THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
20 OCTOBER 2018
Government
THERMAL POWER AND REGULATIONS
Regulations delayed are regulations denied

Efforts to rein in massive emissions of pollutants, and to reduce volumes of water consumed by coal-based thermal power plants have been thwarted by endless delays in implementing the regulations that were to take effect last year. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Environment Environmental Law and 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. A World Resources Institute report provides insight.

Cities
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
The recently released CAG audit report on Maharashtra has heavily criticized the time and cost overruns in Gosikhurd irrigation project in Vidarbha. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the report to list the shortcomings of the project.

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.

Justice Caste Adivasis 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?
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.

Urban Poor Poverty
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
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.

Urban Cities
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.

Opinions Human Rights
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