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People’s Action is a body registered under the Societies Act of India.

People’s Action Aims and Objectives:
  • To act as an advocacy group regarding issues that impacts the social, economic and political life of the citizens of India.
  • To act as a pressure group for the advancement of good governance, human rights, social justice, economic equity and political awareness.
  • To operate as an action group in pursuit of developmental activity in the field of education, health & nutrition and environment.
  • To initiate, develop, support, augment, sustain or promote activities, projects or enterprises that relate to any or all of the above-mentioned Aims.
People’s Action started as a formal outfit and began operations in October 2002 with the issue of overcharging by Auto/ Taxi drivers in New Delhi and their refusal to ply according to the electronic meters, thereby causing great harassment to commuters in Delhi, apart from cheating them on a regular basis.

November 2002: Our view of the issue regarding cheating by auto drivers was based on the abject failure of the Delhi Government in bringing the drivers to book and/ or making any dent in the situation.

Keeping in line with our approach of finding real solutions and channelising public opinion to positive Action, we created a chart of Distances between the main commuter points of Delhi . On the chart we also printed a conversion table that one can use to arrive at an approximately fare for the distance travelled.

The result was stunning. The chart revealed that on average every Auto/ Taxi overcharged commuters to the tune of 100% over and above the actual fare! The Delhi Government, faced with the reality, promised to think about such a chart to empower citizens of Delhi .

People's Action has since released a Fare Chart for both Autos and Taxis based on the Distance Chart, which gives approximate figures of what the fare should be between the main commuter points in Delhi .

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Action Issues - Campaign
Electricity/power tariff issues
Sealing/demolition/city planning
Blueline Buses/HCBS
Auto-rickshaw/Taxi overcharging
Electoral Reforms
Saving the Yamuna/CW Games
Plastic Free Delhi

Political Advocacy:
Gurgaon Resident Party:2005 Campaign
Delhi Municipal Elections:2007 Campaign
Sustaining RWC:2008 Campaign

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"It makes little sense to expect individuals to behave differently from their peers; it is more appropriate to seek a general change in behavioural norms and in the circumstances which facilitate their adoption."
- Shyam Mittal

"The current social, occupational, and national inequalities in ‘standard of living’ will not be much influenced by education, for they reflect the way that societies are organized. We already know what is desirable..."
-Sunil Kumar

“… living in a poor locality, worse education, unsatisfying work or actual unemployment, and reduced social approval and self-esteem. In turn this constellation of deprivations leads to a wide range of unhealthy behaviours...”
-Dr. Dutt  

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