If you have been facing problems of incessant traffic jams or unclean water in your constituency, you can now rate your elected representative’s poor performance online.
Two city youths, Ankur Garg, 31, and Tarun Jain, 28, have started a web portal called ‘I for India’ that will help generate ‘report cards’ of elected representatives based on their performance.
The portal, which will be functional from Monday, allows citizens to rate their MLAs on several factors including governance, administration etc.“The idea is to bring accountability and help the electorate be more informed,” said Garg, an alumnus of IIMA.
Garg quit his job of seven years at Microsoft Corporation (India) l to work on the web portal, an idea that struck him two years ago while traveling on a pothole-ridden road in Ghaziabad.
“We collected all the information about the elected representatives from the election commission, and even met former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi to guide us,” said Garg, who heads a 10-member team. The website shows details of constituencies as per the last state elections held in individual states.
Citizens can rate politicians out of five stars on criteria such as providing basic education and primary health, their involvement in scams or scandals and fulfillment of their electoral promises.
The barometer for each criterion would be in the form of a red, yellow or green box, which will show if the representative has failed, scored an average or passed, respectively.
“We plan to take the report cards in the public domain through the media, and will also try and share the analysis with the MLAs themselves,” said Garg.