URBANISATION
Bird's eye view is full of blur

Planning for settlements in the country follows an outdated approach. Re-imagining urban India will have to start with an overhaul of the existing statutory frameworks.

#Cities
WOMEN IN POLITICS
Deciphering low Election Sex Ratios

Why are there so few women in electoral politics at the state and national level? The biggest reason is that in the absence of reservation, political parties deny tickets to women.

#Elections #Gender and Leadership
VOTER IDENTIFICATION
EPIC+Aadhaar: Promises and dangers
VOTER IDENTIFICATION : EPIC+Aadhaar: Promises and dangers

Data governance in India is evolving. Against that background, what are the potential benefits and risks of the proposal by the Election Commission to link voter IDs to Aadhaar numbers?

#E-Govt #Elections
URBAN FOOD POLICY
RICH food for better cities
URBAN FOOD POLICY : RICH food for better cities

A new book by the World Bank urges all cities to implement explicit food policies to foster reliable, inclusive, competitive and healthy food systems aligned with their aspirations and challenges.

#Food Security #Cities #Public Health
POLICY AND IDENTITY
Who, exactly, is the public?
POLICY AND IDENTITY : Who, exactly, is the public?

There is rising interest in public policy, but much of the focus so far has been on the 'policy' part. But it is even more important to understand the 'public' part of this phrase.

#People #Society
ENERGY POLICY
Can governments let go of fossil-fuel revenues?

The energy-mobility landscape is transitioning to renewables and electric vehicles. But public finances are highly reliant on the fossil fuels economy. Excerpts from a discussion of the challenges this poses.

#Energy #Public Funds
SCIENCE POLICY
STIP2020: A wish-list, not a policy

The new science and technology policy joins its predecessors in presenting a wish-list for the country, but equally it also mimics the old policies in failing to detail how these wishes will come true.

#Society #Science and Technology
URBANISATION
Are metros growing or sprawling?

The large metropolitan areas of the country are continuing to grow. But why, and is this the same thing as sprawl? A recent position paper from the IDFC Institute delves into the data, and discusses the challenges thrown up by India's urban expansion.

#Cities
INDIA AND CHINA
Following the yuan
INDIA AND CHINA : Following the yuan

A research paper published by Brookings India argues that while rising investment from China helps correct a lopsided trade relationship, the Indian government should also proactively safeguard security and privacy interests.

#Trade #National Security
JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
How do Bengaluru's rural courts function?

Observations from a recent study of the Bengaluru Rural Courts point to a sad reality - that many of the most basic and foundational things needed for efficient delivery of justice are missing.

#Law and Order #Justice System
THERMAL POWER PLANTS
Regulations delayed are regulations denied

Efforts to rein in emissions of pollutants, and reduce water consumed by coal-based power plants have been thwarted by endless delays in implementing regulations.

#Environment #Environmental Regulation
CITIES FOR ALL
Ahmedabad's TP schemes: Lessons for equity

Land pooling has helped steer development in Ahmedabad more equitably than in many other Indian cities, but with some limitations and challenges still to be overcome.

#Cities #Land
PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
Monsoon Session 2018: What to expect
PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF : Monsoon Session 2018: What to expect

The Monsoon Session of Parliament began today and will continue till August 10, 2018. It is scheduled to have 18 sittings during this period. PRS Legislative Research outlines what is in store in the upcoming session.

#Laws
GOSIKHURD IRRIGATION PROJECT
Thirty-four years of irregularities and failures
GOSIKHURD IRRIGATION PROJECT : Thirty-four years of irregularities and failures

The recently released CAG audit report on Maharashtra has heavily criticized the time and cost overruns in Gosikhurd irrigation project in Vidarbha. 

#Public Funds #Water #MAHARASHTRA
CRIME SURVEYS
The way we measure hate crimes is simply bogus

Safety and criminality in society must be assessed directly from the people themselves. The government is deluding itself and citizens by conflating law enforcement statistics with crime data, writes Tara Krishnaswamy.

#Caste #Adivasis #Justice System #Society
WATER CRISIS
What you can’t measure properly, you can’t manage properly

Shripad Dharmadhikary critiques the recently released NITI Aayog’s report on Composite Water Management Index.

#Water
SMART CITIES MISSION
What is a Smart City?
SMART CITIES MISSION : What is a Smart City?

Last month the government announced the list of 9 new Smart Cities, taking the total of Smart Cities to 99.  Prachee Mishra of PRS legislative takes a look at the Smart Cities Mission and a few issues with it.

#Cities
RIGHT TO HOUSING
Urban poor lack a roof over their head

Looking into what’s happening in the State of Karnataka, Kathyayini Chamaraj discusses the housing needs and rights of the urban poor.

#Housing #Urban Poor #Poverty
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chugging along in the name of sustainability
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS : Chugging along in the name of sustainability

Kanchi Kohli raises questions on the Voluntary National Review report which shows India’s efforts to achieve seven of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

#Health #Poverty
SC/ST EMPOWERMENT
How successful has been the SC/ST Sub-Plan

It has been more than 3 decades since the scheme of Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan and Tribal Sub-Plan was implemented. It was given statutory status by converting it into an Act in Karnataka in 2013.  Kathyayini Chamaraj examines the promises of the scheme and Act and questions the outcomes.

#Adivasis
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS
Throwing good money after bad
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS : Throwing good money after bad

Shripad Dharmadhikary critically examines the proposed push for hydro power projects in the recently released Draft National Energy Policy for public comments by NITI Aayog.

#Environment
URBANISATION
Financing urban development

Several schemes to address different Indian urban issues are introduced by the government. Prachee Mishra discusses the fiscal and policy level challenges these schemes will encounter.

#Cities #Urban Environment
NDA GOVERNMENT
Popularity vs Performance
NDA GOVERNMENT : Popularity vs Performance

Pradeep Baisakh analyses a recently released report by human rights activists and civil society organizations to see how the present government has performed in the three years it has been in power.

#OP-ED #Human Rights

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