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RE: Notes

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!

The most powerful organ of government today is the bureaucracy. What we
have here is a very strong bureaucratic executive and a weak, effette
political executive. The making of policy has got divorced from its
implementation. The political executive engages itself in housekeeping
jobs like appointments, transfers & promotions.

No wonder that the pace of economic liberalisation is so slow.

Indrajit Barua.
>Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 17:44:15 -0800 (PST)
>From: "Dr. Sanjeev Sabhlok" <sabhlok@yahoo.com>
>To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Subject: Notes
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
>*  Election Commission is the 'Registrar of Political
>Parties' in India, but it has no Rules under the ROP
>Act to regulate political parties. A few discretionary
>orders exist.
>*  There is no way to secure a copy of the memoranda
>of association and constitutions of political parties
>from the Commission unlike in the case of the
>Company's Act.
>* While it is possible to get the copy of the
>electoral accounts of individual candidates from the
>respective DEOs, a similar facility is not permitted
>in the case of  electoral returns of political parties
>which are required to submit electoral returns to the
>Commission. Transparency could easily be enhanced in
>the system through publishing these accounts on the
>internet as in the case of USA and other countries.
>* There were some very good recommendations made by
>the Commission to the Law Ministry on Electoral
>reforms, in 1996. I am looking at these presently.
>* There is no relationship of the electoral
>expenditure limit to the salary drawn by MPs/ MLAs.
>The Rs.15 / Rs. 6 lakh limits on MP/MLA elections are
>completely arbitrary.
>* On primary education: Some ***extremely*** good
>suggestions to strengthen the role of NGOs (civil
>society) in education are under process. Parental
>control over teachers is the key in these proposals.
>We can hope to see 'privatization' in this area in the
>coming years.
>* Contrary to what I had thought, divestment of public
>sector undertakings (at the national level) is
>apparently being blocked more by the bureucracy than
>by the political leadership. Apparently major
>decisions were taken in this regard at the highest
>level but the bureaucracy has managed to push these
>into more and more 'committees' instead of taking firm
>action. Confusion prevails on how to divest. We lack a
>Lech Walesa to push out such obstacles and get the job

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