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8 disturbing signs that our elected representatives have forgotten us.

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8 things you should think about:

1. Under the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 the central or state government needs to give sanction for a court to take cognizance of an offence committed by a public servant. From what I see, state sponsored torture will seldom be prosecuted because the respective Government will never give permission.


2. Section 10 of the The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010 states that either a District Judge or a person who has held the position of a Joint Secretary for at least five years with special knowledge in nuclear liability can be appointed as the claims commissioner.  First of all, what happened to the separation of powers? How can two different spheres be qualified for the same post? Second of all, if  a bureaucrat is never kept in the same department for more than 2-3 years, how can he/she be an expert in that field?  


3. The State of Haryana passed 10 bills in one day (click here to see the report). How is that possible in a democracy? What happened to discussion and debate?


4. The Judicial accountability Bill states in one Section that Judges must not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed, religion, etc.  Is  a law required apart from the oath telling the judiciary how to give a ruling? Is this an indictment that Judges have discriminated on those grounds in the past?


5.  All revenues received by the Government by way of taxes like Income Tax, Central Excise, Customs and other receipts flowing to the Government in connection with the conduct of Government business i.e. Non-Tax Revenues are credited into the Consolidated Fund constituted under Article 266 (1) of the Constitution of India. However, no one can tell you whether this is just an entry or all this money is available in liquid!


6. Do you know where your money is going? Doesn't the population deserve to know in simple language where the money is going? The reports by the CAG are far too complex and time consuming for us to understand.


7. Remember the provident fund scam in the Ghaziabad courts running into crores? Well it could be happening even today across the nation cause there is no auditing of the provident fund for third and fourth-grade employees!


8.  Members of Parliament have stopped attending Parliament for days together (click here to see a report on the participation of our MPs). When the Parliament is funding their office, don't they have an obligation to attend Parliament? MPs who don't attend at least 75% of working days must be barred from contesting

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