- A Member of Parliament(MP) has moved a private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha to amend the Representation of the People Act.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bills introduced by ministers are called Government Bills.Unlike a Government Bill,a PMB is not discussed by the Council of Ministers internally.
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