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CIC to hear 17 petitioners against 6 political parties

Govts need be directed to stop all funding to political parties: Central Information Commission

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 25 2016 3:29PM | Updated Date: May 25 2016 3:32PM

CIC to hear 17 petitioners against 6 political parties

Central Information Commission has fixed date 20.06.2016 to hear a number of clubbed petitions of seventeen petitioners against six national political-parties. All these political-parties are unfortunately defying full-bench CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013 holding these to be under RTI Act for last about three years.

 
In this regard Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Guinness Record Holder & RTI Activist said that now Central Information Commission should also make various concerned departments of central and state governments a party to the case for ensuring immediate stopping of all direct and indirect government-funding to political-parties as an interim measure. 
 
He further said that land-allotment at subsidized cost, free voters’ list, free Doordarshan and All India Radio, and all other government-provided free facilities to political parties may be instantly abolished. All other direct/indirect financing by Union and state governments to political may be immediately stopped.
 
No further government-accommodations may be allotted to any political party. Existing ones may be got vacated say within three years and also buildings built by political parties on subsidized land provided by governments may be taken over by governments in case of division in the party, added Agarwal.
 
Adding more Agarwal said, “Union government may abolish all Income Tax exemptions on contribution made to and received by political parties. This will abolish indirect government-financing to political parties through tax-exemptions.”
 
“Political parties may be made to submit their complete fiscal details including incoming and outgoing funds to Election Commission for making these public through website,” he further said.