CIC to hear 17 petitions demanding direction to stop all direct/indirect Govt. funding to political parties
The Central Information Commission is set to hear on June 20, a number of clubbed petitions of seventeen petitioners against six national political-parties, demanding that the Central and State Governments immediately stop all direct and indirect government-funding to political-parties as an interim measure.
The petitions allege that the political parties have been defying the full-bench CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013, which had ruled these to be under the Right to Information Act. They hence demand that various concerned departments of Central and State Governments be made a party to the case.
The petitioners further demand:
- Land-allotment at subsidized cost, free voters’ list, free Doordarshan & All India Radio, and all other government-provided free facilities to political parties may instantly be abolished. All other direct/indirect financing by Union and State Governments to political parties may immediately be stopped.
- No further government-accommodations may be allotted to any political party. Existing ones may be vacated 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 within Congress-party rendered its one time headquarters at 7 Jantar-Mantar Road (New Delhi) in a very bad condition. No more land at subsidized price may be provided in future.
- Union Government may abolish all Income Tax exemptions on contributions 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, by making these public through their website.
- Election Commission may de-recognize about 2000 non-serious political parties which might not have contested any election in the last three years.
- Election Commission may intervene for ensuring compliance of political parties with CIC-verdict by giving them time-bound ultimatum for de-recognition in case of their non-compliance with the said CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013.