|Here's an interesting piece of news. As per PRS legislative research, there are over 100 Bills that are pending approval of the Indian Parliament. Some of these are dated as far back as 1997. We have shared this statistic just to stress on the slow pace at which our government works. Therefore the policy inaction that has gripped our country is not surprising. Nevertheless do not for a minute assume that the government is lethargic.
It now seeks to fast track the passing of a crucial bill. This bill is neither populist nor reformist in nature. It seeks to protect politicians that have criminal charges against them. The Bill is essentially aimed at partially reversing a recent decision by the Supreme Court that politicians with criminal charges had to be expelled from their seats. If the apex court's decision were implemented, then nearly 30% of the politicians, across the centre and states, would have been dismissed. A large part of this group includes the supporters of the ruling government. No wonder then that the government has woken up to the need for passing a bill that would allow such politicians to continue taking part in parliamentary proceedings. However as per the provisions of the bill such people would not be allowed to vote. In essence the bill aims at allowing our country to remain in the hands of criminals. Given the tainted image that the international investor community has of India following the slew of scams, the government should be working hard at improving governance standards. But passing such ridiculous rules and bills only reinforces the tainted image.