Today was one of the Historic day for Indian people, not because Mr. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi received a grand welcome in America, but because he rejuvenated the dreams of achieving greatness of Indian heritage & re-affirmed his vision of ‘United’ India. But that’s not this post about, there would be many who will pen down their thoughts on that, both optimistic & pessimistically.
During his speech Mr. Prime Minister touched upon a point that was going around in my thoughts for quite a while. He said, an high level executive committee is formed to scrap out Indian laws that are almost irrelevant in today’s world. Indeed an very very positive step towards bringing ‘Good Governance’. However, I would not like him to stop just as removing those laws, I want him to make necessary changes to law making process, so as to ensure we don’t need similar exercise in future. Here is what I think of & obviously, the well educated can take it forward to see the light of day in most appropriate manner.
- All LAWS (it includes, ACT passed by Parliament of India or otherwise notified Rules) should have an expiry date attached with it ensuring that LAW dies natural death at some point of time in future. Why’s that’s required because we as society are evolving & if there is no expiry, very few people will take pain to re-visit the law at frequent duration.
- No LAW should have more than 10 years of life span. It doesn’t mean similar law cannot be enacted after 10 years, but it means that particular LAW should be revisited, debated and with appropriate modification should be re-notified for being in effect. This will ensure ongoing LAW are more relevant to society that belongs at that point of time.
- I do agree that 10 years is at times too impractical to review all enforced LAWs, and thus there should be provision to extend any LAW by period of another 10 years simply by cabinet resolution and President of India acceptance. This ordinance route should be exercised only once during the entire life span of the LAW, thus ensuring at every 20 years LAW would need Parliament approval route to be in existence.
- Each LAW that includes some monetary penalties for non-adherence to LAW should have ‘percentage’ values rather than ‘absolute’ values of penalties. Absolute value loose the deterrence after few years due to depreciation of currency & Inflation. For e.g., if I am traveling with a friend on train from Mumbai to Delhi, say AC 3-tier coach, the cost of ticket is approximately INR 2000, however if my friend is running 5-10 minutes late, I can stop the train by pulling the chain. The penalty I pay is mere INR 1000 (which I am anyways gonna loose as cancellation charges if my friend is gonna miss the train). Does this penalty sounds deterrence to inconvenience thousands of other travelers? Ideally I should be charged, say 500% of the train fare applicable, i.e., INR 10,000, ensuring I say to my friend please hurry up or take the next train.
- LAW should have ‘TRAIL’ period to understand the complete applicability and also use that opportunity to create awareness among law-abides about the implication. Yes, this should not be applicable on all LAW but definitely the one’s which are based on ‘Societal Behavior’. Say for terrorism related law, this is obviously not possible, but for say, law stopping ‘dumping garbage on public places’, TRAIL period is good option. In ‘TRAIL’ period, you don’t impose penalties of citizens, but you give them chance to improve on their mistakes, mostly driven by their habit or behavior. Again, citizens get aware of such law and also get fair chance to change themselves for better rather then being punished. During the TRAIL period, even government can identified scenarios which may create loopholes in the LAW and amend them accordingly.
These are mere few thoughts that came to my mind and I believe will bring lot of relevance to Individual’s life, if they are being implemented after a healthy debate & discussion. May not all can go along right at the start, but there is a plan, plan to expire LAW so that more relevant practices can take its place to keep pace with ever evolving society & more importantly an Individual.
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