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, 18 December 2016

A Winter of Discontent ?



Just concluded winter session of Lok Sabha was a total wash-out , with 99 % of time wasted by Members ( from both the sides ) shouting / rushing into the well of the house / not allowing anyone to speak / hurling abuses at one another / ignoring the repeated pleas of the Speaker / walking out when shouting did not help ....etc

There is nothing we can do about that. Past cannot be re-lived, any differently !

For the sad behavior of our parliamentarians , we have no one to blame but ourselves

After all , WE voted for them and WE elected them , to go and represent us in Lok Sabha !

And , most unfortunately , we cannot " Re - Call " them , till 2019 !

Nor can we expect this ( or , for that matter , any future Lok Sabha ) , to pass a reform called :

3 R  : RIGHT TO RECALL REPRESENTATIVES ACT ( year ? )

But may be , just may be , there is a way to ensure that the forthcoming BUDGET SESSION , does not end up the way of the Winter session

That could happen if one of the leading News Paper or a TV Channel , were to quickly conduct an online SURVEY of the type suggested in my following earlier blog ( sent as email to NDA Ministers / MPs / MLAs and the Election Commission ) :

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

ROMP - A Panacea ?


In past few years , our Lok Sabha has been repeatedly paralyzed by slogan shouting MPs

Perhaps , the past two weeks were the worst in the history of Lok Sabha , with no business conducted

Someone suggested that MPs be made to lose their salaries for this period , following the universally / legally accepted rule : No Work , No Pay

This won't work . Our crore-pati MPs could not care a hoot for loss of pay !

Only thing that might work :

A mobile app called , " ROMP / Recall Our MP " ( Idea for a Start-Up ? )

Only voters who qualify as follows , will be permitted to use this App , in order to recall an MP :

He must be on Electoral Roll

*  He must have actually voted ( even if NOTA ) , in the last general election

   { This criteria is bound to boost voting percentage to 95 %  ! No need to
      make voting compulsory  ! }

*  He can " Vote to Recall " , only MP who got elected from the constituency
   from where he cast his vote in last election

*  He can vote only if there is no Criminal charges filed against him

*  The App itself will accept his " Rating / Vote " only on two days of the year
   announced by the Election Commission for each constituency

*  Any other criteria that readers may wish to suggest ( crowd-sourcing )


ROMP will show following criteria , with " YES "  or "  NO " buttons against each :

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LOG-IN :

#    Suspend MP for next Session................................ YES.......NO

#    Recall MP.............................................................YES ..... NO

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Justify your recommendation by " Rating " your MP , below

( Unless rated on each criteria , your vote will be invalid )


Is this MP ( who is being rated by you ) :

#     Honest.............................................. YES........NO

#     Of high Integrity................................. YES........ NO

#     Sincere.............................................. YES........ NO

#     Hard-working ....................................  YES........ NO

#     Punctual.............................................. YES.......  NO

#     Dignified............................................  YES........  NO

#     Follows Speaker's Orders.....................   YES........  NO

#     Good Listener.......................................  YES......... NO

#     Awaits his turn to speak.......................... YES........ NO

#     Asks only relevant questions..................  YES........ NO

#     Approachable to Voters..........................  YES....... NO

#    Answers Voters' Emails promptly...............  YES......  NO

#    Provides regular feedback to Voters ............. YES.......NO

#    Addresses other MPs with respect...............  YES..........NO

                                        SUBMIT
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Conditions governing use of  ROMP  :


*   It can be downloaded from the web site of Election Commission , upon
     filling up a form, requiring all kinds of proof that you are a genuine voter


*   Upon being satisfied ( that you are a genuine voter ) , the Server will
     issue a User ID and Password, to log in before you can use the App.


     It would be better still , if biometric identification is integrated with the
     App , since AADHAR cards are already having such identification


*   ROMP can be downloaded only once

  
*   At least 66 % of the Voters who had actually voted in that Constituency
     during the last General Election , should take part in ROMP event for it
     to be considered valid
    

*  Only in case more than 2/3rd ( > 66 % ) of " Ratings " cast ,  recommend
    Suspension or Recall , will the Election Commission / Speaker act
    according to People's Mandate


*  However , in case where those 66 % are divided between " Recall " and
    " Suspend " , then " Suspend " will prevail


*  Rating results will be made public on Election Commission web site on the
    next day and also published in leading Newspapers


I do believe that the present NDA government is keen to introduce / pass ,
RIGHT  TO  RECALL  BILL  " in Lok Sabha as part of Electoral Reforms


Except that the combined opposition may defeat it in Rajya Sabha  !


Which MP would want to sign his own death-warrant  ?


But even without a legal backing , I feel ROMP would have a salutary effect
on the behavior of our MPs , who would know that they are being watched,
and their conduct is being evaluated ! - and will be made public  !



ROMP , along with my earlier suggested mobile Apps ,

*     VotesApp

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


*     I SIN  /  U SIN ,

      {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2012/12/i-sin-u-sin.html  }


will take us many steps closer to a Digital India

If you endorse my views , please forward to all Policy Makers

If not , please do come up with a better idea !


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19  Dec  2016

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs


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