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?
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
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
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
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
By Dr BP Mathur* The institution of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in India is patterned on the British model. In Britain, The Exchequer & Audit Department Act of 1866 created the office of CAG with a view to strengthen democracy and exercise parliamentary control over national finances. The office of CAG came into being, thanks … More CAG appointments by government are shrouded in secrecy, unmindful of norms or criteria
By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember my email alert sent during the first week in November, 2018, containing statistics of the number of Indian Workers who died in six Gulf Countries since 2012. Using the data that I obtained from the Indian Embassies situated in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, I had pointed out that 24,570 … More Central government flipflop in Lok Sabha over death statistics in Gulf countries