In a departure from earlier suggestions, the National Advisory Committee backs the idea that government can acquire 100% of land required for public and private purposes. And, that landowners be given six times the price of a plot in the area. It also said affected families must participate in and be consulted on the acquisition
People who seek to ensure proper implementation of social justice programmes such as the national employment guarantee scheme and the right to information are killed by the powerful lobbies they expose. And the government is doing nothing to protect them
The Supreme Court judgment striking down the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas made the crucial point that even if the government was convinced of Thomas’s personal integrity it should have considered that no taint must attach to the institution of the CVC
Poverty levels are said to have dropped dramatically in countries that provide direct cash instead of subsidies to the poor. Will such a system work in India?
The 2011-12 Indian budget has done little to address food inflation. There is an overall 17% increase in the social sector
India has slipped to 87th spot in Transparency International’s latest ranking of nations based on levels of corruption, with the global watchdog asserting that perceptions about corruption in the country increased in the wake of the Commonwealth Games
The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill will set judicial standards and make judges accountable for their lapses. It will also mandate that judges of the high courts and the Supreme Court declare their assets and liabilities, including those of their spouses and dependants