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Farm Ordinances Passed Without NITI Aayog Appraising 'High-Powered' CMs Panel Report: RTI -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

-TheWire.in Minister of State for Food Danve Raosaheb Dadarao had stated before Lok Sabha that the high-powered committee had approved the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, a claim denied by the Punjab CM. New Delhi: The Farm ordinances – which consequently paved the way for the three controversial farm laws in September 2020 – were promulgated and introduced in parliament in June 2020 without the report of the high powered committee of Chief...

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We still deem us as ‘subjects’ not ‘citizens’ and Indians in government as ‘masters’ -Kannan Gopinathan

-National Herald While Americans take themselves as citizens and demand responsibility and accountability from power, Indians are still slavish, says Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned from IAS What happened in Washington DC at the Capitol Hill Building was watched in horror and everybody said, “Look democracy can fail even in America.” To me it looked like the triumph of American democracy. Attempts to overturn the Presidential election failed. State after state stood up to...

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Agriculture Ministry denies RTI query on farm law consultations -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu It claims the matter is sub judice. The Agriculture Ministry has denied a Right to Information (RTI) request for details on pre-legislative consultations on the farm reform laws, saying the matter is sub judice. In its response, the Ministry cited the clause from the RTI Act that exempts information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by a court of law or whose disclosure would amount to contempt of court. This...

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Agriculture Ministry’s Claim on Farm Bill 'Consultations' Runs Contrary to its RTI Reply -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

-TheWire.in The Centre claimed in the Supreme Court that efforts had been made to speak to stakeholders before the laws were passed. Why, then, does the agricultural ministry have no record of these efforts? New Delhi: In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court on Monday, the Centre claimed that “serious, sincere and constructive efforts [were] made by the Central Government to engage with the limited number of protesting farmers who are...

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Centre Has Paid Rs 1,364 Crore To Over 20 Lakh Undeserving Beneficiaries Under PM-KISAN

-TheWire.in/ PTI Venkatesh Nayak of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative said more than 20 lakh "ineligible farmers" and "income tax payee farmers” had been paid, according to information revealed under the RTI Act. New Delhi: The government has paid Rs 1,364 crore to 20.48 lakh undeserving beneficiaries under its ambitious PM-KISAN scheme, a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query by the Union agriculture ministry reveals. Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammann Nidhi (PM-KISAN)...

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