Reforming Governance System

Context: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Ambition, Ability, Agility, Accountability and Achievement, are five important directions in which the country must move forward to reform our governance system cautioning officers not be complacent with current achievements. Addressing the 64th Annual meeting of the Read More …

Women can change the rural landscape

Context: Women self-help groups can bring about economic gains via joint liability and mobilization of small-scale savings. As we approach M.K. Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, it is perhaps fitting to revisit the Gandhian approach to rural development. In this context, an analysis of the idea of women self-help groups (SHGs) Read More …

Law Commission calls for re-think on sedition clause

Context: Dissent and criticism of the government are essential ingredients of a robust public debate in a vibrant democracy, the Law Commission of India said. Section 124A: The Commission published a consultation paper recommending that it is time to re-think or even repeal the provision of sedition (Section 124A) from 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 …

Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018

Context: Instances of people losing their hard-earned money to Ponzi schemes keep coming to light. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 was approved by the Union Cabinet to provide comprehensive legislation to deal with illicit deposit schemes in the country. About the Bill: The Bill imposes complete prohibition of unregulated Read More …