These are trying times. The global economic downturn is not something happening somewhere else to other people. The ripples from Wall Street have started affecting all our lives, here and now, dear readers, in Delhi.
As markets go into a tailspin and economic growth falters, people across the world are increasingly turning to their governments. It will be no different in India. The role of the government has never been as important.
In Delhi, which goes to the polls on November 29, the historic redrawing of constituencies — to make them more relevant and effective — will bring you closer to your representatives in government than ever before.
For the first time, you have a chance to connect with your local MLAs and demand better from them.
You can then make a difference to the thousands of crores that Delhi is now spending. And you can start demanding improvements in its soft infrastructure: Security and opportunity for our working men, women and children.
The Hindustan Times-Cfore MLAs' survey is exclusively aimed to give you the power to evaluate the performance of the representatives whom you elected in 2003. It is time to look back and see what they did with the faith and confidence you reposed in them. It is time for you, dear citizen of Delhi, to be stand up and be counted.
Our survey rates our representatives on the basis of your assessment of how they fared on the tasks that you entrusted them with.
The survey, whose results we begin carrying from today’s edition (two constituencies in each day’s paper), is just the first of our big initiatives to empower you. In the coming weeks and months, Hindustan Times will closely monitor every facet of the running of your state, at every step, with feedback and participation from you.
Delhi is your city, and you must control its destiny. Together, we can.