‘Unknown sources funding parties’
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ADR report says 54% of the income of 23 regional entities is from such donors.
- More than half of the income of 23 regional parties whose annual audit and contribution reports were analysed came from unknown sources in 2018-19, a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
- The report initially considered 52 recognised regional parties but only 26 of them had filed their annual audit and contribution reports with the Election Commission.
About Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
- The ADR is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization which works in the area of electoral and political reforms.
- ADR aims at bringing transparency and accountability in Indian politics and reducing the influence of money and muscle power in elections.
- National Election Watch (NEW) is a conglomeration of over 1200 organizations across the country.
- ADR has become the single data point for information/analysis of background details (criminal, financial and others) of politicians and of financial information of political parties.
- ADR has chosen to concentrate its efforts in the following areas pertaining to the political system of the country:
- Corruption and Criminalization in the Political Process.
- Empowerment of the electorate through greater dissemination of information relating to the candidates and the parties, for a better and informed choice.
- Need for greater accountability of Indian Political Parties.
- Need for inner-party democracy and transparency in party-functioning.