Sustainable Development Goals: Socially excluded vulnerable groups face multiple disadvantages

Excerpts from ‘100 Hotspots: Snapshot of Socially Excluded and Vulnerable Population Groups and SDGs in India’, anchored by Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF) and Life Education & Development Support (LEADS), coordinated by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), and supported by Amnesty International, Bread for the World (BFdW), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), … More Sustainable Development Goals: Socially excluded vulnerable groups face multiple disadvantages

Independence in appointment of election commissioner: A foundational imperative reform

By Pranav Tanwar, Saurabh Pandey*  Former Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. S.Y. Quraishi recently in an interview to The Hindu (April 19, 2019) said, “The appointment to the Election Commission must improve. Right now, the Election Commissioners are appointed by the government of the day and they might feel beholden to the government or the government … More Independence in appointment of election commissioner: A foundational imperative reform

Complaints against CIC: DoPT decides to set up committees, but refuses to part with proposal

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember the controversy created by the Central Government’s proposal to set up two committees to inquire into complaints against serving and former members of the Central Information Commission (CIC). Several RTI advocators have commented on this latest move of the Government to curb the CIC’s autonomy. I had also critically examined its implications in light of media reports … More Complaints against CIC: DoPT decides to set up committees, but refuses to part with proposal

Residents look to courts for protection, even as political parties seek votes on environmental issues

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* In this election season, political parties wooing voters have included environmental promises in their manifestoes. Yet, many residents of Delhi are looking to the courts to protect them from government decisions that will worsen living conditions in the city. The matter regarding the newly constructed East Kidwai Nagar government housing … More Residents look to courts for protection, even as political parties seek votes on environmental issues

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?