Letter to Mr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

Mr. Manmohan Singh, PM of India

 I am working for the welfare of society and engaged in research on how to improve the livings of oppressed, deprived and poor citizen of India. I am providing some idea on this in this letter, and your thinking in direction of this would be highly appreciated.

 I see government is spending lot of money on Gramin Rozagaar Yozana or other welfare programs but in reality, this is not as impressive as it should be. This is only because of corruption in the distribution system. Mostly the government officials and brokers are getting benefited of such programs and it reaches to very few real people. So what is use of this extravaganza of expense until we don’t have honest system to dispense the programs? Therefore I am proposing to have some budget for good governance and decentralization of power at root level. Many politicians have thought about decentralization of power but its implementation is not as affective as we expect. I am proposing to think in line of having system at district level for improving the governance as it is currently having at states’ level. We can experiment with it in few districts and if it’s successful, later we can think of Tehsil and block level. Below I discuss, how it will work: 

  1. Formation of district level assembly at district similar to states level assembly. The district level assembly should work in same line of state assembly and will govern the resources of district. The state should not interfere with its functioning until it works against constitution and state could act like centre as it acts in case of states. This way there would be no need for splitting bigger state into smaller one but we can split larger districts into smaller one for the good governance.
  2. A district governor post should be created and it should be directly elected from votes at district level. The governor should have constitutional authority at district level as a CM has at state level. Each Gram Pradhan should be member of district assembly and district governor should have right to assign post of secretaries from the elected Gram Pradhans. He/she can choose any gram pradhan for this post irrespective of political affiliation. There should be created a compulsory corruption removal department to look over and punish the corrupt government officials and elected members who practices the corruption.
  3. Each secretary selected from gram pradhans for a department would have assistant secretary as head of that department and could be an IAS officer.  This could help in creation of more positions for IAS officers and results in employments for youth. All the departments’ officials should have same format as it’s operating currently. We can hire IAS officers as per the number of departments and district governor will have right to transfer or dismiss the IAS officer without involvement of state government. Useless IAS officers can be transferred to state by district governor.
  4. There could be a district level Lok-Pal who can monitor the functioning of district government and can have power to take action against district governor or secretaries (Gram Pradhans) on their wrong doings and recommend impeachment for district governor. Also, public should have right to recall any district level elected members if 51% of elected members’ constituents are not happy with functioning of an elected member.
  5. The general public, not in government and follows the law of land, should be treated superior than district governor and every elected member should give respect to the public and think public as their boss.
  6. All the elected members should be paid and treated as public servant. This will allow many educated young unemployed youth to get jobs as elected members and chance to serve the people of a district.
  7. This system will help public to get their grievances handled very quickly and in quality manner, and there will be no need to spend money on getting hold of MLA or MP to help them on their complaint or visit to state’s capital. The general public will be more capable to visit district than state’s capital. They can find their representative (Gram Pradhan) everyday near them right there in their village.  Gram Pradhan can raise the poor’s voice and complaints everyday in district assembly to be taken care by respective officials immediately.
  8. All other formats of government will work as is; expect the district government’s employees and district level decisions should be made by elected government at the district level. There would be need of budget for this but, if there is a will, there is way. Like, we spend too much on other governments programs without having good results, why not we could cut budget from them and divert to this novel and innovative idea.
  9. There should be no difference between the government employees such district governor, secretaries (Gram Pradhans), IAS/IPS officers, clerks or Lekhpals of an office in providing the government facilities except the division of constitutional authorities and salaries. The district governor, secretaries or IAS/IPS officers will work as office manager of a government organization and there is no need to provide the facilities that have filtered from British rule to enjoy lavish life king size. This will help us in avoiding those elements to enter in politics or government services who think it as status symbol or rulers and not a public servant. This will also cover in saving money to implement this scheme.

 Please write me at vinay_k_singh@hotmail.com for more details on district level constitution.

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