DDA shouldn’t act as landlord but democratise urban land regulation to improve life in Delhi

By Manju Menon, Ashutosh Dixit, Rajeev Suri, Kanchi Kohli* The new “redevelopment” projects for Delhi sanctioned by the central government threaten to test the ecological limits of the city. The projects propose to increase the houses, cars and commercial offices in the greenest parts of the city. In this context, urban designers rightly point out that the … More DDA shouldn’t act as landlord but democratise urban land regulation to improve life in Delhi

How Ziauddin Ali Ahmed, nephew of India’s 5th President was kept out of Assam’s NRC

By Zamser Ali Ziauddin Ali Ahmed, a simple man of about 50 years! He is a marginal farmer. But farming is not sufficient to run his small family of four members. So, he works as seasonal fisherman! Still the poor and simple person, who spends his normal life without any complications commands a quiet respect … More How Ziauddin Ali Ahmed, nephew of India’s 5th President was kept out of Assam’s NRC

Advisory Board under J&K Public Safety Act spent 75% of its budget upholding detention orders

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may recall recent media reports about the latest amendment made to the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (J&KPSA) by HE the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Prior to this amendment no permanent resident of J&K who was detained under this law could be lodged in a jail outside the State. … More Advisory Board under J&K Public Safety Act spent 75% of its budget upholding detention orders

RTI Amendment Bill is another example of seeking excessive delegation of powers by Central Govt

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Central Government’s proposal to amend The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) to vary the salaries and allowances payable to and the tenure of Information Commissioners, at will, is being hotly debated across the country. Even before the Draft RTI Amendment Bill is tabled in Parliament, the nodal department for RTI- Dept. of Personnel … More RTI Amendment Bill is another example of seeking excessive delegation of powers by Central Govt

Challenges in supply-side key reason for financial exclusion of low, moderate income communities

By Moin Qazi* Finance is the glue that holds all pieces of our life together. Ideal financial societies are those which provide safe and convenient ways of managing these simple monetary affairs. This philosophy is known as financial inclusion. It is providing financial tools to people — tools they can afford, are safe and properly regulated, … More Challenges in supply-side key reason for financial exclusion of low, moderate income communities

Transparent political party funding thru electoral bonds? Govt of India proposes, SBI disposes

By Venkatesh Nayak* Time and again, the Government of India has publicly said that donations to political parties made through Electoral Bonds (EBs) will increase transparency of political party funding. The Hon’ble Union Finance Minister said so in his February 2017 Budget speech while introducing the statutory mechanism for EBs (see paras # 164-165 of … More Transparent political party funding thru electoral bonds? Govt of India proposes, SBI disposes

Gujarat’s water conservation scheme meant to hide corruption in a state public sector undertaking

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Gujarat, statement on government effort to “hide” Gujarat Land Development Corporation (GLDC) scam by launching new water conservation scheme: The water conservation crusade, which was launched recently in May 2018 for one month by the Gujarat Government, is, as a matter of fact, a Governmental scheme, which had been going … More Gujarat’s water conservation scheme meant to hide corruption in a state public sector undertaking