Private member’s bill urges state poll funding

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  1. A Member of Parliament(MP) has moved a private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha to amend the Representation of the People Act.
  2. The amendment seeks to make two key proposals which are (a)the current per candidate expenditure limit of ₹70 lakh should be lifted and (b)there should be state funding to ensure a cleaner polity which is a public good.
  3. He argued that the that instead of imposing a limit on expenditure, transparency should be brought in so that candidates are allowed to legitimately raise funds.
  4. Further,he has asserted that the only way to cleanse the system was to ensure state funding.He proposed a National Election Fund under which each political party could be allotted funds according to their recent electoral performance. 
  5. A Member of Parliament(MP) who is not a Minister in the Union Cabinet is called a Private Member.Bills introduced by such members are called Private Member’s Bills(PMB).A PMB can be introduced in either the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha.
  6. Bills introduced by ministers are called Government Bills.Unlike a Government Bill,a PMB is not discussed by the Council of Ministers internally.