It is, undoubtedly, a commendable move that a special investigation unit has been set up in I-T department in order to keep a close tab on the funds being donated to political parties and its expenditure, but this will not suffice to check the deep-rooted graft which has eclipsed the political system in the country and finally affects electoral process to the hilt. With reluctance to make their account of expenditure public, the political parties could try to escape the loop of I-T department as well. It is not surprising that this investigative unit of I-T would be compelled to work as per the whim and fancy of the ruling dispensation. If the investigating unit of I-T does not discourage political parties to bag funds coming from unknown source, the very purpose of setting special cell in I-T would get defeated. The recent revelation is very shocking that the amount of funds being contributed to political parties from unknown sources is bigger than that of accounted one. The Congress has got Rs 85 crore as a contribution from known sources while its coffer has swelled with Rs 1000 crore that is estimated to be from unknown sources. In the same vein, the BJP has managed to have contributions of Rs 30 crore from known sources while Rs 95 crore from unknown sources. However, both these parties have given the details of funds from known-unknown sources to the I-T department, but they cannot do much in this issue, because only the sources giving more than Rs 20,000 are required to be mentioned. So, it is obvious until the Representation of People Act is amended, nothing can be achieved.

Now it is a welcome move that as per direction of the Election Commission, the I-T department has set up a separated cell to keep a close eye on the funds being donated to political parties, but it is not enough to follow only one direction of the election commission. If the government is earnest to check the politics of black money, it will have to take bold steps following other suggestions of the Election Commission. It is disappointing when there is a need of taking comprehensive steps for electoral reform, half-hearted effort is being made in this regard. It is difficult to understand why is consolidated effort not being made to check irregularities in the system? On the one hand, all parties have made claim to be committed for electoral reform, on the other they seem to be slack in taking any step in this regard. For decades the government has been claiming to bring in legislation for electoral reform, but nothing has been done so far. Only delivering good words and making precise decisions are not enough, rather there is a need of concrete efforts with all sincerity to change the system and bring the result.