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Jaya Prakash Narayana
President, Lok Satta Party
Assumed office
2 October 2006
Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
ConstituencyKukatpally, Hyderabad
Personal details
Born (1956-01-14) 14 January 1956 (age 68)
Nagbhir, Bombay State, India
Known forLok Satta Party, political commentary

Jaya Prakash Narayana (born 14 January 1956) is an Indian liberal politician and activist.[1] He is the founder and president of Lok Satta Party. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Kukatpally constituency of Andhra Pradesh in India.[2] In May 2014, he contested from Malkajgiri as a Member of Parliament and lost.

A former Indian public administrator and physician by education, he is the founder and General Secretary of Foundation for Democratic Reforms(NGO), an independent public-policy think-tank and research-resource centre.[3]

Narayana is also a political reformer and columnist. He is well known for his role in electoral reforms and the Right to Information (RTI) act. He has also written columns in Indian newspapers, such as Times of India, The Economic Times, Financial Express, The Hindu and Eenadu, and hosted television shows covering elections and politics such as "Pratidhwani", and also acts as a mentor to Vision India Foundation.[4]

Early life[edit]

Jayaprakash Narayan with his wife Radha, at Shamshabad International Airport, Hyderabad.

Jayaprakash Narayan was born on 14 January 1956, in Naghbir, Maharashtra into a Telugu speaking family, and was raised in Godavarru Village from the age of 3, near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, and pursued his education in Telugu Medium. Then after the age of 7, he along with his parents moved to another village, Vemanda near Indupally, Krishna District.[citation needed] He joined Andhra Loyola College in 1969 for his intermediate education. He obtained his medical degree from Guntur Medical College.

Civil service[edit]

Narayana joined public administration after making it to I.A.S. in 1980 standing All India Rank 4. He worked on agriculture, irrigation, technology, and youth rehabilitation projects in various capacities and in various districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Some of his achievements during his 16-year-long career in government include:[5]

  • As Joint Collector, he created full and permanent employment for 8,000 youth from displaced families of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
  • As Collector of East Godavari District, he spearheaded the reconstruction of drainage and irrigation network in Krishna, Prakasam and Godavari deltas.
  • As Collector of Prakasam district, he successfully mobilized farmers on a large scale to take up irrigation schemes to bring a record two lakh acres under irrigation.
  • He strengthened the credit cooperatives by making them independent of government control.
  • Served as a Secretary to both Governor Krishna Kant and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N.T. Rama Rao.

He also has several major policy initiatives to his credit.

  • Empowerment of parents in schools.
  • Speedy justice through rural courts.
  • Economic reforms and restructuring of AP.
  • Development of the Infocity HITEC City (Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City) in Hyderabad to facilitate the growth of the software industry.
  • Empowerment of local governments and stakeholders.
  • The much-acclaimed law for self-reliant cooperatives (1995).[citation needed]

Social reforms[edit]

Narayana's experience in the government convinced him that the faulty governance process is the biggest hurdle in India’s path of progress and Indians achieving greater success. What India needs today is a fundamental change in the rules of the game and not a periodic change of players. In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from the I.A.S in 1996 so that he could work on the grassroots movement for good governance.[6][7] Narayan talked about the efficacy of reforms in the governance and Economy of Andhra Pradesh among several other issues on various platforms in educational and political institutes. He emphasizes that democracy is for the people, of the people and by the people.

Political and administrative reforms[edit]

Narayana has served on the following panels:

Foundation For Democratic Reforms[edit]

Narayana is the founder member of Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR) and currently serves as its general secretary. FDR is one of India's leading think-tanks and research-resource centers for formulating and promoting fundamental reforms in political, electoral and governance spheres and in critical areas of state policy.

India's Future Foundation[edit]

Narayana is Adviser of India's Future Foundation, A free market educational foundation that promotes ideas those inspire by Swatantra party and its founders such as individual liberty, a market economy, limited government.

He has spoken at multiple events of Indias Future Foundation on economic development and wealth creation and good governance.[8]

Youth Parliament Program[edit]

Narayana is Adviser of Youth Parliament Program (YPP), Youth Parliament is an ideal platform for socially conscious youth to express their Views, Ideas and to act as a change agent in National building process.

Lok Satta Movement[edit]

Narayana started the Lok Satta Movement in 1996 to educate the citizens of India about voting, rights and government. Lok Satta, a non-partisan movement for democratic reforms in India, worked on various activities[5] like election reforms, police reforms, right to information act and voter registration procedures. The movement initially started in Andhra Pradesh and later spread across the country, including Mumbai and the Vote JUHU campaigns.[9]

Lok Satta has emerged as India’s leading civil society initiative for governance reforms and is at the forefront of key initiatives like disclosure of candidate wealth and criminal history details, political funding reform, decriminalization of politics, improvement of electoral registration, comprehensive judicial reforms including local courts and national judicial commission and citizen's charters.

Lok Satta movement has also been the driving force in achieving the following governance reforms in recent years, among others:

  • Substantial reduction in short delivery of petroleum products in all retail outlets (1998 – 2003)
  • Significant improvements in voter registration (1999 – till date).
  • Disclosure of candidate details, and the disclosure law (2003).
  • Political funding reform law of 2003 in the wake of Tehelka expose.
  • Strengthening the anti-defection provisions (X Schedule changes, 2003).
  • Limiting the size of Council of Ministers (91st Amendment, 2003).
  • Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • National Rural Health Mission (2005).
  • Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2009.
  • Support to Lokpal Act, 2011.
  • Cancellation of 122 licences of 2-G spectrum by Supreme Court, and revision of policy to ensure allocation of all-natural resources through competitive bidding (2012).
  • 97th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing autonomy to cooperatives (2012).
  • 99th Amendment to the Constitution creating National Judicial Appointments Commission (2015).

Political career[edit]

Narayana started the Lok Satta party on 2 October 2006 with clean politics, good governance and improvement of India as the main goals. When he launched the party, he stated that this party aimed to enrich the political scenario in India with its true spirit. He felt that it could be considered as an alternative to any other political party, since it aimed to create a true and faithful political picture in India without involving illegitimate money, liquor, and caste in elections.[citation needed]

2008 By-elections[edit]

In 2008, the Lok Satta Party ran in the Assembly by-elections for the first time, and was able to secure second place in two of the four places (Khiratabad, Terlam) it contested seats.[10]

Andhra Pradesh 13th Assembly[edit]

Narayana is one of the vocal leaders in assembly proceedings. Some of the major contributions to Andhra Pradesh 13th assembly are:

  • proposed the Anti Corruption Bill to amend the State's Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, to curb corruption in the state by including elected members under civil servants.[11]
  • advanced all party resolution to elect deputy speaker from opposition;
  • opposed amendment to Andhra Pradesh Societies Act claiming that it is against the right to form unions as per the Constitution;[12]
  • opposed populist schemes in 2009, 2010[13][14] and 2011[15] Andhra Pradesh Budgets.
  • pressed the need for gas grid and industrial development;
  • condemned the demolition of statues on Tankbund;[16]
  • demanded investigation into land and natural resource allocation scams and provided evidences.[17] According to the sources, he later declared that they would come back with an updated Loksatta 2.0 version that would focus on restructuring and reinforcing federalism, establishing quality universal health care and education to all and liability to taxpayers at local level.[18]


Narayan has been felicitated with several laurels. These include:

  • Honored with the "Rotary Manav Seva Award 2002" for his crusade against corruption.
  • Awarded the "Yudhvir Memorial Award 2002" for his outstanding contribution to the cause of good governance.
  • Awarded the "Dr. Rustam D.Ranji Rotary Award" by Rotary Club of India.
  • Awarded the "D. Ch. Tirupathi Raju Memorial Award 2004"
  • Honored with prestigious "Dr. Pinnamaneni Sita Devi Foundation Award".
  • Honored with the "Bharat Asmita Jana Jagran Shreshta" - in the area of Public Awakening.
  • Felicitated by the Hyderabad Software Exporters Association, Hyderabad in recognition for his contribution to the growth of IT industry.

Participation in national panels[edit]

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan has served on several national panels. Notable among them are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ M.L. Melly Maitreyi (23 March 2016). "Lok Satta takes a break from electoral politics". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "Member's Information - AP Legislature". Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  3. ^ "About Us".
  4. ^ "Team | Vision India Foundation". 19 December 2014. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Jaiprakash Narayan, Member". Archived from the original on 26 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Another JP in search of a movement". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 March 2009. Archived from the original on 30 March 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.reachouthyderabad.com/newsmaker/nm81.htm [bare URL]
  8. ^ "South Asia: March 2017 Update - STUDENTS FOR LIBERTY". www.studentsforliberty.org. Archived from the original on 3 August 2019.
  9. ^ ":: Welcome to Vote Mumbai ::". Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Slum-dwellers may tilt the scales here". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009.
  11. ^ "Corruption" (PDF), LokSatta.org.
  12. ^ Video on YouTube
  13. ^ Video on YouTube
  14. ^ Video on YouTube
  15. ^ "Project SECURITY".
  16. ^ Video on YouTube
  17. ^ "Conduct JLC Probe into Land Allotment Scam: LSP Tells Government - Hyderabad News on fullhyd.com".
  18. ^ Maitreyi, M. l Melly (23 March 2016). "Lok Satta takes a break from electoral politics". The Hindu.

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