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

-The Telegraph Dreze showed how Jammu and Kashmir outscored Gujarat on the basis of a raft of development indices New Delhi: Economist Jean Dreze held up a placard at a protest rally here on Wednesday, displaying stats to contest home minister Amit Shah’s claim that Jammu and Kashmir was less developed than the rest of India. Dreze showed how Jammu and Kashmir outscored Gujarat on the basis of a raft of development indices. “I...

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

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Drivers and riders will become “ATMs for traffic policemen and transport department officials”, traffic and safety experts have cautioned the government while suggesting that preparatory steps be taken before high penalties for violations kick in. Amendments in the motor vehicle law have been passed by Rajya Sabha and are all set to pass through Lok Sabha on Monday where BJP has a majority. One of the...

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

-Livemint.com * The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week. It will now require President’s nod to become a law * The Bill was passed by a majority vote of 108-13, while also escaping scrutiny of a select committee NEW DELHI: In what may overhaul the country’s transportation system, the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill was passed by the Lok...

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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 delivered by governments....

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

-TheWire.in Former commissioners urged citizens to oppose the amendments tooth and nail as they would impact people's right to know. New Delhi: A number of former information commissioners came forward on Wednesday to criticise the attempts by the Narendra Modi government to rush the RTI Amendment Bill, 2019, through the parliament without following a proper consultation process. They also cautioned that, if passed, the amendment would weaken the transparency law – rated...

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