Call it the Aam Aadmi Party effect, the government is mulling a proposal to make it mandatory for Union ministries to elicit public opinion before framing legislations.
To take the proposal forward, the Cabinet Secretariat may convene a meeting of secretaries of various ministries and departments before a final call is taken.
“The proposal requires all central ministries to elicit public views on legislations they want to frame. However, no final view has been firmed up so far,” said a senior government functionary.
This has been the main strategy of the AAP and it has implemented it successfully, which was reflected in its stunning performance in the recent Delhi assembly polls. In case the proposal is accepted, then instructions of the Cabinet Secretariat and parliamentary procedures relating to drafting of legislations will be amended to make it mandatory for ministries to get views of the public before sending the proposal to the cabinet.
The ministries can seek the views of the common people, institutions and NGOs by either putting a draft bill in public domain or bringing out a concept paper regarding the legislations.
The respective ministries may also be asked to cite the views accepted in finalising the draft legislation and reasons thereof.