Citizens for Accountable Governance Formed
June 2013 it was when a group of few individuals consisting of a fresh Graduate, a Lawyer, an Entrepreneur, a Software Engineer and two Investment bankers began to discuss the nation's current state at a restaurant's coffee table. What followed was a quick resolve not to just critique the actions of the government but to strive towards making a change for better. Citizens for Accountable Governance was thus born! A group of young and enthusiastic individuals with hope in their hearts and a dream in their eyes - a dream of making India a model of accountable governance. With this vision the group started its activities and people kept joining in. Today we are 45,000 volunteers strong and still growing....
Currently, CAG comprises of over 60 full time associates from different parts of India. In addition there are thousands of part time associates who are remotely associated with the group. CAG aims to grow steadily in the coming months and years.
India, being the youngest democracy in the world, Citizens for Accountable Governance realized the importance of inclusion of youth in the political discourse of the nation and hence, the first ever platform to involve the nation's college-going population in agenda setting of General Elections, was launched- Manthan. With Manthan, we reached out to more than 50% of the country’s college going population 'churned out' the most innovative solutions for inclusion in the political agenda for 2014 general elections. About 7,500 students from across the country, the top leadership of the two principal national political parties and thought leaders from other domains came together at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi on 2nd October, 2013.
One lakh supporters
In just about one month of being launched, CAG had one lakh people from all over India who supported us and our vision of making India a model of accountable and good governance.
CAG continues to grow with around 55, 000 CAG associates who have registered with us and are carrying out the initiatives at various level. Today, we have around 4.5 lakh likes on the CAG Facebook page. With the launch of the CAG City Chapters, the reach of CAG and hence the support of people from across the country has multiplied drastically. We thank all our supporters who have shown a continuous belief in the values that CAG stands for.
CAG Store Launched
We at Citizens for Accountable Governance resolved to make good governance a part of everyone's everyday life. Considering the widespread impact and reach that branded merchandise have, we launched an online CAG store which makes available items that inspire and remind people that through CAG, change has been initiated and that each and every citizen of this nation is an integral part of this movement for change.
CAG store became popular among the masses to such an extent that matching the demand and supply became a huge task. Right now we are in the process of replenishing the stock and the CAG Store will again be up and running very soon.
Statue of Unity Movement Training organized by CAG
CAG became the Social Mobilization partners for the Statue of Unity Movement which aims to revive the values which Sardar Patel stood for, that is, the values of good governance, unity and grassroots development. CAG organized a three day orientation program for training of all the volunteers of the Statue of Unity movement, in Gandhinagar. The workshop saw participation of people from all parts of the country. The orientation program aimed at sensitizing people and empowering them to help in carrying out the movement successfully in their respective states and cities.
CAG Launches its City Chapters
With the intent of spreading across the whole country and carrying out on-ground initiatives in each and every city, CAG launched the first fifteen City Chapters with on-ground meets organized in four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. In the second round City Chapters were launched in Bhopal, Patna, Ranchi, Vizag, Vijayawada, Kanpur and Lucknow. CAG aims to launch city chapters in around 200 cities which will be run via association of CAG full-time and part-time members. These City Chapters and their respective Core Committees will ensure CAG's presence throughout India and will facilitate faster and better work at the grassroots.