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OBJECTIVES OF THE INDIA POLICY INSTITUTE

[A] Trust Deed of the India Policy Institute.

IPI began as an internet mailing list on the 8th of April, 1998 and later became an informal association. IPI was formally registered as a Trust in Hyderabad on the 16th of April, 1999 under S 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961. 

 

Section 12AA: Procedure for registration

 

 

 

 

(1) 

The Commissioner, on receipt of an application for registration of a trust or institution made under clause (a) of section 12A, shall-

 

 

(a) 

call for such documents or information from the trust or institution as he thinks necessary in order to satisfy himself about the genuineness of activities of the trust or institution and may also make such inquiries as he may deem necessary in this behalf; and

 

 

(b) 

after satisfying himself about the objects of the trust or institution and the genuineness of its activities, he-

 

 

 

(i

shall pass an order in writing registering the trust or institution;

 

 

 

(ii) 

shall, if he is not so satisfied, pass an order in writing refusing to register the trust or  institution, and a copy of such order shall be sent to the applicant:

 

 

 

Provided that no order under sub-clause (ii) shall be passed unless the applicant has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

 

(1A) 

All applications, pending before the Chief Commissioner on which no order has been passed under clause (b) of sub-section (1) before the 1st day of June, 1999, shall stand transferred on that day to the Commissioner and the Commissioner may proceed with such applications under that sub-section from the stage at which they were on that day. 

 

(2) 

Every order granting or refusing registration under clause (b) of sub-section (1) shall be passed before the expiry of six months from the end of the month in which the application was received under clause (a) of section 12A.

[B] Objectives of the India Policy Institute

(1) NATIONAL DEBATE ON SYSTEM REFORM

To host and facilitate The National Debate on System Reform primarily through the internet. This debate would focus on the production of A People's Manifesto, an internally consistent document with various levels of detail compatible with the rights of, and integrity of, each of us as Free Citizens of India. The document would essentially amount to to making explicit the National Social Contract, authorizing specific tasks to the government and prohibiting it from others not so specified.

(2) PUBLICATION OF ANNUALLY UPDATED PEOPLE'S MANIFESTO

To publish, annually, an updated version of aPeople's

 Manifesto

. The first edition will be published on the 1st of January, 2000 AD, and subsequent editions would be published on the 1st of January, each year, thereafter, constituting the consensus of as many Indians as possible. This primary publication of IPI would be on the web or otherwise priced merely to meet the costs. Other, priced (or free), documents might be published from time to time at the discretion of the Board.

(3) BUILDING BRIDGES AND COMMUNICATION OF BEST IDEAS

To network with various advocacy and political economy institutes/ citizens groups all over the world which seek to determine and influence public policy in India, in order to involve them in this thinking process. To help communicate and train people in these best ideas without deviating from the primary purpose.

 

What has been done so far

The National Debate on System Reform was started as a small debate between friends in April, 1998, and has, within a short time, reached widely and involved many people, professionals, academicians, civil servants, social workers, civil society institutions, and others.

The first preliminary draft of the Peoples' Manifesto is planned to be circulated by early-1999 to about 10,000 well known Indians for their feedback, and the final draft will be published on the 1st of January, 2000 AD, to mark the turning point in India's history.