India needs to adopt decentralized governance to deal with emergencies like pandemic

An Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi, note on environmentalist Leo Saldanha’s insistence at a webinar on the need for governments to be in a state of ‘ever-readiness’ to deal with pandemics: Unabashed assaults by human beings on the natural ecological system have caused the virus to spread in the first place. While … Continue reading India needs to adopt decentralized governance to deal with emergencies like pandemic

Long-term Covid response plan would need policy innovations tailored to local social contexts

By Moin Qazi* The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on the economy: broken supply chains, record unemployment, failing small businesses. Much the same way it is affecting people with pre-existing health conditions more strongly, so is the pandemic-triggered economic crisis exposing vulnerable communities to greater distress. The pandemic has frozen the wheels of … Continue reading Long-term Covid response plan would need policy innovations tailored to local social contexts

Repeated failure to appoint the Chief, other commissioners undermining RTI Act

By Anjali Bhardwaj, Amrita Johri* The post of the Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC) has fallen vacant with the retirement of Bimal Julka  with effect from August 27, 2020. This is the fifth time in the last six years that the Commission has been rendered headless. Four posts of information commissioners … Continue reading Repeated failure to appoint the Chief, other commissioners undermining RTI Act

Need to set aside EAC nod for environment approval to construct new Parliament

By Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon* On April 22, 2020, an expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry recommended an environment clearance for the construction of a brand new Parliament. The EAC’s decision leaves several questions unanswered, foremost being the urgency to pursue this Rs 922 crore project when India is in the grip of … Continue reading Need to set aside EAC nod for environment approval to construct new Parliament

Inactive State Information Commissions must resume work on the CIC model: CHRI survey

By Venkatesh Nayak* While Governments at the Central and State levels have leaped back to the era of sharing information with the citizenry on a "need to know" basis, thanks to the threat posed by COVID-19 epidemic, all but one of the 29 Information Commissions established under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) have shut … Continue reading Inactive State Information Commissions must resume work on the CIC model: CHRI survey

The Central govt must abandon the top-down approach controlling every aspect of Covid-19

Urgent appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Prem Verma, convenor, Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas, Ranchi, to stop Covid-19 cure from becoming worse than the disease: The Covid-19 pandemic, and the government’s response to it in the form of a hastily implemented national lockdown, has created an unprecedented crisis for the people of India. As the … Continue reading The Central govt must abandon the top-down approach controlling every aspect of Covid-19

Too busy managing threats from World Order, WHO is unable to bring health into leadership role

By Dr Javed Jamil* The Covid-19 outbreak, which has almost totally paralysed normal life on the planet, has brought to the fore the widely ignored fact that the world health management system has failed to advance the cause of a socioeconomic and political system that safeguards rather than endangers life and healthiness of life. More … Continue reading Too busy managing threats from World Order, WHO is unable to bring health into leadership role