A Polygraph Test For Politicians?


Chandgarh: An excellent idea who time came a long time, and though report mentions a development in Punjab, here in Ontario, it’s even more urgently needed. A prominent public administration institute of Punjab, involved in training of legislators and bureaucrats, has developed a lie detector protocol to find truth in the election manifestos ahead of Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh elections.

”The protocol is the voter just asking relevant questions to find out if the promises made in the election manifesto can be delivered or not,” BK Shrivastava, director general of Mahatma Gandhi State Institute Public Administration and Policy (MAGSIPAP), was quoted as saying.

The manifesto maker will also provide outcome details, priorities, details such as if the scheme is new, improvement on the old one, sponsored by the Central government or an adaptation of some other state.

The protocol, which has been made public on the institute’s website for comments from experts and voters, has been under discussion for weeks.

A group of bureaucrats, politicians and academicians are engaged in further consultations to improve what one can call the polygraph test for election promises.

The man behind the academic work Dr JC Verma who has been teaching IAS officers on public policy, says the key to success or effectiveness of a policy is the people’s ownership, transparency through details and cooperation between the voter and the policy maker.

The process will also ensure that the voter comes to know that each promise requires funds and he may have to contribute towards the same. This will create an understanding between the policy maker and the voter.

This model also checks if promises made by parties have come up after discussions from the lowest level to the top so that the party cadre and people under their influence think over policy issues and propagate them convincingly amongst voters.

Such a system will weed out interest groups from the policy making and the priorities of the political parties will be set after wide consultations.

Once this exercise is followed, the party that comes to power will hit the ground running from the day one with a readymade policy architecture. It is like every manifesto-making party preparing its own five-year plan in advance after consultation with lakhs of the people and implementing it immediately, former addition Punjab Vidhan Sabha secretary BS Dhillon who has seen the quality of governance falling during last four decades, said.

Leave a Comment