Kharghar Navi Mumbai: Many say that the heady jasmine scent from North Africa will never waft across the Arabin Sea to India.  Because we have democracy, free press and free speech and above all we are a welfare state.  In spite of all it is heard that India is going to witness another social movement. Popularly known as One India One Pension (OIOP). Is it an other Arab spring on arrival after the India Against Corruption Movement lead by Anna Hazare ?. The fast moving social movement started two months ago in Kerala have more than 7 lakhs members now – thanks to social media.

Notably the movement has its origin from nowhere but gods on country – Kerala which witnessed many such social movements in the past, and this time it simply stands for welfare of the senior citizens in the country who are oppressed and suppressed in the Independent India which in a way is clear violation of Article 21 of the constitution, which says “ no person shall be deprived of his ‘life’ or ‘personal liberty’.. and ‘dignity of life for all”. This right has been held to be the heart of the constitution, – the most organic and progressive provision in our living constitution, the foundation of our law.

The movement stand for a universal pension for all after the age of 60 years which is Rs.10,000/- per month. The informal, unorganized sectors like farmer traders and civilians which constitute 90% of the population and whose 70% tax share are being used to pay salaries and pension of the formal, organized sector which is less than 10%.

The term, India “the land of contrast” is not a positive term when we have “economic contrast” in large scale and the “inclusive growth’ will not be meaningful unless we reduce the economic contrast. The terms poverty, malnutrition and anemic young and pregnant women in the urban area are still very familiar to the Indians.

 Late finance minister Shri Arun Jaitly  said  that the  Indians are basically ethical but not when it comes to pay tax. Is this not their poor reflection or bad morale towards the government authorities who change to their real color immediately after coming to power? In a country where people are told that they are supreme, how they feel when they have to go to public hospital and their elected representative goes to foreign country for treatment  that to at the cost of  former. Why these elected representatives in India cannot be like one among common people of this country – a morning walk with family on a public road but instead need escorts and bullet proof? Why can’t we see them after their office hours in the market?

Late finance minister Shri Arun Jaitly  said  that the  Indians are basically ethical but not when it comes to pay tax. Is this not their poor reflection or bad morale towards the government authorities who change to their real color immediately after coming to power? In a country where people are told that they are supreme, how they feel when they have to go to public hospital and their elected representative goes to foreign country for treatment  that to at the cost of  former. Why these elected representatives in India cannot be like one among common people of this country – a morning walk with family on a public road but instead need escorts and bullet proof? Why can’t we see them after their office hours in the market?

OIOP is a noble idea – indiscriminate universal pension for all senior citizens in the country, thereby their social security and also an increased money transaction in the market when cash reaches in their hand. But it questions the unchecked spending of the politicians and bureaucrats.

A few says the movement as unworldly and not practical as it is not offering any practical solution to achieve it.  The movement offer simple solution. All it says just bring down the revenue utilization from 70% to 40% for salary and pension..  What matters now is the real love for the nation, intension and willingness to implement? 

http://www.oiop.in/

Author- Subhash Krishna – Legal Consultant