happens when citizens demand it and the political system delivers it.

Srinivas was a software professional before joining Janaagraha, with a long stint in Sun Microsystems/Oracle in California and Bengaluru primarily working on enterprise software.

Srinivas was one of the founders of the #SteelFlyoverBeda movement in 2016 that led to the formation of Citizens for Bengaluru. CfB is a non political,  public pressure group. CfBs primary goal is to make Bengaluru liveable for all sections of society by enabling public participation in local governance via ward committees.

Meera Kri

Co Founder, Citizen Matters

Meera K co-founded Citizen Matters, an award-winning civic media platform focusing on critical urban issues, ideas and solutions for cities. Citizen Matters empowers citizens with the knowledge, understanding and tools to make cities sustainable, equitable and liveable.

Meera helped initiate Open City, an urban data platform. She is the founder trustee at the Oorvani Foundation, a non-profit working on civic media, open data and citizen engagement. Meera is also an Ashoka Fellow, recognised for her work building open knowledge platforms that allow citizens to collaborate and improve their cities.