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A Doable Vision for the Sixteenth Lok Sabha

A Doable Vision for the Sixteenth Lok Sabha

The learned debates and decorum of the Constituent Assembly and of the first three Lok Sabhas convinced the world of the success in the adaptation of the western liberal model of democracy into a diverse sub-continent with the then largely unlettered population.  The success of the first three Lok Sabhas was due to accommodative politics [...]

How serious are we about the outcomes of MPLAD Scheme

How serious are we about the outcomes of MPLAD Scheme

Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) was initiated in 1993.  Such involvement in grassroots projects is a policy intervention which commits public money to benefit each parliamentary constituency through allocation and spending decisions mooted by their representatives in Parliament.  The elected Members of Lok Sabha can propose developmental works in their constituencies to [...]

Setting standards and salaries

Setting standards and salaries

Our Parliament, as the highest democratic public office, is expected to set standards for probity, accountability and transparency. The salaries and allowances of our MPs are regulated through the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act, 1952. It has been amended 28 times since its inception. The process involves a proposal by the Cabinet for the [...]

How to check defections

How to check defections

Since the coming into force of the Constitution (Fifty Second Amendment) Act, 1985 known as the anti-defection Act, our parliamentary institutions have successfully addressed the challenges emerging from various acts of defection. However, there is a need to test both the relevance and the adequacy of the existing provisions in the context of our democratic [...]