Citizen scorecards for better accountability

Synopsis: The CAG’s auditing standards highlight the importance of performance audits for promoting transparency and evaluating outcomes. Introduction Soon, Parliament is going to celebrate 100 years of establishment of the Public Account Committee in December. What is the Public accounts Committee (PAC)? It was set up in 1921 under the Montagu-Chelmsford reforms to conduct audits… Continue reading Citizen scorecards for better accountability

Creating citizen centric police

Synopsis: Despite Prakash Singh’s judgement on police reforms, the reforms largely remain on paper. Thus, this demands a closer and deeper analysis. Introduction On September 22, 2006, in the historic Judgement in the Prakash Singh case, the Supreme Court gave significant direction for police reforms. If implemented, these can have a transformative effect on the… Continue reading Creating citizen centric police

Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture Project (MeghEA) launched by IT Minister and CM Meghalaya

What is the News? Meghalaya chief minister and Union Information and Technology (MeitY) Minister has jointly launched ‘MeghEA- Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture’. About MeghEA- Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture Aim: To improve service delivery and governance for the people of Meghalaya using the power of digital technologies. Pillars: MeghEA initiative is spread across 6 pillars namely:  Governance, Human… Continue reading Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture Project (MeghEA) launched by IT Minister and CM Meghalaya

The next step in democratic evolution is overdue

Source: This post is based on the article “The next step in democratic evolution is overdue” published in The Hindu on 1st September 2021. Relevance: The article highlights the importance of democracy and the base or structure on which it is built i.e constitutions and laws. Synopsis: India must change, from elected authoritarianism towards participative… Continue reading The next step in democratic evolution is overdue

Major Administrative Reforms by the govt

Source: PIB What is the news? In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions stated various administrative reforms brought by the government, to encourage greater efficiency, to transparency and create corruption free governance by increasing accountability and reduce scope for discretion. Reforms Initiated Launch of… Continue reading Major Administrative Reforms by the govt

Co-operation ministry: Harbinger of hope?

Source: Business Standard Relevance – How the new Ministry of Co-operation can make a significant positive impact on the ground Background On July 6, the Government of India announced the creation of a new Ministry of Co-operation. Over 300 million people are members of around 800,000 co-operatives in India today. Read more – Ministry of Cooperation… Continue reading Co-operation ministry: Harbinger of hope?

Areas of Cooperation and Competition

Source: Indian Express Synopsis: Ministry of Cooperation cannot always guarantee price stabilisation and growth. Do cooperatives guarantee growth? Firstly, in 1991 it improved the terms of trade for agriculture and benefitted millions of farmers. Agri-exports zoomed, but this led to higher domestic prices. Secondly, in 1991, the finance minister wanted to delicense the dairy sector… Continue reading Areas of Cooperation and Competition

Hard knocks for soft power

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Understanding government’s role in furthering growth of media and creative industry Synopsis: The state is tightening its control over what we read, watch, hear or laugh at. Why not facilitate our soft power instead of clamping down on its strengths? Tightening the state control Draft cinematograph bill 2021: In June 2021,… Continue reading Hard knocks for soft power

Why ex-bureaucrats speak up

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: The new government rules restrict free speech and impact the transparency and accountability of the government. Synopsis: The new government rules restrict the free speech of retired bureaucrats. About the new rules: The central government recently prohibits officers who retired from 25 critical organisations not to publish anything without taking… Continue reading Why ex-bureaucrats speak up

Counting the dead

Context: Undercounting of COVID-related deaths in India  What is the issue?  Due to gaps in the civil registration data, the actual death toll due to COVID is still a mystery. There’s no way to know it because the aggregated all-India civil registration data is only available until 2018.  What is the impact of lack of data? Or… Continue reading Counting the dead