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Election Commission desiring power to deregister political parties
Dear Editor, It refers to affidavit filed by Election Commission at Supreme Court wherein election-watchdog has desired legislation to empower Election Commission to deregister political parties. Registered political parties are mushrooming with their number now swelling over 2000 with only a few having contested elections that too only occasionally and not regularly. Possibility is that such non-serious political parties get registered only to whiten black money through Income-Tax (IT) exemptions under sections 13A, 80GGB and 80GGC with both contributing and receiving ones getting tax-exemptions. In view of possible misuse like was pointed out by BJP in the year 2007 in response to initiative by the then Election Commissioner Navin Chawla to derecognize BJP, auto-deregistration of pol...
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Consumer-rights as part of University syllabus: RTI should also be included but both at school-level
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome decision to include Consumer-rights as part of graduate-level University syllabus from coming academic session. Rather such course should be a consolidated one to also include chapters on Right-To-Information (RTI) Act to make young graduates fully aware of their rights for day-to-day need. Such inclusion of RTI Act in the syllabus will also be beneficial for new generation of officers to properly handle RTI applications. Only recently several Central Information Commissioners in their verdicts have lashed out on Information Officers for their complete lack of knowledge in handling RTI applications, further recommending public-authorities to hold training-workshops for their officers. Better is to start such courses in a single compulsory subject at sec...
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Government should implement poll-reforms
Dear editor It refers to Division Bench of Supreme Court comprising of Justices J Chalmeshwar and S Abdul Nazeer on 16.02.2018 ordering making public income-source of poll-contestants and their kin, also asking central government to set up some mechanism to keep tab on wealth-grow of lawmakers. Order also calls for providing similar information on contracts with government-agencies and PSUs. It is noteworthy that all such reforms like declaring criminal records and wealth-details of candidates could be implemented on Apex Court directions. It is indeed unfortunate that successive governments have failed in their duty to implement such reforms by themselves even though recommended and supported by Election Commission and too many Commissions and committees set up for the purpose. Invol...
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Enquiry needed in re-issue of one-rupee notes
Dear editor It refers to reply of central government at Delhi High Court on 16.02.2018 about ten-rupee notes being soon discontinued. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) only in January 2018 announced issue of new-designed smaller-sized ten-rupee notes, which are presently available only on heavy premium in black market unauthorized currency-note market in Chandni Chowk (Delhi). RBI could never bring out plastic-notes of rupees ten as announced by the then Union Minister of Finance Namo Narain Meena on 12.03.2013 in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. Only very few are aware of one-rupee notes having been re-issued on 06.03.2015 after being discontinued two decades back. Even majority of bank-employees have not seen these notes, what to talk of general public. These notes are still sold at extra-o...
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11 out of 31 Chief Ministers having criminal cases
Dear Editor, Election Commission in its affidavit filed at Supreme Court has proposed that those accused of offences punishable with at least five years in jail be barred from contesting elections after a court frames charges against them if the case is registered at least six months prior to the election. Now with shocking report of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) revealing that as many as 11 out of total 31 state Chief Ministers in the country having criminal cases registered against them, it is desired that Central government may accept the recommendations instead of getting any direction from the Apex Court. Unfortunately every poll-reform of this type comes only after Supreme Court directions with no government of any alliance or party serious for purity in public life. I...
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Why Punjab and Haryana pay Income Tax of salaries of its MLAs and ministers
Dear Editor, It refers to Punjab government following Haryana government by deciding to pay Income Tax for salaries of its ministers and MLAs. It may be that some other states may also be doing so. It is definitely a wrong practice where all other sections of society including government-employees and Parliamentarians have to pay Income tax from their respective earnings including salaries received from public-exchequers. It may be argued that Haryana government might have been doing so because salaries of Haryana MLAs were about half (rupees 40000) of salaries received by Punjab MLAs (rupees 84000). Now decision of Punjab government to pay Income Tax on salaries of MLAs, can make Haryana government upward revise salaries of its MLAs. Centre should ask state-governments for not allowing ...
Kashmir Times News Report
Election Commission desiring power to deregister political parties
Dear Editor, It refers to affidavit filed by Election Commission at Supreme Court wherein election-watchdog has desired legislation to empower Election Commission to deregister political parties. Registered political parties are mushrooming with their number now swelling over 2000 with only a few having contested elections that too only occasionally and not regularly. Possibility is that such non-serious political parties get registered only to whiten black money through Income-Tax (IT) exemptions under sections 13A, 80GGB and 80GGC with both contributing and receiving ones getting tax-exemptions. In view of possible misuse like was pointed out by BJP in the year 2007 in response to initiative by the then Election Commissioner Navin Chawla to derecognize BJP, auto-deregistration of pol...
Kashmir Times News Report
Consumer-rights as part of University syllabus: RTI should also be included but both at school-level
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome decision to include Consumer-rights as part of graduate-level University syllabus from coming academic session. Rather such course should be a consolidated one to also include chapters on Right-To-Information (RTI) Act to make young graduates fully aware of their rights for day-to-day need. Such inclusion of RTI Act in the syllabus will also be beneficial for new generation of officers to properly handle RTI applications. Only recently several Central Information Commissioners in their verdicts have lashed out on Information Officers for their complete lack of knowledge in handling RTI applications, further recommending public-authorities to hold training-workshops for their officers. Better is to start such courses in a single compulsory subject at sec...
Kashmir Times News Report
Replace medical-reimbursement by health-policy at public-expense in government
Dear Editor, Present system of allowing medical-reimbursements at public-expense for various functionaries funded by central and state public-exchequers including their undertakings and constitutional bodies is at times grossly misused and even provides unmatched medical-treatments like outside the country must be replaced by Mediclaim-policies for families of beneficiaries. There are reports of several crores of rupees claimed as medical-reimbursement by certain members of state-legislative assemblies. Many others are entitled for luxurious medical-tourism abroad. All this looks absurd in a country where government-hospitals are usually seen flooded with patients getting dates after dates even for urgent and petty aspects like blood-tests. Law should be amended whereby all such medical...
Kashmir Times News Report
Why Punjab & Haryana pay Income Tax of salaries of its MLAs & ministers
Dear Editor, It refers to Punjab government following Haryana government by deciding to pay Income Tax for salaries of its ministers and MLAs. It may be that some other states may also be doing so. It is definitely a wrong practice where all other sections of society including government-employees and Parliamentarians have to pay Income tax from their respective earnings including salaries received from public-exchequers. It may be argued that Haryana government might have been doing so because salaries of Haryana MLAs were about half (rupees 40000) of salaries received by Punjab MLAs (rupees 84000). Now decision of Punjab government to pay Income Tax on salaries of MLAs, can make Haryana government upward revise salaries of its MLAs. Centre should ask state-governments for not allowing ...
Kashmir Times News Report
Postal-tariffs not rationalised in Union Budget for 2018-19
Dear Editor, Present tariff-structure of Speed Post is such that at times sending mail-articles through reliable and fast Speed Post is much-much cheaper than sending the same through unreliable ordinary post. Moreover it is illogical that only selected premium postal-services like speed post may attract GST while other ordinary postal-services remain exempted from GST. Postal-tariffs revised many years ago continue to have tariffs like of 25 paise for registered newspapers even though even coins of this denomination are discontinued long ago. Otherwise also, since production-cost of small newspapers (and other government-services like platform-ticket) having been increased manifolds in last several years, it is non-sense that postal-department may continue to bear burden of extra-ordi...
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Feasibility of live telecast of SC proceedings
Dear Editor, Subsequent to self-exposure of happenings within corridors linking chambers of Supreme court judges by four senior judges of the Apex Court in the media-conference, Supreme Court has finally agreed on 09.02.2018 to consider feasibility of live telecast of Supreme Court proceedings even though earlier even video-recording of the same were declined. But live telecast can be feasible only for few selected court-proceedings. Need is to provide some practical mechanism whereby recordings may be replayed in case of need. It may be recalled that Supreme Court had to issue contempt-notices on 20.09.2012 to two English dailies Pioneer and Indian Express allegedly for their having misreported court-proceedings. With court-rooms equipped with necessary wiring-slots for the pur...
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