Synopsis: The recent Centre-West Bengal controversy over Political and administrative elements has brought attention towards the health of the federal structure in India. Background: The recent issue is that the former Chief Secretary of Bengal reached late in the meeting called by Prime Minister to review cyclone relief work. Though both political and administrative state… Continue reading Political and administrative elements in maintaining Healthy Federalism
Synopsis: The recent changes brought in Lakshadweep Administration in the name of public purpose is against the public interest and ethos of the island. Background: Recently, the administrator of Lakshadweep brought changes to the following acts to promote infrastructural development to boost tourism. Development Authority Regulation, Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation, Lakshadweep Panchayat Regulation and… Continue reading Issues with recent draft rules notified by the Lakshadweep administration
Synopsis: The tendency to centralise power by the Union government is increasing. It will alter the basic structure of Federalism in India. Background Recently, a NITI Aayog Member, asserted that it was the lack of centralisation that has led to poor management of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive. The claim reinforces the practice of the… Continue reading Growing Centralisation of Power Erodes Federal Structure
Introduction New Lakshadweep regulations proposed by its new administrator are attracting opposition from local leaders. The smallest union territory of India (Lakshadweep) is undergoing severe changes for the last few days. The new administrator has introduced 4 new regulations that would alter the culture, livelihood, ecology, and development level of the island. The draft regulations… Continue reading New Lakshadweep Regulations: Issues and Rationale – Explained, pointwise
What is the News? The West Bengal government has decided to set up a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad). Note: West Bengal had a Legislative Council in existence till 1969 after which it was abolished. History of legislative councils in India: Legislatures with two Houses (bicameral) have a long history in India. The Montagu-Chelmsford reforms led… Continue reading How “Legislative Councils” are Set-up in States?
What is the News? Punjab Chief Minister has declared Malerkotla as the 23rd district of the Punjab State. Let’s have look at the process to create new district in India. What is the process to create a new district in India? The power to create new districts or alter or abolish existing districts rests with the… Continue reading What is the Process to Create New District in India?
Introduction The second wave of Covid-19 is creating havoc in the country. The country is facing challenges in overcoming the medical Oxygen crisis, lockdown associated losses to the economy, etc. All this necessitated coordination between the center and the states. While states are struggling with a lack of financial resources, the center is finding itself… Continue reading [ Yojana Summary] Federalism during the Pandemic – Explained, Pointwise
Synopsis: The court struck down the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (WB HIRA), 2017 as unconstitutional. The court also clarified that the legislations by the Parliament and the state government are on the concurrent list. Introduction: The central government enacted the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act to regulate the Real Estate sector in India.… Continue reading West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (WB HIRA) is Unconstitutional: SC
Introduced: Lok Sabha (15th Mar 2021) Passed: Lok Sabha passed GNCTD Bill (22nd Mar 2021) Passed: Rajya Sabha passed GNCTD Bill (24th Mar 2021) Present Status: Assent granted. Converted to an Act About GNCTD Amendment Act 2021 Objectives: Define the responsibilities of the elected government and the Lt. Governor (LG) Create a harmonious relationship between… Continue reading The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021
Synopsis: The accusation made on the Government regarding the passage of the Government of the NCT of Delhi Act 2021 is groundless. Background of the NCT of Delhi Bill Last week, both Houses of Parliament voted in favor of the amendments to the Government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi Act. Many criticized… Continue reading The NCT of Delhi Act, 2021 Enhances Cooperative Federalism