One barefoot step, a giant administrative leap

In order to create maximum development value, the bureaucracy needs to bring changes at the bottom of the public service pyramid, the citizen’s first point of contact with the state.

Law Commission Consultation Paper on Electoral Reforms

The democratic process is distorted by the conduct of the elements among political parties, elected representatives and different sections of society, who try to influence the process of governance for … purely partisan ends.

Suspended DMDK MLAs have every right to vote in RS poll

A senior official of the Commission pointed out that EC conducted election to the Upper House. As elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly and as voters in the poll, they had every right to exercise their franchise.

Parties cannot issue whips to MLAs in RS polls

They can issue instructions but it is left to political organisations to take action as they deem fit if an MLA defies the party‘s order.

Govt extends online RTI facility to President secretariat, MEA

At present, the text of an application that can be uploaded at the prescribed column (on the website while filing application) is limited to 500 words only. In case, an application contains more than 500 words, then it can be uploaded as an attachment.

Karnataka Government amended the Karnataka Police Act, 1963

The Legislative Assembly on Monday passed the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill 2013 “to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court in respect of police reforms and to ensure effective functioning of the Police Establishment Board (PEB)”.

Time to check the Khemka syndrome

Despite attempts at reform, frequent transfers of civil servants by loyalty-seeking politicians continue. Only a guarantee of tenure can end the menace,

Political parties come under ambit of RTI Act : CIC

It would be odd to argue that transparency is good for all State organs but not so good for political parties, which, in reality, control all the vital organs of the State.

Development plan for Naxal-hit area extended to four more years

The government has decided to extend the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), a specially conceived development programme for worst Naxal-affected districts, for four more years with annual allocation of Rs 1,000 crore.

Put Gram Sabhas in charge of all social sector schemes

A panchayat-driven social sector expenditure model empowers the community with a sense of ownership as against the bureaucracy-driven, top-down model currently inbuilt in the Central sector schemes.

Don’t play politics with cooperative societies, Supreme Court warns States

Elected committee in office should not be penalised for predecessor’s shortcomings. Don’t act under political pressure, Bench asks Registrars.

All but lynched by the media

Those who want justice done in the Aarushi murder case must stand up against the unethical coverage of the trial.

In Malkangiri, losing the fight for hearts and minds

Panchayati raj representatives in the Naxal-affected district have resigned en masse to protest the apathy to their development needs, but the Odisha government remains unmoved.

Fighting crimes against women the Parivartan way

A unique initiative in Delhi shows how the role of the community along with effective policing is crucial to prevent incidents of rape.

The cat is out of the bag

Probe report on coal allocation shared with Law Minister & PMO, admits CBI

Dropping a political bombshell, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Friday told the Supreme Court that the agency’s status report on the coal allocation scam probe was “shared” with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Coal Ministry “as desired by them.”

CCI has imposed Rs 8,000 crore penalty in 19 cases

As on March 31, 2013, Competition Commission of India (CCI) had received a total of 347 cases regarding violations of anti-competitive practises, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Regional rural banks move ahead – with technology and consolidation - A. J. VINAYAK

The establishment of RRB branch network dates back to 1975. With the bank nationalisation in 1969 not giving the desired results in expanding rural base of banks, the Government came out with a new credit agency to operate in rural areas in the form of RRBs in 1975. This expansion of rural banking network lasted for more than a decade.

'Xohari' to provide time-bound services to citizens in Assam

From now on, the state government will be legally bound to deliver 55 notified services under 14 departments to citizens in a hassle-free, time-bound manner under the Assam Right to Public Services Act, 2012, which came into effect from Friday with the brand name 'Xohari' (response).

Montek launches IBIN to remove growth bottlenecks

The Planning Commission of India on 19 April 2013 launched IBIN (India Backbone Implementation Network) for effective implantation of its core programmes and policies.