Need of Constituting National Tribunal Commission in India

Synopsis- The formation of the National Tribunal commission could transform the present tribunal system in India. Introduction- Recently, the Centre government has issued the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalization and Conditions of Service) Ordinance 2021. The ordinance aims to abolished certain existing appellate tribunals and transferred their functions to other existing judicial bodies. The ordinance also shortened the… Continue reading Need of Constituting National Tribunal Commission in India

The Case of EC’s Demand for Restriction on Media

Synopsis: The Election Commission had asked the court to not let the media cover its verbal hearing. It should withdraw its request to recover some of its moral high ground. Introduction  The Election Commission of India is a constitutional body that draws its mandate to conduct free and fair elections from Article 324. It has… Continue reading The Case of EC’s Demand for Restriction on Media

Reducing Independence of the Election Commission of India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Election Commission (EC’s) independence and credibility has come into question in the recent phase of state elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Kerala. The Madras High Court blamed the EC. It was for proliferating the second wave of Covid-19 during the electoral process by not acting in a credible manner.… Continue reading Reducing Independence of the Election Commission of India – Explained, Pointwise

Criteria for Selection of Experts in Tribunals Needs More Clarity

Synopsis: Centre needs to enact rules for the selection of Experts in NGT Tribunals with clarity and objectivity. Background The criteria used for the appointments of NGT members are not clearly defined by the central government, giving way to litigations. Recently, the appointment of former IAS officer, Girija Vaidyanathan, as Expert Member in the Southern… Continue reading Criteria for Selection of Experts in Tribunals Needs More Clarity

Issues Associated with Election Commission of India

Synopsis: Recently, the Election Commission of India held a discussion. It was in the light of the many questions and doubts being raised regarding the model Code of Conduct and powers of ECI under Article 324. Background The Model code of conduct (MCC) is a set of guidelines that ECI issues. The political parties, candidates,… Continue reading Issues Associated with Election Commission of India

“NCSC” Launches Online Grievance Management Portal for Scheduled Castes

What is the News? National Commission for Scheduled Castes(NCSC) launched an Online Grievance Management Portal for Scheduled Caste. About Online Grievance Management Portal: The Online Grievance Management Portal will allow submission of complaints about atrocities against the Scheduled Castes. The portal also allows users to track the progress of their complaints. The portal was developed… Continue reading “NCSC” Launches Online Grievance Management Portal for Scheduled Castes

Tribunal Reforms Ordinance 2021 – Explained, Point wise

Introduction Recently  President of India promulgated Tribunal Reforms Ordinance 2021 or Tribunal Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance 2021. The Ordinance dissolves certain existing appellate bodies and transfers their appellate authority to other Judicial Bodies. Further, the ordinance also amends the Finance Act 2017. The government also introduced the Bill in Lok Sabha on… Continue reading Tribunal Reforms Ordinance 2021 – Explained, Point wise

Promulgation of “Tribunals Reforms Ordinance 2021”

Promulgated: On 4th April 2021 Ministry: Law and Justice About the Tribunals Reforms Ordinance 2021: Purpose of the Ordinance:  It dissolves at least eight existing appellate tribunals. Now, High Courts and certain other bodies will be the appellate bodies under 9 acts. Further, it also amends the Finance Act 2017. Key Provisions of the Tribunals… Continue reading Promulgation of “Tribunals Reforms Ordinance 2021”

The Issue of Public trust on ECI |Election Commission

Synopsis: The public trust gained by the ECI (Election Commission of India) over the years is reducing. It is due to an increasing doubt over the fairness of the polls. Background Recently, the Citizens’ Commission on Elections (CCE), released the second part of its report “An Inquiry into India’s Election System. The retired Supreme Court… Continue reading The Issue of Public trust on ECI |Election Commission

Supreme Court’s Judgment on State Election Commission

Synopsis – The Supreme Court in its recent judgment ruled that government officials cannot be appointed as State Election Commissioner (SEC). Introduction- 25 years have passed since local governance was introduced in India by the 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendments. However, there is very little and actual progress in this direction. There is inadequate devolution… Continue reading Supreme Court’s Judgment on State Election Commission

SC Ruling on State Election Commission: Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Recently, the Supreme Court held that State Election Commissions(SECs) should have independent State Election Commissioners. Further, the judgement mentioned, a Bureaucrat holding government office should not be appointed as State Election Commissioner. This article will explain two things: a) the reasons behind the judgement; b) issues faced by the State Election Commissions in India.… Continue reading SC Ruling on State Election Commission: Explained, Pointwise

SC Ruling on Appointment of “State Election Commissioners”

What is the news? The Supreme Court held that independent persons should be appointed State Election Commissioners, not the Bureaucrats holding government office. What was the case? The Supreme Court gave this judgment in a case related to Goa. There the law secretary was given the charge of State Election Commissioner. What are the key… Continue reading SC Ruling on Appointment of “State Election Commissioners”

“IIT Council” sets up panels for more autonomy

What is the News? The Union Education Minister has chaired the 54th meeting of the IIT Council. The council discussed the implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. About IIT Council: Headed by: The IIT Council is headed by the Union Education Minister. It also includes the directors of all IITs and the chairman… Continue reading “IIT Council” sets up panels for more autonomy

NITI Aayog’s “Governing Council” reconstituted.

What is the News? The Centre has reconstituted the governing council of the NITI Aayog to include the Union Territory of Ladakh for the first time. About Niti Aayog: National Institution for Transforming India also called NITI Aayog was formed through cabinet resolution in 2015. It had replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission. NITI Aayog is… Continue reading NITI Aayog’s “Governing Council” reconstituted.

Issues in 15th Finance Commission Recommendation

Synopsis: The recent 15th FC report recommendations criticised on the basis of two grounds. One, the recommendations will impact co-operative federalism. Two, the recommendations are not aligned with the changing federal structure in India. Background Recently, the 15th Finance commission (FC) report tabled in the parliament. It’s following key recommendations accepted by the government. The… Continue reading Issues in 15th Finance Commission Recommendation

Misuse of Specialised agencies

Source: The Hindu Gs2: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies. Synopsis: Governments’ actions against journalists have raised suspicion. Specialised agencies are being used to curb dissent. Background Recently, the Enforcement Directorate raided the office of independent digital news platform News Click. The ED is investigating the involvement of the digital news platform in the alleged money-laundering… Continue reading Misuse of Specialised agencies

Recommendation of 15th Finance Commission and challenges faced by Local Bodies

Recently, 15th Finance Commission report has provided many recommendations for improving the functioning of Local Bodies. The challenges faced by local bodies in India are manyfolds and there is no one-stop solution to them. Approach of previous Finance Commissions with respect to Local Bodies: So far four Finance Commissions (11th FC to 14th FC) have… Continue reading Recommendation of 15th Finance Commission and challenges faced by Local Bodies

Law Commission of India as a statutory body

Why in News? The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a PIL. It is to declare the Law Commission of India as a “statutory body”. And also, to appoint a chairperson and members for the body within a month. About Law Commission of India Status: It is a non-statutory body. The government… Continue reading Law Commission of India as a statutory body

NIXI Offers free Domain in Local Indian Languages

News: The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has announced that it will offer a free IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) in any of their preferred 22 official Indian languages along with every IN domain booked by the registrar. Facts: NIXI: It is a not for profit Organization established under section 8 of the Companies Act… Continue reading NIXI Offers free Domain in Local Indian Languages

Bureau of Indian Standards celebrates the 74th foundation day

News: Union Minister for Consumer Affairs has attended the 74th foundation day celebration of the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS). Facts: Initiative launched during the event: Toy Testing facilities: Government has recently brought “Toys” under mandatory BIS certification. Hence, the test facilities will act as an enabler for about 5000 industrial units including micro & small… Continue reading Bureau of Indian Standards celebrates the 74th foundation day

Future of the federal framework

Context- The role of the Finance Commission as a neutral arbiter in the Centre-state relation in achieving the delicate balance. What are the key highlights of the latest report? The Fifteenth Finance Commission led by Chairman N. K. Singh submitted its report for the period 2021-2026 to President of India. Title of the report – ‘Finance Commission in COVID… Continue reading Future of the federal framework

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India

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

About Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC)

BARC was established as an autonomous ‘not for profit’ body duly registered under the Companies Act, 2013. BARC was constituted comprising representatives from all relevant industry associations being Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) and Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI). BARC India owns and manages a transparent, accurate, and inclusive TV… Continue reading About Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC)