Our Achievements

  • April 2014: Awarded the 'NDTV Indian of the Year- India's Future' in Public Service 
  • March 2014: Awarded Innovation for India Awards 2014 by Marico Innovation Foundation under the Social Category.   
  • December 2013: Awarded the CNN IBN Indian of the Year Award in the category of Public Service, along with Ms Lily Thomas 
  • July 2013: Supreme Court delivers a Judgment on a Petition filed by Lily Thomas and Lok Prahari NGO, (ADR Intervened) setting aside clause 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act, and therefore barring sitting MPs and MLAs from holding office on being Convicted in a Court of Law.   
  • June 2013: After over a 2 year long struggle based on an RTI that was filed by ADR, the CIC delivered a landmark judgment that brought 6 National Parties under the ambit of the RTI Act  
  • January 2013: Times of India Social Impact Award in Advocacy and Empowerment category.  
  • December 2012: ADR/NEW released an analysis of the number of politicians charged with crimes against women. ADR/NEW's recommendations and data is also widely quoted by the Justice Verma Committee in its report.  
  • October 2012: The Election Commission asks the Ministry of Home Affairs to probe violations of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) and the Representation of Peoples' Act (RPA) by major political parties which reportedly received foreign contributions.  
  • August 2012: ADR won the mBillionth Award South Asia for the category of 'Mobile Innovations for Good Governance' featuring its PULL SMS programme which allows every mobile user in the country to get information (criminal, financial and educational details) about his/her MP and MLA by typing a simple SMS on his/her phone.  
  • December 2011: ADR won the NASSCOM award for ICT led Innovation by Multi-stakeholder Partnership for its Election Watch Software with Webrosoft.  
  • June 2011: After a two year long RTI battle, crucial information on the 'Registers of Members' Interest' was finally mandated by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to be available in the public domain in June 2011.  
  • January 2011: Details of the movable and immovable assets of 30 Bihar ministers, including that of CM Nitish Kumar, were uploaded on the government website in January, 2011  
  • Feb 3, 2010: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked his Cabinet colleagues to disclose details of their assets and liabilities and refrain from dealing with the government on immovable property.  
  • Jan 25, 2010: Both the Congress President Ms. Sonia Gandhi and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Ms. Sushma Swaraj of BJP made public statements calling for a consensus on barring candidates with criminal backgrounds from contesting elections.  
  • 2009: The number of total serious IPC sections against MPs decrease from 296 in Lok Sabha 2004 to 274 in Lok Sabha 2009.  
  • 2009: A large number of candidates with serious pending cases that contested Lok Sabha 2009 elections like Pappu Yadav, Atiq Ahmed, Mukhtar Ansari, Akhilesh Singh, etc. lost.  
  • 2008: Overall, the percentage of candidates with pending criminal cases came down from 20% to 14% in the assembly elections held in the country in 2008 for the states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, NCT of Delhi and Mizoram.  
  • 2008: In the Karnataka Assembly Elections, 2008, there was a reduction in the number of candidates with serious offenses put up by parties. It came down to 93 in 2008 from 217 in the 2004.  
  • April 2008: ADR obtained a landmark ruling from the Central Information Commission (CIC) saying that Income Tax Returns of Political Parties would now be available in the public domain along with the assessment orders. 
  •  2005: Bihar Election Watch in October‐November 2005 resulted in intense pressure on the Chief Minister Designate due to the extensive media coverage of candidate background. As a result, for the first time, Bihar has a Council of Ministers without any known criminal record.  
  • September 2003: A Bill on Electoral Expenses was passed in September 2003. The EC has taken it one-step forward and asked candidates to file a statement of expenses in every three days during the campaign.  
  • May 2002 and March 2003: ADR won two milestone judgments on disclosure of candidate's criminal and financial records from the Supreme Court. Since then, 1200 NGOs from all over the country are supporting ADR and ADR in partnership with its partners has organized Citizen Election Watch for all major elections. 
  • 2002: The Election Commission completed a massive exercise based on the Gujarat Election Watch report to verify information filed by candidates in the nomination papers and affidavits, and has started proceedings against candidates with false declarations.