In July 2005, five
Parliamentarians cutting across party lines proposed setting up of a
Parliamentarians' Forum on Economic Policy Issues (PARFORE). The
five Parliamentarians were NN Krishnadas (CPI-M), Dinesh Trivedi (AITC),
Suresh Prabhu (SS), Yashwant Sinha (BJP) and Madhusudan Mistry
(INC). The idea behind the Forum is to discuss the divergent
opinions on the core economic policy issues reflected in and out of
the Parliament and media.
The PARFORE was
conceived as non-partisan and informal forum where MPs are able to
air their views on a periodic basis on the core economic issues in
the field of trade, competition, regulatory reforms, investment and
their cross linkages.
CUTS, dedicated to research and advocacy
on basic economic issues towards economic development and consumer
welfare, hosts this Forum as a neutral organisation by facilitating
venue for the meetings and by providing research-based inputs for
discussions. Besides, CUTS enables the policy and law makers to
think and guide both the establishment and the public about what is
in the best interests of the nation. Formation of PARFORE was widely
reported in the media.
MPs have joined the Forum which includes, Founding members,
Current members and Former members and their numbers are increasing
steadily. The launch meeting of the PARFORE was held in New Delhi on
December 07, 2005.
For more details of such
meetings, please visit:
PARFORE complements the
efforts of CUTS towards good governance as it affords a platform for
not only closer interaction with policy and law makers but also
airing of divergent viewpoints. The main activities of PARFORE are
facilitate meetings on
core economic issues;
carry out research,
writing and distribution of Issues for Parliamentarians; and
ensure moderation of an
electronic discussion forum.
CUTS moderates a
discussion forum on yahoo for PARFORE.