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How Consultative Has India's RCEP Strategy Really Been? -Albertina Almeida

work on the impacts of Free Trade Agreements, points out that the practice of RCEP treaty-making negotiations continues to be at odds with the promise of the constitution, of a federal structure for Governance in our polity.   Bhutani explains that there is wisdom and logic behind distributing decision-making powers across the state and local level to manage our affairs in such a vast and diverse society. In the exercise of executive power of

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India's population growing but not exploding; Narendra Modi's new found concern can be used to communalise issue India -Vivian Fernandes Is there a population explosion as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted in his Independence Day speech? India's population grew by 17.64 percent between 2001 and 2011 to 1,210.9 million. This is faster than China’s 5.43 percent population growth during the same period. But, the last decade was also the first time after 1911-21 when India added fewer numbers than the previous decade. India’s population is increasing but at a slower pace. The United Nations p

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Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI's edge -Suhrith Parthasarathy

ure concentration of power. Democracy, therefore, has to percolate beyond the bare promises of formal political equality. It is to this end that India’s Constitution provides a framework for Governance by pledging to people a set of inviolable guarantees. But realising the full value of those guarantees at times requires a parley with the state. It was one such long battle, fought over nearly two decades, driven by the unstinting efforts of t

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

across the state. We have undertaken innovative projects in partnership with expert organisations for improving teaching in math, science and English. We have also created a Code/manual for the good Governance of these institutions. Centre has already enacted the Right to Education Act. The Union tribal affairs ministry provides funds to set up Eklavya residential English medium schools and pre- and post-matric scholarships for tribal students. He

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'Accelerating exodus from farming key to achieve target of doubling income' -Richard Mahapatra

-Down to Earth To double farmers’ income reduce the number of farmers, suggest policy makers Among senior officials in the Union government and members of the Niti Aayog, conversations now start and end with one subject: “doubling farmers’ income by 2022”. Clearly, the obsession with open defecation-free India is over as, unofficially, India has achieved the target before the October 2019 deadline. But the new target to double farmers’ income by 2022 has

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RTI amendment: Centre has no authority to make law on states -M Sridhar Acharyulu

-Down to Earth The amendment to the RTI Act does not deserve the assent of the President, writes former Central Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu in the second of this two-part series The Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions told the House that Parliament's competence to enact a law to give effect to the citizens' right to obtain information is located in Entry 97 of the Union List in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution read with Article 2

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RTI amendment: Usurping powers from Legislature and States -M Sridhar Acharyulu

-Down to Earth The National Democratic Alliance government's move is an assault on the independence of information commissioners, writes former Central Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu Alas! I thought the Narendra Modi government is strong enough after its re-election. But now it is scared of the Right to Information (RTI) and the Chief Information Commission (CIC), as if they are monsters who can harm the power of the powerful rulers. The Information Commissioner in India

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Body blows to Indian education -Debaditya Bhattacharya

cy directions indicated in the NEP draft? What has the Narendra Modi government’s first budget promised for the education sector? In suggesting a massive structural overhaul of institutional Governance and pedagogical objectives, the draft NEP argued for more than doubling the public expenditure in education. Sitharaman’s budget outlay generates an illusion of increased spending in the sector, with an overall hike of nearly 13 per cent

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There's a 'Bizarre', Incomplete Logic to Amended RTI Act -Wajahat Habibullah

adict the federal nature of the Act, and end up violating the PM’s principle of cooperative federalism. Information is the currency that every citizen requires to participate in the life and Governance of society —AP Shah, former Chief Justice, Delhi and Madras High Courts, 2010. It is not just Shah but many justices of the High Courts and the Supreme Court, who have repeatedly stressed that the right to information is a corners

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

bai Mirror On July 22, the Lok Sabha passed a set of amendments to the Right to Information Act, which – if enacted into law – will have dangerous consequences for open and transparent Governance. Notably, these amendments were first proposed towards the fag end of the previous NDA government’s tenure, but in the face of sustained protests, were not carried forward. Nevertheless, one of the first legislative acts of the governm

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