Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) has dispatched memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chairman, Law Commission of India Ajit Shah and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds state portfolio of Law and Judiciary, suggesting methods to increase revenue, which simultaneously shall also curb alarmingly rising corruption.
J. P. Sharma, President of VTA said people nowadays are ready to pay premium for efficiency in services, we have ample example like air travel, wherein if you want to be really comfortable on a long distance flight, and, if you want relaxed seating arrangements, you pay for a heavy business class or first class ticket. Which further provides no wait in a long queue when you board, therefore means, to make your life easier, you have to pay more.
Sharma said likewise for train tickets booking government has already introduced Tatkal booking on premium; similarly for land record measurements, 3 fee system is available, regular, early & immediately, hence such facilities on premium needs to be spread in other public services.
Tejinder Singh Renu secretary of VTA said to further streamline services, we need to study public requirements and also analyze the root cause of corruption. Few major causes of this incurable cancer are (a) something in your case which doesn’t fall under the provision or requirements (b) everything is perfect in your case, but you want delivery/clearance immediately (c) everything is perfect in your case as per law, but the officer incharge is intentionally tossing your file from desk to desk or department to department to avoid questioning of number of days kept on his table and (d) the most controversial cause, discretionary powers given under law to bureaucrats.
Renu said people are already and willing to pay more fees anyway to speed up the process, so instead people bribing officers to get their work done early, why not make system that such fees go to the government instead of individuals within the system? Similarly, instead of discretionary powers with the bureaucrats, such powers should be introduced within the system on premium by amendments in provisions by introducing some mechanism to calculate and charge, this will ensure delivery on time, with government revenue getting huge boost handsomely.
Renu said however only unfortunate portion herein is that only those who can afford this will be benefited from such facility, but that in any case remains when such individuals make pockets of officers heavy and get their job done out of way. And for individuals who cannot afford, right to service with time bound delivery is always a favorable solution and should be enforced at the earliest. Of course this won’t apply to criminal proceedings.