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

Gaps in governance: Need for timely intervention in court cases pertaining to SCs, STs, SEdBCs

By PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd)* Almost all Law Officers appointed by successive Governments, while being eminent and distinguished lawyers with deep knowledge of Constitutional laws and legal issues, have no substantive and in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical facts pertaining to the severe oppression of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) and, though to a … More Gaps in governance: Need for timely intervention in court cases pertaining to SCs, STs, SEdBCs

Why can’t Govt of India disclose Cabinet note, materials regarding 10% quota law under RTI?

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will remember, in January 2019, Parliament approved the Central Government’s proposal to reserve 10% of the seats in educational institutions and posts in jobs in the public sector, for the economically weaker segments of society (10% quota law). The Union Cabinet is said to have approved the proposal to amend the Constitution … More Why can’t Govt of India disclose Cabinet note, materials regarding 10% quota law under RTI?

Despite dangers it can cause to youth, booming $3 billion e-cigarettes business may invade India

By Rajiv Shah Four-and-a-half years after India declared its “intention” to ban e-cigarettes, considering them as risk to public health, especially the non-smoking youths (click HERE), following the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2014 seeking “stiff regulation” across the world, its “booming” $3 billion global market appears all set to dangerously invade India. The … More Despite dangers it can cause to youth, booming $3 billion e-cigarettes business may invade India

In many countries, ‘right to vote’ is a fundamental right, but in India, it is just a legal right

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ* Come 25 January 2019, India observe ‘National Voters’ Day’, once again. Thanks to the stewardship of the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Union Cabinet of the UPA Government in 2011, decided  that January  25, which is the anniversary of the foundation of the Election Commission of India(ECI) … More In many countries, ‘right to vote’ is a fundamental right, but in India, it is just a legal right

CIC appointments: Glaring bias of Search and Selection Committees in favour of civil servants

By Venkatesh Nayak* The dawn of 2019 saw the filling up of five vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC). Serving Information Commissioner, Shri Sudhir Bhargava was appointed Chief Information Commissioner.  Four retired civil servants were appointed Information Commissioners. The Gazette notifications of these appointments were published on 1st January, 2019. Two days ago, the nodal department … More CIC appointments: Glaring bias of Search and Selection Committees in favour of civil servants

Lack of transparency characterises the appointment of four Central Info Commissioners

Text of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) note on the appointment of four information commissioners in the Central Information Commission: The President has approved the appointment of four information commissioners in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and one of the serving commissioners has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner, as per media reports. … More Lack of transparency characterises the appointment of four Central Info Commissioners