(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Regulating Anonymous Donations

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Regulating Anonymous Donations

Topic: Regulating Anonymous Donations


  • S. Y. Quraishi, (Former Chief Election Commissioner)
  • T. K. Arun, (Editor, Opinion, Economic Times)
  • Vipul Mudgal, (Director, Common Cause)
  • Aditi Phadnis, (Political Editor, Business Standard)

Topic Description:

The Election Commission has urged the government to slash the cap on anonymous donations to political parties from the present Rs20,000 to Rs2,000 to usher in more transparency, a move which comes months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due next year. In a letter to the Legislative Department of the Law Ministry last week, the commission pointed out that while its demand to cap cash donations to parties to Rs 2,000 per person has been accepted and made part of the Finance Act, another demand to cap anonymous donations to Rs 2,000 is still pending. The poll panel had written to the government in the middle of 2017 to amend Section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, to put a cap on anonymous donations. The letter sent last week is a reiteration reminding the government that its demand has not yet been acted upon.

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