Bangalore: The US-India Policy Institute under the banner, Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP), commenced its activities from Al-Ameen College in Bangalore with a formal inauguration of its office here in the main campus on Hosur road near Lalbagh. Founder president of the US-India Policy Institute, Washington DC, Dr Rasheed Ahmed said, “India is a democracy, Indian government spends people’s money and people have the right to know where their money is being spent and the Indian chapter would empower people with authentic information on this and allow politicians, leaders, activists to take up the issue with the government.” It was an initiative undertaken by Dr Abu Saleh Shariff of the US-India Policy Institute, Washington DC. The NGO and the Indian chapter would be headed by retired bureaucrat Syed Zameer Pasha (IAS) as the executive director for the entire country and B. L. Joshi as Chief Research Officer. “The initiative is likely to have an impact as this will be a unique initiative anywhere across India,” says Zameer Pasha. The Indian Chapter will publish papers, organise seminars and hold workshops besides, meeting policy makers.
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