Big issues, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Prime Minister’s Address on Citizen Engagement portal MyGov.in

This is a first of its kind initiative, where Prime Minister interacted with citizens on governance and delivery related issue. This was modeled on Town hall kind of system, which we see abroad. Prime Minister also said “Bad politics loses to good governance“. This was also the celebration of 2 years of MyGov.in digital platform.… Continue reading Prime Minister’s Address on Citizen Engagement portal MyGov.in

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Towards directly elected and empowered mayors

Recently a private member’s bill was introduced in the parliament to provide for direct election, and empowerment of the office, of mayors in large Indian cities. Why elect mayors directly? Multiple civic agencies currently make it impossible to hold them accountable for the irregularities. A Mayor is responsible for governance and remains accountable to citizens.… Continue reading Towards directly elected and empowered mayors

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Citizens have right to safe water, say draft legislation

The proposed draft National Water Framework Bill promises to give every person the right to a minimum amount of “safe water”, while making the state “obliged” to “protect” and conserve water. The law is prepared by the Water Resources Ministry. The draft law is being proposed as a model legislation that can be adopted by… Continue reading Citizens have right to safe water, say draft legislation

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Bring brand ambassadors under Consumer Protection Act, says CAIT

Traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has said that brand ambassadors should be brought under the ambit of Consumer Protection Act as consumers are often “guided” through such endorsement, irrespective of quality of product. CAIT has also threatened to move court if the government did not take necessary action. The body has also… Continue reading Bring brand ambassadors under Consumer Protection Act, says CAIT

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North Eastern Council likely to be upgraded as resource centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the recently held the North Eastern Council Plenary meeting, hinted at the possibility of upgrading the North Eastern Council (NEC) as a state-of-the-art resource centre capable of meeting the aspirations of the people. The meeting was attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all North Eastern states. At the meeting,… Continue reading North Eastern Council likely to be upgraded as resource centre

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PM’s interaction through PRAGATI

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, recently chaired his 12th interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to disbursement of scholarships/fellowships to students. He sought to know the reasons for the delay, and enquired about… Continue reading PM’s interaction through PRAGATI

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L-G can’t claim immunity, says CIC

Issue Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the L-G of Delhi and Union Home Ministry to disclose the report on the basis of which Delhi Assembly was dissolved in November 2014. L-G cannot claim immunity The information sought here is a report sent by the UT Administrator to Union Government or President. L-G cannot claim… Continue reading L-G can’t claim immunity, says CIC

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

The judiciary is shifting the balance of power

Summary: Judiciary, in recent years, is increasingly being criticized for actively encroaching on the powers of legislative and executive authorities. “The judiciary has appropriated for itself a role far beyond its primary duties of dispensing justice and interpreting laws”, claim few parliamentarians. Few experts also claim, “step by step, brick by brick, the edifice of… Continue reading The judiciary is shifting the balance of power

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Why we must have the right to choose death

Livemint Issue: Legal provisions for euthanasia The proposed Medical Treatment of Terminally-Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill regarding passive euthanasia—its draft is posted on the health ministry website for public feedback—is one such instance. It is a step in the right direction, even if it has shortfalls to be addressed. The question… Continue reading Why we must have the right to choose death