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Time to proof read the Part I of the document now
[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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From: Sanjeev Sabhlok <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 09:36:16 -0700 (PDT)
this bounced. All attachments to team will bounce. pl. send text
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pl. re-send - only text version. also, remember: the manifesto is open
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> From: "Tiwari, Umesh K" <UKTiwari@pcgb.com>
> To: "'Bhuwan.Kulshreshta@usa.xerox.com'"
> Subject: Time to proof read the Part I of the document now
> Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 10:30:56 -0500
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> Here is the PART I (GOOD GOVERNANCE) part of the IPI Manifesto. I have
> to incorporate as many suggestions as I knew of, have also tried hard not
> change it so much so that it ceases to retain its identity as the document
> representing the IPI community. I have not touched the parts where I
> think I could do anything.
> Please go ahead and suggest any corrections, either grammatical or in the
> language, in order to make it presentable and acceptable to all.
> Thank You.
Here is the text version of the document.
The Manifesto PART I
Today, India neither has good governance nor good economic policy. We
to provide good governance first, which will be made possible by
implementing good economic policies simultaneously.
1. Individual Autonomy and Participative Democracy
We believe that a radical democratization of government in India is the
of the hour. The challenge before us, the citizens, is the creation of a
system of governance where the interests of all, rich and poor, the
as well as the illiterate, are protected, and everyone gets a platform
raise his/her concerns. Our government needs to protect the freedom and
autonomy of individuals and, by implication, that of all organizations
the people. A government that limits itself to fulfilling the basic
that it is entrusted to, by the ordinary citizens, the masters of our
democracy. The mandate that is limited to protecting individual freedom,
liberty, right to choice of enterprise, opportunity to earn a dignified
living, and order in the society to insure peaceful coexistence of all,
without regard to individual differences.
In order to achieve the above mentioned objective,
a) Individuals willing to become politicians and represent the people in
government, must state clearly their stand on specific critical policy
issues that are important for the citizen's day-to-day life. This
information about the views of the candidates, along with a, published,
detailed background information of the candidate's recent past, must be
by the citizens to elect their best representative for the government.
b) All government control of the media must be released back to the
c) Anything more then absolutely essential personal information on
citizens cannot be kept by the government, and the citizen would be
to receive a copy of any information about him/her, that the government
wants to keep.
d) Unless clearly defined and approved otherwise, every public office,
is essentially, by definition, created to serve the public, would have
have local control via a local board of representative(s),
from among the community of people such an organization claims to serve.
e) Local bodies and groups which involve debate on public policy, to be
2. National Reconciliation
The creation of a sense of fraternity amongst peoples of India is a task
long overdue. The task of sitting down together and discussing things
has to be carried out very seriously. this can be done by
a) Fostering civic institutions and think tanks in all fields, which
interact with the people as well as with counterparts in other
b) Promoting the spirit of volunteerism and thus enhancing social
3. Electoral Reform
A legislation needs to be enacted that strictly requires individuals to
proof of no criminal record involving conviction of the candidate, as a
precondition for qualification to run for any elected public office.
Election Commission also needs a legislation requiring a mandatory
audit of every individual political campaign committee accounts. Such
accounts must document every small as well as large donation from
as well as organizations. Such political donation records containing
information about donors as well as the amounts donated, should
automatically become a public property accessible to all.
Election Commission must impose a strict upper ceiling on the amount of
money a single individual or organizational donor can donate to a
campaign. Such limit should be revised every ten years in order to
the limit with inflation.
Elected representatives of the people in the government need to be
with good remuneration. Public service should be made attractive enough
retain talented and people of honor in its fold. However, the
needs to be strictly defined without any loopholes for the politicians
exploit for their benefits. Transparency needs to be the norm here
Summary information totaling Income from all sources, including gifts
and the taxes paid by the people holding elected public offices, should
become public property accessible to all. This step can help reduce the
amount of corruption in politics.
Bureaucrats would be given incentives to document corruption by elected
representatives (including taped evidence). They would have the power to
present such evidence to the Lok Pal who, in turn, would have the power
protect the bureaucrat as well as to reward such effort if found to be
Law regarding State & National Political Parties :
Nominations of the official candidates of individual political parties
contesting elections, should be democratically done by conducting
preliminary rounds of elections, where only the party members residing
the constituency under consideration would be eligible to vote. This
be done no sooner then four months and no later then six weeks before
elections to the constituency are due.
4. Parliamentary Reform
Voting records of each and every MP/MLA on each and every Bill would be
publicly available on the internet, so that citizens could determine how
well their interests were represented by the said representative.
Constant preparedness is needed to keep our defense forces in the state
readiness to defend our borders. Availability of sufficient funding has
be ensured for investment in personnel, modern weaponry, and suitable
technology in accordance with current military needs.
6. Foreign Policy
We should try to find common interests with nations that have similar
democratic norms of government. This would include extraditing criminals
from other nations who are sought by their police, shutting down
of foreign terrorists on Indian soil, signing extradition treaties with
We advocate the goal of global disarmament by all nations and the
all weapons of mass destruction. The sole purpose of creating a nuclear
weapon must be to help the world understand the futility of trying to
on to existing power structures in perpetuity, and to insist that
in the world will be better off with complete disarmament. India would
be the first to use nuclear weapons in the event of a conflict with
With over 20% of the world's population, India deserves a place in the
permanent membership of the UN Security Council. Indian foreign policy
mature with the aim of leading the international community in the 21st
century. India must work with friends and supporters in the United
make it happen. Indian foreign policy needs to focus on protecting
interests abroad, as well as better promoting/protecting Indian business
7. Law and Order
Vigorous efforts need to be made to raise the morale, competence,
behaviour and responsiveness of the Police, both through monetary
incentives, improved training and organizational changes:
Organizational Changes :
Indian Police organizations are currently too bureaucratic armies of
personnel, controlled through various levels of officers leading up to
State level Authority, known as the Director General Of Police.
A relatively more democratic model, as implemented in the United States,
the one where Police Organizations are controlled by City
the City Police as they call them. Such, relatively much smaller police
organizations work very closely with the people's representatives in the
City Administration. Moreover, a City Police is naturally more closer to
local people because of the complete dependence of their success upon
cooperation of the local communities.
Education & Training :
Police Training Academies need to be equipped with the best of the
on all of the following areas :
1. Firearms, the knowledge to identify and use old as well as the very
latest sophisticated firearms.
2. Strict code of conduct, that must involve inculcating deep sense of
towards providing safety and security to common people the police
are trained to serve. This also must involve teaching respect for
and honoring human rights of every individual, including the criminals.
3. Modern Technology. Police Academies must train police officers with
basic knowledge of modern mode of communication as well as computer
operation. They should be equipped with the knowledge to use centralized
information computer database to track criminals, and update criminal
records, telecommunication technology to watch out for hi-tech crimes,
internet to protect people from internet crimes.
Monitory Incentives :
Payment and perks for police officers should be good enough, at least
attractive enough to retain dedicated and able officers into the police
Implement Past Recommendations :
Past studies and recommendations of expert committees must be looked at
priority basis, and the same should be implemented after making
to suite changed organizational structure. Notable are the National
Commission's recommendations and the Vohra Committee recommendations for
study and implementation.
Use Modern Methods Of Record Keeping :
Inter-police organization cooperation to control crime, and efficient
utilization of the personnel resources at hand depends largely upon the
utilization and sharing of the information about collected through
investigations, current or over a period of time. In order to
the same, all police organizations across the nation must use a
and secure computer software to record and share information and
to help manage the job of protecting citizens more efficiently.
Disincentives for irresponsible behaviour and corrupt practices :
In order to check the prevelent practice of general abuse and disrespect
the common man by the police officers, city administration, meaning, the
elected representatives of the local citizens can be granted the
to monitor and control the local police organizations. Moreover, in line
with the position of City Police Chief, or Suprintendent of the Police
the United States, the top post in the local police organization can be
an elected position , and city administration representatives can elect
among the best and most experienced Senior Police Officers Across the
who file in their candidature for the job. This way, corrupt practices
be checked by giving elected representatives of the people a chance to
decide who runs the local police department.
8. Administrative Reform
Both the elected and non-elected officials of India are paid by the
and are accountable to the Indian people for their deeds being in
by the laws laid down by the People.
Except for state secrets relating to critical matters of defense of the
country, and those relating very clearly to the internal security of
nothing else shall be considered to be an Official Secret.
Bureaucrats in free India will be Citizen bureaucrats. They will have
to speak out as citizens, both on general issues of governance as well
the private secrets of political leaders, which are not covered under
Official Secrets Act. Speaking out on general matters of governance
In order to protect discipline, though, the bureaucrats would have to
instances of misdemeanour by elected representatives to the Lok Pal with
The Lok Pal, in turn, would be required to publish such complaints (of
course, without revealing the identity of the informer, if that is
by personal safety of the individual and/or deemed necessary for
conducting the investigation) on the internet or any easily accessible
public media. Inherent in the aforesaid statement is the mandate for the
Pal to perform necessary investigations publicly and in full view of the
b) Organizational Reform :
Jobs at the levels of Additional Secretary and above in the Government
India would be delinked from the permanent civil service. These jobs
be filled up either from within the service or from any other source,
outside the government, on a contractual basis, and on the merit of the
person concerned. Such public officers would be nominated by the
(the government), and such nominations would be subject to confirmation
hearing by a select committee of parliamentarians, and then subsequent
majority vote in the parliament.
c) Compensation :
Salaries of bureaucrats at all levels would be made comparable with
sector salaries for similar jobs. This is required to retain the best
for executing the very important functions of government.
d) Budgeting & Planning :
The public budgeting and planning process would be decentralized and
9. Citizens' ID Numbers
Each citizen would receive a uniquely numbered citizen identification
This will help keep track of total government benefits provided to each
citizen. This can also help to extend benefits which are not present
The key responsibility for the development of sports would lie with the
people themselves, in terms of forming organizations for the development
competitive sports. Firms would be encouraged to use sports for
purposes. Wherever necessary, government would assist through raising
for stadia and other infrastructure, and no import duties would be
on equipment used for purposes of competitive sports."
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