March 2003: The second issue that was undertaken was the issue of Pre paid system for autos and taxis at the airports and stations. Careful calibrations showed that pre-paid booths ended up charging up to 40% extra from unsuspecting commuters. This campaign was highlighted in the media and involved the Delhi Police, which mans these booths.
April 2003: People's Action, through its President, submitted results of a campaign initiated to audit the environment in a colony in Gurgaon. This campaign was under taken after research that showed almost 60 percent of park area had been reconstituted as plot area by the developers in the area using all possible loopholes in the law. The effort will help in developing greater sensitivity among people for protection and preservation of whatever is left of the green cover not only in Gurgaon but also in Delhi and other parts of the NCR.
May 2003: First all Gurgaon RWA Convention was held at 32nd Milestone. Here over forty registered Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and NGOs discussed the breakdown of power, water, and poor transport services, choked roads unprecedented pollution and serious security problems in the city. The concern came up as in the last five years things had been going from bad to worse. The meeting also discussed what the residents themselves could do to improve the quality of life. This Convention led to the formation of the People's Action Gurgaon Council with one member represented from each participant RWA.
August 2003: The campaign for disclosure by candidates standing for election was initiated with a Press Conference to discuss the issue in view of the landmark Supreme Court judgement and the Election Commission of India's directive making it mandatory for candidates standing for elections to disclose on affidavits their antecedent, movable and immovable assets and educational qualifications. Later, in this regard People's Action organised a Convention of registered NGOs, RWAs, and Social Organisations at New Delhi to discuss a road map for taking the Supreme Court judgement, regarding a citizen's right to know a candidate's antecedents, to its logical conclusion.
RWA Movement is initiated November 2003:
Gurgaon RWA gather under the name and Banner of JAFRA and organised a “Meet Your Candidate” Programme under ‘Delhi Election Watch’ a coalition of several NGOs and concerned citizens of Delhi whose main objectives has been that such a disclosure system should not remain only on paper but should be disseminated to the voters in an intelligible manner. The sole motive is to help the voters know the background and other relevant information about candidates contesting elections so that they can make a carefully considered choice in casting their vote. Being one of the coalition partners of the DEW, People's Action worked with the DEW in the entire exercise for the cause of transparency in the electoral system and active participation of the citizens in the process.
November 2003: People's Action organised a “Meet Your Candidate” Programme under ‘Delhi Election Watch’ a coalition of several NGOs and concerned citizens of Delhi whose main objectives has been that such a disclosure system should not remain only on paper but should be disseminated to the voters in an intelligible manner. The sole motive is to help the voters know the background and other relevant information about candidates contesting elections so that they can make a carefully considered choice in casting their vote. Being one of the coalition partners of the DEW, People's Action worked with the DEW in the entire exercise for the cause of transparency in the electoral system and active participation of the citizens in the process.
December 2003: Just before the Assembly elections in Delhi, People's Action undertook a visible campaign to enthuse voters to come out and cast their votes. This campaign was aimed at the middle classes and the educated whose participation has traditionally been lower in comparison to the other polarised sections of society.
January 2004: People's Action organised a public meeting of volunteers and started building a network of supporters on the lines of the administrative and political structure existing in the city. The objective of the exercise was to consolidate the people's support for the organisation as well as create the infrastructure for carrying future programmes and campaigns through mobilisation teams.
February 2004: Under the Electoral Reforms and Good Governance programmes People's Action has also taken initiation where it was of dire necessity. People's Action in association with the India Habitat Centre organised a Panel Discussion on the subject of ‘Electoral Reforms-an agenda for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections' arguing on the three premises viz., it is patently desirable to see civil society groups lobbying hard to promote the better candidate. Secondly, abolish the withdrawal provision to elevate the seriousness with which nominations and elections are approached. And thirdly, the abnormally short period of 13 days for campaigning has to be extended.
March 2004: As a part of the Electoral Reforms Undertook registration of new voters through JAFRA RWA. In one such campaign as many as 8,500 new voters for registration in just two days.
May 2004: People's Action organized a landmark Election Meeting between contesting candidates and society and Resident Welfare Association heads at Gurgaon leading to the general Election of 2004. The forum became an example of infusing debate and dialogue into the preparatory phase of electioneering and an attempt at making candidates aware of a collective vote-bank of educated, middle classes that sees beyond community lines. This meeting also became a source of inspiration to the new voters in Gurgaon to come out and vote for candidates that agree to their demands- in effect it brought attention to civil society concerns and expectations from political parties and candidates.
August 2004: People's Action extended the voter registration drive and mobilized the community to register as voters in large numbers. This campaign later ended in January of 2005 with a cumulative rise in numbers of voters of close to 1, 00,000 in the duration of the campaign – roughly over one year. This is a record according to sources in the Election Office.
October 2004: People's Action responded to the growing acts of crime against senior citizens in Delhi and organized a Conference of RWAs with Police and administration to address the issue. The meeting evolved a realistic strategy to counter the malaise but laid the responsibility of the situation with the Delhi Government and its policy of continuing to admit new settlers with no identification procedures.