Their legislative agenda hardly moving, several BJP MPs used the disrupted winter session to suggest ideas on governance Thursday. Some of them were novelties:
Disaster funds via mobile
Virendra Kumar: During zero hour, the Tikamgarh MP suggested using a fixed number to collect Re 1 from mobile users as part of a natural disaster fund. The country has around 70-80 crore mobile users. For every missed call to a number — he suggested 555555 — mobile companies can charge Re 1. “That money must have the people’s goodwill for those suffering,” he said, suggesting an option to donate more should anyone wish to. Some MPs joked he must have bee” “inspired” by the BJP’s “missed call membership” but his idea was generally received by a thumping of desks across parties.
Pvt tuition licence
Paresh Rawal: Bringing up problems affecting education, the actor-turned-MP asked the government to consider insisting on licences for private tuition and mushrooming coaching centres. To improve quality of government schools, hospitals and transport services, he proposed that government officials start using these. “But when will standards improve? Not even Rajnikant would know, let alone God,” he said.
Qualification & punishment
Satyapal Singh: The Satyapal MP suggested that punishment of a crime should be, suggested by Kautilya and Manu, according to the qualification, class and experience of the person who commits it. Pointing out that the system punishes those who steal Rs 1,000 as well as those who steal Rs 1,000 crore, he said, “It is like beating the sheep, buffalo or elephant that comes to your field with the same stick.”
Courts @ 365 days
Prahlad Joshi: He wanted the government to consider abolition of vacations in courts — “which have come to us from the colonial days” — and thus reduce the pendency of cases. In countries such as the US and France, he said, there is no provision of vacation in courts. He said judges can take leave when they need it without affecting the smooth functioning of the courts. The Justice Malimath Committee has recommended an increase of three weeks in the annual working days of the Supreme Court and high courts but, he said, it has not been implemented. Law Minister Sadananda Gowda said the suggestion was “well taken” but needs wider consultation.