The Budget Session of the Indian Parliament was curtailed due to Covid-19 and the sudden imposition of lockdown and since then Parliament has not been in session. The pandemic and the lockdown have fundamentally altered people’s lives and almost no sector or section of society has been left unaffected. World over, many countries have moved to virtual and online sessions because, especially in a pandemic, Parliament cannot stop representing the people and keeping a check on the executive. But in India, several far-reaching and even controversial policy decisions taken by the government have escaped any kind of legislative scrutiny or representative accountability. Therefore, concerned citizens have decided to get together and convene a Janta Parliament to discuss urgent Covid related policy measures. It is in this context that we invite you to share your concerns arising from the current reality and present your perspective on possible solutions.
- Press note: Jan Sarokar highlights the stark contrast between the government’s legislative agenda for the Monsoon Session with the people’s issues raised in the Janta Parliament
To see the schedule of the Janta Parliament, please click here.
The Janta Parliament was held virtually using Zoom and live-streamed. Watch the video archives here.
To read more the idea behind the Janta Parliament, click here.
Janta Parliament is being organised by a group of people’s movements, social campaigns and civil society networks. To read more about all the organisations that have come together in support of this event, please visit this link.
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