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Proposed   Administrative   Procedure
#LM.03   :   Partial   Direct   Vote   in   Parliament

Purpose : Reduce nexus-proneness in law making in Parliament of India.
    Contents
  1. Background
  2. Existing Law Making Process in Parliament
  3. Flaws in the existing law-making procedure
  4. Proposed ADDITIONAL procedure
  5. FAQs on LM.03 (and LM.01, LM.02)
  6. Draft for LM.03
  7. Letter to MP


Background

The purpose is to bring India's administration/courts at par with West. How? By improving record keeping in GoI-offices and reducing nexuses in GoI-offices and courts. How? We would need several laws to achieve that.

LM.03 is one of these proposed laws (to see the list of some of the laws, please click here). LM.03 law will reduce nexuses in law-making procedures in the Parliament, and will make it easier for citizens of India to enact laws.



The   Existing   Law   Making   Process   in   the   Parliament
  1. The Parliament has two houses --- Loksabha and RajyaSabha

  2. India is divided into some 540 Constituency.

  3. The citizen-voters residing in a Constituency elect 1 MP for a period of 5 years. These 540 MPs form the Loksabha.

  4. The MLAs of the States elect some 250 Members of Rajyasabha.

  5. Any MP can present a Draft (Bill) in Loksabha/Rajyasabha. The Speaker may or may not schedule a voting date on the Bill. If the voting date is scheduled, each MP can register his YES/NO on the bill.

  6. If majority of the MPs in both the House approve the Bill, the Bill is sent to the President for approval. After his approval, it becomes a law in India.




Flaws   in   the   Existing   Law-Making   Procedure
  1. Over 999 out of 1000 MPs sell out. Within 6 weeks after getting elected, most MPs start focusing on bribery rather than law-making.

  2. Most MPs are too busy managing their trusts, companies etc. and have no time for citizens.



Proposed Solution : #LM.03 --- Partial Direct Vote in Parliament

The procedures are as follows
  1. The PM will appoint an officer titled Registrar per District, or he may ask the District Collectors to do the job of the Registrar. The Dc may delegate some of the clerical tasks to the Talaaties.

  2. Any person can pay a fee of say Rs 100,000/- , propose a Bill (Draft)to the Speaker of the Loksabha and obtain a serial number.

  3. Within next 60 days, any citizen voter can go to the Talaati's, pay a fee of Rs 2 to Rs 5, show his voter-ID or ration card, specify the serial number of the Bill, and register his YES/NO on the Bill.

  4. The clerk will enter the citizen's ID number, Bills proposal number, the citizen's choice (YES/NO) etc into the computer and the computer will print 2 reciept. The clerk will give one reciept to the citizen and on the other reciept, he will take the citizen's finger print and keep it in the records. A sample of the reciept is shown below

    SAMPLE   layout   of   the Reciept
      that   the   citizen   will   get   when   he   registers   his   YES/NO   on   a   Bill

    
                 Registration  of  YES/NO  (Fee : Rs 3)
    
    Dear Speaker, 
            I advice you to efficvely consider my opinion on 
    the following bill.  - The Citizen.  
    
                  Reciept Number   3223-345-01                 
                            Date   28/03/2001
    Citizen's Ration Card Number   67897899  
                  Citizenís Name   Prakash Mehta   
    
                  Proposal Number  2002-654   
                  Proposal Title  #COMM.00 -- Transfer of 
                                                    TeleCom to States
     
                  My vote         YES
    
    Clerkís name, number, sign  Suresh Pandya/67-092/S Pandya 
    
    Citizenís Thumb Print  
    


  5. A citizen, within the 60 day period can also change the vote anytime anyday after paying Rs 5 fee.

  6. For each Bill, for each Loksabha constituency, the Registrar will publish the statements on Web everyday or every week, showing entries of those citizens who have registered their YES/NO. The entries will be sorted by ration card number sand the reciept numbers.

    SAMPLE of the List that will be generated

    Proposal Number : 2002-878
    Proposal Title  : #COMM.00 -- Transfer of Telecommunication 
                                  Department to the State Govts
    
    Constituency Number : 124/542
    Constituency Name   : Rajkot - Gujarat
    
    Number of voters : 667,234
    
    Number of citizens who had Registered YES as of Yesterday  13,354   
    Number of citizens who had Registered NO  as of Yesterday   6,865
    Number of citizens who had Registered YES as of Today          10   
    Number of citizens who had Registered NO  as of Today           5
    Number of citizens who changed their  YES to NO                 2
    Number of citizens who changed their  NO  to YES                1
    
    Number of YESes as of Today  = 13354 - 2 + 10           =  12,362
    Number of   NOs as of Today  =  6865 - 1 +  5           =   6,869
    
    
    
    
    Citizens who Registered their Opinions as YES 
    
           Card No        Name             Reciept No  Previous Opinion
     1     2158112      Divan, Sudhir         21851        -
     2     2350222      Mehta, Vimal          58783        -  
     3     2885461      Jain, Bimal           40203        - 
     4     3156068      Patel, Suhas          13720        -
     5     3737486      Khan, Suhel           42995        NO
     6     4040625      Sai, Samir            36446        - 
     7     4514433      Shankar, P            56375        -
     8     4759652      Khan, Suleman         57412        NO
     9     5176682      Seth, Vineet          99653        -
    10     5311764      Singh, Jasvinder      19675        -
    
    
    
    
    Citizens who Registered their Opinions as NO 
    
           Card No        Name               Reciept No  Previous Opinion
     1     4020310      Khan, Akbar            14964        -
     2     4210275      Holkar, Babu           19675       YES
     3     4633510      Ramesh, P              42995        -
     4     5637330      Divakar, Sudhir        57412        -
     5     5652714      Patel, Navinchandra    74898        -
    
    


  7. Within 30 days after presenting the proposal, an MP may register his YES/NO on the proposal by visiting the speaker in his chamber. There will no general meeting. If a Councilor does NOT register his YES/NO, the Speaker will take it as a NO.

  8. On the 61st day, the Speaker will count votes as follows

    1. Say a constituency has 100,000 voters
    2. Say 25,000 (25%) has registered a YES
    3. Say 5,000 (5%) has registered a NO
    4. Then 30% citizen-voters have already registered their YES/NO, and thus the MLA has moral right to represent ONLY the remaining 70%. So the Councilor votes' weight will be only 70%. So
      • if the MLA votes YES, it will be 70% + 25% = 95% YES and 5% NO from that Constituency
      • if the MLA votes NO, it will be 25% YES and 70% + 5% = 75% NO from that Constituency
      • if the MLA DOES NOT vote, his vote will be taken as a NO and so it will 25% YES and 5% + 70% = 75% NO from that Constituency
    5. The Speaker of Loksabha will add the YES-fraction and NO-fraction of all the constituencies.


  9. If the YES-fraction exceeeds NO-fraction, then the Speaker will declare the Bill as passed.

Thus citizens an EFFECTIVELY participate in the law-making process. This will drastically increase nexuslessness in the law-making process, and no one can possibly have nexuses with millions of citizens. This will also reduce the value of Corporator and thus corruption in his profession. By all means, the #LM.03 increases the Democraticness in the law making process in the Parliament.



Relevent and Irrelevent FAQs on LM.01, LM.02 and LM.03

     For FAQs, please click here.

Draft for #LM.03

To enact the administrative procedure #LM.03 in the Parliament, a law needs to be passed in the Parliament. For the the EXACT Draft (Text) of the law, please click
here.



Letter To MP

To pressurize MPs to pass this law in Parliament, I request the reader to send them a letter. Click here for the letter.





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