Press Releases Archive

Lok Satta Welcomes Urban Health Mission

The Lok Satta Party today welcomed the Government of India decision to introduce the National Urban Health Mission on the lines of the National Rural Health Mission, although belatedly. Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, as a member of the National Advisory Council, had played a pivotal role in conceiving and drafting the scheme.

Lok Satta Party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member Laxman Balaji told the media that nearly 80 percent of migrants to urban areas led miserable lives and as a result fell prey to ill health. About 3.7 percent of people slipped into poverty every year as they incurred debt at to meet medical expenses. About 60 percent of urban children went without immunization in their first year. Youngsters remained weaklings. The proliferation of slums contributed to the outbreak of diseases affecting everybody. The introduction of the NUHM is, therefore, welcome against such a backdrop, the Lok Satta leaders remarked.

The Lok Satta leaders wanted the Government to focus on prevention of disease and provision of primary care. Formation of ward committees with resources and powers to implement and oversee all schemes concerning health care and sanitation would go a long way in curbing corruption and faster delivery of health services.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 22:01

Government to blame for cotton growers distress

The Lok Satta Party today accused the State Government of having badly let down cotton farmers by not counselling them against going in for cotton because of the likely glut, supplying poor quality BT seed and by not ensuring purchase of the produce at a remunerative price.

The yield went down because of inferior seed and unseasonable rain even as the farmers had to spend more on pesticide as the crop was vulnerable to pests. At a time the cotton farmer was in distress, the Cotton Corporation of India had stopped purchases on the ground its warehouses were overflowing in the wake of the fall in exports and left the farmers to the mercy of private traders. On top of it the banks deducted farmers’ loan dues from out of the delayed CCI cheque payments.

Talking to the media, party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and State Working Committee member Laxman Balaji demanded that the State Government immediately intervene, ensure that the CCI resumed purchases and render justice to farmers. A permanent solution to such problems lies in starting agri-clinics which will guide farmers from the time of sowing to the marketing of produce and ensure supply of quality inputs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 21:59

Vote Online in Lok Satta Party Internal Elections

All LSP members who are living outside Andhra Pradesh can now participate in LSP's historic internal elections process.

If you have registered yourself as a member at, then you can cast your vote! All you need to do is send an email to ID clearly choosing your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences for the Party State President office. The contesting candidates are: Ms. Akula Maharani, DVVS Varma and Dr. N. Jayaprakash Narayan. A copy of the ballot paper is given here.

Note: your vote emailed to us will be counted only after the Electoral Authority verifies the genuineness of your vote and membership. So, please do not forget to mention your name, complete contact details and LSP membership related information in your email-vote! (You can register as a member by visiting

Friday, January 2, 2009 - 12:31

Retd. Kerala DGP joins Lok Satta

Mr. Upendra Varma, retired IPS officer of the rank of Director General of Police, Kerala, today joined the Lok Satta Party in the presence of party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.

A Master of Arts in Political Science and Master of Business Administration, Mr. Varma joined the IPS in 1971 and retired in October 2008 as Director, Institute of Management in Government Kerala.

During his 17 years of service in Kerala, he served as Director General, Vigilance, and Anti Corruption Bureau. On deputation to Delhi for about 17 years, he had served as Assistant Director in the Enforcement Directorate and Joint Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat.

Mr. Varma has come forward to invest his time and effort in strengthening the Lok Satta Party which is striving to usher in new political culture. Lok Satta’s goals are national, and Andhra Pradesh is the starting points for political transformation. Mr. Varma joined the movement in keeping with this spirit. He is also willing to give substantial time to Andhra Pradesh in the run up to 2009 elections.

Lok Satta in deeply committed to one India – one citizenship concept. We need to create an inclusive India giving space and opportunity to all sections, ensuring equal justice to all, and promoting dignity of all citizens. "Reconciliation of all conflicts and contentions harmoniously is a vital pay of this process" Dr. JP said. Lok Satta Party is confident Lok Satta will emerge as a strong national platform to transform our republic and strengthen constitutional values. Sri Varma's leadership and participation are an important milestone in this endeavors.

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 18:58

Unveil new politics in New Year: Dr. JP

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh to avail of the historic opportunity being presented by the general elections in 2009 to reject politics rooted in dynasties, money and muscle power.

Addressing the media on the occasion of Mrs. Gouthu Jhansi joining the Lok Satta Party after quitting the Praja Rajyam Party, Dr. JP said that the Lok Satta provided a forum to people who were fed up with traditional parties. "Lok Satta politics are policy based and people centered. It has thrown open its gates to people without looking into their pedigree or money power, or their caste and religion. It is the only party which is conducting its organizational elections by secret ballot from the mandal to the State level. The party is fielding young and educated candidates belonging to middle classes to contest the ensuing elections."

Dr. JP recalled that the Lok Satta registered significant victories in many matters on which it had been fighting for many years. They included Parliament passing the Gram Nyayalaya Bill, the Election Commission recognizing post office as a nodal agency for voter registration, and delimitation of constituencies.

Mrs. Gouthu Jhansi said she had quit the Praja Rajyam Party since she was not reconciled to its methods of working. Although it claimed to work for social justice, its actions belied its claims. She described her joining the Lok Satta as a home coming since she had been an admirer of it even before it became a party.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 18:36