Professor of Practice; President, Lok Satta Party
Surendra is the president of Lok Satta Party. He is an active PIL activist and change maker in society. He went to Mumbai in 1967 along with his father who being an Army officer was posted therer. He started working as an office boy to help his family financially. He started as a clerk after his graduation and risen to the position of President in India’s largest private sector, publicly listed ship owning, Rigs Owning, Helicopter owning, Shipping and oil & Gas Service Provider / Company including EPC contracting for offshore marine construction.
Through LOK SATTA/FDR, he has been also involved in:
Drafting of Right to Information Act 2005 - Through First National Advisory Council (NAC) to the Prime Minister, headed by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Loksatta being one of its member amongst fourteen.
Successful 2001 PIL in Supreme Court for Increased transparency in the electoral process – Mandatory Disclosures by election candidate’s criminal record and theirawa wealth.
Restriction of the size of the cabinets to one-tenth of the size of legislatures
Procedural improvements in Indirect Taxes – Through Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Loksatta being one of member of its business advisory committee.
Amendments & strengthening of the anti-defection law in 2003 through then law minister Shri Arun Jaitely.
Post Offices as nodal agency for Voters Registration, under implementation on ground.
JNNURM 2005 - Community Participation & other urban governance reforms
Holistic Governance including local government, police, judicial and civil services Reforms through 2nd Administration Reforms Commission 2006 (ARC) headed by then law Minister Shri. Veerappa Moily, Loksatta being one of its members amongst five.
Drafting of National Judicial Accountability (NJAC) Act 2014, which was stuck down by Supreme Court retaining power with SC collegiums for judicial appointments.
Political Reforms - Vote India Campaign - Mixed PR System of elections, Directly Elected CM's and Law for Internal Democratization of Political Parties.
Maharashtra Public Disclosure Law through Vote Mumbai Campaign
Urban Governance Reforms including Maharashtra Community Participation Law / Model Nagar Raj Bill which became one of the mandatory reforms under JNNURM.
Police Reforms – Vote Police Campaign
Election of Citizen Candidate Mr. Adolf D’souza from Ward 63 in 2007 BMC elections – Through Area Sabha per polling booth concept - Vote Juhu Campaign. This proved that local government reforms a necessity to improve conditions in urban India.
Drafting of Local Courts Bill (Gram Nayalaya Act 2008)
Drafting of Lokpal bill 2011 - Through Round Table Conference of Experts including Team Anna and Team Aruna Roy & Through Parliamentary Standing Committee
Drafting of Public Grievance Redressal Bill 2012 - Through Parliamentary Standing Committee
Drafting, National health policy declared by government in the year 2017.
Drafting new education delivery policy for government. In pipe line.
Successful PIL in Supreme Court for cancellation of “120”, 2 G Licenses to expose crony capitalism & high level political and corporate collusive corruption