What’s in an election?

A democratic society: A democratic society is defined by its elections. The principle of one person, one vote (with some conditions) is seen as a defining principle of democracy. This principle has become so dominant that it has successfully reduced the idea of democracy to a ritual of casting votes. As Read More …

Food first: Addressing poor child nutrition

Context: The central principle that should guide the Centre in improving maternal and child nutrition is that early childhood is the foundation for the health and well-being of an individual.  Cause of Concerns: Tinkering with the existing national programme of providing hot-cooked meals to children three to six years old, Read More …

Billed for change: amendments to the National Medical Council Bill

Context: The union cabinet approves changes in the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill. Changes in the NMC Bill: These changes address some of the loudest criticisms of the Bill. Among them, the final year MBBS exam is now merged with an exit exam for doctors, and a contentious bridge course Read More …

Reimagining governance

Context: The 115 Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is radical not because this is the first time that a government in India has focussed on India’s most backward districts but because the exercise envisages a serious re-imagination of government and governance, and deepens cooperative federalism. Read More …

Uday Kotak Committee

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) panel on corporate governance led by Uday Kotak proposed sweeping changes. The recommendations are listed below: a) Panel proposed more powers for independent directors, limiting chairmanship to non-executive directors, and called for a greater focus on transparency and disclosures to improve corporate Read More …

Pune tops quality of governance list

Context: Pune, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhubaneswar have the best quality of governance among Indian cities in 2017, a study has found.  Highlights of the Study: The fifth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy spans 23 Indian cities and factors in answers to Read More …

electronic- Human Resource Management System

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space launched the electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) during the observance of Good Governance Day by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Read More …

Centre plans to set up more commercial courts

Context: Days after India jumped 30 positions in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, Law Ministry officials said the Union government proposed to establish commercial courts in districts to further improve the parameters. Why such Move? Legal remedy to commercial disputes and enforcement of business contracts are parameters Read More …