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With the Lok Sabha elections right around the corner, Citizen Matters caught up with Prashanth Goutham of Arappor Iyakkam. In this freewheeling discussion with Meenakshi Ramesh, Prashanth details the roles and responsibilities of an MP and what voters must look for in deciding on the ideal candidate.
[Meenakshi Ramesh anchors the Chennai edition of Citizen Matters and is actively involved in many civic initiatives. She can be reached at email@example.com]
Aruna is an Associate Editor at Citizen Matters. She has a BA in Economics and a PG Diploma in Journalism. She has also worked in a think-tank on waste management policy and with a non-profit in sport for development. She writes on civic issues, governance, waste, commute and urban policy. She tweets at @aruna_n29.
A concerned citizen accompanies an official on his visit to the Navalur Padappai slum resettlement colonies, and comes back saddened, not only by the pathetic living conditions and lack of facilities there, but also the extreme apathy of the government.
Twelve colleges in Chennai will soon launch anti human trafficking clubs under a joint initiative by the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the International Justice Mission (IJM) and Madras School of Social Work. Their aim: To recognise, report, rescue and campaign.