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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