Law Commission favours One Nation, One poll proposal

Context: The Law Commission has endorsed the proposal of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in its draft report submitted to the government. Key highlights of the report: The ‘draft’ report submitted to the Law Ministry recommended “holding of simultaneous elections to House of the People (Lok Sabha) and the State Read More …

Data localisation is not enough

Context: The Justice Srikrishna Committee in its report accompanying the draft Personal Data Protection Bill released on July 27 notes that eight of the top 10 most accessed websites in India are owned by U.S. entities. This reality has often hindered Indian law enforcement agencies when investigating routine crimes or Read More …

A fundamental error

Context: The right to privacy judgment, which had six separate opinions that converge into a unanimous decision, noted in the words of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice S.K. Kaul that the Union government had tasked a committee headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna to formulate such a law in July last year. Read More …

Improvement in the functioning of Panchayats

The Standing Committee on Rural Development (Chair: Dr. P Venugopal) submitted its report on ‘Improvement in the functioning of Panchayats’ on July 19, 2018.  The participation of local people for development of rural areas through the Panchayati Raj System was provided in the Indian Constitution through the 73rd amendment.  Key Read More …

Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin in States/ UTs

The Standing Committee on Rural Development (Chair: Dr. P Venugopal) submitted its report on the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin in States/ UTs’ on July 19, 2018.  The Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin (SBM-G) was launched on October 2, 2014 to accelerate efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage, improve cleanliness, and eliminate Read More …

Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture

The Standing Committee on Agriculture (Chair: Mr. Hukmdev Narayan Yadav) submitted a report on ‘Scheme on Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – An Analysis’ on July 25, 2018.  The scheme focuses on increasing fish productivity, species diversification, and expansion of aquaculture area.  The key recommendations of the Standing Committee Read More …

Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting Including Cricket in India

The Law Commission of India (Chair: Justice B.S. Chauhan) submitted its report on July 5, 2018, examining whether betting may be legalised in India.  The report follows a Supreme Court directive in 2016 where the Court asked the Commission to examine the possibility of a law to regulate betting.  The Read More …

Shekatkar committee

Context: The government recently reviewed the implementation of ambitious reform initiative for the Indian Army based on recommendations of a committee headed by Lt Gen (retd) DB Shekatkar. Shekatkar Committee was tasked with suggesting steps to enhance combat capability of the armed forces. Measures as recommended by the Committee and taken up Read More …

YM Deosthalee Committee Report

Context: Recently RBI has decided to set up a public credit registry (PCR) in a modular and phased manner to provide a single-point and real-time source for financial liabilities of a person or entity. RBIs decision is based on the report of the task force which pointed out that credit information is spread over Read More …

Sarkaria Commission & Punchhi Commission

Sarkaria Commission The central government set up the Justice R S Sarkaria Commission in June 1983 to examine the relationship and balance of power between state and central governments. The Commission, which dealt with the role of Governors, suggested that in choosing a Chief Minister, the Governor should be guided Read More …