Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan's US visit itinerary

V. Chowdary Jampala (cjampala@desire.wright.edu)
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 09:50:05 -0500 (EST)


Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan visiting USA

'Outstanding Officer' left IAS to start 'The Foundation for
Democratic Reforms'

     Dr. N. Jayaprakash Narayan, who recently made news when he
resigned from the Andhra Pradesh cadre of Indian Administrative
Service to dedicate himself to pursuing constitutional and democratic
reforms, will be in USA for a three week period.  40 year old
Jayaprakash Narayan, who was named for the famed freedom fighter
and socialist leader, was one of the first physicians to join the IAS,
ranking fourth in the batch of 1980. He distinguished himself in many
administrative roles over the last 16 years earning a solid reputation of
being an 'outstanding IAS officer'.  As the Deputy Collector in Vizag, he
worked for speedy compensation for lands annexed for building the
Steel Plant. As the Collector of Prakasam district, he was instrumental in
building a lift-irrigation system bringing hundreds of thousands of
hectares into agriculture. As the Collector of East Godavari district, he
initiated improvements to the water drainage and flood prevention
systems. He played a key administrative role in the state as the
secretary to the chief minister during NTR's second stint in 1994-95.
Later, as the managing director of the Industrial Infrastructure
Development Corporation, he designed plans for the development of the
infrastructure of the port cities of AP, and masterminded a plan to
rapidly develop Hyderabad into Info-city.   

     Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan spent a significant portion of the past
decade searching for solutions for the problems that seem to be
afflicting India. Fitting with his training as a good physician, he
diagnosed the illnesses and proposed a treatment plan in many essays
and books, including the most recent The Indian Republic: Collapse and
Rejuvenation. He says that a series of constitutional and administrative
reforms are necessary if the country is to survive and progress.
Constrained by the government service in pursuing his ideals, he
decided to sacrifice his blooming career and dedicate himself to work
towards the fulfillment of his dreams of the reformation of the structure
of Indian governance. 

     Last month, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan resigned from IAS to
start a non-profit, non-partisan organization, 'The Foundation for
Democratic Reforms'. The Foundation, which attracted many like
minded people, intends to organize a grass-roots movement that
focusses on four major goals: 

     1) Democratization of our polity including inner party
democracy and increased public accounting of political parties and direct
elections to Chief Executive positions,

     2) Decentralization of Governance,

     3) Debeaureaucratization of our administration, and

     4) A speedy and efficient administration of justice.
          
     Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan recognizes that such a movement faces
heavy odds and should prepare itself for a long and arduous struggle.
He, however, feels that a beginning needs to be made somewhere, and
is willing to take on the task. He is confident that his movement will
gather its strength from its grassroots activity, and the irrefutable need
for reforms. 
     
     Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan is currently on a private three week visit
to USA, and is meeting with members of Indian community, exchanging
views and discussing his thoughts on how the Indian Republic could be
rejuvenated. 

     Tentative itinerary  follows:

     Nov  1, Saturday    	Pittsburgh 
     Nov  2, Sunday      	Washington, DC
     
     Nov  9, Saturday         	St. Louis
     Nov 10, Sunday      	Chicago
     Nov 11, Monday      	Minneapolis
     Nov 12, Tuesday          	Manhattan, KS

     Nov 14, Thursday         	Dayton, OH
     Nov 15, Friday      	Columbus, OH
     Nov 16, Saturday         	Detroit
     Nov 17, Sunday      	New York

     Detailed information regarding Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan's
itinerary and copies of his paper, The Collapse and Rejuvenation of
Indian Republic,  can be obtained by contacting  V. Chowdary Jampala
at 937-427-8927 (e-mail: cjampala@dayton.net).

     Regards.       ---  V. Chowdary Jampala