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

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

One Nation , One Vote ?



For the past few months, Shri Narendra Modiji has been requesting all concerned to debate:

" Should we not have simultaneous polls on the same day , both for Lok Sabha and all the State Assemblies ? "


He would like all citizens to express their views on this , even as he tries to get a consensus on this issue from all political parties , whose whole-hearted cooperation in this is essential since this reform would require amending the Constitution with two third majority


I suggest that NDA government , go about this process as follows :


AWARENESS  CREATION  PHASE  { Now - March 2017 }

Publicizing ( in Newspapers / TV / Social Media / Government web sites / Hoardings / Radio etc ) , the advantages / benefits of this reform

Debates in Town-Hall type of meetings all over the country

Debates in Schools / Colleges / other Educational Institutions

Competition among Start-Ups / Entrepreneurs for creation of Mobile App for " Opinion
    Survey " and selection of winning app {  #OneNationOneVote  }



OPINION  GATHERING  PHASE { 18 - 19 - 20 th APRIL 2017 }

*   Exhort citizens to download mobile app {  #OneNationOneVote  } and record opinion
     ( app can be downloaded ONLY ONCE on a given smart phone and self destructs after a
       single use . Additional security features can be incorporated to prevent duplicate use
       eg: Aadhar Card Number )

*   Those not having Smart phones can log in at the Election Commission web site ( Aadhar
     No and Voter Card Number ) and give their opinion

*   App will stop working on 21st April

*   Software will display the OPINION SURVEY results ( on Election Commission web site )
    on 22nd April . The results will also be viewable through the App on mobile phone



#   CONSENSUS  GENERATION  PHASE  {  May 2017  }

*   Central Government to hold SEVERAL meetings of all political parties in which , the
    Government would ( step by step ) present ,

    #  Opinion Survey findings

    #  Provisions of the Constitution which would need amending - and its " wordings "

    #  Nature of amendments in State Laws ( if any )

    #  Time table / Schedule for implementation

    #  Logistics ( Manpower / Software / Hardware required )

    #  Onetime Cost ( expenses ) vs  Recurring Savings


*  Just as in the case of Lok Sabha proceedings , these meetings must be televised so that
   citizens get an opportunity to listen to the views expressed by the leaders of political
   parties



#   IMPLEMENTATION  PHASE  {  20 April 2019  }

*   Conduct simultaneous polls , using my earlier suggested app " VotesApp "

    {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2012/12/votesapp.html  }



As far as the OPINION SURVEY is concerned , I suggest following questionnaire :
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Do you believe holding simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and all the State Assemblies, on
    the same day , is desirable ?...............YES / NO


Do you believe simultaneous polls would result in less hardship for people ?......YES / NO


Do you believe simultaneous polls would reduce the cost of conducting elections ?
    YES / NO


Do you believe simultaneous polls would enable Administrations ( both at Center and in
    States ) to focus on matters of importance / priority to citizens ?.......  YES / NO


Do you believe such polls can be conducted much more efficiently / transparently /
    economically , using mobile app such as " VotesApp " ?................. YES  /  NO


Do you believe , use of Mobile App ( such as " VotesApp " ) would result in a huge saving
    due to eliminating the need for

    *    935,000 polling booths 

    *    1.7 Million EVM ( Electronic Voting Machines / each costing Rs 41,000 )

    *    10,000 tons of paper

    *    10,000 liters of indelible ink

    *    Deploying 11 million  Election Officials and Security staff

    *    Declaring holidays to enable 863 million citizens to go out and vote

    *   Millions of man-hours of advance preparation, stretching over one year

    *   Weeks of counting before declaring results for 5000 seats ( MPs and MLAs )
         .... YES / NO 


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I urge NDA Ministers / Secretaries / MPs / MLAs etc to look up my earlier blogs as follows :

One Poll  ,  One  Time  ( 06 Sept  2016 )

   { http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/09/one-poll-one-time.html


One Day Polling is possible  ( 31  March  2016 )

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/03/one-day-polling-is-possible.html  }


Honey ! I shrunk  the  EVM   (  21  Oct  2015  )

   {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/10/honey-i-shrunk-evm.html }


#   ROMP - A Panacea ?  (  06  Aug  2015  )

   { http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/08/romp-panacea.html  }


Filtering  Candidate  Information ?  (  18  Sept  2016  )

   {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/09/filtering-candidate-information.html  }


Advantage  Incumbent  ?  (  05  Sept  2016  )

   {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/09/advantage-incumbent.html  }


How  to  Save  Rs  5511  crore  ?  (  12  Dec  2015  )

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/12/how-to-save-rs-5511-crores.html  }


A  Software  Powerhouse  ?  (  24  April  2014  )

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2014/04/a-software-powerhouse.html  }

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In 2016 , " technology " is the MOST POWERFUL force which is re-shaping the social / economic / political behavior of our citizens .


Millions of our citizens , taking to Mobile Wallets / UPI etc , is an outstanding example of how smoothly / eagerly , they are " embracing " technology for their day to day transactions


And , in the process of " adapting " , they do not mind temporary inconveniences / hardships , for a long term benefit !  Just look at recent local body election results in Gujarat and Maharashtra !


The citizens , seem to be saying :

 " We are fed up of indecisive regimes of the past . Just decide something / anything . There is no way  we can get any worse . From where we are , things can only improve , if you decide "


No one understands this better than our " decisive " PM , Shri Modiji  !


And no one understands , as well as he does , the power of technology to improve lives of millions of poor Indians !

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30  Nov  2016

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs


   







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