Draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022: Benefits and Concerns – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The Government has released the draft of the proposed Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 (DPDP Bill) for public comments. The Bill is expected to be introduced in the Parliament in the Budget Session 2023. The Bill has undergone multiple iterations. The first draft, the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018… Continue reading Draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022: Benefits and Concerns – Explained, pointwise

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

Move to re-open debate on Article 35A

Context The government’s reply last month to the Supreme Court, saying that the questions raised in a petition challenging Article 35A require a “larger debate”, has predictably stirred a hornet’s nest in Kashmir. Article 35A: Current issue The Centre has expressed its reservations in responding to a petition before the Supreme Court that calls for… Continue reading Move to re-open debate on Article 35A

Country to dispense with Right to Education Act’s no-detention policy

Context: Scrapping the no-detention policy, one of the most controversial features of the Right to Education Act, is a first step towards in preventing and mending some of its worst consequences. Explanation: The Union cabinet on 2nd August, 2017 has agreed to scrap of the no-detention clause in the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Amending this provision, which… Continue reading Country to dispense with Right to Education Act’s no-detention policy

Election Commission pushes for electoral reforms

Context: The statement by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said that the Election Commission has failed to curb ‘invisible money’ in polls is remarkable. Introduction: Reforms suggested by the Election and Law Commissions must be given a chance. Working of Election Commission (EC): The Election Commission (EC) works in accordance with Article 324 of… Continue reading Election Commission pushes for electoral reforms

A look at the subsidy offered by the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Context: Housing loan interest rates dipping in the past few months Introduction: Lower interest rates and stagnant property prices, in combination with the interest subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), have markedly improved the economics for home buyers, according to bankers With interest rates falling about 200 basis points in the last 15… Continue reading A look at the subsidy offered by the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

The painless way to stop smoking

Context: The U.S. Food and Drug has announced a comprehensive proposal to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels which created havoc among tobacco companies. Introduction: The proposal is aimed at striking at the root of the problem of smokers getting addicted, and being unable to quit the habit. Nicotine does not… Continue reading The painless way to stop smoking

Implications of the freeze on parliamentary seats

Context The lifting of the freeze imposed on increasing the number of parliamentary seats by the Constitution (forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976, due in 2016 will require building of a new Parliament due to increase in number of seats in both houses. The new debate The debate revolves around the issues with constitutional dimensions of far-reaching… Continue reading Implications of the freeze on parliamentary seats

The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2017 gets stuck again

Context The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill was again not taken up by the Rajya Sabha on Monday when it passed two Bills on jurisdiction and settlement of maritime claims and the Footwear Design and Development Institute. The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), Bill, 2017, passed by the Lok Sabha in March, seeks to… Continue reading The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2017 gets stuck again

The need to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

Definition There is a dire need to look at corruption through the lens of law, economics and psychology. The design of corruption control mechanisms is important. Introduction The Prevention of Corruption Act came into force in September 1988. It consolidated the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, some sections of the Indian Penal… Continue reading The need to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

Government’s new Hydrocarbon policy

Context Brand new oil and gas block licensing policy is introduced this Wednesday which will open up 2.8 million square kilometers of sedimentary basins for exploration and production activities. Why government has come up with such policy? The lack of seismic sedimentary basin data had been hampering the oil and gas exploration and production sector… Continue reading Government’s new Hydrocarbon policy

Pan-Aadhaar Linkage

To read more on Aadhaar : Click Here Context Linking Aadhaar card to one’s Permanent Account Number (PAN) card is no longer a choice. Details According to the Supreme Court’s judgement passed on 9th June 2017, anyone who holds an Aadhaar card has to link it to his/her PANs and mention the same in the… Continue reading Pan-Aadhaar Linkage

Aadhaar Project

What is Aadhaar? The Aadhaar is the brand name of the Unique Identification Number that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues to every resident of India. It is a twelve digit number which is linked the resident’s demographic and biometric information Each number relates to a set of information stored in a centralized… Continue reading Aadhaar Project