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The BJP's opposition to the anti-lynching law in Rajasthan is telling

lt the need for a separate law against lynching. Rajasthan has emphasized the need for stringent provisions including imprisonment and fines as well as a firm system of monitoring, implementation and Accountability as advised by the court. It is the second state after Manipur to pass an anti-lynching law. The Opposition did not stop at calling this a law favouring cow smugglers but also that it was meant to please a particular community. Evidently,

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Shamnad Basheer, My Friend And One of the Country's Brightest Legal Minds -Mahtab Alam

aw University, Bangalore and Oxford University, Shamnad was a man on a mission as he championed many causes ranging  from internet equality, fairness in IPR, public interest litigation, judicial Accountability, to the rights of sexual minorities, visually impaired and physically disabled persons. For me, Shamnad was more a social justice warrior than a globally-known IPR expert. He was not just the force behind Increasing Diversity by Increasi

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'Amendments to RTI Act must be rejected' -Gautam Bhatia

rnment. Despite many problems, this structure has worked effectively. Over the last decade and half, the RTI has become one of the most effective tools to ensure democratic governance, by ensuring Accountability from government agencies. Ironically enough, the numerous attacks – and even killings – of RTI activists stand testament to the democratic – and democratising – power of this law. Please click here to read more.

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The tremor of unwelcome amendments to the RTI Act -Aruna Roy & Nikhil Dey

-The Hindu The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill is a twin attack on Accountability and the idea of federalism “Amendments” have haunted the Right to Information (RTI) community ever since the RTI Act came into effect almost 14 years ago. Rarely has a law been so stoutly defended by activists. It is not possible to pass a perfect law. But it was a popular opinion strongly held by most RTI activists that a demand for progressive

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Govt. advises NDDB to bring Mother Dairy, other units under RTI ambit -Sandeep Singh

from NDDB, it has advised NDDB to “extend the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005 to its subsidiary companies including NDDB Dairy Services.” New Delhi: In a bid to increase transparency, Accountability and trust of consumers, the government has advised the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to extend provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 to its subsidiaries, including Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd (MDFV

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Promises and Priorities - An Analysis of Union Budget (2019-20) -CBGA

-Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) brings out a draft version of this publication within 24 hours of the presentation of Union Budget in Parliament every year. The objective of this publication is to facilitate an informed discussion on the Union Budget, particularly around social sectors, agriculture, employment and vulnerable

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Agricultural reforms and urban Accountability key to water management -Joydeep Gupta Between wasteful flood irrigation, free electricity to farmers, and skewed market incentives, agriculture is a mess; while lack of Accountability creates urban water problems in South Asia The 2019 South Asian summer monsoon is late, slow and inadequate so far. If it makes up somewhat for lost time, those 55% of Indian farmers who do not get irrigation water will still suffer, but there is a chance that reservoirs may fill to

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Indians Tend Not To Vote For Development: Study -Benita Chacko

ic woes afflicting the country, ranging from joblessness to farm distress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has swept to power in India, winning 56% of seats. The study, ‘Do Citizens Enforce Accountability For Public Goods Provision?’, by Oxford University scholar Tanushree Goyal took into account election results across 14 states that hold 90% of India’s population. It linked the performance of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojan

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HC brings RWAs, registered societies under RTI ambit -Shilpy Arora

uo;As Gurugram has many residential societies and people pay maintenance for upkeep of common areas, street lights, etc., several RWAs have become money syphoning machines. They lack transparency and Accountability. It takes years to get information on how much has been spent on what,” said Karan Atreja, a resident of Sector 57. The directions were given in a civil writ petition — Saraswati Welfare Association Vs. Pradeep Kumar Raparia

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Civil society organisations demand respect for farmers' rights by Pepsico

Speakers in a press conference requested civil society to be ever-vigilant to ensure that corporations do not misinterpret and distort laws to their convenience. They also demanded greater corporate Accountability to contain corporate arrogance and mistreatment of basic rights of citizens, and asked for a statute to be brought in for ensuring this. “It is clear from this episode that the judiciary itself need to be educated on the legislative h

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