What is PDOS from our point of view and How it is going to help the Citizens?

There are many foundational definitions of Participatory Democracy on wikipedia and other websites, books and many other form of Digital and Print publications. I think, how it’s implemented in the context of the country is different – though maintaining at all times Citizens Participations with Social Audits. Our Government run different schmes for the development of our Country, but none are ever hailed by CAG as a GRAND success – but issues in how the funds are handled and blah blah blah – we don’t want to go there – we all know what happens but we don’t have a way to contribute. PDOS is just that – let’s all of us work together to better implement the schemes by taking interest in it up to the last level – meaning including User agencies and Private Agencies that implement the work for Citizens. Citizens participating in the Governance process and conducting Social Audit themesevles for their work is the only way to success. Our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi made numerous requests for Citizen Participations and picthing about Participatory Democracy – we hope PDOS goes as much close as possible to the idea of Participatory Democracy. Working together is a democractic way to handle, not pinching each other on the circumstance.

Does it interfere with the Governance process?

No, in fact it helps Members of Parliament in generating work requests that goes to the Nodal District officer’s Inbox with few clicks. Nodal district taking the request forward for sanction, releasing the funds, choosing the implementing agency or executing agency – who then forwards further to the user agencies and to the final step of implementing the MP’s generated work request. Everything from generation by MP to implementation by user agencies is viewable to everyone of us – as there is no harm in it since the work request is implemented towards the development of our Country. Such visibility in to the process has never been provided by any Government, and for India – it’s the step in the right direction. PDOS has the potential to reduce RTI requests for MPLADS up to 90%, if Government helps in implementing the PDOS (MPLADS) modules. We are building fraud detection and misuse modules within PDOS to not succumb to misuse by Citizens and outsiders. We want to help the Government by adding more and more schemes for better transparency and accountability rather than interfere in the work on implementation.

More schemes, which ones coming after MPLADS?

We have selected few sectors like Sports, Health and more so that relates to Members of Parliament like the development of village by an MP. Bringing to life similar details from fund released to implementation, expenditure and Social Audits by the Citizens.

What is the release schedule and how many MP’s work requests are going to be released?
In our first pilot, we are releasing work requests generated by 15th Lok Sabha MP’s from Gujarat only. Upon successful pilot with the 26 Parliamentary consituency, we will move forward with more states. Detail planning is underway with technology roadmaps on implementation with the help of Active Citizens.

Who is investing in the project?

Project is self-financed for now – although that is the case, We are looking for long term Investors to help us achieve our goals in bringing more schemes under PDOS.

Is PDOS.IN different from TAP?

Just like any other product, our platform went through various names, begining with TAP for Transparency & Accountability Platform to few others – and at last settling the eyes with PDOS as Participatory Democracy Operating System.

Technology roadmap work is underway with 10 phase deployment in mind and in the end; blending with an Open Source Operating System of Citizen’s choice is our final GOAL. All release information for PDOS.IN will be updated on our blog @ <a href=”http://blog.iloksabha.in”>http://blog.iloksabha.in</a>.

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