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

Transparency in J&K? RTI reveals huge mismatch in apple procurement claims of governments

By Venkatesh Nayak* While replying to the debate in the Lok Sabha on budgetary proposals for Jammu and Kashmir for the next financial year (2020-2021), the Hon’ble Finance Minister claimed, transparency had increased, corruption had ended and true democracy had  been instituted there with the downgrading of the erstwhile State to a Union Territory last year. While the … More Transparency in J&K? RTI reveals huge mismatch in apple procurement claims of governments

10 Downing Street recruits super talented wierdos: Cummings’ blog on brave new world

By Dr Mansi Kapoor* Dominic Cummings, adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently invited applicants to apply for positions for advisors to help him with policy and governance at 10 Downing Street. He wrote a rather unconventional blog inviting people of all sorts to give it a shot. His blog is an interesting take … More 10 Downing Street recruits super talented wierdos: Cummings’ blog on brave new world

New parliament building may lead to irreparable historical, cultural and environmental loss

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* The proposal to revamp the Central Vista of Delhi involves, among other things, creating a new parliament. But last week, the Central Public Works Department moved an application for the environment clearance calling it an “expansion and renovation of existing Parliament building”. This project, of such great importance for the … More New parliament building may lead to irreparable historical, cultural and environmental loss