Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Electoral Reforms Through Backdoor ?

While refusing to entertain a PIL of eminent citizens seeking direction to Election Commission to verify details of persons contesting polls , the Supreme Court remarked :

"  It was for Parliament to act, as the court cannot ask the Election Commission to undertake this exercise

How do you expect the Election Commission to go on verifying details of thousands and thousands of candidates ? The task of verifying details including assets of candidates is cumbersome

The election reforms are long awaited . Only they ( legislature ) can make law , but we know that they will not do this

Persuade them ( Election Commission ) , outside the court . Let us see how they respond  "

I get a feeling that Shri Arun Jaitleyji and the Income Tax Department overheard the honorable judges of the Supreme Court !

For 2016-17 assessment year, the tax department has unveiled new income tax return form

For persons with income above Rs 50 lakhs, it requires submission of following details ( with cost of each item ) :

*  All immovable assets ( such as land / buildings etc )

*  All movable assets ( such as Cash, Jewellery , Vehicles , Yachts etc )

*  All liabilities ( such as loans )

Here is what the Election Commission should do next :

*  Insist that each and every contestant files along with his / her nomination
    affidavit , copies of his / her income tax returns for past 3 years

That still leaves the question of " Verification "

Answer :

Alternative # 1 :

Using " Sampling Technique ", randomly select 10 % of the contestants and ask Income Tax authorities to verify their assets / liabilities

Alternative # 2 :

Select ( for verification ) those contestants , whose incomes have grown by more than 25 % over the past 3 returns

Electoral Reforms is merely a question of necessary " Will " on part of the Administrative wing

But even there , do not expect much when bureaucrats and ministers themselves , fail to submit their Assets Declarations to PM every year !


www.hemenparekh.in / blogs

04  April  2016


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