Peo­ple’s right to ques­tion the lead­er­ship

The time is ripe to prune away the dead wood.

Alive - - Contents - by Ashutosh Agar­wal

The Modi gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to main­tain peace­ful and har­mo­nious re­la­tions with the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, but our re­la­tions with Pak are at low­est ebb on the is­sue of ter­ror­ism in J & K. The state is bleed­ing pro­fusely and sol­diers of the In­dian army be­ing killed with­out an end to the proxy war while there are peace­ful meth­ods to tackle the prob­lem, but the lead­er­ship is spar­ing them for the rea­sons best known to them.

The in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy of the day has the po­ten­tial to check any flow of money and prop­erty from per­son to per­son and also the or­gan­i­sa­tions by evolv­ing the strat­egy of dig­i­tal­iza­tion. Mak­ing use of the tech­nol­ogy, the CRPF may know be­fore­hand who is fund­ing the mil­i­tants and where they are lo­cated, with the re­sult they may be nabbed even be­fore fir­ing a sin­gle bul­let. Need­less to say, noth­ing could be more ef­fec­tive than such a peace­ful method of squeez­ing out the ter­ror­ism, per­ma­nently, from the In­dian soil. In the first­place peo­ple have right to call for from the gov­ern­ment when the pol­icy of dig­i­tal econ­omy is go­ing to be em­u­lated by them. Sham and ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and frauds may be de­tected in early stages.

What said

Root­ing out the cor­rup­tion from all walks of life has been on the party’s man­i­festo since the last gen­eral elec­tions, but iron­i­cally, it is still firm in our soils. Those who had made quick buck in the sea­son of stop­ping cir­cu­la­tion of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 cur­rency notes are find­ing so­lace over the in­ac­tive­ness shown in press­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy into ser­vice. The hon­est tax pay­ers have right to ques­tion the lead­er­ship why they are silent over the un­leash­ing crack­down upon the cor­rupt? The gov­ern­ment in­stead came out with Rs 2,000 cur­rency note which may be stored up in half of the space than oc­cu­pied by the notes of Rs 1,000.

Don’t such ques­tions put ques­tion mark on the cred­i­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment?

Min­i­mum gov­ern­ment, max­i­mum gov­er­nance has been on the agenda of the BJP gov­ern­ment since their in­cep­tion, but noth­ing in­no­va­tive is done so far on the po­lit­i­cal front, which is in­fested with in­ac­tive­ness. The time is ripe to prune away the dead wood. A large num­ber of po­lit­i­cally am­bi­tious schemes are afloat. If the ex­penses of the gov­ern­ment are not cur­tailed from where the money would come? How the for­eign loans would be paid? There is an am­ple room to down­size the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship. Not only do­ing away with the sys­tem of a repub­li­can gov­ern­ment or dis­pens­ing with a full time Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent, there is a need to over­haul the whole sys­tem of elec­tion­eer­ing.

The party sys­tem is re­spon­si­ble for breed­ing the cor­rup­tion in na­tional life. MPs and MLAs make prom­ises with lit­tle eye to keep them. Again, the prom­ises are made on reser­va­tions on caste and re­li­gion ba­sis, reck­lessly, shelv­ing the mer­its and thereby the in­ter­est of the na­tion. Let the party sys­tem be scrapped and all can­di­dates con­test as in­de­pen­dent. Let each of them pass the test of be­ing sen­si­tive to the needs of the lo­cals be­fore he or she qual­i­fies the test of can­di­dacy. In­stead of spend­ing on their elec­tion pro­pa­ganda, they may spend the money to prove their cre­den­tials to the vot­ers of the con­stituen­cies. On prov­ing their worth, the con­tes­tants may qual­ify for can­di­da­ture and could be given fa­cil­ity to draw funds from public ex­che­quer to carry de­vel­op­men­tal projects in their con­stituency. Cit­i­zens may have right to dis­miss any can­di­date through vot­ing who has failed to meet their as­pi­ra­tions.

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties would have the mem­bers who re­ally work. The can­di­dates alone may con­test elec­tions for the posts of the Union and the States and half of the run­ners up to the Min­is­ters are qual­i­fied to be the lead­ers of op­po­si­tion in those houses and con­tinue to hold the of­fice dur­ing the plea­sure of peo­ples of In­dia or their in­ca­pac­ity. Af­ter all, the peo­ple of In­dia are the one who are supreme in the gov­er­nance of the coun­try. The Ra­jya Sabha may dis­charge the leg­isla­tive func­tion of the na­tion. It may com­prise of the re­tired judges of the Supreme Court and the mem­bers of the Finance Com­mis­sion for fram­ing the leg­is­la­tions ex­cept those of Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bills an­nu­ally by the Lok Sabha.

Not good for democ­racy

The present pur­suit of the Union gov­ern­ment to win elec­tions in the states is not con­ducive for the health of democ­racy, where a great deal of money is be­ing spent from public ex­che­quer to ar­range for the tours and the ral­lies for the party can­di­dates. The na­tion has a right to know

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties would have the mem­bers who re­ally work. The can­di­dates alone may con­test elec­tions for the posts of the Union and the States and half of the run­ners up to the Min­is­ters are qual­i­fied to be the lead­ers of op­po­si­tion in those houses and con­tinue to hold the of­fice dur­ing the plea­sure of peo­ples of In­dia or their in­ca­pac­ity.

how much money has been spent on such elec­tion­eer­ing which in fact mars the spirit of fed­er­al­ism. Why can’t the amount spent on main­tain­ing law and or­der in or­ga­niz­ing elec­tion­eer­ing be done away with by ar­rang­ing their speeches through elec­tronic me­dia and vot­ing right ex­er­cised from any­where with­out com­ing to the booths?

In the after­math of re­cent up­roar in the Par­lia­ment over bank scan­dals, Kaveri Wa­ter Is­sues etc. pro­ceed­ings in both the Houses are stalled, the gov­ern­ment may re­quest the Pres­i­dent to dis­solve the Lok Sabha for fresh elec­tions. The PM is look­ing for­ward to hold the Union and the States elec­tions to­gether. He may as­pire for win­ning both. But the to­tal­i­tar­ian State is nei­ther good for the democ­racy nor for the econ­omy. The rea­son is that it sans ac­count­abil­ity. Those who con­duct the busi­ness of the gov­ern­ment may still run the sys­tem tak­ing ad­van­tage of peo­ple’s ig­no­rance.

Lots of wel­fare pro­grammes have been al­ready launched; but proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of them still awaits.

Isn't stash­ing Rs 2000 notes more easy!

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