PREMIUM75 years on, Indonesia’s electoral system still needs improvement

first_imgGoogle Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook #Elections elections-in-Indonesia democracy-in-Indonesia democracy #Democracy #Indonesia75 Log in with your social account “Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, 1945.Indonesia has hosted democratic elections and peacefully transferred powers after the fall of the authoritarian New Order regime, but experts say improvements are needed for the country to establish itself as a substantive, rather than procedural, democracy.The country has directly elected House of Representatives members since 1999,  president and vice president since 2004, and mayors, regents and governors since 2005 — all in an electoral process hailed as free and fair.The Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World index shows Indonesia’s score in political rights has been stable in the past 15 years since Indonesia organized the first direct regional elections in 2005, with Indonesia scoring 30 … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Panel recommends committee to monitor scouts and guides

first_imgbodies (Eds: Repeating after making a change in headline)New Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) A high-level committee under the Union Youth Affairs Ministry has recommended appointment of a permanent monitoring committee for regular audit of two scouts and guides bodies, which, the inquiry panel alleged, have been mired in “financial irregularities”.The committee, set up about two months ago by the ministry, inquired into the functioning of century-old volunteer bodies – Bharat Scouts and Guides, and the Hindustan Scouts and Guides – and today submitted its final report to Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel at his office here.”When it comes to financial management of the two bodies, there are irregularities and norms are being flouted. We recommend that a permanent monitoring committee be appointed for their regular audit, and its report be submitted regularly to the ministry,” convener of the committee, S K Bhattacharya said.”Also, an external chartered accountant be appointed by the ministry for conducting regular audit of accounts,” he said.After submitting the report to Goel, Bhattacharya and other members of the panel also held an interaction with the minister and urged him to ensure implementation of the recommendations.Goel said, “We have accepted the report and the ministry will now formulate an action plan on it as to the implementation of the recommendations.”The high-level committee has also recommended that greater transparency be brought in the process to select candidates for the Rashtrapati Puraskar (Presidents Award).”As of now, only the Bharat Scouts and Guides members are considered for selecting candidates for the Presidents Award. We recommend that its ambit be widened to include Hindustan Scouts and Guides as well,” Bhattacharya said.advertisementDuring the meeting with Goel, Bhattacharya and other panel members alleged that the question paper for the examination to be undertaken for selecting candidates for the award have been “leaked” in the past.Goel said his ministry would take cognisance of this and do the needful to expand the ambit of selection procedure.The committee has also recommended enlarging the enrolment strength from current 70 lakh to 2 crore, besides revision of its “outdated curriculum” in consonance with latest plans of the government.”The committee has also suggested to us to have more number of organisations which can be given recognition to take scouts and guides activities. Only two organisations are not enough to run the system, so we will look into that,” Goel said.Other recommendations include constituting a committee of experts to prepare the guidelines for scouts and guides activities, setting up of a training centre, and release of grant on the basis of project details submitted, instead of being awarded ad-hoc.”At least one of the volunteer activities, like NCC, NSS, or scouts and guides, should be made compulsory in each school, CBSE or state government board-run,” the committees convener recommended.According to the ministry officials, Bharat Scouts and Guides, and Hindustan Scouts and Guides, both receive Rs 75 lakh each per year as grant from the Centre.”Besides, they get funds from respective state governments as well as through the membership fee,” an official said.Goel said the two scouts bodies have played important roles in building discipline and work ethics among the youth and hence they need to be restructured so they can also contribute in spreading awareness about the governments programmes. PTI KND CHT CHTlast_img read more