PRS Legislative Research (PRS) seeks to strengthen the legislative process by making it better informed, more transparent and participatory. Through its work, PRS seeks:
- To provide independent and non-partisan, research support to Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) across party lines on all legislation and policy debates in the legislature
- Track the functioning of legislatures and legislators by releasing detailed data and analysis
- Devise means by which citizens are more aware and engaged in the policy making process.
PRS was founded in 2005 as an independent research initiative. The initiative was incubated in the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, which is a leading Indian think tank. With the intellectual and institutional support of CPR, PRS has been able to build and deepen its engagement with legislators, media and citizen groups to strengthen the legislative process. Recently, the initiative has been institutionalised as a not-for-profit Section 25 Company, the Institute for Policy Research Studies.
The work of PRS was initiated with a grant from Ford Foundation, and subsequently by Google.org. Currently, the work of PRS is supported by a number of Indian institutions and individuals. PRS gratefully acknowledges support from AV Venkatraman, Ajay Piramal, Amit Chandra, Avantha Foundation, Bharti and Sushil Ramola, India Value Fund Advisors, Jalaj Dani, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Mahindra & Mahindra, Meher Pudumjee, Nemish Shah, Paresh Sukthankar, Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, Praveen Chakravarty, Puneet Dalmia, RK Damani, Rajiv Sahni, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Rohini Nilekani, SK Shelgikar, Shasun Pharmaceuticals, Tata Sons and Vikram Lal.