Our Achievements

  • August 2012: ADR won the mBillionth Award South Asia for the category of ‘Mobile Innovations for Good Governance’ featuring its PULL SMS programme which allows every mobile user in the country to get information (criminal, financial and educational details) about his/her MP and MLA by typing a simple SMS on his/her phone. 

  • December 2011: ADR won the NASSCOM award for ICT led Innovation by Multi-stakeholder Partnerships. This award was for the Election Watch software of ADR and Webrosoft

  • June 3, 2011: After a two year long RTI battle, crucial information on the ‘Registers of Members’ Interest’ was finally mandated by the Central Information Commission (the highest nodal body under the Right to Information Act) to be available in the public domain.

  • January 2011: The Election Commission of India entrusted the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) with the task of developing accounting format for political parties. March 2012: It gave its approval to the format designed which when notified, will be a significant step towards enhancing transparency and accountability in the finances of political parties.

  • ADR has representation in the task force set up by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to evolve a National Strategy to Combat Corruption. ADR has been asked formally to be part of this committee.

  • ADR has also been invited to be on the Working Group on Governance in the National Advisory Council (NAC) which is chaired by the UPA Chairperson.

  • The frequency of voluntary disclosure of assets has increased. State cabinets of Bihar (2010) and Uttarakhand (2011) have declared their assets voluntarily and the PMO declared the assets of the Union Cabinet in 2011 in a move towards greater transparency.

  • July 10, 2010:  Secretary General of Lok Sabha P D T Achary said “Criminals being elected to the Assembly is a serious issue that needs to be addressed”.

  • May, 2010: The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms. Mayawati had announced the expulsion of about 500 party leaders with criminal past.

  • February 3, 2010: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked his Cabinet colleagues to disclose details of their assets and liabilities and refrain from dealing with the government on immovable property.

  • January 25, 2010: Both the Congress Chief Ms Sonia Gandhi and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Ms Sushma Swaraj of BJP made public statements calling for a consensus on barring candidates with criminal backgrounds from contesting elections.

  • Lok Sabha 2009: A large number of candidates with serious pending cases that contested elections like Pappu Yadav, Atiq Ahmed, Mukhtar Ansari, Akhilesh Singh etc., lost.

  • Lok Sabha 2009: The number of total serious IPC sections against MPs decrease from 296 in Lok Sabha 2004 to 274 in Lok Sabha 2009. 

  • In the Lok Sabha 2004 Elections, 19 States and 5 Union Territories carried out Election Watches. In the Lok Sabha 2009 elections, Election Watches were held in all states and union territories in the country.

  • April 2008: ADR obtained a landmark ruling from the Central Information Commission (CIC) saying that Income Tax Returns of Political Parties would now be available in the public domain along with the assessment orders.

  • Because of an RTI application that ADR has been following up with the CIC for nearly the past 2 years, the contribution reports of major political parties have been made public.

  • 2008, Karnataka Assembly Elections: There was a reduction in the number of candidates with serious offenses put up by parties. There were 93 such cases against candidates in the 2008 elections, down from 217 in the 2004 assembly elections.

  • 2008, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, NCT of Delhi and Mizoram: Overall, the percentage of candidates with declared criminal cases came down from 20% to 14% in the assembly elections.

  • October 2008: Mr. L.K. Advani, Leader of the BJP gave a press statement that the BJP would not field candidates with criminal records. Mr. Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress (INC), made similar announcement.

  • 2007, UP Election watch and 2008, Karnataka Election Watch: National political leaders contacted ADR and wanted the list of candidates for his party with criminal details.

  • October‐November 2005, Bihar Election Watch: Resulted in intense pressure on the Chief Minister Designate due to the extensive media coverage of candidate background. As a result, for the first time, Bihar had a Council of Ministers without any known criminal record.

  • September 2003: A Bill on Electoral Expenses was passed. The EC has taken it one-step forward and asked candidates to file a statement of expenses in every three days during the campaign. The EC has also made this information (in addition to the affidavits filed by candidates disclosing financial, criminal and educational background) available to citizens on request to Returning Officers, District Election Officers and the CEOs.

  • May 2002 and March 2003: ADR won two milestone judgments on disclosure of candidate’s criminal and financial records from the Supreme Court. Since then, 1200 NGOs from all over the country are supporting ADR and ADR in partnership with its partners has organized Citizen Election Watch for all major elections.

  • After the aforementioned Supreme Court’s order, Members of Parliament (MPs) lined up to clear their outstanding dues to the Government for rent, electricity, phone bills and so on to avoid embarrassing disclosures while filing nomination papers.