Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR) is India’s leading think-tank and scientific research-resource center for studying, formulating and promoting fundamental reforms in political, electoral and governance spheres and in critical areas of state policy. It was established in 1996 and is based in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan, former MLA, former member of National Advisory Council and Second Administrative Reforms Commission is the General Secretary of Foundation for Democratic Reforms. Dr. JP is a physician by training, a public servant by choice, and a democrat by conviction. He was one of the first physicians to join the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), one of the toppers in the batch of 1980. He distinguished himself over the ensuing 16 years in many administrative roles in the Andhra Pradesh (AP), a state of 70 million people in India, earning a solid reputation of being an outstanding IAS officer. Dr. Narayan played a key administrative role in AP as the Secretary to the Governor and to the Chief Minister. He launched several significant and durable initiatives to liberate cooperatives from bureaucratic clutches, empower local governments, promote stakeholder empowerment, improve delivery of education and health care, and restructure the state’s economy.