India Inc backs One Nation One Election

Feb 12, 2024

New Delhi: India ink have advocated together Lok Sabha And to avoid disruptions and additional costs, assembly elections once every five years.
Industry bodies FICCI and CII have made separate presentations before the committee headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind. While FICCI has stuck to its demand of holding elections for the central, state and local governments once every five years, CII has also supported the idea, while proposing elections every two and a half years as an alternative plan. Is kept.
“Our ease of doing business is being significantly disrupted by the multiple elections being held at different times at different levels. With multiple codes of conduct for these elections, the inevitable slowdown in decision making by the government will severely impact business and industry. It also discourages necessary reforms to be undertaken by various governments,” FICCI Secretary General Shailesh Pathak wrote in a letter to the committee after a meeting last week.

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It states that the government must be voted in with a majority for five years, and in cases where the majority is lost, a specific period, for example, 10 days, for an alternative group to gain a vote of confidence. Time should be given. FICCI has suggested, “If no group can claim majority, then mid-term elections should be held only for the remaining term.”
The lobby group cited a NITI Aayog report to argue that governance and development activities were suspended for about seven months in 2014 due to the Model Code of Conduct. It is estimated that reducing frequency of elections could help in saving between Rs 7,500 crore and Rs 12,000 crore.
It also proposes to allow voters to cast their vote at the nearest polling station and use the 'India Stack' based on home-grown technology to prepare the voter list instead of the existing system, which is time consuming.
Rival chamber CII, which had earlier met the panel, has pointed to its demand for general elections in 2012 and 2018 itself, and argued that the Model Code of Conduct impacts infrastructure projects in the initial stage of implementation and Government work is affected due to every election. Because the employees are deployed in the electoral process for almost two months. “The private sector is reluctant to invest in the months before and after elections. The same is the case with public investment, which impacts economic activity, overall growth and jobs and livelihoods,” it said.
It further argued that in addition to a productive day being lost every time an election is held, there is also economic loss as employees often take leave to vote, which is often not the same as at the place of work. ,simultaneous election “The total expenditure on general and state assemblies can be reduced, making it more cost effective and also leading to less days of productive work being lost due to multiple elections,” CII said.

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