Zila Kalyaan Samiti 'ZKS'
It is now universally recognized that democracy is the only vehicle for realizing a sustainable society. Democracy can be best defined as how the common people would like the nation to be governed. Given the choice, the people would first retain resources at the local level for handling all local matters such as administration of justice, police, education, healthcare, land, water systems and forests. They would devolve a specified share of local resources to the state and national governments for higher level functions and coordination. They would require all representatives to function under effective transparency mechanisms covering the sovereign rights of the people to information, consultation, participation and referendum. Along with certain rights regarded as fundamental to democracy, this can clearly be said to constitute the basic structure of an ideal democracy.
Based on 4000 years democratic ethos of India, Gandhi advocated such a system. He described democracy as a series of concentric circles with the village at the center.
During recent years, numerous conferences are being organised by various organisations on deploying religion as a positive force for nurturing ethics to reduce social conflicts, and promote sustainability. Most such conferences end up by adopting resolutions that all religions essentially stand for similar values, and that communities should live in harmony with each other. They do not address issues of exploitation, the basic cause of conflicts, and how positive forces can be generated to deal with it.
What needs to be done is to study and eliminate the factors that cause such conflicts, and act as a positive force for curbing destruction and form an egalitarian society in which all have equal social, economic and political rights and opportunities, which has been advocated by social and religious thinkers since ages the world over. Such a society can be realized only through true grassroots empowerment in which grassroots parliaments control all local resources and decision-making. Such grassroots empowerment nurtures societal values that look upon wealth for societal good not personal aggrandizement and prevents exploitation of the weak.
This idea of an ideal democratic system encouraged Rajneesh Tomar (ex-junior counsel of Advocate General, Govt. of U.P) to create an organisation of the social people, by the social people and for the social people, hence, ZKS came into existence in the year 2012. We (ZKS) pledge to adhere to democratic norms, good governance, transparency and accountability while functioning as a social people organization. It is a platform where social people's participation will be encouraged in public policy issue.
Social People are the strong foundation of Zila Kalyaan Samiti. "Who is the social people?" and "Where do they come from?" ZKS defines them as true concept of humans and they come from our own society. They are those caring and kind people who are always ready to contribute to the society they live in and to their fellow beings. They are not selfish beings but selfless humans.
For Zila Kalyaan Samiti, a social people can belong to any caste or religion and can be a public or private professional, e.g; journalist, politician, teacher, driver, social worker or any govt. and non-govt professionals.