By Arun PS and Sushmita Patel With the institutionalisation of Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy (PLCP) in 2014, civil society organisations expected that it would lay the foundation for a vibrant participatory policy making process in India. The policy was expected to enable discourse across multiple stakeholders as well as a fuller realisation of citizen rights and human potentials. With evidence suggesting proper consultation resulting in the enhancement of the quality of parliamentary discourse and legislature, the policy was indeed visualised as a stepping stone for democratic decision making. Debates on the Kerala Police Legislation, Land Acquisition Bill 2013, Lokpal Bill 2011, etc. have successfully demonstrated the same. However, the transition from a representative democracy to deliberative one has failed to take off.
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