The Chief Election Commissioner has written a letter to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju to make the political grants given to political parties fair and transparent for election expenses.
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The Chief Election Commissioner has written a letter to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju to make the political grants given to political parties fair and transparent for election expenses. The Chief Election Commissioner has said in the letter that it has been proposed to put a cap on the maximum limit of political grants received by political parties from anywhere at 20 percent or Rs 20 crore, whichever is less.
Donations should be made from 20 thousand to 2 thousand
The Chief Election Commissioner, in his letter, has also clarified his stand regarding the donations received by political parties for election expenses by any means. The Election Commission has also talked about reducing the amount of benami donations received from 20 thousand to 2 thousand. According to the commission, the amount of cash received in the total donation should be limited to a maximum of 20 percent or Rs 20 crore so that election donations can be freed from black money. It is worth noting that if this proposal of the Election Commission is implemented, then for this changes will have to be made in the RP Act. Sources gave this information on Monday.
There is a need to improve and transparency in the donation process
Let us tell you that sources related to the central government told in their information given on Monday that Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar has written a letter to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju recommending some amendments in the Representation of the People Act. Rajiv Kumar said that the purpose of the recommendations of the Election Commission is to improve and bring transparency in the system of donations received by political parties in any way.
284 parties were excluded from the list
Significantly, taking a big step so far from the Chief Election Commission for lack of transparency, 284 such parties were removed from the registered list, these were political parties which were not complying with the rules. Not only this, the Income Tax Department had also recently raided the offices of many such political parties on charges of tax evasion. According to government sources, according to the existing rules made by the commission, political parties have to pay more than 20 thousand rupees. All donations have to be disclosed and whenever called for, a report has to be made before the commission.
Separate bank account for election donations
Sources said that if this proposal of the Election Commission is approved by the Law Ministry, then all political parties will have to share information with the Election Commission about all donations received more than Rs 2000. It is clear that this will not only bring transparency in the election expenditure, but this step is also very important for political correctness. In fact, the Election Commission also wants that during the elections, every candidate should open a separate election expenditure bank account, in which all types of election related expenses are accounted for and the candidate should present this details of election expenses to the commission. .
First Published : 20 Sep 2022, 08:10:14 AM