THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
25 October 2014
NREGA TO BE DILUTED?
Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?

The Prime Minister has received at least two letters in the past week from eminent economists, activists and citizen groups, raising their voices against dilution of the Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which seems imminent from recent announcements by the government.

Livelihood Government

IPR LAWS
An old policy Modi must hold on to
The government’s clarification on the Indo-US joint statement on Intellectual Property Rights issued during Modi’s visit to the United States highlights the imperative of maintaining India’s original stance on patent laws and refusal to yield to US demands made in its Special 301 Report. Shambhu Ghatak has more.
Trade Government Health Opinions

LAW COMMISSION REPORT
The laws we forgot we had
A September report from the Law Commission of India identified 72 antiquated laws that require immediate repeal, among a total of 261 that must be reviewed for an assessment of their relevance. Tanvi Bhatikar looks at a few of these and the rationale behind the Commission’s recommendation.
Government

STATE SECURITY COMMISSIONS
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
With only 14 functional State Security Commissions in the country, and those too with flawed compositions and diluted roles, the efforts towards minimising government interference in police functioning have naturally been lax. Navya PK cites critical findings of a CHRI Report that shows the present sad state of our SSCs.
Law and Order Government Justice

RTI POWERS FOR THE CAG
What good is an auditor without information?
A recent letter written by the CAG Shashikant Sharma to the finance minister, seeking access to required information through RTI, exposes once more the lacunae in the powers of the Supreme Audit Institution. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the debate around the issue.
Public Funds Government Right To Info

CONSTITUTION 121st AMENDMENT
How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary
A quick summary of the recently passed Constitution (121st Amendment) Bill 2014 from PRS Legislative Research outlines the broad changes that it will bring about in the judicial structure of the country.
Justice

RE-READING SEC 498A
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
The court decision prohibiting immediate arrests upon complaints of dowry harassment under IPC Section 498A meets the need for safeguards against false charges and enjoys the support of many, including a budding filmmaker. But does it come at a greater risk to genuine victims? Shoma Chatterji explores.
Films Dowry Gender Laws and Policy Society

LAND ACQUISITION ACT
All set to lose out on the gains?
News reports and statements from various quarters apparently point towards possible dilution of the new land acquisition law passed in 2013, resulting in less safeguards for affected owners and communities. Kanchi Kohli summarises the key debates around the likely changes.
Agriculture Livelihood Government Land

TAPAS PAL CONTROVERSY
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
The abhorrent remarks by actor-turned-Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, stating that he would get the women among his opponents raped, have left many outraged but drawn mild reactions from his party and no legal action at all. Shoma Chatterji exposes the milieu where leaders like Pal enjoy complete impunity.
Government Society Women

MANUAL SCAVENGING
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Despite the enactment of a law prohibiting the casteist and deplorable practice of manual scavenging, many continue to labour in the profession in the face of neglect, deprivation and indignity. Pushpa Achanta draws attention to the injustice meted out to manual scavengers and other sanitary workers.
Sanitation Caste Society Human Rights

EXPLAINER
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
With the Modi government strongly pushing for the removal of UPA-appointed governors, the issue is once again in the limelight. Anviti Chaturvedi throws light on what the Constitution and Supreme Court laws say on the matter.
Government

SURROGACY LAWS
What surrogate parenting entails in India
While India satisfies all conditions for emerging as an attractive surrogacy hub, confusion over legal requirements and conditions reigns supreme as the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill hangs in limbo. Vinita A Shetty has more on why formal legislation is critical to the growth of the practice.
Health Laws and Governance Women

SECTION 66A
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
The increasing application of the loosely framed Section 66A of the IT Act and consequent police action raises a critical concern. Tanvi Bhatikar finds that its frequent clubbing with laws related to other cognizable offences poses a grave threat to the freedom of all citizens.
Justice Society

 

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