NGOs allegedly targeted for working on politically sensitive issues like human rights, environment

The US State Department’s “India 2018 Human Rights Report” has regretted that while the law provides for freedom of assembly, “there were sometimes restrictions on the organization of international conferences”, with the authorities requiring NGOs to “secure approval from the central government before organizing international conferences.” Insisting that this was being done in order to … More NGOs allegedly targeted for working on politically sensitive issues like human rights, environment

Dangerously very high COD observed, documented in groundwater in Padra taluka, Vadodara district

In a letter to the Prime Minister of India; Gujarat  chief minister; secretary, Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; chairman, Central Pollution Control Board; Gujarat chief secretary; additional chief secretary, Gujarat Forest and Environment Department; senior officials of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board; and Vadodara district collector, the Vadodara-based environmental body, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti … More Dangerously very high COD observed, documented in groundwater in Padra taluka, Vadodara district

Missing voter app to find if a voter’s name is on electorate list: It’s a missed call away on 8099683683

By Mehru Jaffer* Thanks to 38 year-old software wizkid Khalid Saifullah, millions of voters can make sure that they are able to participate in the 2019 parliamentary elections. It is now possible to download the Missing Voter App free of cost to find out if a voter’s name is on the electorate list, or not. … More Missing voter app to find if a voter’s name is on electorate list: It’s a missed call away on 8099683683

How women’s participation in financial system has facilitated India’s first urban self-help to bloom

By Moin Qazi* I vividly remember my moment of epiphany. It was a balmy afternoon in early 1996 in Warora, a small township in northern Maharashtra. I was posted as a manager of the local branch of my bank, the State Bank of India. Like any other day, there was a crowd of unruly people … More How women’s participation in financial system has facilitated India’s first urban self-help to bloom

Aadhaar-based payments through the fragile rural banking system adding to workers’ sufferings

By Debmalya Nandy* The payments of wages in MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) are done through   the Aadhaar Payments Bridge (APB) using the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) systems. The section 7 of the Aadhaar Act has been applied to MGNREGA which enables the central government and the state governments to establish the identity … More Aadhaar-based payments through the fragile rural banking system adding to workers’ sufferings

Need to effectively defend Centre’s teachers’ reservation ordinance against PIL in Supreme Court

In a letter to Prakash Javadekar, Union human resource development minister, PS Krishnan, former secretary, ministry of welfare, Government of India, has insisted on the need to effectively defend the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019 against the Public Interest Litigation filed on March 8, 2018 in the Supreme Court, even as … More Need to effectively defend Centre’s teachers’ reservation ordinance against PIL in Supreme Court

CIC threat of penalty compels RBI to share under RTI minutes that rubber-stamped DeMon exercise

By Venkatesh Nayak* I am placing in the public domain a copy of the meeting minutes of the Board of Governors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which legitimised the Central Government’s initiative to withdraw the legal tender nature of currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination (also known as demonetisation or DeMon for short) on 08 November, … More CIC threat of penalty compels RBI to share under RTI minutes that rubber-stamped DeMon exercise