Do you see the future of India in Clean, Honest and Alternative Politics ?
WhatsApp us to Connect and Contribute!
Subscribe to ‘ Voice of Swaraj’ , our WhatsApp channel and get updates on Swaraj India’s effort to make Clean, Honest and Alternative Politics a reality!!
Unsubscribe: If you wish to terminate the service, send 'Stop' via Whatsapp and we will stop sending you stories within 24-48 hours.
Disclaimer: By subscribing to this free service, you indemnify Swaraj India from any damages that may occur via this service. Swaraj India will not be held liable for any adverse impact that this service may lead to.
Contact: In case you have any queries, please email us at contact@swarajindia.org. Due to the large number of emails received, we may not be able to reply to every query sent, but we shall certainly look into the urgent & important ones.

About Us


 

The Party:


Swaraj India is a Political Party with a mission to usher in probity, transparency, and accountability in electoral politics. Swaraj India was founded on 2nd October 2016.

Today, the founding values of our republic are under threat. Democracy, Diversity and Dialogue is under attack, ironically by the ones who are entrusted to safeguard these values. The very idea of India is under a challenge. Sadly, there is no political force that has the vision and the will to take on this challenge. Swaraj India has taken up the challenge to fill up this vacuum.

 

What is different about the Party?

  • In a world where political parties are today being run by stale ideologies of the past, dangerous and divisive policies or purely on the basis of ad hoc populism, SWARAJ INDIA stands for a vision of 21st century India, contained in a document named Swaraj Darshan.
  • At a time when political parties are afflicted by the malaise of Personality Cult and centralization of power, SWARAJ INDIA has decided that the Party shall be governed by collective leadership through an organizational model of "Presidium" as the highest decision-making body.
  • At a time when all national parties are governed by Delhi durbar, the Constitution of SWARAJ INDIA has with deliberate care created a federal structure for decentralized decision making, where the state units and districts units will have adequate say and authority.
  • SWARAJ INDIA has decided that there will be freedom of expression within the Party at all levels and dissent will be accorded respect and space.
  • SWARAJ INDIA has decided to voluntarily come under the RTI act and has announced a Public Information Officer to that effect. This is unique in the backdrop of continuous resistance from all political parties in India to come under the purview of RTI act.
  • SWARAJ INDIA has decided that its candidate selection process will be one step forward in use of transparent and innovative methods based on participatory mechanisms such as primaries, the decision of members.
  • SWARAJ INDIA has decided that apart from motions that can cause to the fall of a government, the legislators of the Party will not be subject to "whip". This arises out of conviction and belief that parliament and assemblies should allow pure debate, discussion and dissent in the true spirit of democracy and freedom of speech.

Our Objectives:


  • The Party aims to attain Swaraj for and within our country, our society, our globe and ourselves.
  • For us, Swaraj is rule of the self and rule over one’s self, freedom from all forms of Dominance and freedom for self-realization at every level of human life, so that we have:
    • Democratic governance that is transparent, accountable, participatory and de- centralized
    • Sustainable economic development that encourages human enterprise and ensures well-being for all
    • Just society that achieves true harmony across divisions of gender, caste, class, race and religion, etc. based on equality
    • Education, knowledge and culture that fosters human understanding, enriches diverse cultural heritage of humankind and promotes quest for truth
    • Global peace involving harmonious existence among nations and states, humans, other living beings and nature and
    • Human happiness that comes from individual liberty, freedom of thought and autonomy in ideas and deep self-awareness and self-transformation
  • In order to realize this ideal, the Party seeks to intervene in democratic politics and governance by:
    • Taking part in elections by putting up candidates, declaring manifesto and forming a government to give effect to the manifesto
    • Using legitimate constitutional means to launch agitations, struggles and movements; Carrying out constructive work
    • Evolving new ideas, policies and models and
    • Training citizens to imbibe values of Swaraj.
  • In order to ensure that there is no gap between the principles and practices of the Party, it would strive for:
    • Transparency and accountability in its functioning
    • Participatory democracy wherein the voice of every member is respected
    • Democratic decision making that respects the voice of dissent
    • Collective leadership that avoids personality cult of any kind
    • Decentralization of power, so that higher levels of organizations take only those
    • decisions that cannot be taken at grassroots levels
    • Social diversity, giving due representation to marginal and disadvantaged social
    • groups and
    • Truthfulness and upholding highest standards of integrity in public life
  • The Party will not in any manner promote or instigate or participate in violence.
  • The Party shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy and would uphold the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.

Swaraj Darshan (Our Vision):


Vision Swaraj(English):



 

Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF SWARAJ INDIA

[ As adopted in Founding Convention, 2nd October 2016, Delhi ]
ARTICLE I: NAME OF THE PARTY

The name of the Party will be SWARAJ INDIA (hereinafter referred to as “the Party”).

ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES OF THE PARTY
[ A.] The Party aims to attain Swaraj for and within our country, our society, our globe and our selves.
[ B.] For us Swaraj is rule of the self and rule over one’s self, freedom from all forms of dominance and freedom for self-realization at every level of human life, so that we have:
  • (a) Democratic governance that is transparent, accountable, participatory and de-centered;
  • (b) Sustainable economic development that encourages human enterprise and ensures well- being for all;
  • (c) Just society that achieves true harmony across divisions of gender, caste, class, race and religion, etc. based on equality;
  • (d) Education, knowledge and culture that fosters human understanding, enriches diverse cultural heritage of humankind and promotes quest for truth;
  • (e) Global peace involving harmonious existence among nations and states, humans, other living beings and nature; and
  • (f) Human happiness that comes from individual liberty, freedom of thought and autonomy in ideas and deep self-awareness and self-transformation.
[C.] In order to realize this ideal, the Party seeks to intervene in democratic politics and governance by:
  • (a) Taking part in elections by putting up candidates, declaring manifesto and forming government to give effect to the manifesto;
  • (b) Using legitimate constitutional means to launch agitations, struggles and movements;
  • (c) Carrying out constructive work;
  • (d) Evolving new ideas, policies and models; and
  • (e) Training citizens to imbibe values of Swaraj.
[D.] In order to ensure that there is no gap between the principles and practices of the Party, it would strive for:
  • (a) Transparency and accountability in its functioning;
  • (b) Participatory democracy wherein the voice of every member is respected;
  • (c) Democratic decision making that respects the voice of dissent;
  • (d) Collective leadership that avoids personality cult of any kind;
  • (e) Decentralization of power, so that higher levels of organizations take only those decisions that cannot be taken at grassroots levels;
  • (f) Social diversity, giving due representation to marginal and disadvantaged social groups;and
  • (g) Truthfulness and upholding highest standards of integrity in public life
[E.] The Party will not in any manner promote or instigate or participate in violence.
[F.] The Party shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy and would uphold the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP OF THE PARTY
[A.] ELIGIBILITY

Membership of the Party, subject to other clauses of this Article, is open to any Indian without discrimination as to age, caste, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation, who agrees with its objectives and principles and who:

  • (a) is a citizen of India and has attained the age of 18 years;
  • (b) is not a member of any other political party registered with the Election Commission of India;
  • (c) is not a member of or associated with any organization whose views, objectives, policies or actions are inconsistent with the underlying objective and founding principles of the Party;
  • (d) has not been convicted by a competent court of any criminal offense punishable by more than 5 years in prison or of any financial misappropriation; and
  • (e) whose membership is not considered detrimental to the best interests of the party.
[B.] MEMBERSHIP PROCESS
  • (a) An eligible individual will, on submission of an application, membership dues, and declaration as may be prescribed from time to time for such membership, become a member of the Party unless rejected by the Unit/Executive functioning in the area in which he or she applies. Applications should be submitted to the local unit operating in the area where the applicant ordinarily resides, as prescribed.
  • (b) The Unit/Executive receiving the application shall scrutinize the same, and publicize the applicant's name, inviting feedback from members of the public for a period of at least one week. The Unit/Executive may also adopt other means to verify the character and credentials of the applicant. Provided that the application shall be deemed to be accepted if not denied or rejected within a period of two calendar months from the date of application. Provided further that the National Executive may freeze the processing of new membership applications for a period of time, whether for the purpose of conducting elections or for any other reason, and such periods shall be not be counted towards the two month period mentioned in the previous proviso.
  • (c) If a membership application is denied by the local Unit/Executive, it may be appealed to the next higher Executive of the Party. The next higher Executive may, if it deems fit, appoint one or more of its members to decide such cases.
  • (d) A final appeal against the decision of the next higher Executive shall lie with concerned State Executive in cases where the denial and first appeal have both been adjudicated by a Unit/Executive subordinate to it.
[C.] TERM

The term of membership, subject to renewal, termination or resignation, will be 2 years. Provided that for the purpose of this clause, a year will be taken as the period commencing from 1st of April of a calendar year to the 31st of March of the succeeding year. Provided, further that for the first year of membership, a year will be taken as the period commencing from the date of membership up to the following 31st of March. Provided, further that the Party will send a reminder to all members whose membership is due for renewal. Members will have a grace period of three months to renew their membership in cases where such reminder was sent, failing which their membership will lapse. However, in case no reminder has been sent, the grace period will be 6 months.

[D.] CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIPM.

A person will cease to be a member of the Party in the following events:

  • (a) Death
  • (b) Resignation
  • (c) Termination
  • (d) Non-renewal of the Membership during grace period
  • (e) Applying for or accepting the membership of any other political party
[E.] TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

A person’s membership will stand terminated if

  • (a) a reasoned or speaking order to the effect is passed by a competent Disciplinary Committee of the Party. Provided that no such finding may be recorded without providing a reasonable opportunity to respond including an opportunity of personal hearing to the person,
  • (b) he/she is convicted by a competent court of a criminal offense punishable by more than 5 years in prison or of any financial misappropriation. Provided that on appeal if the Party Lokpal decides that the charge and conviction is not of a kind that should debar that person from public life, the termination shall be reversed.
[F.] SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP
  • (a) A person’s membership may be suspended by a competent Disciplinary Committee of the Party on the basis of prima facie findings in disciplinary proceedings as per the provisions of this Constitution.
  • (b) A District or State Executive or the National Executive or the Party Presidium may suspend a person's membership, provided that a complaint specifying the grounds for such action is submitted to the competent Disciplinary Committee immediately thereafter. The Disciplinary Committee may on the basis of prima facie findings, either vacate the provisional suspension order or confirm it. Provided that the suspension order shall be deemed to be automatically vacated if the Disciplinary Committee fails to pass any order on the matter within 1 month of the passing of the original suspension order.
ARTICLE IV: ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
[A.] ORGANS OF THE PARTY
  • (a) The Party will be structured at the National, State, District and Block levels with organs at respective levels being,
  • (i) Block Level: Block Unit
  • (ii) District Level: District Executive
  • (iii) State Level:State Council,State Executive
  • (iv) National Level:National Council,National Executive,National Executive,Party Presidium
  • (b) The National Executive of the Party in consultation with respective State Executives may sub-divide a state into two or more regions for functional or administrative convenience by constituting regional Councils and Executives for each such regions of the state. The provisions of this Constitution applicable to state level Councils and Executives will apply to such regional organs, mutatis mutandis.
  • (c) The Party’s organs may be organized at Taluka, Tehsil, Mandal, Assembly Constituency, or other administrative level below District level suitable for that state instead of at the Block level as deemed fit by the concerned State Executive. Powers and functions of such units will be identical to those specified for Block units in this Constitution and all references to Block Units in this Constitution shall be deemed to include such Taluka, Tehsil, Mandal, Block or other sub-district level defined as equivalent to Block level by that State Executive.
  • (d) State Executives may create separate units of the Party for Towns, Cities, Cantonment Areas, Metropolitan Areas, Panchayats, City Wards, Rural or Non-Metropolitan parts of Districts, and on any other basis as deemed fit by that State Executive. State Executives may similarly create units at intermediate levels as defined by that State Executive between State level and District level, between District level and Block level, and below Block level for functional or administrative convenience in that state. The composition, hierarchy, powers and functions of such urban and intermediate level bodies shall be as specified by the concerned State Executive. However, if any such units are proposed to be constituted in substitution of rather than in addition to District level units of the Party as specified in this Constitution, they will be constituted only on the basis of direct election by Party members in that region. Further, any such substitution shall require ratification by the National Executive.
  • (e) State Executives will exercise their powers to restructure Party Organs below state level under the direction and superintendence of the National Executive.
  • (f) Areas of District Units will ordinarily be the same as those of respective Administrative Revenue Districts in the State. Areas of State Units of the Party will conform to the States and Union Territories mentioned in the Constitution of India. If a state has been subdivided into Regions, boundaries of each Region will be as prescribed by the National Executive.
[ B.] BLOCK LEVEL: Block Unit
  • (a) The Block Unit will be the General Body of all members of that Unit. It will:
  • (i) deliberate and decide on any issue or action program to further the objectives of the Party,
  • (ii) scrutinize applications for membership where it deems necessary,
  • (iii) elect 1 President and 1 General Secretary (of which at least one must be a woman) in Blocks with not less than 50 members by consensus, failing which, it will be done through elections; the President and General Secretary will be available to work for the Party on a regular basis,
  • (iv) form such teams as required and assign them such work as deemed fit, (v) reconstitute any team or committee,
  • (vi) recall President or General Secretary,
  • (vii) perform such tasks as assigned to it by the District unit from time to time for the purposes of the Party,
  • (viii) If there are not less one hundred members in a block unit, an Executive will be elected for that Block whose structure, powers and functions will be, as far as may be on the lines of District Executives.
[C.] DISTRICT LEVEL
  • (a) District Executive:
  • (i) There will be elected a District Executive by all the members of that district, if the number of such members is not less than hundred.
  • (ii) The District Executive will comprise of 10 members, which shall include at least 3 women and 1 student/youth (up to 35 years of age). Provided that if an insufficient number of nominations for election are filed by women or youth, the corresponding seat will be kept vacant. Such vacant seats will be filled through bye-elections to be held at such time and in such manner as prescribed. Provided, further that if an elected District Executive member's or elected State Council Delegate’s seat becomes vacant due to death, resignation, recall or any other reason, the same shall be filled through bye-elections within a period of 6 months in such manner as prescribed.
  • (iii) The members referred to in sub-clause (ii) above will elect one person as the District President.
  • (iv) If the President, General Secretary or Executive member of any Block Unit is elected to the District Executive, he/she will resign from the position of President, General Secretary or Block Executive member as the case may be, immediately.
  • (v) The District Executive may co-opt persons who are eminent individuals, experts from such fields as the National Executive deems fit, or members of disadvantaged or under-represented social groups, such as Women, Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC/OBC), Persons with Disability (PwD), and religious or linguistic minorities, if there is inadequate representation of such groups. The total number of co-opted members shall not exceed 25% of the elected strength of the District Executive at the time of co-option.
  • (vi) Subject to the limitation of sub-clause (iii) of this clause, co-opted members will have all the rights of elected members of the District Executive.
  • (vii) The District Executive may invite anyone from within or outside the Party to attend its meetings as a ‘Special Invitee’ for one or more meetings. Such Special Invitees may participate in discussions but will not enjoy any voting rights.
  • (viii) Subject to prior approval of the concerned State Executive, a District Executive may constitute a separate unit for any Village/s, Municipal Ward, or other delineated area below block level. Provisions for Block level units will apply to such units mutatis mutandis.
  • (b) Powers and Functions of District Executive

The District Executive will

  • (i) form as many teams as are required to carry out the objectives of the Party,
  • (ii) elect a General Secretary and a Treasurer for the District,
  • (iii) appoint one or more Party members from the District as Spokespersons authorized to communicate the official Party position on any subject to the public and media; Spokespersons who are not themselves members of the District Executive shall be invited to attend all District Executive meetings as ‘special invitees’,
  • (iv) appoint one or more Party members from the District as electronic media panelists authorized to represent the Party in media debates and discussions,
  • (v) appoint one or more Party members from the District to any District level designation or post and assign them suitable responsibilities as may be deemed suitable for the purposes of the Party,
  • (vi) monitor and supervise the activities of functionaries of the Party in that District,
  • (vii) undertake all such activities as are needed to meet the objectives of the Party in that District,
  • (viii) undertake activities related to public issues affecting that District,
  • (ix) maintain the Register of Members of the Party of that District in such manner as may be prescribed,
  • (x) maintain accounts of District Level Finances,
  • (xi) form a District Grievance Redress Committee for settling internal grievances and disputes of Party members in that District,
  • (xii) form a District Disciplinary Committee headed by a person with legal/administrative background who is not a member of any Executive in the Party,
  • (xiii) constitute and reconstitute any team or committee,
  • (xiv) recall District President by an absolute majority of elected members, and District General Secretary and Treasurer by an absolute majority of all members
[D.] STATE LEVEL (This will apply to Union territories also):
[a] State Council:
[b.] Functions and Powers of the State Council:
[c.] State Executive:

Each State Executive will organize and coordinate the activities of the Party at the State Level.

[d] Powers and Functions of the National Executive:
The National Executive will:
[e] Party Presidium:

[ F.] NRI LEVEL

[G]TERM OF MEMBERSHIP OF COUNCILS AND EXECUTIVES

  • A State Council will be convened in each state or Union Territory where elected District Executives are present in one-third or more Districts, consisting of –
  • (i) Delegates not exceeding one hundredth the number of Party members in that state, or half the strength of the state assembly, whichever is lower, to be apportioned to Districts in proportion to their respective membership strength. Provided, that any fractional number so obtained must be rounded downwards.
  • (ii) Additional District Delegates equal to half the strength of the state assembly to be apportioned equally to all the Districts provided, –
  • (a) any fractional number must be rounded upwards for as many districts as required to take the numbers of delegates to half the assembly strength, in decreasing order of the number of assembly seats in that district, and rounded downwards for all the remaining districts; and
  • (b) each district would be required to have at least 50 members for every delegate of its apportioned strength that it nominates under this sub-clause; the seats falling short will be kept vacant till this condition is met.
  • (iii) The delegates mentioned in sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of this clause will be nominated by the concerned District Executive in all Districts with elected District Executives.
  • (iv) Membership strength of each District and state as on the 1st of July of every year,
  • certified as such by the National Executive will be used under this section to decide district wise delegate strength for the period lasting till 1st of July of the next year.
  • (v) Additionally, the State Executive may nominate up to 2 District Delegates from each
  • District without elected District Executives to the State Council.
  • (vi) The State Council may co-opt a maximum of 25% of its non co-opted strength at the time of co-option from among the following:
  • (a) experts from such fields as the National Executive deems fit,
  • (b) eminent individuals from any field in the country,
  • (c) members of disadvantaged or under-represented social groups, such as Women, SC, ST, SEBC/OBC, Persons with Disability (PwD) and religious or linguistic minorities, if there is inadequate representation of such groups.
  • (i) The State Council will elect the State Executive from among Party members in that State.Provided that if a State Council has not been constituted for a State in which the number of Party members is not less than ten times the number of parliamentary constituencies in that state, and in any case not less than 100, a State Executive of 20 members may be elected directly by all Party members of that state, subject to the prior consent of the National Executive, in such manner and for such period till a State Council is convened, as prescribed.
  • (ii) The State Council will have the power to recall the members of the State Executive.
  • (iii) It will decide the stand and policy of the Party on issues concerning that state in such manner as may be prescribed
  • (i) The State Executive will consist of not less than 15 and not more than 35 members elected by the State Council, of which at least one fourth shall be women, and one tenth shall be students/youth (18 to 35 years of age). Provided that if an insufficient number of nominations for election are filed by women or youth, the corresponding seat will be kept vacant. Provided further that the National Executive may in consultation with respective State Executives additionally fix the number or proportion of seats mentioned in this clause to be reserved in each State Executive for candidates belonging to members of disadvantaged or under-represented social groups, such as SC, ST, SEBC/OBC, Persons with Disability (PwD) and religious or linguistic minorities
  • (ii) In addition to the above, District Presidents, or their respective nominees will be ex- officio members of State Executives with all the rights of elected members of the State Executive. Provided, that ex-officio members may not serve as state level office bearers.
  • (iii) The members referred to in sub-clauses (i) and (ii) above will elect one person as the State President.
  • (iv) If the President, General Secretary or Executive member of any lower level unit of the Party is elected to the State Executive, he/she will resign from the position of President, General Secretary or lower level Executive member as the case may be, immediately. Provided, that this provision is not applicable to District Presidents or their nominees, who are ex-officio members of the State Executive.
  • (v) The State Executive may co-opt persons who are eminent individuals, experts from such fields as the National Executive deems fit, or members of disadvantaged or under-represented social groups, such as Women, SC, ST, SEBC/OBC, Persons with Disability (PwD) and religious or linguistic minorities, if there is inadequate representation of such groups. The total number of co-opted members shall not exceed 25% of the elected strength of the State Executive at the time of co-option.
  • (vi) Subject to the limitation of sub-clause (iii) of this clause, co-opted members will have all the rights of elected members of the State Executive.
  • (vii) The State Executive may invite anyone from within or outside the Party to attend its meetings as a ‘Special Invitee’ for one or more meetings. However, Special Invitees will not enjoy any voting rights.
  • (i) form as many teams as are required to carry out the objectives of the Party,
  • (ii) elect the National General Secretary and National Treasurer,
  • (iii) appoint one or more Party members as Spokespersons authorized to communicate the official Party position on any subject to the public and media, spokespersons who are not themselves members of the National Executive shall be invited to attend all National Executive and National Council meetings as ‘special invitees’,
  • (iv) appoint one or more Party members as electronic media panelists authorized to represent the Party in media debates and discussions,
  • (v) appoint one or more Party members to any National level designation or post and assign them such responsibilities as may be deemed suitable for the purposes of the Party,
  • (vi) monitor and supervise the activities of Party functionaries at various levels in the country,
  • (vii) undertake all such activities as are needed to meet the objectives of the Party in the country,
  • (viii) undertake various activities related to public issues,
  • (ix) maintain and keep accounts of National Level Finances,
  • (x) form the National Grievance Redress Committee for settling internal grievances and disputes of Party members,
  • (xii) reconstitute any team or committee,
  • (xiii) recall National President with an absolute majority of elected and ex-officio members and National General Secretary or Treasurer by an absolute majority of all members,
  • (xiv) make rules and regulations under this Constitution,
  • (xv) constitute and reconstitute an Party Presidium consisting of President, General Secretary, Treasurer and 7 to 17 other Party members. The Party Presidium shall serve at the pleasure of the National Executive for a period not exceeding one year at a time, subject to reappointment.
  • (i) The Party Presidium will discharge all powers and functions of the National Executive, except those specifically retained by the National Executive with itself, in between two National Executive meetings.
  • (ii) All decisions of the Party Presidium shall be reported to the National Executive at the next regular meeting and will be voided unless ratified by the National Executive at this meeting.
  • (iii) The National President, General Secretary and Treasurer are expected to discharge all of their powers and duties in consultation with the Party Presidium in the spirit of collective leadership.
  • (a) The National Executive shall formulate rules to create Party units for Non-Resident Indians, specifying their composition, powers and functions respectively.
  • (b) The National Executive may if it finds fit specify representation levels for Non- Resident Indians within State and National organs of the Party, including the numbers of such representatives and their mode of election.
  • (a) The Party will hold periodic election to all positions of office bearers and organs.The term of office of every Council and Executive member shall be two calendar years, subject to maintaining the currency of their Party membership.
  • (b) No individual may continue as office bearer in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.

Organisation

Presidium Members


Yogendra Yadav

Yogendra Yadav

President

Ajit Jha.jpg

Ajit Jha

Secretary

Ahmed Faheem Khan

Ahmed Faheem Khan

Treasurer

Anupam Singh

Anupam Singh

Adil Mohammed

Adil Mohammed

Avik Saha.jpg

Avik Saha

Christina Samy.jpg

Christina Samy

Lalit Babar.jpg

Lalit Babar

P. S. Sharda.jpg

P. S. Sharda

Rajeev Dhyani.jpg

Rajeev Dhyani

Rajeev Godara.jpg

Rajeev Godara

Savita Shinde.jpg

Savita Shinde

Shalini Malviya.jpg

Shalini Malviya

Somnath Tripathi.jpg

Somnath Tripathi

Subhash Lomte.jpg

Subhash Lomte

V S Purushottam.jpg

V S Purushottam

Girish Nandgaonkar.jpg

Girish Nandgaonkar

Permanent invitees to the Swaraj India Presidium



Akhilendra Pratap Singh

Devanoor Mahadeva

Falguni Patadia

National Executive Members



Adil Mohammad

Ahmed Faheem Khan

Ajit Jha

Anand Kumar

Anjana Sharma

Anupam

Asna Nausheen

Avik Saha

Awdhesh Katiyar

Bimal Kumar Bose

Capt. Narayan Dass

Chaya Ratan

Christina Samy

Devnath Devan

Falguni Patadia

Girish Nandgaonkar

K P Singh

Kuldeep Saxena

Lalit Babar

M P Singh

Maanik Mahna

Manish Kumar

Manohar Elavarthi

Neeraj Kumar

Nirmalendu Verma

Nirupma Singh

Prabha Shankar Sharda

Pushpa S

Rajeev Dhayani

Rajeev Godara

Ramzan Chaudhary

Savita Balkrushna Shinde

Shalini Malviya

Shruti Sharma

Somnath Tripathi

Subhash Lomte

V S Purushottam

Vinita Chandra

Yogendra Yadav

B Ramakrishnam Raju

Ganga Sahay Meena

Dilip

National Office Bearers


Designation Name Specific Responsibilities
President Prof. Yogendra Yadav
General Secretary Prof. Ajit Jha
Treasurer Mr. Ahmad Faheem Khan
Vice President Mr.Lalit Babar
  • Movement outreach
  • Dalit, Adivasi, Nomadic Tribes,
  • Women  
Vice President Mr. Purushottam
  • Organization (Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Puducheri,  Maharashtra, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep)
  • Strategic Programs
Vice President Mr. Rajeev Godara
  • Organization (J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh)
  • Legal and constitutional compliance
  • Youth
Vice President Ms. Savita Shinde
  • Farmers issues
Vice President Ms. Shalini Malviya 
  • National Social Media Campaigns
Vice President Prof. Somnath Tripathi
  • Organization (Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha: and North East)
  • Farmers
Vice President Mr. Subhash Lomte
  • Movement outreach
  • Agriculture and un-organized sector workers
Vice President Mr. Rajeev Dhyani
  • National Secretariat
  • Organization (Haryana, Madhya  Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujrat, Daman & Diu)

Presidium Members

Yogendra Yadav

Yogendra Yadav

President

Ajit Jha.jpg

Ajit Jha

Secretary

Ahmed Faheem Khan

Ahmed Faheem Khan

Treasurer

Anupam Singh

Anupam Singh

Adil Mohammed

Adil Mohammed

Avik Saha.jpg

Avik Saha

Christina Samy.jpg

Christina Samy

Lalit Babar.jpg

Lalit Babar

P. S. Sharda.jpg

P. S. Sharda

Rajeev Dhyani.jpg

Rajeev Dhyani

Rajeev Godara.jpg

Rajeev Godara

Savita Shinde.jpg

Savita Shinde

Shalini Malviya.jpg

Shalini Malviya

Somnath Tripathi.jpg

Somnath Tripathi

Subhash Lomte.jpg

Subhash Lomte

V S Purushottam.jpg

V S Purushottam

Girish Nandgaonkar.jpg

Girish Nandgaonkar

Permanent invitees to the Swaraj India Presidium



Akhilendra Pratap Singh

Devanoor Mahadeva

Falguni Patadia


 

National Executive Members

Adil Mohammad

Ahmed Faheem Khan

Ajit Jha

Anand Kumar

Anjana Sharma

Anupam

Asna Nausheen

Avik Saha

Awdhesh Katiyar

Bimal Kumar Bose

Capt. Narayan Dass

Chaya Ratan

Christina Samy

Devnath Devan

Falguni Patadia

Girish Nandgaonkar

K P Singh

Kuldeep Saxena

Lalit Babar

M P Singh

Maanik Mahna

Manish Kumar

Manohar Elavarthi

Neeraj Kumar

Nirmalendu Verma

Nirupma Singh

Prabha Shankar Sharda

Pushpa S

Rajeev Dhayani

Rajeev Godara

Ramzan Chaudhary

Savita Balkrushna Shinde

Shalini Malviya

Shruti Sharma

Somnath Tripathi

Subhash Lomte

V S Purushottam

Vinita Chandra

Yogendra Yadav

B Ramakrishnam Raju

Ganga Sahay Meena

Dilip

National Office Bearers

Designation Name Specific Responsibilities
President Prof. Yogendra Yadav
General Secretary Prof. Ajit Jha
Treasurer Mr. Ahmad Faheem Khan
Vice President Mr.Lalit Babar
  • Movement outreach
  • Dalit, Adivasi, Nomadic Tribes,
  • Women  
Vice President Mr. Purushottam
  • Organization (Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Puducheri,  Maharashtra, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep)
  • Strategic Programs
Vice President Mr. Rajeev Godara
  • Organization (J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh)
  • Legal and constitutional compliance
  • Youth
Vice President Ms. Savita Shinde
  • Farmers issues
Vice President Ms. Shalini Malviya 
  • National Social Media Campaigns
Vice President Prof. Somnath Tripathi
  • Organization (Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha: and North East)
  • Farmers
Vice President Mr. Subhash Lomte
  • Movement outreach
  • Agriculture and un-organized sector workers
Vice President Mr. Rajeev Dhyani
  • National Secretariat
  • Organization (Haryana, Madhya  Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujrat, Daman & Diu)

Contact Us

National Office


Phone Number

9845177160

E-mail Address

CONTACT@SWARAJINDIA.ORG

Delhi Office


Phone Number

7065003180

E-mail Address

CONTACT@SWARAJINDIA.ORG

Contact Us:


<

Press Releases

...
22nd February, 2018

लैंडपूलिंग योजना में किसानों के लिए 5 एकड़ की सीमा ख़त्म करो - स्वराज इंडिया

5000 किसानों के हस्ताक्षर के साथ पार्टी की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा ने डीडीए में दर्ज़ कराई आपत्ति, लैंड पूलिंग नीति को किसान हितैषी बनाकर जल्द से जल्द किया जाए लागू

Swaraj India Read More

...
20th February, 2018

"Sarkar or a Circus, Mr. Kejriwal?"

Swaraj India has termed the ongoing controversy between Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi Chief Secretary as shameful and avoidable. Party leader Anupam said that it is not the first time that such an incident has come to light and that Mr. Kejriwal seems to

Swaraj India Read More

...
19th February, 2018

Swaraj India exposes rampant corruption in Delhi govt's Transport department.

FIR filed against govt officials (Transport Department's MLO and MVI) on court orders. Case based on fraudulent permit transfer of a deceased auto driver through forged papers. No action by Delhi Police or Delhi government yet despite FIR being registered

Swaraj India Read More

...
16th February, 2018

प्रेमनगर रेल अंडरपास बनने में देरी क्यों? सरकारी एजेंसियों को दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट की फटकार

प्रशांत भूषण ने याचिकाकर्ताओं का प्रतिनिधित्व किया। 25 अप्रैल को अगली सुनवाई। ज्ञात हो कि प्रेमनगर रेलवे फ़ाटक पर आए दिन दुर्घटनाएं होती रहती हैं जिसमें ट्रेन से कटकर लोगों की जान जाना बिल्कुल आम बात हो गयी है। स्वराज इंडिया द्वारा दायर आरटीआई से जानकारी मिली है कि वर्ष 2010 से अब तक यहाँ 514 लोग हादसों के शिकार हुए जिनमें 436 मासूमों की मौत हुई है। स्थानीय लोगों ने केंद्र से लेकर दिल्ली

Swaraj India Read More

...
07th February, 2018

Bring white paper on Rafale: Swaraj India

Newly formed political party the Swaraj India has raised serious questions to the Modi govt on Rafale fighter aircraft purchase and has demanded a white paper on the dubious deal. It should be noted that Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav earlier on 20 October 2016 had exposed the murky dealings in Rafale terming it a bigger scam than the Bofors.

Swaraj India Read More

...
17th January, 2018

लैंड पूलिंग पॉलिसी को किसान हितैषी बनाकर तुरंत लागू किया जाये - स्वराज इंडिया दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा

नवगठित राजनीतिक पार्टी स्वराज इंडिया ने आज दिल्ली की 'लैंड पूलिंग पॉलिसी' के संबंध में डीडीए द्वारा 60:40 के अनुपात में नीति बनाने और 52:48 वाली श्रेणी को समाप्त किये जाने का स्वागत किया है।

Swaraj India Read More

...
12th January, 2018

विवेकानंद यूथ समिट 2018' सफलतापूर्वक हुआ सम्पन्न

विवेकानंद से प्रेरणा लेते हुए बेहतर भविष्य के लिए ख़ुद मोर्चा संभालेंगे युवा। आज के समय में विवेकानंद की प्रासंगिकता और भी ज़्यादा: अनुपम। स्वामी विवेकानंद को सिर्फ़ श्रद्धांजलि नहीं, कार्यान्जली भी दीजिये: योगेंद्र यादव।

Swaraj India Read More

...
10th January, 2018

'Vivekananda Youth Summit' to be held at Delhi University on 12 July, 2018

A future plan based on the ideals of Vivekananda that will act as the guiding path for the country's youth to be formed.

Swaraj India Read More

Candidate Selection Procedure

SELECTION CRITERIA


Candidate selection will be based on the following criteria:
1. Integrity as reflected in the 4C's - Character, Corruption, Communalism & Criminality -- and as assessed by the Integrity Committee;
2. Track record of social and political work in the area, as verified through local volunteers' feedback;
3. Performance in the various events, public contact campaigns and publicity of Swaraj India (for members), as recorded by Delhi organisation; or performance potential as assessed by Screening and Selection Committees (for non-members); and
4. Leadership qualities and suitability for the locality as assessed by the Screening and Selection Committees.
Criterion 1 is a qualifying/disqualifying criterion, while the rest are competitive criteria. Criterion 4 can override rankings based on criteria 2 and 3 in exceptional cases, but none of the criteria can override a disqualification due to criterion 1.
 

SELECTION STRUCTURE


A three-tier structure will be responsible for evaluating and finalising all candidates. This will consist of
Screening Committees - Three separate committees, one for each municipal corporation. To review and qualify/disqualify all received applications; to assess and evaluate all valid applications; and to interview and rate applicants on defined parameters. And to make a provisional candidate (or candidate shortlist) recommendation for each ward.
Selection Committee - To review the recommendations of each Screening Committee, and to finalise, confirm and announce the Swaraj India candidate for each ward.
Integrity Committee - To review and rule on any complaints regarding the announced candidates received within a stipulated period, or to respond to any reference received from Selection Committee; the final Integrity Committee ruling being mandatory and binding on Swaraj India.
 

SELECTION INSTRUMENTS


Candidate Application Form (Preliminary) - to be filled in by the applicant for review by the Screening and Selection Committees.
Candidate Application Form (Detailed) - to be filled in by the selected candidate, for hosting on the Swaraj India website, and which will be the basis for publicly inviting complaints and feedback regarding the selected candidate.
 
SELECTION PROCESS
Screening Committee(s) -
0. There shall be 3 Screening Committees, one for each of East, North and South Municipal Corporations.
1. Each screening committee shall consist of 5-9 members. No member of any screening committee may be related or otherwise connected to any candidate. If necessary, specific committee members may recuse themselves, or be excluded from evaluating specific candidates, in case of any relationship or connection.
2. Screening Committee shall scrutinize each application and liaise with assigned Zonal and Ward Observers as necessary, to review and verify all assertions made by the applicant, including claimed local support base and volunteer team strength. It would also factor in the feedback of local volunteers wherever a critical mass of active volunteers is present and working in the particular ward.
3. Any patently non-serious or frivolous or invalid applications may be rejected outright by the Screening Committee, after duly noting the reasons for rejection.
4. Screening will first assess the 4C's of an applicant – Character, Corruption, Communalism & Criminality. Only upon clearing this 'qualifying criterion', the applicant shall be evaluated for the other criteria.
5. Upon review of all valid applications from each ward, a provisional recommendation shall be made by the Screening Committee consisting of a ranked list of all valid applicants, or a shortlist of all deserving applicants, based on multiple evaluation parameters.
6. The Screening Committee may decide to keep open the application period for each ward as long as it deems fit, provided that at least seven days will be given for nomination after the first public declaration inviting applicaations and at least 24 hours notice will be given before closing nomination for any ward.
 

Selection Committee -


0. The Selection Committee shall consist of 5-7 members. The Chairpersons of all the Screening Committees will be ex-officio members of the Selection Committee. No member of the Selection Committee may be related to or otherwise connected to any applicant. If necessary, specific committee members may recuse themselves, or be excluded from evaluating specific candidates, in case of any relationship or connection.
1. The Selection Committee shall review the recommended shortlist of the Screening Committee for each ward, and make a final decision on the candidate to be fielded in the election.
2. The evaluation details and the final decision of the Selection Committee for each ward shall be duly recorded.
3. The Selection Committee may devise its procedures and decision making rules.
4. The Selection Committee may, in exceptional situations, consider an application directly, after the closure of nominations and scrutiny by the screening committee. It may request the screening committee to consider the application or directly take a final decision.
 

Integrity Committee -


0. The Integrity Committee shall consist of 5-7 members, including members of Swaraj India who are not themselves involved in the candidate selection process in any way, as well as eminent outside persons of great integrity and impeccable credentials.
1. The Integrity Committee shall receive any and all complaints, together with evidence, against declared candidates. It may also respond to any reference from the Selection Committee or take up any case suo-moto.
2. The scope of Integrity Committee shall be limited to examining the integrity of the candidate in terms of 4 Cs -- Character, Corruption, Communalism & Criminality. It shall not go into merits of demerits of other criteria of selection such as track record of work, leadership qualities and potential or suitability for the ward.
3. The Integrity Committee may devise its own procedures, but it shall give the relevant candidate the opportunity to reply to any allegations against him/her.
4. The Integrity Committee's decision, arrived at after assessing all evidence, representations and depositions, shall be final and binding, and not subject to appeal. The Committee may review its own decision.
5. In the event of a candidate being disqualified by the Integrity Committee, the Selection Committee shall take all necessary steps to assign an alternative candidate. In the event of further objections or complaints, such an alternative candidate too shall be subject to the review and ruling of the Integrity Committee.

Press Releases

...
29th December, 2017

Swaraj India's Statement on Tripal Talaq

Swaraj India's commitment to gender justice has led it to support reform of all personal laws to prune these of any anti-women provision. Triple Talaq is clearly an example of such practices that have no place in today's India. This practice is inhuman, unconstitutional and not sanctified by Islam. Therefore Swaraj India demanded its abolition and welcomed decision of the Supreme Court to declare it illegal. This decision was widely welcomed by all sections of Indians, including Muslim women and men.

Swaraj India Read More

Press Note

प्रेस नोट, स्वराज इंडिया

22 फरवरी 2018


लैंडपूलिंग योजना में किसानों के लिए 5 एकड़ की सीमा ख़त्म करो - स्वराज इंडिया

 

• 5000 किसानों के हस्ताक्षर के साथ पार्टी की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा ने डीडीए में दर्ज़ कराई आपत्ति
• लैंड पूलिंग नीति को किसान हितैषी बनाकर जल्द से जल्द किया जाए लागू
• किसानों से विकास शुल्क ना लिया जाए क्योंकि ये किसान बिल्डर नहीं है
• मांगें नहीं मानी गयी तो स्वराज इंडिया की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा करेगा आंदोलन


स्वराज इंडिया की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा ने लैंडपूलिंग नीति पर सुझाव और आपत्तियां दर्ज़ कराते हुए सरकार से अपनी मांगे रखी हैं। दिल्ली देहात के पाँच हज़ार किसानों के हस्ताक्षर लेकर ये आपत्तियां आईएनए विकास सदन स्थित डीडीए कार्यालय में दर्ज़ कराई गयी। पार्टी के दिल्ली प्रदेश अध्यक्ष अनुपम ने कहा कि लैंडपूलिंग योजना में किसानों के लिए पाँच एकड़ की सीमा को हटाया जाए क्योंकि ये नियम किसान विरोधी है और सिर्फ़ बिल्डरों को ध्यान में रखकर बनाया गया है। ज्ञात हो कि दिल्ली के ज़्यादातर किसानों के पास आज पाँच एकड़ जमीन नहीं है। ऐसे में योजना का असल फ़ायदा सिर्फ़ उन बिल्डरों को होगा जिन्हें किसान इस नियम के कारण मजबूरन अपनी ज़मीन बेचेगा।

इसके अलावा पार्टी के दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा के अध्यक्ष राजीव यादव ने किसानों के लिए विकास शुल्क ना रखने की मांग करते हुए कहा कि लैंडपूलिंग नीति के कुछ प्रावधान इस कदर बनाये गए हैं जैसे कि योजना का उद्देश्य सिर्फ़ बिल्डरों को फ़ायदा पहुंचाना हो।

स्वराज इंडिया की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा पिछले कुछ महीनों से लैंडपूलिंग योजना में हो रही विलंब और किसान विरोधी नियमों पर मुहिम चला रही है। इसीके अंतर्गत पाँच हज़ार से ज़्यादा किसानों ने अपने सुझाव दिए जिन्हें स्वराज इंडिया ने आज दिल्ली विकास प्राधिकरण को दर्ज़ करा दिया। पार्टी ने मांग किया है कि 'दिल्ली मास्टर प्लान 2021' के अंतर्गत लैंड पूलिंग नीति को किसान हितैषी बनाकर जल्द से जल्द लागू किया जाए।

अनुपम ने कहा कि सरकार अगर किसानों के वाजिब मांगों पर सुनवाई नहीं करती तो स्वराज इंडिया की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा के नेतृत्व में लैंडपूलिंग पर चल रही मुहिम को आंदोलन का रूप दिया जाएगा।

Press Note

Press Note, Swaraj India

20 Febuary 2018


"Sarkar or a Circus, Mr. Kejriwal?"

 

• The AAP-Bureaucrat controversy is shameful

Swaraj India has termed the ongoing controversy between Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi Chief Secretary as shameful and avoidable. Party leader Anupam said that it is not the first time that such an incident has come to light and that Mr. Kejriwal seems to be running a Circus instead of Sarkar. Earlier too in the past, Aam Aadmi Party members and it's supremo have made false allegations against his own officers and insulted senior bureaucrats, be it Shakuntala Gamlin or Ashish Joshi, etc. Fact remains that Mr. Kejriwal has a liking for theatrics and wants such high voltage drama to continue in Delhi and not be questioned on substantive issues of public interest.

Given the past track record of MLAs like Amantullah Khan & mentors like Kejriwal, who believe in indecency & insulting acts as political tools, it's not tough to believe the allegations made by Chief Secretary.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was himself present in the meeting where his MLAs are alleged to have misbehaved and manhandled the Chief Secretary. So why isn't he coming out with a public explaination of the complete inside story?

The CM must come clean on what exactly happened and stop communicating through proxies. Also, the culprits should be brought to justice without VIP treatment to any of the accused. The LG should immediately speak to the CM, sit down with him and sort the matter. Anupam demanded that the AAP government focus on real public issues instead of such shameful acts of generating needless controversies.

प्रेस नोट, स्वराज इंडिया

20 फरवरी 2018


"सरकार चला रहे हैं या सर्कस, केजरीवाल जी?"

 

• आम पार्टी और मुख्यसचीव का विवाद बेहद शर्मनाक

नवगठित राजनीतिक पार्टी स्वराज इंडिया ने आम आदमी पार्टी और दिल्ली के मुख्य सचीव के बीच चल रहे विवाद को बेहद शर्मनाक बताया है। मुख्यमंत्री केजरीवाल पर सरकार की जगह सर्कस चलाने का आरोप लगाते हुए पार्टी के दिल्ली प्रदेश अध्यक्ष अनुपम ने कहा कि पहली बार नहीं है जब ऐसी कोई घटना सामने आयी हो। पहले भी आम आदमी पार्टी के सदस्यों और उनके सुप्रिमो अरविंद केजरीवाल ने प्रशासनिक अधिकारियों को अपमानित किया है और झूठे आरोप लगाए हैं। चाहे शकुंतला गैमलिन का मामला रहा हो या आशीष जोशी का वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों के साथ बदतमीज़ी और अपमानित पहले भी किया जाता रहा है। दरअसल, अरविंद केजरीवाल ऐसे हाई वोल्टेज़ ड्रामा हमेशा चालू रखना चाहते हैं ताकि सार्वजनिक हितों से जुड़े असल मुद्दों पर सवालों से बचा जाता रहे।

अमानतुल्लाह ख़ान जैसे विधायकों या केजरीवाल जी के पिछले ट्रैक रिकॉर्ड को देखें तो इनकी राजनीति में अपमानजनक और अभद्र व्यवहार का योगदान साफ़ दिखता है। अत: मुख्य सचिव के आरोपों ओर आश्चर्य नहीं होता।

मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल खुद इस बैठक में उपस्थित थे, जहां उनके विधायकों ने मुख्य सचिव के साथ दुर्व्यवहार किया। अगर ये आरोप ग़लत हैं तो मुखतमंत्री जनता के समक्ष आकर सार्वजनिक तौर पर सफाई क्यों नहीं दे रहे हैं?

इसके अलावा, दोषियों को कोई भी वीआईपी ट्रीटमेंट दिए बिना सज़ा दी जाए। एलजी को तुरंत मुख्यमंत्री से बात करें और साथ बैठकर मामले को सुलझाए। अनुपम ने मांग किया कि दिल्ली में अनावश्यक विवादों को पैदा करने व ऐसे शर्मनाक कृत्यों के बजाय आम जनता के मुद्दों पर केजरीवाल सरकार ध्यान केंद्रित करे तो अच्छा होगा।

Press Note

Press Note, Swaraj India

19 Febuary 2018


Swaraj India exposes rampant corruption in Delhi govt's Transport department.

 

• FIR filed against govt officials (Transport Department's MLO and MVI) on court orders
• Case based on fraudulent permit transfer of a deceased auto driver through forged papers
• No action by Delhi Police or Delhi government yet despite FIR being registered
• Delhi Govt must suspend MLO and MVI with immediate effect
• CBI inquiry must be ordered in all cases where permit transfers have been obtained in names of deceased, female or senior-citizen auto-drivers
• Transport minister must resign taking responsibility for rampant corruption in the department: Anupam
• In case of no action, Delhi's auto-drivers to protest against the corruption prevalent in Transport ministry of Delhi government


On December 22 last year, newly formed political party Swaraj India had exposed a major scandal going on in the Transport Ministry of Delhi government in the name of fraudulent permit transfers. Citing examples, the party leaders had highlighted a special case in which permit of a deceased auto-driver was transferred to another auto-driver using forged documents. The transfer was made without even informing the family of the deceased auto-driver. The fraud happened with collusion of Transport Department's MLO, MVI and private brokers. The deceased auto-driver’s mother Shanti Devi had herself narrated the story. Expressing her anguish, she said that she had approached the concerned officials and leaders of the ruling party in Delhi government but to no avail and that Swaraj India has firmly stood with her in her quest to get justice.

Swaraj India had filed a complaint against the corrupt officials and other accused but after no action was taken, the party approached the court demanding an investigation.

On February 7, 2018, the court then ordered an FIR be registered against the MLO of Transport Department Mr. Rajesh Kumar Meena, MVI Mr. Jitendra and the brokers involved in the case. But despite grave complaints of corruption and an order from the court, no action was taken. The Delhi police is in hand-in-glove with the Delhi government in protecting the guilty. Neither have the police arrested the accused officials who have been booked on non-bailable offences, nor has the Delhi government suspend its officials despite charges of brazen corruption.

The level of corruption prevalent among officials at Burari Transport Authority is not possible without direct involvement of the government and ministry officials. Swaraj India's National Spokesperson Anupam highlighted another such case of a 42 year old driver. Forged documents mentioning the age of driver as 64 was prepared because the driver was ineligible for a new license badge. Even in this case forged documents were prepared which could not have happened without the collusion of MLOs, financiers and brokers. In fact, for people above 60 years of age (senior citizens), acquiring a license badge is not obligatory. In all such cases, a police verification report is compulsory which was also forged.

Swaraj India has demanded that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal immediately suspend these accused officials against whom the FIR has been registered and that the Delhi Police must arrest them as soon as possible. Party's Delhi State president Anupam demanded that the Transport Minister must resign from his post and take the responsibility of rampant corruption in the department. If the government does not take immediate action on this matter, Delhi's auto-rickshaw drivers will launch a protest against the corrupt officials and the Ministry of Transportation.

Note: FIR copy attached.

प्रेस नोट, स्वराज इंडिया

19 फरवरी 2018


दिल्ली सरकार के परिवहन विभाग में धड़ल्ले से हो रहा भ्रष्टाचार

 

• परिवहन विभाग के एमएलओ और एमवीआई पर दर्ज़ हुआ मुकदमा
• स्वराज इंडिया की शिकायत पर अदालत ने दिया एफआईआर दर्ज़ करने के निर्देश
• मृत ऑटोचालक का धोखाधड़ी और फ़र्ज़ी कागज़ात के सहारे परमिट ट्रांसफर करने का मामला
• एफआईआर दर्ज़ होने के बाद भी दिल्ली सरकार या पुलिस की तरफ़ से अब तक कार्यवाई नहीं
• एमएलओ और एमवीआई को तत्काल प्रभाव से निलंबित करे सरकार
• दिल्ली सरकार में परमिट ट्रांसफर के ऐसे सभी मामलों की हो सीबीआई जाँच, जहाँ मृत ऑटोचालक, महिला ऑटोचालक या वरिष्ठ नागरिक ऑटोचालक के नाम कागज़ हों
• विभाग में भ्रष्टाचार को बढ़ावा देने की ज़िम्मेदारी लेते हुए परिवहन मंत्री दें इस्तीफ़ा: अनुपम
• कार्यवाई ना होने पर दिल्ली के ऑटोचालक परिवहन मंत्रालय में भ्रष्ट्राचार के ख़िलाफ़ छेड़ेंगे मुहिम

नवगठित राजनीतिक पार्टी स्वराज इंडिया ने गत 22 दिसंबर 2017 को प्रेस वार्ता करके दिल्ली सरकार में परमिट ट्रांसफर के नाम पर हो रहे बड़े घपले का पर्दाफ़ाश किया था। उदाहरण देते हुए पार्टी पदाधिकारियों ने एक विशेष मामले को उजागर किया था जिसमें एक मृत ऑटोचालक को ज़िंदा दिखाकर और फ़र्ज़ी कागज़ात बनाकर बिना उसके परिवार की जानकारी के किसी और के नाम परमिट हस्तांतरित कर दिया गया। धोखाधड़ी का ये सारा खेल परिवहन विभाग के एमएलओ, एमवीआई और दलालों की सांठगांठ से हुआ। मृत ऑटोचालक की माताजी शांति देवी ने स्वयं मीडिया के समक्ष आकर अपनी कहानी बताई। अपना दर्द बयां करते हुए उन्होंने बताया कि राज्य से लेकर केंद्र सरकार के हर विभाग और नेताओं तक गुहार लगाने के बाद जब न्याय नहीं मिला तो स्वराज इंडिया मजबूती से साथ खड़ा हुआ। मामले पर कहीं कोई सुनवाई ना होता देख स्वराज इंडिया ने अदालत के जरिये भ्रष्ट अधिकारियों और अन्य आरोपियों पर मुकदमा दर्ज़ करवाया।

ज्ञात हो कि कोर्ट के निर्देश के बाद 7 फ़रवरी 2018 को सरकार में परिवहन विभाग के एमएलओ श्री राजेश कुमार मीणा, एमवीआई श्री जितेंद्र और कुछ दलालों पर मुकदमा दर्ज़ किया गया। लेकिन परिवहन विभाग में व्याप्त भ्रष्टाचार में पुलिस और दिल्ली सरकार की मिलीभगत का इसीसे अंदाज़ा लगाया जा सकता है कि इतने गंभीर मामले में, वो भी अदालत के निर्देश पर एफआईआर दर्ज़ होने के बाद भी अब तक कोई कार्यवाई नहीं हुई। ना ही पुलिस ने इस ग़ैर जमानती अपराध के लिए अधिकारियों को गिरफ़्तार किया और न ही दिल्ली सरकार ने भ्रष्टाचार के संगीन मसले के बाद अपने अधिकारियों को निलंबित किया है।

बुराड़ी ट्रांसपोर्ट ऑथोरिटी में अधिकारी धड़ल्ले से इस तरह के भ्रष्टाचार में लिप्त हैं जो सरकार और मंत्रालय के सीधे संरक्षण के बिना संभव नहीं है। स्वराज इंडिया के राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता अनुपम ने प्रेस वार्ता के दौरान ऐसे ही एक और नए मामले को उजागर किया जिसमें 64 वर्षीय फ़र्ज़ी व्यक्ति के कागज़ात बनाकर उस नाम पर परमिट हस्तांतरित करवाया गया क्यूंकि 42 वर्षीय जिस व्यक्ति के नाम पर ऑटो था उसकी नए लाइसेंस बैज के लिए पात्रता नहीं थी। इस मामले में भी एमएलओ, फाइनेंसर और दलालों की मिलीभगत से फ़र्ज़ी कागज़ात तैयार किये गए क्यूंकि नियमतः 60 वर्ष से अधिक (वरिष्ठ नागरिक) को लाइसेंस बैज की बाध्यता नहीं होती। ऐसे सभी मामलों में पुलिस वेरिफिकेशन की भी ज़रूरत होती है लेकिन फ़र्ज़ी पुलिस रिपोर्ट फ़ाइल में लगाकर काम को अंजाम दे दिया जाता है।

स्वराज इंडिया ने मांग किया है कि मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल इन आरोपी अधिकारियों को, जिनपर मुकदमा दर्ज़ हुआ, तुरंत निलंबित करे और दिल्ली पुलिस इन्हें जल्द से जल्द गिरफ़्तार करे। पार्टी के दिल्ली प्रदेश अध्यक्ष अनुपम ने मांग किया कि विभाग में भ्रष्टाचार को बेशर्मी से बढ़ावा और शह देने की ज़िम्मेदारी लेते हुए परिवहन मंत्री अपने पद से इस्तीफ़ा दें। सरकार इस मामले पर यदि त्वरित कार्यवाई नहीं करती है तो दिल्ली के ऑटोचालक भ्रष्ट अधिकारियों और परिवहन मंत्रालय के ख़िलाफ़ मुहीम छेड़ेंगे।

Note: FIR copy attached.

Press Note

प्रेस नोट, स्वराज इंडिया

16 फरवरी 2018


प्रेमनगर रेल अंडरपास बनने में देरी क्यों? सरकारी एजेंसियों को दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट की फटकार

प्रशांत भूषण ने याचिकाकर्ताओं का प्रतिनिधित्व किया
25 अप्रैल को अगली सुनवाई


ज्ञात हो कि प्रेमनगर रेलवे फ़ाटक पर आए दिन दुर्घटनाएं होती रहती हैं जिसमें ट्रेन से कटकर लोगों की जान जाना बिल्कुल आम बात हो गयी है। स्वराज इंडिया द्वारा दायर आरटीआई से जानकारी मिली है कि वर्ष 2010 से अब तक यहाँ 514 लोग हादसों के शिकार हुए जिनमें 436 मासूमों की मौत हुई है। स्थानीय लोगों ने केंद्र से लेकर दिल्ली सरकार तक गुहार लगाई लेकिन अंडरपास आज भी अधर में लटका हुआ है। सरकारों की इस उदासीनता से मजबूर होकर स्थानीय लोगों ने रेलवे अंडरपास के लिए अब क़ानूनी लड़ाई शुरू कर दी है जिसका प्रतिनिधित्व प्रशांत भूषण कर रहे हैं।

प्रशांत भूषण ने इस मुद्दे की गंभीरता को बयाँ करते हुए अदालत को सरकारी लापरवाही से अवगत कराया। दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट ने एनडीएमसी, उत्तरी रेलवे, डीडीए, पीडब्ल्यूडी और अन्य सरकारी एजेंसियों को फटकार लगते हुए सवाल किया कि रेलवे अंडरपास बनने में इतनी देरी क्यूँ हो रही है और इसका जिम्मेदार कौन है? कोर्ट ने 2000 से हुई इस देरी को लेकर सभी सरकारी एजेंसियों को फटकारा और इसका जल्द से जल्द निदान करने को कहा है। हाई कोर्ट ने सभी सरकारी एजेंसियों को यह आदेश दिया है कि दिल्ली सरकार जल्द से जल्द बैठक बुलाये जिसमें सभी सरकारी विभाग हो और बैठक के कार्यवृत्त (मिनट्स ऑफ़ मीटिंग) 25 अप्रैल को अदालत के समक्ष पेश किया जाए।

स्थानीय नागरिकों ने नवगठित राजनीतिक पार्टी स्वराज इंडिया के माध्यम से प्रेमनगर अंडरपास के मुद्दे को ज़ोरशोर से उठाया है। पार्टी के प्रदेश अध्यक्ष अनुपम ने कहा कि सड़क से लेकर अदालत तक संघर्ष करके अंडरपास की मांग को अंजाम तक पहुंचाया जाएगा।

Press Note

Press Note, Swaraj India

07 February 2018


Bring white paper on Rafale: Swaraj India


Newly formed political party the Swaraj India has raised serious questions to the Modi govt on Rafale fighter aircraft purchase and has demanded a white paper on the dubious deal. It should be noted that Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav earlier on 20 October 2016 had exposed the murky dealings in Rafale terming it a bigger scam than the Bofors.

The party has slammed the BJP led union government for keeping the country in dark and has asked five straight questions on Mr. Modi's dubious deal for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

• 1) Who decided that India needs only 36 aircrafts in 58,000 Cr and not 126 in 54,000 Cr as was decided earlier by the union cabinet?

• 2) Why was a three fold high rate of aircraft finalised, that too after scrapping the earlier deal without due process or cabinet consultation?

• 3) Why was public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and the very clause of "Transfer of Technology" removed by Mr. Modi?

• 4) Why was the chairman & CEO of M/s Thales (a company which should have been blacklisted for giving commission to middleman in the 2005 Scorpene Submarine deal) present for signing of the deal with Govt of India on 23 Sep 2016 in New Delhi?

• 5) Why was the offsets investment of approx 30,000 crore given to Anil Ambani's Reliance defense, which has zero experience in defense and was hurriedly formed just two weeks before Modi signed the deal during his first visit to France?

Fact is that Rafale is a huge scam to benefit the Ambanis at the behest of none other than Mr. Narendra Modi himself, who personally executed the dubious deal on his very first France visit. The Prime Minister even overturned the govt's decisions without any due process, cabinet consultation or even the involvement of his defense minister! When Modi finalised the deal in 2015 it was presented as a quick emergency measure on the pretext of immediate need for fighter jets. But today, even after three years have passed, we still don't have the aircrafts. The sense of urgency is now no more to be seen.

Bofors was a 64 Crore scam while the amount here at stake in Rafale is 58,000 crores. If the Modi government really wants to clear the air of suspicion, it should immediately come up with a white paper on Rafale deal and stop hiding behind secrecy clauses which actually do not apply to pricing of an international deal or the tender processes.

Swaraj India said that if the government doesn't come up with satisfactory answers to the questions being raised, it would evidently be proven that Mr. Modi is compromising national interests & security to benefit a couple of his cronies.

Press Note

प्रेस नोट, स्वराज इंडिया

17 जनवरी 2018


लैंड पूलिंग पॉलिसी को किसान हितैषी बनाकर तुरंत लागू किया जाये - स्वराज इंडिया दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा


नवगठित राजनीतिक पार्टी स्वराज इंडिया ने आज दिल्ली की 'लैंड पूलिंग पॉलिसी' के संबंध में डीडीए द्वारा 60:40 के अनुपात में नीति बनाने और 52:48 वाली श्रेणी को समाप्त किये जाने का स्वागत किया है।

पार्टी की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा द्वारा आयोजित बैठक में सदस्यों ने स्वराज इंडिया की मांग माने जाने पर डीडीए के फ़ैसले का स्वागत किया। ज्ञात हो कि पिछले कई महीनों से स्वराज इंडिया द्वारा यह मांग उठाई जा रही थी। इसी संदर्भ में नवम्बर महीने में नजफगढ़ के जाफरपुर गांव में पार्टी अध्यक्ष योगेंद्र यादव ने जनसभा भी की थी।

दिल्ली देहात मोर्चे के अध्यक्ष राजीव यादव की अध्यक्षता में बैठक का समापन हुआ। मोर्चा उपाध्यक्ष सतेन्द्र राणा हेडली ने कहा कि डीडीए ने दादालाई ज़मीन वाले किसानों को फ़ायदा पहुँचाने के लिए 5 एकड़ की शर्त किसान के ऊपर लागू नहीं करनी चाहिए। क्यूँकि दिल्ली देहात के ज़्यादातर किसानों के पास 5 एकड़ ज़मीन नहीं है। ऐसे में जो किसान अपनी ज़मीन नहीं बेचना चाहता हो तो उसे कुल ज़मीन में 40 प्रतिशत काटकर 60 प्रतिशत ज़मीन दी जाये। 40 प्रतिशत ज़मीन का मुआवजा दिया जाए और जो 60 प्रतिशत ज़मीन किसान को वापिस मिलेगी, उसपर 100 प्रतिशत कमर्शियल प्रयोग की छूट दी जाये।

राजीव यादव ने कहा कि खेती योग्य ज़मीन जाने के बाद किसान आज बेरोजगार होता जा रहा है जो हमारी युवा पीढ़ी के लिए दुर्भाग्येपूर्ण है।

स्वराज इंडिया की दिल्ली देहात मोर्चा डीडीए द्वारा 45 दिनों के अंदर किसानों से सुझाव और आपत्ति के लिए दिल्ली के सभी गांवों में हस्ताक्षर अभियान चलायेगा। देशभर के किसान के अधिकारों की लड़ाई लड़ने के लिए स्वराज इंडिया कृतसंकल्प है।

Press Note

प्रेस नोट, यूथ फ़ॉर स्वराज(Y4S)

12 जनवरी 2018


विवेकानंद यूथ समिट 2018' सफलतापूर्वक हुआ सम्पन्न


विवेकानंद से प्रेरणा लेते हुए बेहतर भविष्य के लिए ख़ुद मोर्चा संभालेंगे युवा
आज के समय में विवेकानंद की प्रासंगिकता और भी ज़्यादा: अनुपम
स्वामी विवेकानंद को सिर्फ़ श्रद्धांजलि नहीं, कार्यान्जली भी दीजिये: योगेंद्र यादव


दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के सत्यकामा सभागार में आज यूथ फॉर स्वराज Y4S द्वारा 'विवेकानंद यूथ समिट 2018' का सफ़लता पूर्वक आयोजन हुआ। राष्ट्रीय युवा दिवस और विवेकानंद जयंती के अवसर पर हुए कार्यक्रम में दिल्ली के युवाओं की ज़ोरदार भागीदारी देखी गयी।

स्वराज इंडिया के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष योग्रन्द्र यादव ने युवाओं को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि स्वामी विवेकानंद को सिर्फ़ श्रद्धांजलि नहीं, कार्यान्जली भी देने की आवश्यकता है। विवेकानंद को नारों, छवियों और तस्वीरों में बांधने की बजाए उनके विचारों को आत्मसात करने के संदेश के साथ योगेंद्र यादव ने युवाओं को सांस्कृतिक आत्मविश्वास पैदा करने की प्रेरणा दी। उन्होंने कहा कि स्वामी विवेकानंद 1860 के दशक में पैदा हुए तीन महान भारतीयों में हैं जिन्होंने हमें ऊनी संस्कृति और सभ्यता पर
सहज तौर पर गर्व करना सिखाया। विवेकानंद के अलावा टैगोर और गांधी ने भी भारतीयों में सांस्कृतिक आत्मविश्वास का सृजन किया। युवाओं से अपने दो साल देने की अपील करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि आज के भारत में अलग तरह की चुनौतियां हैं जिनपर देश के युवा ही सार्थक ढंग से काम कर सकते हैं। योगेंद्र यादव ने कहा कि गन्दी राजनीति के ख़िलाफ़ मजबूती से खड़े होकर युवा ही देश को जाति धर्म में बंटने और लड़ने से बचाएगा।

युवाओं को संबोधित करते हुए स्वराज इंडिया के दिल्ली प्रदेश अध्यक्ष अनुपम ने स्वामी विवेकानंद को नए भारत का विचारक और प्रचारक बताया। देश का एक बड़ा राजनीतिक वर्ग चाहता है कि स्वामी विवेकानंद की छवि एक 'भगवाधारी हिन्दू संत' तक सीमित रहे। क्यूंकि धर्म, संस्कृति, समाज से लेकर राष्ट्रवाद जैसे कई मुद्दों पर ये वर्ग आज विवेकानंद के विचारों के उलट काम कर रहे हैं। इसलिए ये चाहते हैं कि देश विवेकानंद के विचार नहीं, सिर्फ़ छवि को याद रखे। अनुपम ने कहा कि स्वामी विवेकानंद को फूल-मालाओं और छवि पूजन तक सीमित न करके आज के युवा उनके विचारों को भी आत्मसात करें। आज के इस माहौल मे जहाँ भाषा, जाति या धर्म के नाम पर नफ़रत, द्वेष और हिंसा फैलाई जा रही है, विवेकानंद की प्रासंगिकता कहीं ज़्यादा बढ़ गई है।

छात्रों और शिक्षकों के अलावा दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के फैकल्टी ऑफ साइंस में हुए इस कार्यक्रम में प्रोफ हरीश खन्ना और तिमारपुर विधायक पंकज पुष्कर ने भी हिस्सा लिया।

Press Note

Press Note, Youth for Swaraj(Y4S)

10 January 2018


'Vivekananda Youth Summit' to be held at Delhi University on 12 July, 2018

 

A future plan based on the ideals of Vivekananda that will act as the guiding path for the country's youth to be formed.

The student-youth wing of Swaraj India, Y4S (Youth4Swaraj), is organising 'Vivekananda Youth Summit 2018' on the 12th of January (11 am). The event is being organised on the National Youth day which coincides with the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Along with students, youth and teachers, Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav will also attend the event and address the gathering.

At a time when hate & violence in the name of caste, creed, race & religion is at peak, at a time when the notion of nationalism is being distorted, and the very idea of India is under threat, Swami Vivekanand and his thoughts have become more relevant than it ever was. A section of political class, in order to further its own political agenda, today wants to reduce Vivekanand to just an image of a 'saffron robe wearing hindu saint' and not adhere to his noble teachings & thoughts.

The objective of 'Vivekananda Youth Summit 2018' is to have a dialogue to find the way ahead and a guiding path for the youth of this country. This is an attempt to put an and to restricting Vivekananda to mere floral tributes and start embodying what he preached & practiced.

प्रेस नोट, यूथ फॉर स्वराज(Y4S)

10 जनवरी 2018


12 जनवरी को दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय में होगा 'विवेकानंद यूथ समिट 2018'

 

विवेकानंद के विचारों पर और देश के युवाओं की दशा दिशा पर संवाद करके बनाई जाएगी भविष्य की रूपरेखा

स्वराज इंडिया के छात्र-युवा संगठन Y4S (यूथ फॉर स्वराज) द्वारा 12 जनवरी को 11 बजे 'विवेकानंद यूथ समिट 2018' का आयोजन किया जा रहा है। विवेकानंद जयंती और राष्ट्रीय युवा दिवस पर दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के नॉर्थ कैम्पस (सत्यकामा सभागार, फैकल्टी ऑफ सोशल साइंस) में होने वाले इस कार्यक्रम में युवाओं की ज़ोरदार भागीदारी की संभावना है।

इस अवसर पर कई छात्रों, युवाओं, शिक्षकों के साथ साथ स्वराज इंडिया के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष योगेंद्र यादव भी दिल्ली के युवाओं को संबोधित करेंगे।

देश का एक बड़ा राजनीतिक वर्ग चाहता है कि विवेकानंद की छवि को एक 'भगवाधारी हिन्दू संत' तक सीमित कर दिया जाए। क्यूंकि धर्म, संस्कृति, समाज से लेकर राष्ट्रवाद जैसे कई मुद्दों पर ये वर्ग आज विवेकानंद के विचारों के उलट काम कर रहा है। आज के इस माहौल में जहाँ कि भाषा, जाति या धर्म के नाम पर नफ़रत, द्वेष और हिंसा फैलाई जा रही है, स्वामी विवेकानंद की प्रासंगिकता कहीं ज़्यादा बढ़ गई है।

'विवेकानंद यूथ समिट 2018' का उद्देश्य है कि देश की बढ़ती युवा आबादी की दशा दिशा पर चर्चा करके सार्थक भविष्य की एक रूपरेखा बनाई जाए। साथ ही स्वामी विवेकानंद को फूल- मालाओं और छवि पूजन तक सीमित न करके आज के युवा उनके विचारों को भी आत्मसात करें।

Press Note

Press Note, Swaraj India

29 December 2017


Swaraj India's Statement on Tripal Talaq


Swaraj India's commitment to gender justice has led it to support reform of all personal laws to prune these of any anti-women provision. Triple Talaq is clearly an example of such practices that have no place in today's India. This practice is inhuman, unconstitutional and not sanctified by Islam. Therefore Swaraj India demanded its abolition and welcomed decision of the Supreme Court to declare it illegal. This decision was widely welcomed by all sections of Indians, including Muslim women and men.

Since there are reports of some Muslim husbands still persisting with this reprehensible practice, there is a case for a law to ban this practice and provide support to its victims. To that extent Swaraj India supports, in principle, The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017. The bill passed by the Lok Sabha goes a step further and makes this practice a criminal offence. It is noteworthy that this provision was not demanded by the movement that carried out a crusade against Triple Talaq. Many activists and jurists, with unquestionable record of fighting for equality for Muslim women, have drawn attention to some undesirable consequences of this provision. They have also raised concerns about shifting quasi-judicial powers to police and administration. We hope the government will listen respectfully to these concerns and objections before the bill is finally passed. We also hope that the concern for the plight of women will be extended to similar anti-women practices across all communities.

Kisan Green Paper

Candidate Application Form

Candidate Application Form:


Candidate List

Candidate List:


निगम चुनावों के लिए स्वराज इंडिया ने अन्य पार्टियों को छोड़ा पीछे। जारी किया प्रत्याशियों की लिस्ट।
Candidates List
S. NO WARD WARD NAME Ward Category CANDIDATE NAME EDUCATION AGE REMARKS
1 008 N JHARODA WOMEN POONAM RAI (F) GRADUTE (SATYAWATI COLLEGE, DU 38 जनलोकपाल आंदोलन की सक्रिय महिला कार्यकर्त्ता। महिला अधिकारों और अपने क्षेत्र की समस्याओं को सुलझाने हेतु लगातार संघर्षरत।
2 014N GTB NAGAR GENERAL ANIL RUDRA (M) 10+2 (DIPLOMA IN ELECTRONIC.) 54 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। GTB नगर क्षेत्र में सामाजिक-राजनीतिक क्षेत्र में लगातार सक्रिय।
3 017N AADARSH NAGAR WOMEN SAPNA KHADELWAL(F) 10TH 31 आदर्श नगर के कई सामाजिक मंचो से जुड़ाव। अपने क्षेत्र में साफ़ सफाई और पेंशन सम्बंधित समस्याओं के समाधान के लिए लगातार कार्यरत।
4 043N PREM NAGAR GENERAL DR ALOK MOHAN (M) MASTER IN MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH 36 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। पेशे से चिकित्सक। दिल्ली में फैली महामारी के समय में अपने क्षेत्र में मुफ्त चिकित्सा सेवा प्रदान करते रहे हैं।
5 047N SULTANPURI-B SC ANURAG PIHAL (M) 12TH 35 युवा चेहरा। कई संस्थाओं के साथ मिलकर काम कर रहे हैं और खुद भी आरडब्लूए सुल्तानपुर माजरा में उपाध्यक्ष हैं।
6 051N NIHAL VIHAR WOMEN SAPNA SHRIVASTAV(F) 10TH 39 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन की सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। अपने क्षेत्र में समाज सेवा से जुड़े काम करती हैं।
7 078N KAMLA NAGAR GENERAL SUJATA GUPTA (F) FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES
DELHI UNIVERSITY
37 उच्च शिक्षा प्राप्त उम्मीदवार। महिलाओं के कल्याण की योजनाओं पर काम करती रही हैं। शराब की नई खुली दुकानों के खिलाफ कई बार प्रदर्शन कर चुकी हैं।
8 080N SADAR BAJAR GENERAL RAJUMAR (M) 8TH PASS 39 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। जनरल सीट पर SC उम्मीदवार हैं।
9 093N PAHARGANJ WOMEN SARVESH VERMA(F) MA in POL SCIENCE
(CCS UNIV.)
B.ED
(EDUCATION BHOPAL UNIV.)
37 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन की सक्रिय कार्यकर्ता। स्वराज अभियान नई दिल्ली जिला की अध्यक्ष।
10 037S MATIALA GENERAL DIMPLE SOLANKI (M) B COM 39 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। सामाजिक एवं राजनीतिक रूप से सक्रिय।
11 041S GOPAL NAGAR WOMEN VIMLA BISHT (F) BA PASS,DU 36 सामाजिक कार्यकर्त्ता। लोगों को मतदान की अहमियत समझाना और लोगों के वोटर कार्ड, आधार कार्ड बनवाने सहित समाज सेवा से जुड़े दूसरे कामों में संलग्न। एक महिला बिजनेसमैन।
12 048S BIJWASAN GENERAL SATYENDER RANA(M) MA, MBA
DU, SMU
45 युवा राजनीति से जुड़े रहे हैं। पावर लिफ्टिंग के कोच भी रहे हैं।
13 054S PALAM GENERAL UPASNA(F) UNDER GRADUTE
(B.COM)
29 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। सामाजिक कार्यकर्त्ता।
14 060S KOTLA MUBARAKPUR SC DILIP KOLI (M) GRADUTE 32 नगर निगम में अनुबंधित कर्मचारी। युवा उम्मीदवार।
15 073S AYA NAGAR GENERAL SUNDER BHATI(M) 12TH AARTS 27 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। जोशीले युवा उम्मीदवार। योग शिक्षा का प्रचार प्रसार। क्षेत्र की समस्याओं के समाधान के लिए लगातार संघर्षरत।
16 078S SANGAM VIHAR - B WOMEN SHALU SHARMA(F) 10TH 37 सक्रिय सामाजिक राजनीतिक कार्यकर्त्ता।
17 082S TUGLAKBAD EXT. WOMEN RUKHSAR(F) 10TH 41 जनलोकपाल आंदोलन की सक्रिय महिला कार्यकर्त्ता। महिला अधिकारों और क्षेत्र की समस्याओं को सुलझाने हेतु लगातार संघर्षरत।
18 085S SANGAM VIHAR-D GENERAL PANKAJ CHOWDHARY (M) BA 42 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन की सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। गरीब और विधवा महिलाओं की मदद करना, दिल्ली पुलिस को ट्रैफिक कण्ट्रोल में मदद करना और समाज सेवा से जुड़े दूसरे काम करना इनकी मुख्य पहचान हैं। कई संस्थाओं से जुड़े हुए हैं।
19 084S SANGAM VIHAR-E GENERAL KALPNA JHA 9TH PASS 46 मौजूदा निर्दलीय निगम पार्षद।
20 091S GOVIND PURI GENERAL IQBAL SIDDIQUE 4TH CLASS 42 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। काम शिक्षित होने के बावजूद लोगों के अधिकारों के लिए और गरीबों को न्याय दिलाने के लिए संघर्ष के साथ-साथ झुग्गी-झोपडी वालो की आवाज भी उठाते रहे हैं।
21 092S HARKESH NAGAR SC PRINCE (M) GRADUTE 27 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। युवा नेता। बाल्मीकि समाज के लोगों के लिए संघर्षरत।
22 012E PATPARGANJ GENERAL MANAV (M) LLM, DU 32 समसपुर पांडव नगर संघर्ष समिति में काम कर रहे हैं।
23 062E SADATPUR WOMEN GEETA RANI (F) BA,BED
IGNOU
40 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। क्षेत्र में शिक्षा को बढ़ावा देने के लिए प्रयासरत। अभी तक 18 हजार छात्र- छात्राओं को एजुकेशन दे चुके हैं।
24 076N SANGAM PARK SC LAKHENDER MEHTO(M) 8TH PASS 50 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। गरीबों को उनका हक़ दिलवाना और मजदूरों को उनकी मेहनत का पैसा दिलवाना इनके जीवन का उद्देश्य हैं।
25 029E VIVEK VIHAR GENERAL SUNIL KUMAR(M) 10+2, MBEH 46 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। झुग्गी-झोपडी के लोगों के लिए लगातार संघर्षरत।
26 030-N BAWANA General Minatullah Alam 12th Pass 28 युवा कार्यकर्त्ता जो अपने क्षेत्र में नशे के खिलाफ लंबे समय से आंदोलन कर रहें हैं।
27 044-N MUBARAK PUR DABAS Women Gurvinder Gupta M.A Punjabi, M.A Hindi, B. Ed 48 निजी स्कूल में प्रधानाचार्य के पद पर कार्यरत; गरीब बच्चों को पढ़ाने में अहम् भूमिका रही है।
28 023-N SAMAYPUR BADLI SC(W) Adv. Ishwari Devi LLB 40 पेशे से वकील हैं और महिलाओ की आवाज़ को कानून के माध्यम से बुलंद करती हैं।
29 036-N RANI KHERA General Raj Kumar Kaushik Diploma ITI 45 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो से जुड़े रहते हैं।
30 050-N PEERA GARHI General Prem Arora 12th Pass 41 जनलोकपाल आंदोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। पेशे से इनश्योरेंस एजेंट।
31 010-N SANT NAGAR Women Abha Jha B.A. in Literature 40 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन की सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। पिछले कई वर्षो से मुफ्त शिक्षा प्रदान करवा रहीं हैं।
32 077-N MODEL TOWN Women Sonam M. Phil 28 लेडी श्रीराम सेंटर से पढ़ी हैं, सामाजिक महिला कार्यकर्ता हैं और झुग्गी बस्तियों में गरीब बच्चो को मुफ्त शिक्षा प्रदान करवाती हैं।
33 065-N SARASWATI VIHAR General
Shiv Kumar
10th Pass 31 दिल्ली के रिहायशी इलाको में शराब के ठेकों के खिलाफ आंदोलन करते रहें हैं।
34 066-N RANI BAGH Women
Kajal Sharma
B.Com Hons 21 पार्टी की अभी तक की सबसे युवा महिला प्रत्याशी, 11वीं कक्षा में ही जनलोकपाल आंदोलन से जुड़ाव।
35 071-N TRI NAGAR Women Manvi Mittal 12th Pass 23 पेशे से शिक्षक, क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में शामिल रहतीं हैं।
36 072-N WAZIR PUR General Rajkumar Aggrawal 12th Pass 46 पेशे से व्यापारी, कई सामाजिक संस्थाओ से जुड़े हुए हैं।
37 096-N RANJIT NAGAR General Pushpa Saxena 12th Pass 55 सिविल डिफेन्स में वार्डेन के पद पर कार्य करती हैं।
38 098-N WEST PATEL NAGAR General DilipGupta 8th pass 42 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन की सक्रीय सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता।
39 102-N RAJINDER NAGAR General Dillip Bhat 5th Pass 60 कठपुतली कॉलोनी के संघर्ष से जुड़े आंदोलनकारी हैं।
40 081-S Khanpur Mandal General Rambilas Goel 10th Pass 46 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
41 011-S PRATAP NAGAR General Joginder Singh 12th Pass 55 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
42 071-S SAID-UL-AJAIB General Yusuf Khan 10th Pass 41 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
43 074-S DAKSHIN PURI SC Mahesh Malwaliya Graduate 32 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रीय कार्यकर्ता रहे हैं।
44 039-S CHHAWLA General Sarvesh Yadav 10th Pass 47 सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता हैं और 10 साल से RWA अध्यक्ष हैं।
45 040-S GHUMAN HERA SC Nisha M.A, B.ed 30 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
46 035-S KAKRAULA General Vishwavardhan Diploma 29 दिल्ली में पर्यावरण को बचाने के लिए मुहीम चलाते रहे हैं।
47 009-S SUBHASH NAGAR General Jaspal Singh B.A Pass 57 स्वराज अभियान के पश्चिमी दिल्ली जिला के अध्यक्ष हैं। क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
48 055-S DARYAGANJ Women Rekha bhalla M.A Political Science 63 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
49 065-S R.K. PURAM Women Kailash (Female) 8th Pass 44 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
50 019-S RANHOLA General Ajit Kumar 10th Pass 44 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
51 051-E JANTA COLONY General Deepak Verma 9th Pass 34 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रीय कार्यकर्ता रहे हैं।
52 060-E SONIA VIHAR Women Lata Rathor 12th Pass 41 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता। गरीब पृष्ठभूमि से हैं लेकिन समर्पित कार्यकर्त्ता हैं।
53 061-E KARAWAL NAGAR-WEST General Manoj Tiwari B.A Pass 34 जनलोकपाल आन्दोलन के सक्रिय कार्यकर्त्ता।
54 027-E RAGHUBARPURA General Kamar Deep Singh 9th Pass 33 क्षेत्र में सामाजिक गतिविधियो में जुड़े रहते हैं।
55 011-E MAYUR VIHAR PHASE-II Women Shubha Sharma M.A 52 फिल्म एवं टीवी कलाकार हैं।
56 058-E MUSTAFABAD Women Neetu Singh
57 015-E SHAKARPUR Women Pooja
58 025-E SHASTRI PARK General Sonam Verma
59 032-E NAND NAGRI SC Suman Koli
60 003-E TRILOKPURI-WEST SC(W) Pramila Burkhan
61 002-E TRILOKPURI-EAST SC Premjeet
62 057-E KARAWAL NAGAR-EAST General Ghanshyam
63 063-E KHAJOORI KHAS General Shakil Anwar
64 067-S LADO SARAI SC(W) Prabha Rokde
65 068-S MEHRAULI Women Geeta Jarnal Singh
66 080-S PUSHP VIHAR SC(W) Smt. Neeraj
67 090-S KALKAJI Women Preeti Mishra
68 095-S BADARPUR SC Anil Kumar
69 096-S MOLARBAND General  Savrup Singh Visht
70 018-S MILAP NAGAR Women Saroj Gopal
71 049-S KAPASHERA Women Manju Yadav
72 053-S SADH NAGAR Women Rekha Yadav
73 012-S KESHOPUR Women Laxmi
74 052-S MAHAVIR ENCLAVE General Praveen Kumar Jaadon
75 002-S PUNJABI BAGH SC Rahul Raj
76 010-S HARI NAGAR-A Women Sheol Singh
77 100-S ZAKIR NAGAR General Anwarul hassan
78 083-S SANGAM VIHAR-C General Anuj Gupta
79 034-S NANGLI SAKRAWATI Women Ruby Panchal
80 063-S MALVIYA NAGAR Women Mumtaj
81 064-S VASANT VIHAR General Ruma Sikka
82 088-S Chirag Delhi Women Sarita Rani
83 070-N RAM PURA General Dharmendra Singh
84 029-N NANGAL THAKRAN Women Manisha Shokeen Nain
85 001-N NARELA Women Jyoti Hudda
86 079-N SHASTRI NAGAR Women Roopa Sharma
87 084-N CHANDNI CHOWK General Ashok Kumar
88 002-N BAKHTAWARPUR General Bijender Mann
89 088-N DELHI GATE General Abdul Rashid
90 045-N SULTANPURI-A SC Rakesh Pawar
91 046-N MANGOLPURI-D SC(W) Jyoti Pawar
92 035-E DILSHAD GARDEN General Maheshwar Dutt
93 015-S Janakpuri-West General Inderjeet Singh Rana
94 021-S Hastal General Prem Prakash Verma
95 100-N Moti Nagar General Munish Dhingra
96 057-S LAJPAT NAGAR General Gaurav Bhardwaj
97 009-E MANDAWALI Women Kavita Rani M.com 36 Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan
98 028-E DILSHAD COLONY Women Swati Rana Diploma in Fashion Designing 29 Social Activist
99 014-E LAKSHMI NAGAR General Tarun Gaur Advocate LL.b 32 Free Legal Advice
100 016-E PANDAV NAGAR General Pavinder Mishra MBA and MA(Eco) 40 Social Activist and RWA president
101 004-E NEW ASHOK NAGAR Women Maysar Jahan 10th pass 34 Social Activist and Chairperson of
Omrao Social registration society NGO
102 013-E KISHAN KUNJ Women Shabana Rahman B.com 39 Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan
103 050-E BABARPUR Women Subarna M.com, MSW 35 International Para Athelete award winner
104 010-E VINOD NAGAR General Zafar Khan Under Graduate 23 Social Activist
105 081-N KISHAN GANJ Women Tinkle Kalia 12th pass 35 First Women Ambulance Seva driver and
Free Ambulance seva to the poor patient
106 082-N ANAND PARBAT SC(W) Sangeeta 10th pass 34 Social Activist
107 099-N KARAMPURA Women Seema Jha CS, LLB, B.com 42 Social Activist
108 097-N BALJIT NAGAR Women Veena Singh BA 43 Active Member of Swaraj India
109 019-N SARUP NAGAR Women Suman Sharma 12th pass 24 Social Activist
110 020-N SWAMI SHARDA NAND COLONY General Mohd. Yasin No formal Education 46 Social Activist
111 022-N BHALSWA General Pawan Kumar 12th pass 45 Social Activist
112 062-N SHALIMAR BAGH -NORTH Women Ekta Mehra 10th pass 43 Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan
113 064-N PITAMPURA Women Pushpinder Kaur Graduate 44 Social Activist
114 056-N MANGOLPURI-C SC(W) Mamta 10th pass 30 Regar panchayat samiti worker and
Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan
115 069-S VASANT KUNJ General Harbeer SIngh B.Tech In IT dept. 30 President OF RWA Rajkori,
Software Engineer
116 077-S SANGAM VIHAR-A General Ajay Kumar 12th Pass 33 Social Activist, mainly focuses
on teaching in Jhuggi poor students
117 020-S VIKASPURI Women Mamta Khera 10th pass 31 Social Activist and member of lok Bhartiya NGO
118 079-S MADANGIR SC Manish Lal BA 41 Social Activist and
President of NGO called
Seif Supported People
119 022-S SAINIK ENCLAVE Women Preeti kethri 10th pass 39 Swraj India active volunteer
120 026-S MOHAN GARDEN-NORTH Women Rachna Gandhi 12th pass 39 Yoga Trainer
121 103-S MADANPUR KHADAR EAST SC(W) Anita Verma Graduate 31 De Doers Saga Foundation Vice President..
work for Women empowerment
122 013-S TILAK NAGAR General Suraj Malhotra 9th pass 38 Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan,
Swaraj abhiyan Active worker
123 023-S VIKAS NAGAR General Dimple Gupta Graduate in political Science 43 Social Acivist
124 061-S SAFDARJUNG ENCLAVE Women Anita Lakra 12th Pass 47 Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan
125 024-S BAPRAULA Women Amrita Rashim BA 38 Active volunteer of Janlokpal Andolan
126 036-S DWARKA - A Women Raja Rani Gaur 10th pass 61 Nurse in Lady Harding Medical Collage
127 038-S DWARKA-B Women Namita Singh MBA 38 Social Activist
128 050-S MAHIPALPUR General Sanjay 9th pass 43 Social Acivist
129 014-S MAHAVIR NAGAR Women Anju Sharma B.A., B.Ed (DU) 46 Social Activist in Sai Disha Smriti Parivar
130 027-S NAWADA General Alka Ghelot Under Graduate 50 Running a play school. Social Activist mainly
works on Anti-Licquir movement.
 

दिल्ली को एक सार्थक विकल्प देने के उद्देश्य से स्वराज इंडिया आगामी एमसीडी चुनावों में हिस्सा ले रही है। बीजेपी शाषित नगर निगम को भ्रष्टाचार का अड्डा बनाने वाले पार्षदों के ख़िलाफ़ दिल्ली के आम लोगों में भारी गुस्सा है। जिसका जवाब अगले चुनाव में बीजेपी को मिल जाएगा।

ज्ञात हो कि स्वराज इंडिया ने तीनों निगम के लिए तीन अलग स्क्रीनिंग कमिटी का गठन किया है जो उम्मीदवारों पर जांच, पड़ताल, सलाह और विचार करके चयन समिति को नाम भेजती है। चयन समिति नामों की घोषणा करती है। इसके अलावा अंजलि भारद्वाज की अध्यक्षता में एक स्वतंत्र इंटेग्रिटी कमिटी का भी गठन किया गया है जिसे प्रत्याशियों के ख़िलाफ़ किसी भी तरह की शिकायत पर अंतिम निर्णय लेने का अधिकार है।


 

CANDIDATE SELECTION INTEGRITY COMMITTEE

FAQs on the Integrity Committee for the Swaraj India Party:


What is the integrity committee?

The integrity committee has been set up as an independent committee to review and rule on complaints regarding the candidates selected by the Swaraj India Party. The committee is headed by an independent person, who is in no way connected to the party or its affairs and is not a member of the party. The ruling of the Integrity Committee is binding on Swaraj India.

Who are the members of the committee?

Ms. Anjali Bhardwaj- Chairperson (independent of the party)

Prof. Bharat Seth (independent of the party)

Mr. Ravi Chopra

Mr. Faheem Khan

Capt. Narayan Das

P.S.Sharda

What is the mandate of the committee?

The mandate of the committee is to receive and rule on complaints regarding the candidates selected by the Swaraj India Party. The committee shall look into complaints regarding issues of integrity related to the 4C's only - Character, Corruption, Communalism & Criminality.

How can a complaint be filed to the committee?

Complaints have to be filed in writing. The complaint must be on issues of integrity related to the 4C's - Character, Corruption, Communalism & Criminality. Each complaint must be accompanied with relevant documents/material in support of the allegations contained in the complaint. The complaint may be sent by:

Email: swarajindia.ic@gmail.com

Registered/Speed Post/By Hand (in a sealed cover and “Integrity Committee” written on top of the envelope):

Mr. P.S. Sharda

285, Lawyers Chamber

Block 2, Delhi High Court

Sher Shah Road

New Delhi-110003

All complaints sent via post or delivered by hand must be in a sealed cover and addressed to the Integrity Committee.

What should the complaint include?

Each complaint must be accompanied with relevant documents/material in support of the allegations contained in the complaint. It is recommended that the complainant provide his/her name and contact address and phone number to enable the committee to provide an opportunity of being heard to the complainant in the process of looking into a complaint. However, complaints may also be made anonymously.

What action can the committee take?

The committee can, in its ruling, direct the party to take any such action as deemed fit by the committee. The decision of the committee shall be binding. 

In how much time will the committee respond?

The Committee shall endeavour to arrive at the final decision with respect to each complaint ASAP, within ten days of the same being received by the Committee.


 

Kisan Bill I

Bill No. XX of 2017

THE FARMERS’ RIGHT TO ASSURED REMUNERATIVE PRICES FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE BILL, 2017

KRISHI UPAJ LAABHKARI MOOLYA GUARANTEE BILL

A Bill

to confer a right on all farmers, to obtain an assured remunerative price upon sale of agricultural produce and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

WHEREAS safeguarding the right to livelihood is essential for the realization of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India;

AND WHEREAS, article 38(2) of the Constitution provides that the State shall, in particular, strive to minimize the inequalities in income, and endeavour to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities not only amongst individuals but also amongst groups of people residing in different areas or engaged in different vocations;

AND WHEREAS, article 39(a) of the Constitution provides that the State shall direct its policies towards securing that the citizens, men and women equally, have the right to an adequate means of livelihood;

AND WHEREAS farmers do not get adequate return of their investment and toil despite good production, and therefore the condition is steadily deteriorating and tens of thousands of farmers are committing suicide every year;

AND WHEREAS, the price realized by farmers for their produce is not providing sufficient returns above the cost of production to provide income to sustain basic needs of the households;

AND WHEREAS, ensuring adequate returns in agriculture is essential to safeguarding the food security and food sovereignty of the nation;

AND WHEREAS, to improve the condition of farmers and ensure food sovereignty of the nation, it is essential to provide them a right to assured remunerative price for all agricultural produce;

AND WHEREAS, the government is obligated to prevent farmer suicides;

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-eighth year of the Republic of India, as follows:-

Bill No. XXX of 2017

THE FARMERS’ RIGHT TO ASSURED REMUNERATIVE PRICE FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE, 2017

A

BILL

To confer a right on all farmers, to obtain an assured remunerative price upon sale of agricultural produce, and for matters connected therewith, or incidental thereto.

            BE it enacted by the Indian Parliament in the sixty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

1.

Chapter I:

PRELIMINARY – DEFINITIONS & INTERPRETATIONS

(1) This Act may be called the Farmers’ Right to Assured Remunerative Price for Agricultural Produce, 2017

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, shall specify in this behalf.

(3) It extends to the whole of India.

Short title, extent, and commencement

2.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

  1. “agriculture” includes horticulture, farming and growing of medicinal plants, crops and intercrops, fruits, vegetables, milk production, gathering of minor forest produce, flowers, grass, fodder grass and trees or any kind of cultivation of soil, conducting nursery, breeding and keeping of livestock including fish mussel, bees, silkworm, poultry, duck, cattle or pig and the use of land for agriculture allied activities or any other agricultural purposes;
  2. “agricultural expert” includes a person by virtue of academic qualification and proven academic record;
  3. “Assured Remunerative Price” is the price that has at least 50% profit margin over and above the comprehensive cost of production of a given agricultural commodity; at the state level, this could include Bonus announced by the state government additionally, over and above the Assured Remunerative Price announced by the Central Government
  4. “Commission” means the Central Agricultural Costs and Prices constituted under Section 4;
  5. “Deficit Payment” means the difference in amount, of price obtained by a farmer and the Assured Remunerative Price, that shall be paid to the farmer, as per Section 13 of this Act, as direct benefit transfer;
  6. “farmer” means a person actively engaged in the economic and/or livelihood activity of growing crops, or producing other primary agricultural commodities with or without land ownership, and will include all agricultural operational holders, cultivators, agricultural labourers, sharecroppers, tenants, poultry and livestock rearers, fishers, beekeepers, pastoralists, non-corporate planters and planting labourers as well as forest-gatherers. Self-help groups doing cultivation on collectively owned or leased-in land are included.
  7. “Government” means the Central Government;
  8. “markets” mean regulated markets, as well as contract farming arrangements that different entities have for procuring agricultural commodities from farmers, milk collection centres, procurement centres opened by different public sector agencies and other market yards run by government agencies including Panchayats;
  9. “member” means a member of the Commission and includes the Chairperson;
  10. “prescribed” means prescribed by rules under this Act;
  11. “State Commission” means the Commissions set up at the state level as per Section (9) of this Act;
  12. “trader” means any individual, or any other regulated entity including sole proprietorship, joint partnership, public sector or corporate entity, that purchases agricultural commodities from farmers directly;

Definitions

\3.

Chapter II:

ASSURED REMUNERATIVE PRICE FOR ALL AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES

  1. Every farmer shall be entitled to an Assured Remunerative Price for all agricultural commodities;

(2) The Government, through the Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), shall institute robust, accurate systems for estimation of Cost of Production for all agricultural commodities produced by Farmers as defined under Schedule of this Act,

Provided that

  1. the Cost estimation shall be comprehensive with all paid-out costs, imputed costs including land rental, family labour at skilled wage rates and managerial costs included,
  2. that deficiencies in estimation shall be periodically reviewed and corrections implemented;
  3. that for those commodities where the system of cost estimation does not exist, the Government shall institute such systems that require data collection on a timely basis;

(3) The Assured Remunerative Price shall be fixed based on the recommendations of the CACP,

Provided that the Assured Remunerative Price shall provide at least 50% profit margin above the comprehensive Cost of Production as stipulated in 3(2);

(4) As soon as may be, after the receipt of recommendation of the Commission, Central Government shall declare the Assured Remunerative Prices of all agricultural commodities;

(a) Further specified that the Assured Remunerative Prices shall be declared by the Government on or before March 31st of every year for the ensuing Kharif production season and on or before August 31st of every year for the ensuing Rabi production season;

(5) Nothing shall preclude the State Governments from declaring a bonus in addition to the Assured Remunerative Price declared by the Central Government.

Right of Farmers to Assured Remunerative Price

Comprehensive estimation of Cost of Production

Determination of Assured Remunerative Price

Declaration of Assured Remunerative Price by Central Government

Power of States to declare bonuses

4.

Chapter III:

COMMISSION ON AGRICULTURAL COSTS AND PRICES (CACP)

(1) The Government shall bring under the purview of this Act, as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, by notification in the Gazette, the existing Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), for the purpose of exercising the powers and performing the functions under this Act, with consequent changes in the existing constitution, mandate and terms of reference.

(2) The Commission shall be expanded to consist of eleven members, namely:–

  1. An agricultural economics expert : Chairperson (full time)
  2. An official not less than Joint Secretary level from the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare : Member
  3.  five representatives of farmers, including leaders of farmers unions and persons with a proven record of having worked on farmers’ issues : Non Official Members
  4. three agricultural experts : Non Official Members
  5. an official of the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare:: Member-Secretary (full time)

(3) The Chairperson and Members shall be nominated by the Government.

(4) Such nominations shall take into consideration equitable regional representation from across the country, sectoral representation and gender, especially for sub-section (2) (iii) and (iv) above, and on a rotational basis for representation of different states every time the Commission is re-constituted or vacancies filled.

(5) Government shall ensure that no Member including Chairperson represents any conflict of interest pertaining to the discharge of their functions.

(6) The Government to appoint as many staff members as may be necessary, to assist the Commission in such manner as may be prescribed.

(7) In the discharge of their duties, the Secretary and other staff referred to in subsection (6) shall be subject to the administrative control of the Chairperson.

Re-organising the Constitution  of CACP and setting

5.

(1) The term of the Commission shall be 5 years:

Provided that, the Government may extend such period, if deemed necessary;

(2) A member may, by writing under his/her hand and addressed to the Government, resign his/her office at any time.

(3) A vacancy arising by reason of resignation of any member of the Commission under subsection (2) or otherwise shall be filled up in accordance with the provisions contained in section (4) of this Act:

Provided that the person so appointed shall hold office only for the remaining period of term of the person, in whose place s/he is appointed.

(4) Government may remove any member, if s/he,--

  1. is declared as undischarged insolvent/debtor:
  2. becomes incapable of continuing as such, due to physical or mental disability:
  3. becomes of unsound mind and stands so declared by a court of competent jurisdiction;
  4. has been convicted for an offence, which in the opinion of the Government involves moral turpitude or financial irregularities:
  5. has, in the opinion of the Government, abused his/her official position so as to render his/her continuance in office prejudicial to public interest:

Provided that the person may be given an opportunity of being heard, before proceeding as such.

(5) The Commission shall regulate its own procedure for the conduct of its business.

(6) The salary and allowances, and the other conditions of service of the Chairperson and members shall be, as may be prescribed.

Term of the Commission and conditions of service of the members

6.

  1. The Commission shall have all such powers as are necessary for achieving the objects of this Act, and in particular.-
  1. To recommend Assured Remunerative Prices for all agricultural commodities based on a fixed formula of a minimum profit margin of at least 50% over and above the comprehensive cost of production;
  2. To recommend all other such measures that will assure a remunerative and stable price environment for farmers, including improvements in the marketing infrastructure and procedures;
  3. To monitor the prices being realised by farmers for various agricultural commodities all over the country and send prompt advisories to all concerned agencies/departments for effective action to be taken;
  4. Power to be consulted on all export-import policies of Government of India, including on free trade agreements to be signed, so that the Commission may provide its recommendations, to advise the concerned Ministry on decision to be taken on the referred matter, with minimal adverse ramifications for the Assured Remunerative Prices announced.

Powers and functions of the Commission

7.

  1. The Commission shall publish all relevant information including the cost estimations, basis of Assured Remunerative Prices recommended, market price trends, minutes of its meetings/sittings and any other material on its website;
  2. The Commission shall prepare a report of its functioning of that year under this Act and the same shall be submitted to the Government in such form on or before such date as may be prescribed;
  3. The Annual Report submitted to the Government under sub-section (2) above shall be laid before the Parliament as soon as may be, after the same is received by the Government.

Transparent functioning, and Annual Report to be laid before the Parliament

8.

  1. The Commission shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare annual statements of accounts, in such form as may be prescribed;
  2. The accounts of the Commission shall be audited annually and the audited report shall be placed before the Parliament, along with the Annual Report by the government.

Accounts and Audit

9.

Chapter IV:

STATE COMMISSIONS ON AGRICULTURAL PRICES

  1. State governments shall set up a State Commission on Agricultural Prices and any existing Commissions with similar mandates will be brought under the purview of this Act, with the terms and conditions as laid down here under;
  2. A State Commission on Agricultural Prices shall be constituted in all states to consist of seven members, namely:–
  1. An agricultural economics expert : Chairperson (full time)
  2. An official from the Department of Agriculture/ Horticulture/Animal Husbandry: Official Member
  3. 3 representatives of farmers, including leaders of farmers unions and persons with a proven record of having worked on farmers’ issues : Non Official Members
  4. 1 agricultural expert : Non Official Member
  5. 1 official of the Department of Marketing (by whatever name such a department exists in a given state): Member-Secretary (full time)

(3) The Chairperson and Members shall be nominated by the State Government.

(4) Such nominations shall take into consideration equitable regional representation from across the country, sectoral representation and gender, especially for sub-section (2) (iii) and (iv) above, and on a rotational basis for representation of different regions within a state every time the Commission is re-constituted or vacancies filled.

(5) State Government shall ensure that no Member including Chairperson represents any conflict of interest pertaining to the discharge of their functions.

(6) The State Government to appoint as many staff members as may be necessary, to assist the State Commission in such manner as may be prescribed.

(7) In the discharge of their duties, the Secretary and other staff referred to in subsection (6) shall be subject to the administrative control of the Chairperson under 9 (2) (i) above.

Constitution of State Commissions on Agricultural Prices

10.

(1) The term of the State Commission shall be 5 years:

Provided that, the State Government may extend such period, if deemed necessary;

(2) A member may, by writing under his/her hand and addressed to the Government, resign his/her office at any time.

(3) A vacancy arising by reason of resignation of any member of the State Commission under subsection (2) or otherwise shall be filled up in accordance with the provisions contained in section 8 of this Act:

Provided that the person so appointed shall hold office only for the remaining period of term of the person, in whose place s/he is appointed.

(4) State Government may remove any member, if s/he,--

  1. is declared as un-discharged insolvent/debtor:
  2. becomes incapable of continuing as such, due to physical or mental disability:
  3. becomes of unsound mind and stands so declared by a court of competent jurisdiction;
  4. has been convicted for an offence, which in the opinion of the State Government involves moral turpitude or financial irregularities:
  5. has, in the opinion of the State Government, abused his/her official position so as to render his/her continuance in office prejudicial to public interest:

Provided that the person may be given an opportunity of being heard, before proceeding as such.

(5) The State Commission shall regulate its own procedure for the conduct of its business.

(6) The salary and allowances, and the other conditions of service of the State Commission Chairperson and members shall be, as may be prescribed.

Term of the State Commission and conditions of service of the members

11.

  1. The State Commission shall have all such powers as are necessary for achieving the objects of this Act, and in particular.-
  1. To recommend to the state government additional prices that can be fixed as the state level Assured Remunerative Price, that will be applicable only within that state, over and above the ARP declared by the central government. Such a recommendation can take into account higher cost of production in the state, or other policy considerations of incentivising particular crops and commodities for balanced sustainable agricultural growth;
  2. To monitor the price situation in various markets on a regular basis to send advisories for interventions and oversee the interventions being taken up by the state government for their efficacy;
  3. To order deficit payments to all farmers in a region/district/commodity when average prices fall below the Assured Remunerative Price without individual farmers having to resort to Grievance Redressal as specified in section 15 (3);
  4. To inquire into failures to discharge duties, on particular public servants and authorities and recommend penalties to be imposed as per section 15 (4) of this Act;
  5. To send recommendations to CACP on related matters.

Powers and functions of the State Commission on Agricultural Prices

12.

Chapter V:

IMPLEMENTATION OF ASSURED REMUNERATIVE PRICE

  1. In all agricultural markets of different forms including APMC markets, the auction or offer price for every crop will begin with the Assured Remunerative Price as the floor price and no auction shall be allowed below the said price;

  1. No buyer, including a buyer in any contract farming arrangement, shall purchase any crop below the Assured Remunerative Price, and any buyer resorting to purchase below Assured Remunerative Price will be liable to prosecution;

  1. There shall be de-barring of traders from abstaining from purchases in avoidance of this Act, especially during the quarter succeeding the seasonal harvest of a given commodity. 

(3) The Government shall open adequate number of procurement centres for all commodities in as localised a manner as possible, for procuring sufficient quantities through food schemes and commodity corporations at or above Assured Remunerative Price to ensure a market for the farmers’ produce;

(4) The Government shall implement timely and effective market intervention scheme in all commodities when market prices are going down, and shall provide sufficient financial outlays to ensure purchases at Assured Remunerative Price;

(5) The Government shall implement effective mechanism for identifying the actual cultivators including tenant farmers and sharecroppers and ensuring that they get the benefit of Assured Remunerative Price, procurement and market intervention;

(7) The Government shall be responsible for implementing effective schemes to prevent farmers from selling produce at low cost due to financial compulsion, including massive increase in access to storage facilities to enable all farmers to store their produce and sell at a time of remunerative prices, and schemes like warehouse receipts which enable the farmers to access finance of at least 75% of the value of the stored crop valued at Assured Remunerative Price or market value whichever is higher;

(8) The Government shall invest in organising farmers into Farmer Producer Organisations, with sufficient infrastructure and financial capital to run their marketing enterprises including processed, value-added produce;

(9) The Government shall take all measures to reduce the cost of production by reducing the input costs through subsidies and schemes, and by promoting low-cost sustainable methods of agriculture

Bar on auction or offer of price below Assured Remunerative Price

Obligation on the government to open Procurement Centres

Timely and effective market intervention

Actual benefit to go to real cultivators

Other measures to prevent distress sales

Investments on FPOs

Measures to reduce and regulate input costs

13.

Chapter VI:

GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL BY WAY OF DEFICIT PAYMENT AND COMPENSATION

  1. Any farmer who does not obtain the Assured Remunerative Price for her/his sale of agricultural commodities is entitled to a Deficit Payment as defined, which is the difference between the price obtained by the farmer and the Assured Remunerative Price.

  1. A 3-member Grievance Redressal Committee shall be set up at the district-level, under the administrative oversight of the Agricultural Marketing Department, to receive and resolve individual complaints from farmers who do not obtain Assured Remunerative Price for their sale.
    1. This Committee shall consist of a district level representative each of the agriculture and marketing departments, in addition to a Farmers’ Representative.
    2. Such a Committee shall follow a simple verification procedure to be followed in case of individual farmers, to determine the quantum of amount to be paid, and issue its directions for Deficit Payment for that farmer, within a month of receiving an application.

  1. In the case of average market price which is below the Assured Remunerative Price for a particular commodity, the State CACP can recommend Deficit Payment to all eligible farmers who sold the particular commodity.

  1. If a farmer does not receive the assistance and compensation as per the above, the farmer may approach the State Commission for grievance redressal.

Entitlement to Deficit Payment

District level Grievance Redressal Committee and Orders for Deficit payment through DBT

Compensation for delays

14.

Chapter VII:

OBLIGATIONS ON THE CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS

  1. The Government shall set aside and spend adequate funds for a comprehensive assessment of costs for all commodities, including by instituting systems for collection of data for such agricultural commodities for which such data systems do not exist at this point of time;
  2. The Government shall set aside adequate financial outlays for the effective functioning of the CACP including for commissioned primary research and other such work of the Commission;
  3. The Government shall set aside adequate financial outlays for setting up an “Assured Market Prices Fund” with an initial outlay of Rs. 100,000 crores for effective market intervention, which is in addition to the financial outlays given to various agencies for procurement of food grains under the ongoing food schemes.
  1. Such a Fund to be utilised for Direct Benefit Transfer of Deficit Payments as ordered by District Level Committees, to be executed within one month of the Committee’s written orders on the same
  1. State Governments to set up their own Funds with adequate outlays, to meet the obligations of fixing any ARP over and above the CACP’s recommendation and government’s announcement of Assured Remunerative Prices.

Obligations of the Central Government

15.

Chapter VIII:

OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

  1. Any trader who is found to be contravening the Section 12 (1) and (2) clauses of this Act, by purchasing below the ARP shall be subject to a penalty of one lakh rupees;
    1. A second-time offence by a trader shall attract a higher penalty of two lakh rupees;
    2. A third time offence shall attract penalty of three lakh rupees as well as barring from any future trading, for all non-governmental traders;
  2. The public servants and authorities found guilty by the State Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices, for lack of effective monitoring, for failure to promptly initiate prosecution action against traders purchasing below Assured Remunerative Prices, and for lack of effective market intervention and also for failure to provide Deficit Payment and Compensation as specified in 11 (1) (d) of this Act, without reasonable cause or wilfully neglecting their duty, shall be liable to penalty of at least Rs. 50,000/-.

Offences and Penalties under this Act

16.

Chapter IX:

MISCELLANEOUS

The provisions of this Act or any rule or order made thereunder shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any law, other than this Act, or any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act.

Overriding effect of Act.

17.

Every member of the Commission nominated under sub-section (2) of section 4, sub-section (2) of section 9 and the Secretary and other staff appointed under sub-sections (6) of Section 4 and 9, shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 (Central Act 45 of 1860).

Members of the Commission shall be public servants.

18.

(1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Government may, by order, as occasion requires, do anything not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, which appears to them to be necessary for the purpose of removing the difficulty:

(2) Every order made under this section shall be laid before the Parliament.

Power to remove difficulties

19.

(1) The Government may, by notification in the Gazette, make rules for the purpose of carrying in to effect the provisions of this Act.

(2) Every rule made under this section, shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before the Parliament while it is in session for a total period of fourteen days which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions and if before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following, the Parliament makes any modification in the rule or decides that the rules should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

Power to make rules.


 

Kisan Bill II

KISAN KARZA MUKTI BILL/VIDHEYAK, 2017

THE FARMERS’ FREEDOM FROM DEBT BILL, 2017

A

BILL

To provide immediate loan waiver to indebted farmers and to provide continuous relief to those farmers who are in distress due to indebtedness by constituting a commission with power to pass awards and to recommend appropriate measures for the redressal of the grievances of indebted farmers and matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

__________

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

WHEREAS, the nation is indebted to farmers for the food security and sovereignty functions that they contribute to;

AND WHEREAS, farm commodity prices have been kept low as a policy measure, with several regulations on marketing, which in turn adversely affected farmers’ returns and built up indebtedness;

AND WHEREAS, there has been a failure to keep input prices in check, to provide comprehensive institutional credit facilities, to execute effective risk insurance and disaster relief measures, and to build infrastructure which have in turn resulted in losses for farmers leading to debt;  

AND WHEREAS, certain districts and crops in the country are afflicted by severe distress due to the agrarian crisis, and it ruined many farmers financially and led to suicides;

AND WHEREAS, several suits and other proceedings have been filed in courts, tribunals and other authorities for the recovery of debts accrued from farmers;

AND WHEREAS safeguarding the right to livelihood is essential for the realization of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India;

AND WHEREAS, it is expedient to provide relief to the farmers who are in distress due to indebtedness, by providing immediate relief as well as by constituting a Commission with power to pass awards after adjudication and recommend appropriate measures for the redressal of the grievances of such farmers through conciliation and negotiation and for matters connected there with or incidental thereto;

Bill No. of 2017

THE FARMERS’ FREEDOM FROM DEBT BILL, 2017

A

BILL

To provide immediate complete loan waiver to indebted farmers and to provide continuous relief to those farmers who are in distress due to indebtedness by constituting a commission with power to pass awards and to recommend appropriate measures for the redressal of the grievances of such farmers and matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

            BE it enacted by the Indian Parliament in the sixty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY: DEFINITIONS & INTERPRETATIONS

1.

(1) This Act may be called the Farmers’ Freedom from Debt Act, 2017.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, shall specify in this/her behalf.

(3) It extends to the whole of India.

Short title, extent, and commencement

2.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

  1. “agriculture” includes horticulture, farming and growing of medicinal plants, crops and intercrops, fruits, vegetables, milk production, gathering of minor forest produce, fishing, flowers, grass, fodder grass and trees or any kind of cultivation of soil, conducting nursery, breeding and keeping of livestock including fish and mussels, bees, silkworm, poultry, duck, cattle or pig and the use of land for agriculture allied activities or any other agricultural purposes;
  2. “agricultural expert” includes a person by virtue of academic qualification and proven academic record;
  3. “Commission” means the National Farmers' Debt Relief Commission constituted under section 4;
  4. “private creditor” means any person engaged in money lending, whether under a licence or not and includes his/her heirs, legal representatives, assignees, co-operative society and any other person as may be notified by the Government;
  5. “debt” means any liability, whether secured or unsecured, due from a farmer on or before the commencement of this Act or, in respect of any particular distress affected area in the state, on or before such date as the Government may, by notification in the Gazette specify, whether payable under a contract, or under a decree or order of any Court or tribunal or otherwise and includes,
  • any sum payable to,-
  • an institutional creditor;
  • a private creditor;

But does not include any loan amount taken by the farmer for commercial purposes or luxury other than agricultural allied commercial purposes, to augment his/her income;

  1. “district” means a revenue district;
  2. “distress affected area” means revenue district or districts or part thereof in the State, declared by the Government as per Section 7, for the purpose of this Act, on the recommendations of the Commission which could include natural calamities, price crash, failure of crop due to other reasons incl. supply of spurious inputs etc.;
  3. “distress affected crop” means any crop or crops of the State declared by the Government as per section 7 on the recommendation of the Commission, for the purpose of this Act which could include natural calamities, price crash, failure of crop due to other reasons incl. supply of spurious inputs;
  4. “distress affected farmer” means a farmer declared as such by the Commission and includes agricultural labourer for the purpose of this Act;
  5. “fair rate of interest” means the rate of interest determined by the Commission under sub-section (1) of section 6 of this Act;
  6. “farmer” means a person actively engaged in the economic and/or livelihood activity of growing crops, or producing other primary agricultural commodities with or without land ownership, and will include all agricultural operational holders, cultivators, sharecroppers, tenants, agricultural labourers, poultry and livestock rearers, fisherpeople, beekeepers, pastoralists, non-corporate planters and planting labourers as well as forest-gatherers. Self-help groups doing cultivation on collectively owned, or leased-in land are included.
  7. “financial institution” means any financial institution constituted by or under any Central Act, State Act for the time being in force and owned and controlled by the Government;
  8. “Government” means the Central Government;
  9. “institutional creditor” means the State Bank of India or any Subsidiary Bank within the meaning of clause (k) of section 2 of the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Bank) Act, 1959 or any Scheduled Bank including regional rural banks and cooperative societies;
  10. “interest” means any amount payable in excess of the principal amount borrowed or pecuniary obligation incurred, by whatsoever name, such amount may be called, whether the same is expressly mentioned or not in the document or contract, if any;
  11. “member” means a member of the Commission and includes the Chairperson;
  12. “penal interest” means any amount payable in excess of interest on a debt;
  13. “prescribed” means prescribed by rules under this Act;
  14. “principal amount” means the amount originally advanced together with the amount, if any, as has been subsequently advanced, notwithstanding any stipulation to treat any interest as capital and notwithstanding that the debt has been renewed, whether by the same farmer or by his/her heirs, assignees, or legal representatives or by any other person acting on his/her behalf or on his/her interest, and whether in favour of the same creditor or his/her heirs, assignees or legal representatives or of any other person acting on his/her behalf or in his/her interest;
  15. “Secretary” means the Secretary to the Commission appointed under sub-section (6) of section 4.

Definitions

CHAPTER II

IMMEDIATE DEBT RELIEF

3.

(1) Every farmer, including all categories as defined in Section 2, shall be entitled to immediate unconditional waiver of the entire amount of outstanding institutional loans as of 20th November, 2017;

(2) Farmers who have repaid the bank loans from the earlier financial year to the cut-off period of sub-section (1) above shall have their accounts credited with the amount of scale of finance for the crop grown;

(3) The waiver of loans shall be implemented in a single instalment and the Government shall take all measures to ensure  the issuance of fresh loans to all eligible farmers in the ensuing season without any impact due to the implementation of loan waiver;

(4) The Government shall provide sufficient funds to the State governments to implement waiver of loans from cooperative banks;

(5) All farmer loans from non-institutional sources shall be converted through debt-swapping into institutional loans. The government shall specify a process for the same;

(6) The Government shall implement a waiver of such bank loans arising out of debt-swapping.

Right of farmer to receive relief from debt.

CHAPTER III

FARMERS’ DEBT RELIEF COMMISSION

4.

(1) The Government shall, as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act and after implementing Section 3, by notification in the Gazette, constitute a Commission by the name, "the National Farmers' Debt Relief Commission", for the purpose of exercising the powers and performing the functions under this Act.

(2) The Commission shall consist of nine members, namely:–

  1. a retired Supreme Court Judge : Chairperson
  2. a  retired High Court Judge : Member
  3.  two agricultural experts incl. social scientists : Members
  4. four representatives of farmers, including leaders of farmers unions and persons with a proven record of having worked on farmers’ issues : Members
  5. a person working in connection with economic/co-operative sector : Member

(3) The Chairperson and Members shall be nominated by the Government.

(4) Such nominations shall take into consideration equitable regional representation from across the country, sectoral representation and gender, especially for sub-section (2) (iii)-(v) above.

(5) Government shall ensure that no Member including Chairperson represents any conflict of interest pertaining to the discharge of their functions.

(6) The Government may, appoint a Secretary and other staff as may be necessary, to assist the Commission in such manner as may be prescribed.

(7) In the discharge of their duties, the Secretary and other staff referred in subsection (6) shall be subject to the administrative control of the Chairperson.    

Constitution of the Commission.

5.

(1) The term of the Commission shall be 5 years:

Provided that, the Government may extend such period, if deemed necessary and provided that the existing Commission may continue to function for upto one additional year till new Commission is appointed.

(2) A member may, by writing under his/her hand and address to the Government, resign his/her office at any time.

(3) A vacancy arising by reason of resignation of any member of the Commission under subsection (2) or otherwise shall be filled up in accordance with the provisions contained in section 4 of this Act:

Provided that the person so appointed shall hold office only for the remaining period of term of the person, in whose place s/he is appointed.

(4) Government may remove any member, if s/he,--

  1. is declared as undischarged insolvent/debtor:
  2. becomes incapable of continuing as such, due to physical or mental disability:
  3. becomes of unsound mind and stands so declared by a court of competent jurisdiction;
  4. has been convicted for an offence, which in the opinion of the Government involves moral turpitude or financial irregularities:
  5. has, in the opinion of the Government, abused his/her official position so as to render his/her continuance in office prejudicial to public interest:

Provided that the person may be given an opportunity of being heard, before proceeding as such.

(5) The Commission shall regulate its own procedure for the conduct of its business.

(6) The salary and allowances, and the other conditions of service of the Chairperson and members shall be, as may be prescribed.

Term of the Commission and conditions of service of the members.

6.

(1) The Commission shall have all such powers as are necessary for achieving the objects of this Act, and in particular.-

  1. to oversee the implementation of the Immediate Debt Relief as per Section 3, including asking from the Government for general and specific information on the same;
  2. to receive submissions of grievances from farmers about implementation of Immediate Debt Relief as per Section 3 of this Act and to resolve them by processing and passing Orders in each case through simple procedures to be specified by the Commission;
  3. to recommend to the Government either suo motu or on application, after such enquiry as it may deem fit including by drawing in required expertise from competent outsiders, and subject to such general guidelines as may be prescribed by Government, to declare a district or districts or part thereof or a crop or crops as distress affected area, or distress affected crop, as the case may be, and on application to declare a farmer as distress affected farmer subject to such enquiry and norms;
  4. to fix, in the case of creditors other than institutional creditors, a fair rate of interest and an approved level of debt, to be payable as the Commission may consider just and reasonable, by a farmer declared as distress affected or related to an area or crop declared as distress affected area or distress affected crop as per section 7 as the case may be;
  5. to recommend to the Government regarding the extent and the manner in which any future debt relief to be granted to the farmers;
  6. to recommend to the Government to take over the entire or partial debt and exonerate the farmers, from the effects of the debt;
  7. to recommend to the Government regarding mechanisms for debt-swapping of non-institutional loans of distressed farmers;
  8. to recommend to the Government to do such acts as may be necessary to ensure that future credit requirements of the farmers are met through such agencies, as may be prescribed;
  9. to make periodical reports to the Government generally on any matter pertaining to farmer indebtedness; and
  10. to perform such other functions and exercise such other powers, as may be prescribed.

(2) Issue orders in case of farmers described in clause (d) of sub-section (1) to the creditors, other than institutional creditors,

(a) to keep in abeyance the repayment of all debts considering the nature of crops and crop loss, for a period not less than one year but not more than 3 years:

Provided that such orders shall be subject to the awards and directions under sub-section (1).

(b) to initiate and facilitate on behalf of farmers with regard to loans from creditors, debt-swapping with institutional creditors, with interest liability borne by the government;

(3) An award passed by the Commission under clause (d) of sub section (1) shall be binding on the respondent.

(4) The awards of Commission under clause (d) of sub-section (1) shall be executed under the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Central Act 5 of 1908) as if it is decree of a Civil Court, and accordingly, Title Deeds or any other documents pertaining to the loan with the creditor have to be returned to the farmer, as the case may be within the specified time. The awards of the Commission shall be executed within a specific time period of 30 days or otherwise, as specified in each award. A farmer may obtain an Execution Decree from a Civil Court if the respondent party does not comply to the time limit.

(5) The Commission shall, for the purpose of exercising the powers conferred by or under this Act, have all the powers of a Civil Court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Central Act 5 of 1908), in respect of the following matters, namely: -

  1. summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him/her on oath;
  2. ordering the non-issuance of any notices or taking up of any coercive action on the farmer, or public shaming of the debtor in any manner, including in crops and areas declared as distressed;
  3. requiring the discovery and production of any documents;
  4. receiving evidence on affidavit;
  5. issuing commission for the examination of witnesses or for local investigation;
  6. inspecting any property or thing concerning which any decision has to be taken;
  7. requisitioning of any public record or copy thereof from any court, authority or office; and
  8. any other matter which may be prescribed.

Powers and functions of the Commission.

7.

As soon as may be, after the receipt of a recommendation under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 6 the Government shall declare, as the case may be, an area or a crop as a distress affected area or a distress affected crop.

To declare as distress affected area or distress affected crop.

8.

A farmer claiming any debt relief under this Act shall file an application before the Commission in a manner and in the form as may be prescribed.

Application for debt relief.

9.

(1) The Commission shall hold its sittings at such places and at such times as may be determined by it :

Provided that the Commission shall hold its sittings in the respective district/districts declared as distress affected areas to consider matters relating to the distress affected areas.

(2) The quorum for the sitting of the Commission shall be five.

(3) The Commission may in appropriate cases it deems fit, hold sittings in districts by constituting a Bench consisting of two or more members:

Provided that at least one member representing the farmer in the Commission shall be included in the Bench so constituted:

Provided further that in case of the Bench constituted by the Commission, the quorum for the meeting of the Bench shall be the total number of members of that Bench or two whichever is less.

Sittings of the Commission

10.

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law or contract or decree or order of any Court or Tribunal, a member authorised by the Commission may pass order to

  1. reschedule short-term loans into medium term loans and medium term loans into long term loans, in respect of the debts availed of by a farmers described in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 6 from commercial banks or other scheduled banks, or
  2. provide necessary facilities for one time settlement of agriculture loans falling under the category of non-performing assets, as per the guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India, provided the farmer is ready for such settlement, or
  3. waive interest as per the norms fixed by the Reserve Bank of India, with the concurrence of the Reserve Bank of India and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Special provisions in respect of settlement of certain loans taken by farmers.

11.

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law or contract or decree or order of any Court or Tribunal, the Commission may reschedule the recovery of loans availed by a farmer described in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 6 on or before the date of declaration as a distress affected area, distress affected crop under section 7 or a distress affected farmer from any financial institution notified by the Government for this purpose.

(2) Where the rescheduling of the loan is made under sub-section (1), the farmer shall be bound to repay such loan to the financial institution concerned within the period allowed by Commission, with the interest liability borne by the government:

Provided that the Commission may, on application by the farmer, exempt him/her, by order, from the repayment of the same for the period so rescheduled, for the reasons to be recorded:

Provided further that the farmer shall be bound to repay the same on such later dates, so fixed by the Commission.

Rescheduling of loans taken by a farmer from financial institutions.

12.

No suit for recovery of debt shall be instituted, or application for execution of a decree in respect of a debt shall be made against a farmer described in sub-section (1) of section 6 and no appeal, revision petition or application for review against any decree or order in any such suit or application shall be presented or made against such a farmer in any Civil Court, or Tribunal or other authority, and such suits, applications, appeals and petitions instituted or made against such a farmer before the date of declaration of a district or part thereof as a distress affected area and pending on such date shall stand stayed, for such period as the Commission may recommend in that behalf.

Bar of suits, applications and other proceedings.

13.

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law or contract or in any decree or order of any Court or Tribunal, a farmer described in sub-section (1) of section 6 may discharge his/her debts in suitable instalments on the principal amount outstanding at the time of each payment, with the interest to be borne by the government, in the manner as may be directed by the Commission and on payment of the same in the manner directed by the Commission, the whole debt shall be deemed to be discharged. 

Payment of principal amount of debts in instalments.

14.

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law or contract or in any decree or order of any Court or Tribunal, if a farmer has repaid the principal amount taken as loan by him/her and an amount equal to it to a creditor other than institutional creditor, the debt shall be deemed to be fully discharged by the said farmer.

The debt shall be deemed as fully repaid.

15.

(1) The Commission shall publish all relevant information including the Awards passed, minutes of its meetings/sittings if any and other such material on its website;

(2) The Commission shall prepare a report of its function of that year under this Act and the same shall be submitted to Government in such form on or before such date as may be prescribed.

(3) The Annual Report submitted to the Government by the Commission under sub-section (2) shall be laid before the Parliament, as soon as may be, after the same is received by the Government.

Transparent functioning, and Annual report to be laid before the Parliament.

16.

(1) The Commission shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts, in such form as may be prescribed.

(2) The accounts of the Commission shall be audited annually and the audited report shall be placed before the Legislative Parliament.

Accounts and Audit.

17.

          18.

                    19.

20.

21.

22.

CHAPTER IV

OBLIGATIONS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

The Government shall set aside and spend adequate financial outlays as required under this Act for Section 3 Immediate Debt Relief as well as on an annual basis to implement the awards passed and orders issued by the Commission.

The Government shall notify certain categories of property related to certain loans to be exempt from attachment or auctioning and also notify prohibition of penal interest charging on crop loans.

The Government shall create a Model Act for state governments to enact, to create state level “Farmer Debt Relief Commissions”, to handle all additional debt relief matters.

The Government shall reform the priority lending norms ensuring that the bank credit under priority lending reaches small and marginal farmers and real cultivators including women farmers, tenant farmers, sharecroppers and adivasi farmers;

The Government shall implement adequate and effective disaster relief and crop insurance schemes to ensure that in years of calamity including drought, floods, cyclones, unseasonal rainfall, hailstorms and pest outbreaks, the farmers do not accumulate debt;

The Government shall establish and promote on a large scale low-cost ecological agriculture as a measure to reduce indebtedness; 

CHAPTER V

MISCELLANEOUS

Obligations of Central Government

Exemption from attachment of property

Creation of Model Act for state governments

Reform of Priority Lending Norms

Effective disaster relief and crop insurance

Promotion of low cost ecological agriculture

23.

The provisions of this Act or any rule or order made thereunder shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any law, other than this Act, or any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act.

Overriding effect of Act.

24.

No civil court shall have jurisdiction to settle, decide or deal with any question or to determine any matter which is by or under the Act or the rule made thereunder are required to be settled, decided or dealt with or to be determined by the Commission or the Government:

Provided that nothing in this section shall be applicable to the execution proceedings under sub-section (5) of section 6.

Bar of jurisdiction of Civil Court.

25.

Every member of the Commission nominated under sub-section (2) of section 4 and the Secretary and other staff appointed under sub-section (6) shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 (Central Act 45 of 1860).

Members of Commission shall be public servants.

26.

No suit or legal proceeding shall lie against any member of the Commission or Secretary or other officers for anything which is done or purported to be done in good faith under this Act.

Protection of action taken in good faith.

27.

(1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Government may, by order, as occasion requires, do anything not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, which appears to them to be necessary for the purpose of removing the difficulty:

Provided that no such order shall be made after the expiry of two years from the date of commencement of this Act.

(2) Every order made under this section shall be laid before the Parliament.

Power to remove difficulties

28.

(1) The Government may, by notification in the Gazette, make rules for the purpose of carrying in to effect the provisions of this Act.

(2) Every rule made under this section, shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before the Parliament while it is in session for a total period of fourteen days which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions and if before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following, the Parliament makes any modification in the rule or decides that the rules should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

Power to make rules.

 

MEMORANDUM REGARDING DELEGATED LEGISLATION

  1. Sub-clause (6) of Clause 3 empowers the Central Government to implement a waiver of such bank loans arising out of debt-swapping.
  2. Clause 4 of the Bill empowers the Central Government to constitute the National Farmers' Debt Relief Commission.
  3. Sub-clause (1) of clause 5 of the Bill empowers the Central Government to extend the term of the Commission, if necessary.
  4. Sub-clause (4) of clause 5 of the Bill empowers the Central Government to remove members.
  5. Clause 7 of the Bill empowers the Central Government to declare distress affected areas or distress affected crops.
  6. Sub-clause (1) of clause 26 of the bill empowers the Central Government to make orders for the purpose of removing difficulties.
  7. Sub-clause (1) of clause 27 is on matters in respect of which rules may be made or notification may be issued, which are essentially matters of detail or procedure. The delegation of legislative power is, therefore, of a normal character.

 
©Swaraj India 2018 | All Rights Reserved.