GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Law and Justice
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1327
TO BE ANSWERED ON MONDAY, 26TH MARCH, 2012
State Funding of Elections
1327. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of LAW AND JUSTICE be pleased to state:-
a) Whether any proposal of State funding of elections is under consideration of Government, particularly in the context of a much voiced demand for electoral reforms; and
b) If so, the present status thereof?
MINISTER OF LAW AND JUSTICE
(SHRI SALMAN KHURSHID)
(a) and (b) : A Group of Ministers constituted by the Central Government is considering measures that can be taken by the Government to tackle corruption which inter alia include the introduction of State funding of elections. The Group of Ministers has discussed certain formulations which could be adopted to address this issue. A final decision in this regard is yet to be taken with the consensus of the political parties.