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    hemen parekh

    Overwhelming Demands ?

    You bet !

    Looking at the crowds shouting their demands outside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence , you would think , people of Delhi have unlimited arrears of problems

    Individuals and groups are trooping in from far and wide , demanding :

    > Better physical services ( Power / Water / Homes / Transport )

    > Jobs ( Permanency / Removal of Contract System / New jobs )

    > Reservations / Abolitions / Implementations / Resignations

    > Admissions / Legalizations / Transfers / Rise in Auto fares

    > Roll back of CNG Prices / Reduction of Vegetable prices

    > Security / Loans / Pensions

    The list goes on and on

    Only problem

    Whereas demands are ” Unlimited ” , resources ( Manpower + Money + Systems ) are ” Limited ” !

    Hence Arvind will need to evolve a simple method to evaluate the ” IMPORTANCE ” and the ” URGENCY ” of these demands

    He may want to devise an online form or , like last time , print and distribute 50 lakh forms , which only need to be ticked , as in a multiple choice questionnaire

    Then , on a scale of 1- 5 , invite people of Delhi to score each demand on the following criteria :

    How does this problem affect ?

    > Economic Status ( Rich / Middle Class / Poor )

    > Geographic Coverage ( Posh Area / Middle class locality / Slums )

    > Gender ( Male / Female / Both )

    > Age ( Old people / Middle Age / Children )

    > Coverage ( Entire population / Majority / One Community only )

    > Nature ( Political / Social / Economic )

    > Character ( Establish Equity / Reduce Disparity / Speed up Justice )

    > Scope ( Job Creation / Health / Education / Corruption Removal )

    > Time Frame ( Crisis Situation / Urgent / Can wait )

    Then display the demands in the descending order of ” PERCENTILE SCORES ” – so people get to know what will get attended to and when

    For AAP , with its inclination for seeking people’s opinion through ” STRUCTURED STATISTICAL SURVEYS ” , devising such a transparent and easily understood ” PROCESS ” , cannot be a big deal

    Incidentally , no individual problem / demand should be included in the survey

    Carrying out such a pilot , ” SOCIO – ECONOMIC – POLITICAL ” experiment can take our democracy to the grass-root level and give the people a sense of participation in solving their own problems

    At the same time , people will be made aware that ,

    > Resources are limited

    > All demands cannot be attended simultaneously

    > Injustice of past 15 years cannot be undone in the next 15 days

    * hemen parekh ( 31 Dec 2013 / Mumbai )

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