articles by LocalCircles Staff


Five years of Swachh Bharat Mission: Survey finds 72% believe cities now cleaner, but 88% report garbage still dumped in public spaces

72 percent believe their city and neighbourhood is cleaner than 2014, want no single-use plastic and public health to be the focus in mission’s next phase


Railway Budget: 73% citizens support flat fare increase over the existing flexi fare scheme in premium trains

On the question over how people were evaluating when booking their flexi fare rail tickets, majority i.e. 66 percent of the citizens said they are now checking airfares before booking the railways flexi fare option


With rail accidents on rise, primary focus of Budget should be on safety, says Citizen survey

47 percent citizens have specified that they would like railways to focus on safety in the coming year and that safety should get the top allocation in the budget


Growing pollution menace: Why increased funding of public transportation in Budget remains critical

The response by 36 percent of the 8,901 citizens polled was that the government should aggressively fund public transportation in cities


Will this Budget see increased spending on healthcare and education sectors

an overwhelming 89 percent of the citizens want the government to increase its expenditure on healthcare


Swachh Bharat cess deployment: Budget needs to address connect between citizens and municipalities

Approximately Rs 6,900 crore have already been collected under the Swachh Bharat cess, and hence the deployment of the fund collected is crucial


Most Startups, SMEs are still devoid of govt benefits; seek more clarity on tax front

One of the key demand put forth by Startups/SMEs/Citizens is to extend these Startup India benefits to all Startups incorporated in the last 5 years


Demonetisation pain: Provide income tax relief, incentivise digital transactions to boost spending

Approximately 49 percent of the 9,401 citizens polled wanted the income tax to be reduced, so that their disposable income could rise


What does the middle-class tax payer expect from this budget; here's what the polls say

LocalCircles a citizen engagement platform has been working with its more than 1.2 million users to prepare a list of important things that citizens want to see in the budget


Survey shows nearly 50% wants Income Tax rate to be slashed

Approximately 49 percent of the 9,401 citizens polled wanted the income tax to be reduced, so that their disposable income could rise.