To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshipped and served. - Milton Friedman

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Abolish useless/arbitrary laws

From the Manushi's attempt in reducing corruption by getting abolished few of the MANY Useless Laws..

"Even the best of Lokpals cannot curb routine corruption and tyranny if the ground rules don't change."
"We need to change the nature of power in India."

Dumping Arbitrary Laws
Another example: Manushi has succeeded in bringing about a dramatic fall in bribes and harassment for cycle rickshaw owners because in response to Manushi's petition challenging bribe-friendly arbitrary rules and regulations for plying rickshaws the Delhi High Court struck them down as unconstitutional in April 2010. Here is a small sample of those absurd regulations:
1) Plying a rickshaw without an owner's and a puller's license is illegal but unlike for motor vehicles one cannot get a license on demand. People are kept waiting for years after applying for a puller's or owner's license while municipal officials are not required to give any explanation for denying rickshaw licenses. However, officials have the power to confiscate and destroy a rickshaw operating without these two licenses.
2) While a person is entitled to own as many cars, trucks or airplanes as they want and can afford, it was illegal to own more than one rickshaw. A person owning multiple vehicles was liable to having his/her vehicles confiscated and destroyed.
3) A person owning a taxi or bus may hire whoever she likes to ply that vehicle or give it out on rent. But renting out a rickshaw invites confiscation and destruction of the vehicle. This despite the fact that vast majority of pullers are seasonal migrants who prefer to rent their vehicles so that they are free to visit their villages as and when necessary without having to worry about its being stolen or destroyed while they are away.

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