Politics of Corruption
Petition to Honorable Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley
Bring Indian Political Parties Under The Scope Of RTI
On 8 November 2016, the Government of India announced the demonetisation of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series. It was thought that if cash was squeezed out, the black economy would be completely eliminated. But cash forms only 1% of the total black wealth. By now, 98.8% of demonetised currency has come back to the Reserve Bank of India. But still no signs of the black money that was supposed to be squeezed out? Let me put this to you in simple words - If bringing out black money was the intention of demonetisation, not even 0.01% of that has been eliminated. We believed that demonetisation will solve the problem of black money. We, the common Indians, stood in long queues to submit demonetised notes. We, the common Indians, are being harassed and ordered to account for every penny. Regardless, it is distressing to see how the funding for national political parties have gone unaccounted inspite of having declared a staggering total income of Rs 9278.3 crore between FY 2004-05 and FY2014-15. Source We believed that the political funding reforms proposed in the Union Budget by the finance minister would bring more transparency and accountability in the political funding. However, it turned out to be a ruse designed to evade the real issue of bringing complete transparency in political funding through the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Transparency forms the foundations of a democracy, and we, the common people of India, must secure our Indian democracy by demanding transparency in the funding of political parties. The Constitution of India derives its authority from the people, and the political parties are supposed to be accountable to the masses whom they claim to represent. A few months ago, the Supreme Court of India turned down a plea to make it mandatory for parties to declare source of funds. However, it serves as an excellent excuse for the political parties to relinquish the responsibility of bringing transparency in their funds and finances. When more than three fourths of the Lok Sabha MPs are multi-millionaires, and more than one-third have a criminal past, it is the right of we, the Citizens of India, to demand transparency. There are more than 1,848 registered political parties and they misuse the law to hold unaccounted money. As advocate M L Sharma rightly says, "Political parties are supposed to be main chest of the black money in the country'. But till date, no investigation, search or enquiry has been conducted against any political party as they are in power to control all investigation systems. Political parties may have differences over public policies, but there seems to be a strong consensus when it comes to opposing the RTI. As a common man of India, I request all Indians to join forces and demand transparency in political funding through the RTI. Since its inception, the RTI Act has been used to expose big scams like the Adarsh Housing Society scam, 2G scam and the corruption around the Commonwealth Games. I am just a common Indian, like each one of you reading this petition, with dreams and goals of my own, and immense love towards our motherland which all of us share. As a honest tax-payer and a responsible citizen, I long to see transparency in political fundings. I cannot spread the idea far and wide alone. However, I humbly request you, the common people of India to realize the power that vests within you and spread this idea for transparency far and wide. Only when we, the people, strive for change can the Indian democracy be secured, as transparency forms the basic premise on which a democracy operates. Let us all unite together and make this a success. It is high time that we, the common citizens of India, ask the right questions and bring about change before it is too late. For the love of our motherland, Nitin Pillai, The Common Indian If you can help in any way to make this petition a success, please mail me at email@example.com.
Petition to Mr. Narendra Modi, PMO India, Hon'ble Shri PRANAB MUKHERJEE, Supreme Court of India, Sh. Gajapathi Raju, Mr. Gajapathi Raju, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India
Change in Arbitrary Internship Policies in Government Offices
First of all Greeting for the day! I am Shashank Shekhar Pandey , 3rd year student of Symbiosis Law School Noida. Today I am addressing this petition to you all as my belief on the current system of governance has been distorted by the reply that I got from one of the "Miniratna" Enterprise i.e. Airport Authority of India. This incident happened around 1 PM today when I called the HR department of Airport Authority of India to Inquire about the procedure of how to apply for an internship in Legal Department as I was very keen to work with the said authority. The reply I got from the officer on the other side was in form of a question "Do you have any reference?". Further, I replied it in a negative as I and none of my family members do have any contact in Airports Authority of India. Furthermore, He went on and told me "We do not give Internships without any reference". This statement of the officer has sent me to a shock and my belief on the governance and laws in this country has been destroyed. By this Petition, I want to attract your attention towards such practices happening across the country in many other offices and we the people who do not have "Contacts" and "References" are not getting Equal Opportunities. This is prima facie violation of our right to equality given to us under the Indian Constitution itself. The AAI is not having a set parameter for providing internship but the HR Policy says only for people with a reference can get the work done. And the current government talks about providing equal opportunity to all, to reduce corruption, to promote skill India and what not. But they fail to understand that the problem is in the machinery and we have to feed the virus so that our lives can be less cumbersome. All I aim through this petition is to question the government on the issue of policy making and existence of such arbitrary rules in the government enterprises. Sir, with due respect, I want you to ask you all through this petition; Aren't such practices such as one mentioned above is promoting corruption? How will we hone our skill as students or professionals if every other office starts giving the reason that, if you do not have a reference then you are not entitled to an internship? Isn't It high time to move on from such contact approach to rather an approach where everyone gets a fair opportunity to work with such offices and hone their skills. Also, I would like the government to promote such internship programs in each field where everyone gets an equal opportunity and also gets a first-hand experience of how the administration or governance works? How do these enterprises function? How does machinery and offices function? As after promoting such programs we can develop database as well of the people having sufficient skills and they can be further helpful to hone skills of other people and thus improving the Human Capital of this country. I could go on and on but there are contraints here , I wish all of you see the motive behind this and will support this cause selflessly. If I get your support in this I will be forever grateful to you all. Thanks
Petition to The President of India, The Prime Minister of India, The Chief Justice of India
Voting by Paper Ballots and not EVMs
We need to now clamour for paper ballots and junk the malleable, manoeuvrable, and malefic EVMs. For me it’s pure EVM massacre of votes! Technology is subservient to its creators and masters. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are no exception. If doubts were raised about EVMs in Madhya Pradesh, the PM Narendra Modi should have asked for paper ballots in the elections that took place after it. By not doing so, the elections that took place in Punjab, Goa, UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Delhi (MCD) have all become suspect. More so as the Govt under Narendra Modi has full sway on the Election Commission. Or else, how was it possible that the EVM in MP was registering vote for BJP on all the buttons pressed, one by one. Was it on its own? Or was it manipulated? And imagine the concerned IAS officer telling everyone present that no one should report this. We need to now clamour for paper ballots and junk the malleable, manoeuvrable, and malefic EVMs. Our VOTE is our power and our right. Nobody has the RIGHT to manipulate it to their end / interest. It’s indeed unpalatable that BJP which ruled MCD for 10 years and did nothing, won over 180 seats. People of Delhi are wise enough not to VOTE for one’s who don’t serve them. For me it’s pure EVM massacre of votes!
Petition to Arun Jaitley
Finance Bill 2017: Remove Political Funding opacity
The finance bill 2017 introduces tremendous opacity in political funding and removes whatever transparency remains in the political funding of parties in India. In an effort to create a better country, clean politics and clean funding of political parties is the need of the hour. Instead of increasing funding transparency, the government has decreased transparency. This needs to stop.