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3) Many committees have recommended state funding of election.What is meaning of state funding of election and critically analyse the significance of state funding of election?(250 words)
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain what state funding of elections is, the recommendations of various committees regarding state funding of elections and how it would impact the election process in India – whether it would tackle money power that is often displayed in electrons, or whether it would help make the elections cleaner.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain what state funding of elections is.
- Discuss the recommendations of the committees regarding state funding of elections – Indrajit Gupta Committee on State Funding of Elections (1998), Law Commission Report on Reform of the Electoral Laws (1999), National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (2001) and the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (2008)
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of state funding of elections
- Based on the arguments made above and views of ECI etc give your opinion on the desirability of state funding of elections
Conclusion – discuss what should be the way forward.