Ken and Betwa, tributaries of river Yamuna in MP, are all set for India's first river interlinking project under the National Perspective Plan (NPP), formulated in 1980 by the Ministry of Irrigation. NPP proposed for the inter basin water transfer in the country.
Feb 19, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In Punjab, the @INCIndia clean swept the civic body elections by winning six out of eight Municipal Corporations and emerging as the largest party in seventh. CM @capt_amarinder credited his govt's developmental policies for the victory ahead of state elections next year.
Overall, the Congress won 1,373 of the 2,218 seats that went to the polls, followed by the SAD (285), AAP (60), BJP (49), and BSP (5). This was also considered as the semi-final before the state goes in the election next year.
Feb 16, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
India's COVID-19 vaccination program - the world's largest - completes one month today!
We take a quick look at what the program has achieved till now, the progress, the way ahead and other details.
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India's COVID-19 vaccination program was kick-started on 16th January. Govt. had set the ambitious target of vaccinating 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers. The govt. also planned to vaccinate at least 13 lakh persons each day. Out of total 3 cr, 2 cr are frontline workers!
Feb 5, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
The union cabinet has given approval to the new amendment to the Government of NCT of Delhi (GNCTD) Act which makes it mandatory for the Delhi government to send legislative proposals for the LG's opinion 15 days in advance and seven days for administrative proposals.
Approval by the cabinet has once again given rise to the old debate of LG's power and role vs. the Delhi government's mandate. And, it is in this light, the SC judgment of 2018 - by five judge constitution bench - in the matter of Govt. of NCT Delhi v. UoI comes to our mind!
Feb 4, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) recently made amendments to the national Corporate Social Responsibility (#CSR) policy enshrined under the Companies Act 2013. The amendment has subscribed several changes to the provisions relating to CSR.
However, one of the key changes made by the amendment is Impact Assessment. Company having the obligation of spending the avg CSR amount of Rs 10 cr or more in the 3 immediately preceding financial yrs in pursuance of Section 135(5) of the Act, shall undertake impact assessment.
Dec 16, 2020 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Access to Justice and Judge-Population ratio
Any healthy legal system is measured on yardstick of effective adjudicatory mechanism & the Judge-Population ratio. India amongst countries like US , UK & Canada has lowest Judge population ratio of 19 Judges per million population.
It was way back in year 2001 when #SupremeCourt in (All India Judges Association v Union of India) expressed concern and noted that this ration shall be increased to at least 50 per million population within five years but this has not happened even almost two decades later.
Dec 14, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
With issue of public consultations on law-making once again making headlines due to the recently passed #FarmLaws2020, India's track record on public consultations (core of democracy & constitutional society) is poor and seems to be deteriorating.
Out of total 186 bills introduced in the Parliament b/w 2014-19, 90% bills never came up for public consultations or witnessed incomplete consultations. Draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2019 and EIA 2020 are recent examples where the consultation process was bypassed.