(A four page version of this chapter written for easy distribution is at http://rahulmehta.com/001.pdf . and Chap-3 of this book has more details on this proposed 3 line law. )
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1.1 So is this some joke?
The intellectuals of India have claimed that MNC-owners’ domination in India, poverty, corruption in police, nepotism in judges, corruption in education, Bangladeshi infiltration etc are so difficult problems, that it would take at least decades of Herculean efforts to reduce these problems. The intellectuals have categorically said that no six-month solution exists. And here comes Rahul Chimanbhai Mehta (myself), and boldly claims that a mere three line proposed Gazette Notification – can reduce MNC domination, poverty, corruption, nepotism, Bangladeshi problem etc and that too all within mere 4 months !!!
I call this proposed Gazette Notification as Transparent Complain Filing Procedure aka TCP for short. And I further boast that the proposed TCP-GN-draft (GN = Gazette Notification = order issued by Ministers) has no negative side effects, the proposed TCP-GN-draft is 100% Constitutional and in synch with all the existing laws. And it doesn’t need a legislation from MPsMLAs – a Gazette Notification will suffice as proposed TCP-GN-draft already come under existing powers of PM, CM etc. So now can such a short GN draft so powerful even exist? Most intellectuals of India have refused to accept that such a trivial short law-draft can reduce poverty, corruption etc even by 1%. Either these intellectuals are all wrong or I am a 200% liar and also a 400% insane joker. You, the reader, can decide, whether the intellectuals are wrong or I am a liar-cum-joker, before or after you decide to read this chapter and next 3 chapters, and have read the intellectuals’ rebuttals against my proposed TCP Gazette Notification draft. And I will add more to my claim – the 3 line TCP Gazette Notification that I have proposed will do lot more than reducing poverty and corruption in policecourtseducation. Within 4-8 months, TCP-GN will improve Military, ration card system (public distribution system) and ALL depts in Govt and will also bring down home prices !! And proposed TCP has no negative side effect. If these claims ever turn out to be true, it would be an extremely shameful event for all intellectuals of India.
So finally, what is this three line proposed TCP GN, and how can this TCP GN do these tasks and that too within mere 4-8 months?
And one more question comes : how do I propose to mobilize activists and citizens to “convince” PM to print TCP draft in the Gazette? On this, I make a much taller claim. If as small as200,000 anti-corruption pro-poor anti-MNC anti-Bangladeshi activists in India spend 6 hours a weekon the list of 30-40 tiny actionsI have mentioned in chap-13, then in less than a year, their actions will create a non-violent Ahmisamurti Mahatma Udham Singh centric mass-movement that will “convince” PM to print TCP-draft in the Gazette (Mahatma Udham Singh is central to RRP campaign, and is explained in detail in section-13.16). So the number of activist-hours needed as per my suggested list of activities is less than 5% of what most activist-leader demand.
1.2 What is a Gazette Notification?
One of the most important goal of my RTR Movement is to explain all activists and all citizens of India (1)what is Gazette Notification and (2)how easy but important it is to print a page in Gazette and thus bring change in Govt. (3)how using Udham Singh centric mass-movement, citizens can “convince” PM to print necessary drafts in the Gazette.
Once activists and citizens have information on Gazette Notification printing process, they will see that changing system is as easy as playing with toys.
Gazette Notification aka GN aka Rajpatra is a booklet published by Ministers of Central Govt and Ministers of State Govts every month or whenever needed. The Gazette contains orders given by Ministers to Dept Secretaries, District Collectors etc. (Below are two pages of a Gazette Notification shown as a sample example). The Gazette will have orders issued by Ministers and also orders issued by Dept Secretaries to implement orders issued by Ministers.
The Collectors etc will do as per what Ministers have written in the Gazette and not what Ministers say in press or public. Eg say Minister says in public, press and also in party manifesto that “every family will get 20 liters of kerosene”. But in the Gazette, the Minister prints “10 liters of kerosene”. Then the Collector will give only 10 liters. Because the Collector has to go by what Ministers print in the Gazette and not by press statements Ministers have made. If he disobeys Gazette, he may lose his job, may lose pension and may also face prison.
If you see the Government as a computer, then the Gazette is the executable code on which it works. If you see Govt officers as construction workers, then Gazette is the construction’s blue print.
So if activists want any change in Govt officer’s activities, they must first ask Ministers to print the proposed drafts in next month’s Gazette Notification. And the activists need not do anything else but demand print a page in the Gazette. When the proposed drafts come in Gazette, then and then only changes in Govt officers will come. If an activist-leader is talking about change in Govt without detailing Gazette Notification drafts needed, he is only wasting away citizens’ time and he may be doing so deliberately. So I request all activists to focus on the Gazette Notification drafts for the changes activist-leaders demands). Most activists leaders insist that their junior activists must not talk or know about Gazette Notifications. These activist leaders’ aim is to waste away time of junior activists.
Sadly very few junior activists in India know importance of these print-outs named as Gazette Notifications and one goal of mine is to ensure that maximal number of activists and citizens understand importance of GN. The goal goes against motives of activist-leaders and intellectuals. The activist-leaders and intellectuals want junior activists to know least about the entity called GN and its importance.
Picture-1.1 (a) Sample of Gazette Notifications. GN is order issued by Ministers etc to officers, and orders issued by officers based on Ministers’ orders.
Picture-1.1 (b) A Gazette Notifications’ scanned copy. GN is order issued by Ministers etc to officers, and orders issued by officers based on Ministers’ orders
1.3 The draft of proposed TCP Gazette Notification at National level
The proposed TCP (Transparent Complain Filing) GN (Gazette Notification) has only 3 clauses. Please note that 3rd clause is a mere declaration. So as such, the proposed TCP GN has only 2 operational clauses. I request all citizens of India to ask PM to print following in Gazette next month.
|1||Collector(or his clerk)||The President hereby orders Collector that : if a woman voter or dalit voter or senior citizen voter or poor voter or farmer voter or ANY citizen-voter in his district submits a Right to Information application or complaint against corruption or any affidavit to the Collector and requests to be put on the website of Prime Minister, the Collector or his designated clerk will issue a serial number and put that affidavit on the website of the Prime Minister for a fee of Rs 20 per page.|
|2||Talati, Patwari, Village Officer(or his clerk)||The President orders Patwari that: (2.1) if any citizen-voter comes with voter ID, and specifies Yes-No on an RTI application, complaint or any affidavit submitted in above cluase-1, the Patwari will enter his Yes-No on the PM’s website with his voter-ID and give a printed receipt for Rs 3 fee.(2.2) The Patwari will also allow citizen to change his Yes-No for Rs 3 fee.(2.3) The fee will be Re 1 for BPL card holder(2.4) The Collector may create system of sending SMS feedback to voters
(2.5) The Collector may create a system of taking finger-print and picture of the voter and putting it on the receipt.
(2.6) The PM may create a system where by citizens can register YES/NO via ATM using ATM-cards.
(2.7) PM may add means to enable citizens to register YES/NO via SMS
|3||[To all Citizens,
Officers, Ministers …]
|(3.1) This TCP GN is not a referendum procedure. The Yes-No count will not be a binding on PM, CMs, officers, judges etc. If over 37 crore women voters, dalit voters, senior citizen voters, poor voters, farmer voters or ANY 37 crore citizen-voters register Yes on a given affidavit, then the PM may or need not take necessary action on the affidavit ; may print it in Gazette or the PM may or need notresign. PM’s decision will be final.(3.2) Further, the Collector may design and propose a system to collect Yes-No in clause-2 over SMS, and implement after approval of PM.|
I summarize the TCP law-draft as
o If a citizen wants, then by visiting DC’s office, he can put an affidavit on PM’s website.
o If a citizen supports an affidavit filed, then by visiting Talati’s (Patwari etc) office, that citizen can register his support to that affidavit on PM’s website for a Rs 3/- fee or later via ATM/SMS
This 3 line proposed TCP law-draft can reduce poverty and corruption in 4 months !
Text version of the proposed TCP Gazette Notification drafts
Many activists etc have to post the draft on web, and the above tabular write-up is inconvenient. So here is text write-up for them.
The draft of proposed Transparent Complaint Filing Gazette Notification
1. [order to Collector (or his clerk)] The President hereby orders Collector that : if a woman voter or dalit voter or senior citizen voter or poor voter or farmer voter or ANY citizen-voter in his district submits a Right to Information application or complaint against corruption or any affidavit to the Collector and requests to be put on the website of Prime Minister, the Collector or his designated clerk will issue a serial number and put that affidavit on the website of the Prime Minister for a fee of Rs 20 per page.
2. [order to Talati, Patwari, Village Officer(or his clerk)] The President orders Patwari that :
(2.1) if a woman voter or a dalit voter or a senior citizen voter or a poor voter or a farmer voter or ANY citizen-voter comes with voter ID, and specifies Yes-No on an RTI application, complaint or any affidavit submitted in cluase-1, the Patwari will enter his Yes-No on the PM’s website with his voter-ID and give a printed receipt for Rs 3 fee.
(2.2) The Patwari will also allow citizen to change his Yes-No for Rs 3 fee.
(2.3) The fee will be Re 1 for BPL card holder
(2.4) The Collector may create a system of sending SMS feedback to the voter’
(2.5) The Collector may create a system of taking finger-print and picture of the voter and putting it on the receipt
(2.6) The PM may create a system where by citizens can register YES/NO via ATM using ATM-cards
(2.7) PM may add means to enable citizens to register YES/NO via SMS
3. [note to all Citizens, Officers, Ministers, judges]
(3.1) This TCP Gazette Notification is not a referendum procedure. The Yes-No count will not be a binding on PM, CMs, officers, judges etc. If over 37 crore women voters, dalit voters, senior citizen voters, poor voters, farmer voters or ANY 37 crore citizen-voters register Yes on a given affidavit, then the PM may or need not take necessary action on the RTI application affidavit ; or the PM may or need not resign. PM’s decision will be final.
(3.2) Further, the Collector may design and propose a system to collect Yes-No in clause-2 over secured SMS, and implement that system after approval of PM.
1.4 Do all citizens in India have internet to use this GN? And other questions
Question-1 : Do all citizens have internet to use this proposed TCP GN?
Answer : This is the most common wrong question I get on proposed TCP-GN. I call it wrong question, because the proposed GN does not at all require the citizens to have an internet connection to begin with. Whether the citizen has internet or not, he must visit the Collector’s office in person to submit his complaint or RTI application. And whether he has internet or not, he must visit Talati’s (Lekhpal, Patwari, Village Officer, VO) office in person to register YES on a complaint or affidavit. So internet is not at all required for a citizen to use this law-draft. And even if a person has internet, it would make no difference. So the law-draft can be used by all citizen-voters of India. If he has internet connection, he can read the affidavits with ease. But then so can someone without internet — he only needs to ask someone who has internet connection.
Question-2 : Wont elitemen purchase the votes?
Answer : Pls glance at clause-2.1. The clause-2.1 of proposed Gazette Notification TCP says that any citizen can register YES/NO and it will come on PM’s website and SMS. Now can an elitemen shell out Rs 100 cr and ask 1 cr citizens to register YES? Well, please also glance at clause-2.2. The citizen can change his YES/NO any day. So if an eliteman pays Rs 100 to crores of citizens to file YES , then the next day, nothing stops the citizens from asking for Rs 100 again and Rs 100 next to next day again, or threaten to change YES to NO. Now no eliteman can control crores citizens for even a week even with full army. If elitemen decide to pay Rs 100 every day to crores of citizens, they will run out of money. IOW, clause-2.2 ensures that approvals are unaffordable in TCP-GN.
Question-3 : What is the cost of TCP?
Answer : There are two parts – cost borne by private individuals and cost borne by the Government. Eg at the time voting in general elections, some cost is borne by candidates, some by the voter (eg expense to travel from home to booth to home) and some by Govt. As per election commission, the voting expense is about Rs 20 per voter, on an average. In TCP, the expense on Govt is zero, as the person pays Rs 3 fees to register his YES/NO. On one day, a clerk can register YES/NO of over 250 citizens, which will create collection of Rs 750 which is more than enough that pay his salary and all other expenses. So if all 75 crore voters register YES/NO by visit office of Talati, then costs citizens will need to bear will be Rs 225 crores. And when the system comes on SMS and ATM, the cost per YES/NO citizen has to pay reduces to few paise. So even if 75 crore citizens were to file YES using ATM or SMS, the costs will be below few crore rupees only. The cost on Govt is zero because citizen has to pay a small fee to file Yes/No.
Question-4 : why did I put words ‘may or need not’ and not use word such ‘will’ or ‘shall’ or ‘must’ in clause-3 of TCP?
1. Now as seen clearly, I have put words ‘may or need not’. And there is no hiding here. The words are in bold and there is later statement which makes it further clear ‘PM’s decision will be final’. Now if anyone proposes a new draft with word ‘must’ instead of ‘may or need not’ I will fully support it, but I will not spend time in defending constitutional validity of ‘must’. For that matter the original draft I had has the word ‘shall’ and too much time got wasted away in debating against those who said that “TCP was unconstitutional, because Constitution doesn’t allow PM to sign a notification makes citizens’ dictat a binding on him” !!
2. Say TCP-GN with word ‘shall’ is printed today, and say a proposal is filed and 40 crore citizens register YES on it. And say PM decides not to work on proposal. Then no law stops PM from canceling TCP next day. So all in word, ‘shall’ does not give extra insurance over the word ‘may or need not’.
3. And finally, the power of TCP does not increase even by 1% by converting ‘may’ into ‘shall’. If 40 crores out of 75 crore adult voters have registered YES and if PM refuses to address the proposal given under clause-1, then we are now talking about “People vs PM” case. And when we are talking of cases of “People vs PM” , the words in clauses don’t matter any way — it is only raw strength of force which matter. In such case, saying that PM will openly defy explicit opinion of 40 crore citizen shows gross over-estimation of PM’s basic strength and gross-underestimation citizens’ strength. If PM defies 40 crore citizens openly, then citizens will not sit idle, and even if 400 citizens decide to become Ahmisamurti, PM will leave India. So fear that “what if PM will disobey 40 crore citizens is unfounded. If PM is powerful, then MPs can ban the elections and become permanent MPs themselves. And that may happen, when citizens become very weak, and elite becomes too string. But thankfully, that is not the case today. Today, PM and MPs are not strong enough to defy 40 crore citizens.
4. So all in all, using the word ‘may’ does not reduce strength of the law by even 1%. And using word ‘shall’ will an opportunity to those who hate TCP to create a time-pass debate on constitutional invalidity. Putting word “shall” gives excuse to PM to delay by saying “let me ask experts and Supreme Court judges about its Constitutional validity” .
5. Nevertheless, as I said, I will support a draft with word “shall” instead of “may or need not”.
For more FAQs , pls see chap-3.
1.5 A one line summary of TCP
One line summary of TCP is : if a citizen wants, Collector’s clerk will put citizen’s complaint on the website of the Prime Minister for a fee.
The words “RTI application, complaints against corruption, any affidavit” only re-state the word complaint. And allowing citizen to file YES on complaints is only so that if 10000 citizens have same complaint then all 10000 need not go to Collector’s office and pay Rs 20 per page – only one person needs to go to Collector’s office and rest can submit same complaint by paying mere Rs 3 to local Talati or Patwari’s office. So clause-2 is a re-statement of clause-1.
1.6 More about clause-1 of TCP
The clause-1 of TCP reads as “The President hereby orders Collector that : if a woman voter or dalit voter or senior citizen voter or poor voter or farmer voter or ANY citizen-voter in his district submits a complaint ….“ – Why write woman voter, dalit voter, poor voter when just writing any voter would have sufficed? Because if anyone opposes clause-1, then an TCP supporter can rightly portray him as anti-woman, anti-dalit, anti-poor, anti-farmer etc . And a large number of activist leaders in India have specialized as saviors of women, dalits, tribal, poors etc. and these if these activist leaders oppose clause-1 of TCP, then pro-TCP supporter can label then as anti-woman, anti-dalit etc. This will enable TCP supporters to debate against them if and when needed.
1.7 Is that all?
Yes, that’s all about TCP. Nothing more. So now the question is : how can such a mere 3 line law-draft solve daunting problem of poverty? How can it solve equally tough problems like corruption in policemen/judges? And many problems as I claim?
1.8 So how does TCP GN reduce poverty within mere 4 months?
When I said that three line law-draft can reduce poverty, corruption and MNC-domination in 4 months, you must have taken it as a lie and a joke and I wont blame you. And now after reading these three lines, you must be more puzzled that how can such innocent looking three lines bring any change? After all, all TCP says is – let people put their complain on the website of Prime Minister if they want. What change can complaint posting alone can bring?
I will elaborate.
The day PM prints this TCP clauses in Gazette, I or someone else will submit about 200 affidavits. The drafts of all these affidavits are on my website rahulmehta.com and drafts and brief description of some of the affidavits is given in this manifesto. The first affidavit is what I call as MRCM – Mineral Royalties for Citizens and Military.
MRCM is a 7-8 page proposed Gazette Notification listed in chap-5 titled as “Mineral Royalties for Citizens”. The MRCM draft creates an administrative system by which each citizen of India directly gets mineral royalties and land rents from GoI plots. E.g. Say in jan-2013, the mineral royalties and land rent from GoI plots was Rs 60000 cr. Then as per the proposed MRCM law-draft, Rs 20000 cr will go towards Military. And from rest Rs 40000 cr, each citizen will get about Rs 400 deposited in his local post office account orlocal SBI account. Is distributing cash to 75 cr citizen-voters too complicated? No, it is not. If each of the adult citizen of India visits bank or post office once a month to withdraw the cash, only about 100,000 clerks will be needed. Is 100,000 clerk a too big a number? No. Existing SBI has staff of over 300,000 and all PSU banks together have staff of over 600,000. So the staff needed to support MRCM-draft is not very large. The proposed MRCM Gazette Notification has Right to Recall Chief Officer built into it to ensure least corruption. Each and every detail is given the 7-8 page draft mentioned later in chapter-5.
Now I will ask some questions to the reader. Please read rest of the chapter only after answering these question as they come. Background information for the questions is as follows :
1. Say activists and citizens have already forced PM to print TCP draft in Gazette
2. Say someone submitted MRCM affidavit which says that mineral royalties and land rent should directly go to citizens
3. Now in a later chapter, I have explained how 75 crores citizens of India will come to know about the proposed MRCM affidavit within one month.
4. Of the 75 crore adult citizens of India, for the purpose of this question, please consider the economically bottom 80% i.e. economically bottom 55 crore adult citizens of India, who barely make Rs 50 per day
My first question to you the reader is : how many crores citizens of these 55 crore citizen-voters who barely make Rs 50 per day will say – “I do not want this Rs 400 per person per monthor whatever may be the amount and let this money remain in GoI account”?
Please read further ONLY after answering the above question. I will re-ask the question : How many of these 55 crore citizen-voters who barely make Rs 50 per day will say – I do not want this Rs 400 per person per month or whatever may be the amount and let this money go into GoI account?
My answer is – less than 2% will say that he does not want this Rs 400 per person per month. So most of the citizens in bottom 55 crores of the 75 crore adult citizens will have one main thought –