Elections in India

24 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to The Office of the Prime Minister, Govt of India, New Delhi

Common electoral rolls for the country

The need for common electoral rolls, from Panchayat elections to Lok Sabha polls, has long been expressed even by the Election Commission itself. Now that a Parliamentary committee has also recommended that, saying it will help weed out duplicate voters and bring down cost of holding the democratic exercise, perhaps the work on it needs to start right away, so that it becomes a reality well before the next general elections. Also, since the process will require compiling electoral lists across the country, providing for updating on an on-going basis, verifying names against Aadhaar records, etc etc, it would be best if the job is outsourced to professional players, quite like Income Tax and Passport departments have already done in the case of their back-end work. A city like Bengaluru recorded a dismal 45% turn-out in the recent municipal elections. And, this is out of the registered voters, who can't be more than some 60% of the total eligible population (who are above 18, and have proof of having lived in the city continuously for over 6 months), on an average across the city - say 10% in newly developing areas like Whitefield, to some 90% in say Basavanagudi. So, in effect, only some 30% of the eligible population is participating in the basic democratic process itself, making a mockery of it all. This can change totally with what is proposed here. As such, I would herewith like to submit this petition to you, Sir, to direct the government to take up the matter forthwith. Muralidhar Rao PS: Before starting on the petition, I thought I'll first put forth the suggestion to the PMO, direct. I did that by mail on 11th July, and it was recorded under Regn No PMOPG/E/2016/0243554, too. The response unfortunately has been "no action needed - file", with no reasons given.

Muralidhar Rao
334 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Chief Election Commissioner, Ramnath Kovind, Narendra Modi

Fixing limited term of office for politicians contesting elections.

We speak high about the United States of America fixing a not more than two terms for the President of USA. In a similar manner, our political leaders also have to have a fixed term and there is an urgent need to bring rotation system in the political system to ensure the best of our countrymen for the benefit of our country.Every political party is facing serious infighting no sooner the list of candidates likely to contest elections are announced. One of the main reasons for this situation is because of the senior political leaders in all political parties dominating the elections by trying to contest continuously for the 6th, 7th 8th, 9th and maybe for the 10th time also. Another factor is that the senior leaders suddenly try to get to tickets for a newcomer (rank outsider) in the party discarding the old cadre who have struggled for the party but have been denied opportunities for many terms, thus causing serious heartburn in the junior political leaders who have given their best part of their life to the party. The people of this country are mute spectators in this political drama at the time of election and have no choice but to elect those persons who have switched from one party to another in the last minute. In order to bring in changes and to restore respectability in democratic politics it is desired by the Election Commission of India,and of the political parties to fix a limited term for a person to contest elections in the country so that an individual can also have a political life of about 30 to 40 years and not more than that in the interest of the nation. A small remedial measure is suggested here below and this needs to be widely discussed and debated and modifications for the election process has to be brought in for the political future of all politicians including the junior and senior leaders of all political parties. Draft of the suggestive changes to be brought by the Election Commission is as follows:   One Person from any recognized/ unrecognized political party or as an independent shall not be permitted to contest elections from the same constituency to the Assembly/Parliament for more than three (3) consecutive terms irrespective of winning or losing the elections. One Person from any recognized/ unrecognized political party or as an independent shall not be permitted to contest elections to the Legislative Council/RajyaSabhafor three (3) consecutive terms irrespective of winning or losing the elections. One Person can contest for the Legislative Assembly/Parliament/Legislative Council/RajyaSabha from the same constituency for not more than five (5) terms provided he/she shall compulsorily rest for a period of one term at the end of three terms. A person who is interested in getting elected to Municipal Council, he/she shall contest two terms continuously, take a rest of one term and can continue to contest for another two more terms but his/her total of contesting in Municipal Council cannot be more than four (4) terms. Assume that a person starts working for a political party actively at the age of 21 and he/she gets elected to the municipal council for 2 terms (10) years and gets elected for five terms (25 Years) for Assembly/Council/Parliament/RajyaSabha with a break of one term (5 years) he/she will be in electoral politics for 40 years. This is something close to the number of years of service a person will have in Government Service or in serving the Judiciary. Please take up this issue in the interest of building a much stronger nation. This is not aimed at curbing the growth of any political party or curbing the growth of any particular political leader either at the state level or at the national level. If these above-suggested changes are approved by the parliament it will reduce the infighting within the political parties and lot of junior politicians will get their due share of political space and party hopping will definitely get reduced. 

Pruthvik P R
254 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to doctors


Respected beloved PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA We the young doctors writing this letter with regard to our government’s order to increase the term of serving central government doctors from 60-65 years of age. This decision will have an adverse impact on the job prospects of young budding probable officers of the future especially at the entry level and promotion chances for most doctors who have worked up their way along the ladder. The shortage of efficient doctors would further be obviated with the exponential growth of population in the coming years . Statistically speaking too, this decision has its disadvantage, about 1445 doctors, aged between 60-65 years would be benefitted due to this order, with their average salary being 3.5 lakhs per month. This means the government would need to spend an extra 50 crores every month approximately. This money could be put to better use by recruiting 6000 junior doctors using the same money.For the next 5 years, government will have to spend an approximate amount of 2600 crores on 1445 senior doctors approximately who would definitely lack the zeal and endeavour to work excess hours at the prime time of their seniority as compared to a young freshly recruited officer building his career who will be willing to go that extra mile . This figure surely seems small when compared to the other budget allocations, but this is the price that young junior doctors have to pay in Indian healthcare, doctors who still want to stay back in India and work for the betterment of the community and country. We Indians have placed our trust in our government when you have said that new jobs will be created along the five year tenure of governance, but your actions are cutting short the already available jobs to benefit a few seniors who would be alright either way and it adversely impacts the entire population of young doctors and the patients covered. This same amount could be used to provide employments for doctors approximately 6000. Since the projection on employment for youth in the coming decade showing us a negative scale, this decision of the government would only add to the misery of your election promise of creating new jobs. By this the youth doctors of India will fly abroad to greener pastures making our motherland a country which can provide healthcare only to the rich and leaving majority of our population in middle and lower socioeconomic strata to rot to their fate, So we respectfully ask you to kindly consider our proposal and kindly look into this issue before it gets forgotten in your busy schedule. We hope you would consider the dreams of lakhs of young doctors of INDIA, a dream, which by all means is to serve the nation and help building a robust healthcare system in INDIA on par with international standards at affordable costs in the government setup. Kindly try to preserve what remains of our holy motherland India. It's more than a landmass to us, it's in our very own blood and flesh and means everything to us. We are still a developing nation 71 years after independence, kindly help us to progress it further. As you keep promoting Make In India, we request you not to take the stand of Break In India when it comes to attitude towards us doctors, prevent brain drain. The doctor community here is still trusting and respecting you always. Jai India.Jai Hind. Yours sincerely Young Indian Doctors

Gouri g
519 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Election Commission of INDIA, Government of India, Supreme Court of India

Make NOTA more powerful

The election, a festival of democracy what people call it has been less effective. As nowadays, In spite of choosing the one who'll make things good, it has been an occasion of choosing who can make people less suffering. It's shameful for even us that we just go to polling booth and choose particular party candidate without looking at his profile.Maybe there are few who really (at least partially) want to be here to serve the country. When everyone is corrupt, no one is there whom you can choose. The candidates at ground level should not be chosen under influence of any party but the work done in that particular area.Thankfully we have an option of NOTA which allows us to not choose any. NOTA can be a powerful tool to show the public anger but it isn’t because these people won’t let it work As it may cause huge loss to them.Let's look at NOTA's current situation: “The Election Commission also clarified that even though votes cast as NOTA are counted, they are considered as invalid votes so they will not change the outcome of the election process. They are not taken into account for calculating the total valid votes and will not be considered for determining the forfeiture of deposit.”So this makes our vote holding no significance. Even if 999 out of 1000 would press NOTA and 1 would choose any candidate, that candidate would still be called a winner. So this makes NOTA ineffective. But if applied right way, NOTA can become a tool of showing our disinterest in candidates and can bring huge changes in politics. There can be such clause in election process that if NOTA gets majority it means public don't trust any of the candidates and it, in result, should cause re-election with new candidates who thereafter can look forward to know what actually is wrong rather than making promises, also there can be ban (due to huge disinterest) for some time on those candidates who stood in that particular election.Such an arrangement would make them more dedicated towards public welfare (to avoid getting banned) as no one would want to be banned. Also, people would get a representative who actually does something. And this would surely bring the change. A threatening to the local candidates who forget public welfare after getting elected. I don’t know if this can be a revolutionary thing that can happen to Indian politics or not but I find this would make at least some change in current situations. Being a people at root level, we need good Corporators, Mayers, Sarpanchs who are most close ends of government to people. We certainly don’t want to choose a ruling party (no matter how good it is) if the root level person is not eligible or good enough. We are the taxpayers and deserve service of the government. And this might teach this lesson to every politician that they really are here to serve us (Well !!!).Let’s Make NOTA public’s weapon!!!

Maulik Modi
390 supporters