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Jean Dreze contests Amit Shah with Gujarat data -Pheroze L Vincent

r what damage Articles 370 and 35A has done to the state,” Shah had told the Rajya Sabha on Monday. “It’s because of these sections that democracy was never fully implemented and Corruption increased in the state; no development could take place…. The Ayushman Bharat scheme is there but where are the hospitals? Where are the doctors and nurses? Those supporting 35A, please tell me which famous doctor will go and live there

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Changes in Motor Vehicle law could open floodgates to graft: Experts -Dipak K Dash

offences, which includes jail term and suspension of driving licence. “If not corrected by means though administrative or legislative measures, this bill will open floodgates to confusion, Corruption and public harassment. Each driver or rider will become an ATM for enforcement agencies,” traffic safety expert Rohit Baluja has written to transport minister Nitin Gadkari and home minister Amit Shah. Baluja, who heads the Institute for

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India's withering Public Employment -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

-The Hindu Business Line/ Networkideas.org While the neoliberal focus has been on attempts to “shrink the state” on the grounds of Corruption and inefficiency, sensible people have long recognised that high levels of public employment tend to be associated with better quality of life for people in a society. After all, the essential public services, from infrastructure to amenities, to security to social services, mostly have to be de

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Rajya Sabha passes amendments to Motor Vehicles Bill -Shreya Nandi & Shaswati Das

g scrutiny of a select committee. The bill aims to address crucial issues such as road safety, reducing deaths due to road accidents, imposing stiffer penalties on violation of rules, and weed out Corruption in India’s road transport system. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, was introduced in the lower house in August, 2016. Thereafter the bill got its nod in April 2017. It was then sent to the Rajya Sabha select committee. The bill, ho

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'RTI Bill Shrouded in Secrecy, How Will it Enhance Transparency?' Ask Former CICs -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ic domain about the amendments.” Bhardwaj said, “People file RTI applications to seek information about all sorts of issues ranging from rations to foreign travels of PMO to big-ticket Corruption.” The amendments, she claimed, “were a clear attempt to undermine the autonomy of the commissions.” She said while the minister stated that the government is not going to downgrade the salaries or tenures, “there is n

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90% funds for 1 party, Manmohan Singh seeks debate on state funding of elections

ccess to 90 per cent of funds, such ideas need to be discussed and debated.” In 2010, then Congress president Sonia Gandhi too had suggested state financing of elections as a measure against Corruption in the electoral process. However, the issue never gained currency till recently. The BJP has been cornering the lion’s share of all money going to political parties. Addressing the gathering, former Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gan

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Are Mohalla Clinics Making the Aam Aadmi Healthy in Delhi? -Taniya Sah, Neha Bailwal and Rituparna Kaushik

penditure, amongst people coming from low-income groups and underdeveloped areas within Delhi. However, at the same time opposition political parties have criticised the clinics for being marred with Corruption and poor outreach. To assess the veracity of these claims and take stock of the situation on the ground, we undertook an independent field study of twelve Mohalla Clinics in North and North-west Delhi and interviewed 180 patients. Who are

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World Bank withdrew from Amaravati due to Corruption, claim AP govt officials -Yunus Y Lasania

Hyderabad: Days after the World Bank (WB) announced backing out of Amaravati capital city project, by withdrawing its $300 million funding, officials from the Andhra Pradesh government said rampant Corruption besides flouting of various socio-economic norms under the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government, led by former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, were the reasons behind the agency’s move," claimed officials from the AP gov

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

of disclosure. It is unlikely to be a set of instances but more the fact that the RTI is a constant challenge to the misuse of power. In a country where the rule of law hangs by a slender thread and Corruption and the arbitrary use of power is a daily norm, the RTI has resulted in a fundamental shift — empowering a citizen’s access to power and decision-making. It has been a lifeline for many of the 40 to 60 lakh ordinary users, many of t

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Underfunding, misleading claims: The story of MGNREGA in New India -Debmalya Nandy

haraman on July 5, 2019 was a disappointment for 13 crore rural households dependent on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The act continues to fight widespread Corruption and administrative negligence 13 years since its inception. Technology-based, centralised, faulty implementation has thrashed local accountabilities and increased leakages. Anyone who has closely observed the jobs scheme based on the act (MG

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