Central Information Commission has fixed 20.06.2016 (4 pm) to hear a number of clubbed petitions of seventeen petitioners against six national political-parties. Since all these political-parties are unfortunately defying full-bench CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013 holding these to be under RTI Act for last about three years, Central Information Commission should also make various concerned departments of central and state governments a party to the case for ensuring immediate stopping of all direct and indirect government-funding to political-parties as an interim measure. Further land-allotment at subsidized cost, free voters’ list, free Doordarshan & All India Radio, and all other government-provided free facilities to political parties may be instantly abolished. All other direct/indirect financing by Union and state governments to political may be immediately stopped.
No further government-accommodations may be allotted to any political party. Existing ones may be got vacated say within three years. Buildings built by political parties on subsidized land provided by governments may be taken over by governments in case of division in the party. Divisions-after divisions in Congress-party left its one time headquarters at 7 Jantar-Mantar Road (New Delhi) in very bad condition. No more land at subsidized price may be provided in future.
Union government may abolish all Income Tax exemptions on contribution made to and received by political parties. This will abolish indirect government-financing to political parties through tax-exemptions. Extra revenue so generated for national-development/public-welfare-schemes is much more important than exemptions so enjoyed by political parties and to those contributing to them. Political parties may be made to submit their complete fiscal details including incoming and outgoing funds to Election Commission for making these public through website. Election Commission may de-recognize all about 2000 non-serious political parties which might not have contested any election in last say three years. Election Commission may intervene for making political parties complying with CIC-verdict by giving them time-bound ultimatum for their de-recognition in case of their not complying with the said CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013. Any other such measure as deemed fit by Central Information Commission for ensuring political parties accountable to public through RTI Act may be directed.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk
New Delhi-110006 (India)