Press Release: Launch of the REPLACE Report by WHO - annual progress report on global trans fat elimination

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 12:52

This report was launched during 2020 Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) from 7 to 13 September. This year's theme is accountability to ensure that commitments made by governments, policy makers, industries, academia, and civil society become a reality. The REPLACE action package provides a strategic approach to eliminating industrially-produced trans fatfrom national food supplies, with the goal of global elimination by 2023.

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Zero Waste City Manual - A Toolkit to Establish City and Community Zero Waste Systems

Thu, 03/09/2020 - 13:56

The vision for the Zero Waste City Initiative is to minimise the movement of solid waste to disposal sites or facilities. This manual presents a practicable plan for municipalities to process waste in-situ and within wards, aggregate recyclables and domestic hazardous waste at the zone level, and leverage the private formal and informal waste networks that already thrive in all Indian cities. 

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CAG's electricity bill calculator - Lockdown Edition

Fri, 17/07/2020 - 15:41

TN Electricity Bill Calculator - Lockdown 2020 Residential electricity consumers in Tamil Nadu can now verify their electricity bill amount during the lockdown period - June/July 2020. Fill in the values for the two questions and check your ‘Amount Payable for June/July 2020’. Or you can use this chatbot facilty.

CAG யின் மின் கட்டண கால்குலேட்டர் - ஊரடங்கு 2020 பதிப்பு (lockdown 2020 version) |  தமிழ்நாடு மின்சார நுகர்வோர்கள் இந்த கால்குலேட்டரில் உள்ள 2 கேள்விகளுக்கு பதிலளிப்பதன் மூலம் தங்களது வீட்டு மின்சார கட்டணத் தொகையை கணக்கிட்டு சரிபார்க்கலாம். 






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Draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 - Summary, Analysis, and Comments

Fri, 10/07/2020 - 09:30

Recently, the Ministry of Power released the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to further amend the Electricity Act 2003. In this article, the authors provide an overview of the proposed amendments and capture the central concerns and discussions around the same.

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Letter to GoTN: Importance of Road Safety during lockdown and after lockdown is lifted

Thu, 21/05/2020 - 12:16

Ever since the lockdown was announced in March 2020 in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, there have been media reports of several accidents of vehicles transporting migrant workers across the country. With roads being relatively free during the lock down, people tend to drive fast, and post lock down, we can expect a definite surge in accidents as many people will be on the roads and will tend to drive fast. Vulnerable road users may be the worst affected. This letter urges the government to release a road safety protocol (letter includes suggestions for road safety protocol), to be followed by road users, and strictly implemented. 

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JD - Consultant/Agency - CAG Website Changes

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 12:19

Consultant/Agency for making proposed changes to website                            

Scope of Work (not limited to the list below)

The Consultant/agency would effect the following changes on the CAG website. The CAG website runs on Drupal platform. 

  1. Improve the search function and make it more user-friendly: 
    • Introduce drop downs for all input fields. 
    • Create a search function where required 
  2. Ensure external links can be embedded in website 
    • YouTube Videos, CAG websites, media, social media, etc
    • Sync the Google map with Events page; fix formatting issue on this page 
    • Create icons for email, social media and search in place of full text and search box.
  3. Contact us page: include scope for uploading jobs/opportunities.
  4. Reorganise pages:
    • Rename Database as Publications: Include a date input box when uploading documents.
    • Project details page: increase the number of listings on a single page; include provision to go to the next set of listings.
    • Rearrange the list of projects based on start date. 
    • Include Tamil fonts.

Timeline: Three months

Contact: Please write to Padmavathi S at Please send links/samples of previous projects.


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JD - Consultant - Data mapping for Road Safety project

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:13

About CAG Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) is a non-profit, non-political and professional organisation that works towards protecting citizens' rights in consumer and environmental issues and promoting good governance processes including transparency, accountability and participatory decision-making 

Scope of Work 

The Consultant would develop an interactive map to be embedded in the CAG website*. The map would allow a user to click on each district and view data on road safety in the form of documents and data vizualisations (chart of some kind or heat map, etc). Towards this, the consultant would:

  1. Create a district map of Tamil Nadu which is interactive. Some introductory text will be provided with the map
  2. Upload raw RTI data (currently in pdf), a summary of data (CAG to provide; for all districts), and the data vizualisation (chart of some kind or heat map, etc; some districts)
  3. Create the above mentioned data vizualisations
  4. Integrate the map into the CAG website (runs on Drupal).

*Knowledge of Drupal required.

Timeline: May-June 2020

Interested? Please write to Sumana Narayanan at or Please share your resume and samples of your work.


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A study on TANGEDCO’s Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF)

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 18:00

This article analyses the nature of complaints registered with TANGEDCO’s CGRF; and further enquires into the efficiency of the institution and the impartiality of its decision making.

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