Citizens' Issues
Bombay HC asks EC to look in to electoral roll issues
Acting on a letter sent by Nagrik Chetna Manch, the HC asked State Election Commission to look in the issues related electoral rolls. The Manch had said that an average of 35% electors in Maharashtra are either duplicate or do not exist
 
The Bombay High Court has asked State Election Commission to look in issues raised by Pune-based Nagrik Chetna Manch regarding electoral rolls and inform the action taken in the matter at an early date. On 30 April 2014, Dr Anupam Saraph has sent the letter on behalf of the Manch to Chief Justice Mohit Shah.
 
In a letter on 23 September 2014, the HC told the State EC "…the grievance/complaint of the applicant may be looked into appropriately. It would be appreciated if the applicant could be informed about the action taken in the matter at an early date."
 
Dr Saraph, in his letter had said, "According to Rule 6 of the Registration of Electors Rolls, electoral rolls should have been alphabetically displayed like in a phone book or arranged by house numbers for easy spotting of missing names and duplicates or suspicious entries. However, this system is not being followed. Neither the CAG, nor the ECI have audited a single Electoral Roll. They have not certified the Rolls as complete and correct representation of eligible voters for any election."
 
"For Lok Sabha elections 2014, the election staff did not accept from individuals Form 6 (for addition to the roll) and/or 7 (for deletion from the roll) for inclusion into the Electoral Roll because this task was “outsourced” to certain selected political parties who were allowed to submit these forms in bulk and without any scrutiny. This is clear conflict of interest because there is no stopping political party from selectively adding only those individuals that may vote for them and deleting those that may not," Dr Saraph had said.
 
The Manch even reproduced information from Census of India and the population of a constituency published by the EC to show reveal some serious issues regarding electoral rolls.
 
 
From the numbers in the above Table, the Manch said following deductions can be drawn… 
 
a) An average of 35% electors in Maharashtra are duplicate or do not exist as evident from the excess shown in the last column of the Table.
 
b) The Electoral Rolls are off by a whopping 60% because about 25% of the existing electors were deleted for no reason, as is apparent from the pdf lists found at the ECI website and as actually happened in Maharashtra in 2014. 
 
c) Hence, if the declared voting is 50%, actually about 125% voting has happened; around 60% of which is bogus. 
 
d) The declared turnout percentages are, therefore, misleading because these are based on unverified and unaudited Electoral Rolls.
 
Dr Saraph, in his letter, had said, "We are only fooling ourselves by electing our representatives based of faulty Electoral Rolls and calling it a free and fair election while actually it is a sham. Our netas have twisted the perspective of democracy by coming to power by 'virtual booth capturing'. The sole purpose of our 'democracy' appears to be the formation of local bodies, legislative bodies or the parliament by pre-arranged design. The administration believes that the netas, and not the people, 'own' the country and are their bosses. We are made to believe that that if you do not vote, you lose the right to participate in the Indian 'democracy'."
 
The Nagrik Chetna Manch had requested the Chief Justice to take suo moto cognizance of its petition and commence an intensive Court-monitored revision of electoral rolls.
 
Here is the letter sent by Dr Anupam Saraph for the Manch...
 

 

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It's D-Day for the Sunshine Act in the US. Find out who has been wining and dining your doctor
 
Consumers now have access a database that allows them to find out what ties their doctors have to medical companies and whether there are any financial incentives for a physician to recommend or prescribe a particular product. 
 
Under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), consumers can view the database, which will shed light on financial ties between drug and device manufacturers and health care providers. The provision, known as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, grew out of the government’s desire to enforce anti-kickback statutes and reveal conflicts of interests between doctors and the medical industry.
 
Last winter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is overseeing the regulations, finalized rules for the provision, but consumers won’t see the benefits until next year when the information has to be disclosed to the public.
 
Who’s covered under the rules?
The rule requires that manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and medical supplies covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program report financial payments for meals, travel, entertainment, royalties, licenses, gifts, research, or education provided to physicians or hospitals. The government can fine companies up to $1 million if the payments aren’t disclosed.
 
Companies don’t have to reveal payments under $10, product samples, education materials provided to patients, loans of covered devices during trial periods, or discounts.
 
Why are these regulations important to consumers?
Laws already on the books prevent physicians from prescribing a drug or recommending a particular medical device if the physician or close family member has a vested financial interest in the company making the products. Advocates for the regulations say the rules will help prevent medical companies from concealing ties with medical providers, help reduce conflicts of interest, and empower consumers to make informed decisions about products they are being advised to use.
 
Said Peter Budetti, a doctor and deputy administrator for CMS,
 
You should know when your doctor has a financial relationship with the companies that manufacture or supply the medicines or medical devices you may need. Disclosure of these relationships allows patients to have more informed discussions with their doctors.
 
 

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