Is clean politics an oxymoron? Not for Swaraj India, the latest party to jump onto the clean governance bandwagon. Led by former Aam Aadmi Party member Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India is all set to change the country’s mindset about political party funding.
Political Party Funding in India
The political party funding scene in India is more black than grey. A recent report by the The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) showed, 70% of the money raised by political parties came from anonymous or unknown sources.
Most of them were cash donations from unnamed people with untraceable sources.
To check that, the government introduced strict provisions in the Union Budget 2017 that included a cap on cash transactions (from one source) at Rs. 2,000 and a limit of up to Rs. 3 Lakhs on all cash transactions.
Swaraj India Goes Digital
As the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections inch closer, Swaraj India is collecting donations online on their website. The party has already launched debut campaigns and is encouraging voters/donors to contribute online.
“We wish to publish everything on our website and we have started with the most important part i.e financial transparency,” a party spokesperson told Ashwin Mandre (Business Development) of team Instamojo.
Swaraj India has integrated Instamojo on their website to collect donations and the process is simple and flawless.
Every individual donating online must put in his/her phone number, name and address. Upon filling out the details, you are taken to a check out page where you can pay via any option including UPI and Wallets!
Check it out below:
That’s not it. Swaraj India has made the donor list public!
The contribution list includes the name of the donor, the amount paid, date and time of payment and the mode through which payments were made. They will keep updating the list as and when donations are received.
Financial transparency is just one of the many things Swaraj India aims to do. The party envisions Delhi as a “clean and caring city that provides civic amenities and healthy environment to every citizen, resident and visitor, where all citizens participate in self-governance and take pride in their city.”
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