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

The ironies of Small States

Familiar questions of the political terrain— Political instability (once inelegantly called ‘horse-trading’) Containment of capacity of the anti-defection law The regrettable tendency of parties controlling the Central government to inexorably expand their writ The readiness of State leaders to violate their own obligations as representatives of the political public, and vitiate democracy Formation of States—Deepening… Continue reading The ironies of Small States

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Sensitise States, don’t intimidate them

Article Link The finance ministry is preparing a model Centre-State Investment Agreement (CSIA), for effective implementation of the Bilateral Investment Treaty it is set to sign with other countries. The draft will shortly be presented to the Cabinet for approval. What are BITs? BITs protect investments made by an investor of one country into another… Continue reading Sensitise States, don’t intimidate them

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

Uttarakhand: The way forward

The Union government suffered a major setback with Uttarakhand High Court quashing President’s rule in the hill state and directing ousted CM Harish Rawat to prove his majority on April 29th. The HC had also upheld the disqualification of 9 rebel MLAs observing that they have to pay the price for constitutional sin of defection.… Continue reading Uttarakhand: The way forward

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

A Ringside View of the Proposed GST

Article Link If implemented, GST will be the single most important tax reform in the country since independence. However, it has been in the offing for a decade now and continues to figure as a top priority on the economic agenda of the government. What’s the issue now? Although the model GST has been the… Continue reading A Ringside View of the Proposed GST

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

Issues related to Police

Following are the issues which need to be discussed in the conference (DGP Conference in Kutch): Collection and analysis of preventive intelligence: The most important and challenging task faced by the law enforcement authorities and intelligence agencies today is the collection and analysis of preventive intelligence and follow-up action, especially pertaining to terrorists and insurgents… Continue reading Issues related to Police

Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Discouraging the proliferation of CSS

Over the years, proliferation of the centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) has greatly curbed the autonomy of the state governments. The greater the devolution through these one-size-fits-all CSS, the lesser is the untied fund available to the state governments. Hence, to examine the current centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) and recommend their suitable rationalization, a sub-group was… Continue reading Discouraging the proliferation of CSS