Mandatory qualification exam for Election Candidates in INDIA.
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I request all to give your 5 minutes of time for reading this description if you feel that you need better leaders in our constitution.
As we all know that there is all India level exam for various posts like IAS,IPS etc., Also people need to go through a qualification(Written test) exam in all India level for getting a government job in companies like BEL,HAL,ISRO etc.,
When people need to go through all this additional exam to earn their job irrespective to their educational qualification, why not our MLA's,MP's,Counselors?
Indian constitution do not have any such law for election candidates in terms of minimum educational qualification neither their general knowledge about our country. It is believed that In a country like India where about a quarter of 815 million eligible voters are illiterate, it would not be prudent to deny a politically aware and socially conscious individual the election ticket just because he/she doesn’t have a minimum qualification. Setting academic criteria for contesting elections, according to the experts, would hinder people from being a politician no matter how capable administrator or a mass leader he is. When political parties choose candidates, they look for ‘winnability’ as the main criteria. This ‘winnability’ factor comes from a political vision, decision-making ability and empathy for the people. Constituencies with very high rate of illiteracy might not need academically qualified politician as much as a leader who knows their difficulties, immediate needs and demands, which can be communicated to the government.
One of the reasons why the Constitution makers didn’t specify any minimum educational qualification could be the fact that India’s literacy rate was only 12 percent at the time of independence. In such circumstances, demanding a minimum academic qualification would have deprived many able leaders from joining politics.But the situation is very much different now.
Having said all these, there’s a growing feeling among the electorates that aspiring politicians contesting elections should have a minimum qualification to be able to put forward his/her views effectively and contribute to the policy formulation and implementation processes. To have a clear understanding of the functioning of democracies, constitutional provisions and role of bureaucracy, it always helps to have a certain level of literacy among the candidates.
So why not make the required changes now for the betterment of the country
Recently a MLA named Jaleel Khan of Andhra pradesh said in an interview and i quote "I did B.Com because of my interest in Physics and Maths"
wonder when did physics was included in B.Com....This is the kind of knowledge most of our so called leaders posses.
And the list of such dumb politicians goes on and on.
We as citizens of the country need educated and qualified leaders to lead us rather than dumb Mass leader. So my intention is that we need some sort of qualification examination related to the constitution,Current affairs,Responsibilities,Aptitude etc., to be conducted by election commission and only after which a candidate passing the test can be allowed to participate in the elections.
Also this test must be done with high level of strictness and transparency to the public.
This Qualification exam need to be conducted for all sorts of elections be it State,Central or even local bodies.
We need a special panel to conduct this examination and also design it based on the type of election for which it is being conducted.This need to be implemented as soon as possible.
I request all my fellow Indians to sign this petition if you feel if this is necessary and would bring the change in the country in the right way.
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