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Dark clouds over the RTI -Aruna Roy & Nikhil Dey

llowed us to uncover fraud, it was difficult to ensure that the information could be used to hold a bureaucrat or elected representative accountable. The Lokpal debate, for example, highlighted grand Corruption, but those who protested across India were personally fed up with the inefficiency of public servants and their impunity. Accountability to the people should have been institutionalised through a strong social accountability and Grievance Redre

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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

the law. The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information has decided to mobilise opinion against the bill in collaboration with groups like the National Alliance of Peoples Movements, Anti-Corruption Team, National Right to Food Campaign, the National Federation of Indian Women and state-level RTI campaigns. All parties and the Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions have been invited to a Jan Manch in the c

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Potholes killed 3,597 across India in 2017, terror 803 -Dipak K Dash

a, Naxal attacks included, claimed 803 lives, including that of terrorists, security personnel and civilians, in 2017. The ‘pothole deaths’ have stirred a debate on inefficiency of and Corruption in municipal and road-owning authorities with the government launching campaigns to improve public awareness. But the craters remain a major hazard, with lack of road discipline and many two-wheeler riders not using helmets aggravating the risk

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

terms of sexual violence, which includes rape as a weapon of war; domestic rape; rape by a stranger; the lack of access to justice in rape cases; sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of Corruption, India tops the list of 10 most dangerous countries for women, followed by Democratic Republic of the Congo, USA, Syria, Congo, South Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Somalia, Egypt and Nigeria.   • In terms of non-sexual vio

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India heading for comprehensive healthcare crisis: Amartya Sen

g much more resources -- as a proportion of their respective levels of the gross national product-- to healthcare," Sen writes in his elaborate foreword to "Healers or Predators? Healthcare Corruption in India", which will be launched here on Thursday. Sen, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna in 1999, further claims that the entire organisation of Indian healthcare has become "deeply flawed", leading the country into "a co

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Cost of Modi's demonetisation: IAF raised bills of Rs 29.41 crore to ferry currency notes, reveals RTI

500 and Rs 2,000 notes, and those of other denomination, more than double the Rs 3,421 crore it had spent in the previous year. The demonetisation was hailed as a step that would curb black money, Corruption and check counterfeit currency, but the RBI, in its annual report for 2017, had said just 7.1 pieces of Rs 500 note per million in circulation and 19.1 pieces of Rs 1,000 notes per million in circulation were found to be fake in its sample surv

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Demonetisation failed to make India a 'less cash' society -Vivek Dehejia and Rupa Subramanya

erve Bank of India data On 8 November 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the “demonetisation” of high-value currency notes. When it became clear the ex ante goals of reducing Corruption and black money were unlikely to succeed, attention shifted to a range of possible ex post facto rationales for the move. Numerous commentators, including the two of us, argued that one such goal would be to push the economy towards greater for

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Year after Mandsaur farmer deaths, Rs 1 crore compensation has changed little -Mohammad Hamza Khan

hoes what Jagdish says, “Last year, I cultivated garlic for about Rs 75,000. If sold today at the mandi, I’ll barely get Rs 80,000. So, it is all lying at home.” Alleging widespread Corruption in BBY, he says, “Not all farmers have enrolled under this scheme. So, traders purchase crop from such farmers and then claim BBY benefits in connivance with farmers registered under BBY.” Please click here to read more.

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Tardy govt risks spoiling benami drive

assets, worth crores, risk being invalidated because of the government's failure to create a designated adjudicating authority in the 19 months since enforcing a stringent law against black money and Corruption. The Centre had amended the Benami Property Transaction Act of 1988 and enforced the tighter version on November 1, 2016, days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised 1,000-rupee and 500-rupee notes. Section 7 of this law prescrib

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Aruna Roy, social activist and Magsaysay Award winner, interviewed by G Sampath

s, loans, building a house. Everyone calls it an elite service, so I always felt the discourse should be a bit better than that. I even found people boasting about their ‘achievements’ in Corruption. I realised that if I remained in the system, I would have to oppose it. I preferred to leave. * If everyone thought like you, then all the good people would leave the IAS. Why not fight the system from within? It’s not as if there

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