In a bid to introduce an employee performance rating system to the parliament, BJP’s MP Varun Gandhi has put up a private bill in Lok Sabha to supervise the conduct of the elected members.
Performance appraisal is a thing in Lok Sabha, that too, a hike of over 100% in some cases. But the protocol to look after the performance and their achievements don’t exist.
In many cases, the majority of the people are disappointed after observing their voted MPs, but the election happens only once in five years. Thus, giving the elected members a chance to ignore their performance rating scale and continue their ineffectiveness.
Varun Gandhi, himself being an elected BJP Member of Parliament from Sultanpur constituency, now wants to take on the futile representatives aggressively. As his bill says, the MPs and MLAs should be forced to resign if 75% of the people who voted for the elected member are now disappointed with their performance.
The BJP MP has requested an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1952 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016. As per the legislation, the recalling process can be initiated by any voter of the constituency by filing a petition before the Speaker and garnering support by at least 1/4th of the total number of electors in that constituency.
After reviewing the petition and confirming its legitimacy, the Speaker will forward the application to the Election Commission for verification of the voters’ appeal. The voting process will be initiated in ten different places within the particular constituency in question. If the 3/4th of the voters decide to re-initiate the election for the proposed seat, the member will be withdrawn, the bill says.
Logic and Justice necessitate that if the people have the power to elect their representatives, they should also have the power to remove these representatives when they engage in misdeeds or fail to fulfill the duties.
Within 24 hours of the receipt of the amended result, the Speaker will notify the result to the general public and the seat will be vacated again. The bypoll in that constituency will start to re-group.
Right now, The Representation of the People Act, 1952 only allows the vacation of the seat and the office under emergence and serious offense charges. The lack of work review allows everyone to continue working under a carefree environment, mortal to public punishment.
With the amendment, if passed, the elected representatives will have numerous reasons to introspect their work conduct and achievements.