Dream of Father of the Nation for total sanitation for all and a clean India is still elusive

Excerpts from the report by the Parliamentary standing committee on rural development (2017-18), released in the 16th Lok Sabha, on Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin), on July 19 2018: The Committee observes that the Central Rural Sanitation Programme (CRSP) was launched 32 years back in 1986 with a view to have a nationwide focus on rural … More Dream of Father of the Nation for total sanitation for all and a clean India is still elusive

Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Kantilal Parmar, a senior Dalit rights activist, has written a letter* to Gujarat revenue minister Kaushik Patel, insisting on the need to allocate land for a separate cremation ground for the Dalit community of a village in North Gujarat. Text of the letter: We belong to a Scheduled Caste (SC) community, are citizens of India, … More Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Putting development back into public sector banks’ agenda: Indian financial sector at crossroads

By Moin Qazi* Despite what is being purveyed in the media, banks are keen on venturing into the hinterlands to set up accounts. Getting people on board is a different story. It is true that both government-owned and private sector banks are not getting compensation of any kind for promoting the financial inclusion agenda. In … More Putting development back into public sector banks’ agenda: Indian financial sector at crossroads

Alternative draft amendments required to protect reservation in promotion of SCs and STs

The letter by PS Krishnan (IAS retired), former secretary, Ministry of Welfare, to Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union minister for social justice and empowerment, on draft Constitutional amendments required to protect reservation in promotion for SCs and STs: You are aware of the importance of the above case for the SCs and STs and for the cause … More Alternative draft amendments required to protect reservation in promotion of SCs and STs

Delhi redevelopment: How can govt treat public land as if it is the owner and do what it pleases?

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* The plans for redeveloping the old government colonies of Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Sriniwaspuri and Mohammadpur in south Delhi have raised the hackles of several because it will result in the loss of over 14,000 trees. Delhi’s citizens have rightly opposed the ecological loss that … More Delhi redevelopment: How can govt treat public land as if it is the owner and do what it pleases?

Evidence suggests malafide intent and murder: Inquest Report into Thoothukudi Police Violence

By Henri Tiphagne and Nityanand Jayaraman* Citing evidence pointing to violation of Standard Operating Procedures, a total breakdown of civilian authority and possible malafide intent and murder, a 23-member team of retired judges, senior bureaucrats and police officers, and social activists have called for a full administrative and criminal investigations into the 22 May 2018 … More Evidence suggests malafide intent and murder: Inquest Report into Thoothukudi Police Violence

In two months after SC order, government does little to ensure timely payment of NREGA wages

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha statement on government failure to implement the Suprement Court order to ensure timely payment of NREGA wages: On 18 May, the Supreme Court in the Swaraj Abhiyan Public Interest Litigation (PIL) instructed the Central Government to “prepare an urgent time bound mandatory program to make the payment of (National Rural Employment Guarantee … More In two months after SC order, government does little to ensure timely payment of NREGA wages