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Praja is a non-partisan organization. It was started in Mumbai in 1997 by a group of eight individuals whose vision was to re-establish accountability and transparency in governance. These individuals were also concerned about a general lack of interest among the Citizens' in the local government. People had become apathetic towards public service agencies. They thought that these agencies were "corrupt", "inefficient" and "not amenable to change". At the same time, there was barely any interaction between the Citizens' and the local government. In sum, the spirit of democracy was waning and people were resigned to the prevailing situation in the city.