MPLAD Scheme

MPLAD is a central government scheme, under this scheme any MPs are empowered to recommend development programmes involving the spending every year of Rs 5 crore in their respective constituencies. MPLADS guidelines states that the objective of the scheme is to enable MPs to recommend works of developmental nature with emphasis on the creation of durable community… Continue reading MPLAD Scheme

Public Distribution System in India: An overview

Context The Public Distribution System (PDS) needs to be systematic and lenient,especially towards the poor. What is Public Distribution System? The Public Distribution System (PDS) evolved as a system for distribution of food grains at affordable prices and management of emergency situations. Public distribution system (PDS) is an Indian food security system. Established by the Government of India under Ministry of… Continue reading Public Distribution System in India: An overview

Autonomy for Tribunals recommends the Law Commission

Context The Law Commission of India has recommended that a Committee led by the Chief Justice of India should be in charge of the appointments of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Judicial Members of the various central tribunals. Such a step sends strong message to the government that appointments to tribunals and their functioning should remain independent… Continue reading Autonomy for Tribunals recommends the Law Commission

Effective governance in India: Lokpal, RTI and Whistleblowers Act

Context Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) called for the implementation of the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, the Lokpal Act and the Lokayukta Act to strengthen governance system What are the salient features of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill? The Act allows setting up of anti-corruption ombudsman called Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at the State-level. The… Continue reading Effective governance in India: Lokpal, RTI and Whistleblowers Act

Transgenders’ Rights and Anarchic laws

CONTEXT In the light of the recent privacy judgment, The Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Eunuchs Act, 1329 F, an enactment “for the registration and control of eunuchs”,  has come under scrutiny once again as it violates every principle of natural justice. THE ANDHRA PRADESH (TELANGANA AREA) EUNUCHS ACT, 1329 F The Eunuchs Act, enacted in… Continue reading Transgenders’ Rights and Anarchic laws

LGBT community cheerful after Supreme Court ruling on right to privacy

Context:          The Section 377 of IPC has been under discussion after recent Supreme Court verdict on the “Right to Privacy”. Introduction: The nine –judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that individual privacy is intrinsic to life and liberty and an inherent part of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Article 21… Continue reading LGBT community cheerful after Supreme Court ruling on right to privacy

Government hopes to reach 9 crore households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

 Context Government aims at making 9 crore ‘deprived’ households the focus of all its welfare schemes  What is the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana? Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a welfare program of the government of India, launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016. The stated objective of the program is providing 50,000,000 LPG… Continue reading Government hopes to reach 9 crore households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Right to privacy is a fundamental right now

Context: The nine –judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that individual privacy is intrinsic to life and liberty and an inherent part of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Article 21 of the Constitution. What are the various features of Right to Privacy? Privacy is a constitutionally protected right emerging primarily… Continue reading Right to privacy is a fundamental right now

Civil Aviation Ministry weakens UDAN scheme norms to enhance local connectivity

Context The civil aviation ministry has relaxed UDAN scheme norms on airlines and regional airports to boost regional connectivity What is UDAN Scheme? UDAN is regional air connectivity scheme (RCS) which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting unserved and under-served airports. The Union Government has set up an ‘Inter- Ministerial Monitoring-cum-Coordination Committee’ to monitor… Continue reading Civil Aviation Ministry weakens UDAN scheme norms to enhance local connectivity

Vulnerabilities to Data privacy not just constrained to State players

Context The apex court recently held that dangers to privacy in an age of information can originate not only from the state but from non-state actors as well. Capacity of non-state actors to invade the home and privacy also poses an alarming threat What is Data Protection under the Indian legal system? The Indian constitution… Continue reading Vulnerabilities to Data privacy not just constrained to State players