Source : Click here News: The Urban Governance Index 2020 has been released. Facts: Published by: The index has been published by Praja Foundation, a Mumbai-based think tank. Purpose: The index ranks states to indicate where they stand in terms of real empowerment of grassroot democracy and local self government. Themes: The ranking is based on these main themes—… Continue reading Urban Governance Index 2020
What is Cess? A cess is an earmarked tax that is collected for a specific purpose and ought to be spent only for that. Cess may initially go to the CFI but has to be used for the purpose for which it was collected. Cess collections are supposed to be transferred to specified Reserve Funds… Continue reading GST Compensation Cess
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) It is a constitutional body established under Article 148 of the Constitution of India. Purpose: CAG audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the state governments, including those of bodies and authorities substantially financed by the government. Appointment: CAG is appointed by the President of India following a… Continue reading Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India
Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSCs) News: In the current Lok Sabha, 17 Bills were referred to committees. Parliamentary Committees are established to study and deal with various matters that cannot be directly handled by the legislature due to their volume. Constitutional Provision: Indian Constitution mentions two kinds of parliamentary committees under Article 118 (1) of the… Continue reading Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSCs)
What is Freedom of press? In India, freedom of the press has been treated as part of the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution. The Indian constitution guarantees the “freedom of speech and expression” as a fundamental right of every citizen of India. Restrictions on the freedom of press: The… Continue reading Freedom of press in India
In News: India can achieve the goal of self-reliance (atma nirbharta) by enhancing the capability of youth. About Demographic Dividend: According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), demographic dividend means the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure. The change in age structure is typically brought on by a decline… Continue reading What is demographic dividend?
Performance of the Parliament In news: The decision to drop “Question Hour” during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, evoked serious concerns about the democratic functioning of the institution. Brief Overview of the Indian Parliament: The Parliament is the legislative organ of the Union government. The Indian Parliament comprises of the President and the two Houses… Continue reading Performance of the Parliament
In news: The passing away of Kesavananda Bharati, led to a debate on the famous doctrine of basic structure propounded by the Supreme Court. What is the Basic Structure Doctrine? The “Basic Structure” doctrine is a doctrine made from judicial innovation specific to Indian context. The doctrine prescribes that certain features of the constitution are… Continue reading Basic structure Doctrine
Recently Punjab has denied implementing the Central Farm Laws in the state and has moved amendments to the legislations. Previously, on the Issue of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), several state governments like Kerala denied the implementation of the same in their states. Thus, the question arises, are states empowered to reject the central laws in… Continue reading Can a state challenge/reject central laws? On issue of farm bills and CAA
Good evening dear reader. Here is our 7pm editorial Summary for today Farm bills and Punjab’s bills against them Punjab bills About farm bills and associated concerns Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation), bill 2020 Issues with Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020: Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on… Continue reading Farm bills 2020: Can Punjab challenge a central law?