ORAL ARGUMENTS
Less talk would provide more justice

Huge backlogs in the justice system have prompted judges to look for ways to speed things up. The Supreme Court has twice pointed fingers at long and repetitive oral arguments.

#Justice System
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING
The people and their plans
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING : The people and their plans

By listening to residents, and understanding the needs that have driven them to organic solutions, it is possible for Master Plans in cities to be a lot more attentive to the lived realities of people.

#Cities #Housing #Urban Poor
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Higher funding alone doesn't improve services

Urban finances do need to be strengthened, but expenditure alone is not enough to improve outcomes. A study of waste management in 27 cities shows the importance of other non-monetary influences.

#Cities #Public Funds #Waste
REFORMS
An 'institutions' model is needed

States have followed varied paths to development, proclaiming models of their own. But these have been limited, and not presented a new imagination of governance itself. 

#OP-ED
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Reversing the gaze on democracy

Can people themselves decide how governments should respond to their needs? Janta ka Faisla asks us to consider how the practice of democracy would look if it began from the most vulnerable citizens. 

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #OP-ED #Poverty #CHHATISGARH
REAL DEMOCRACY
Citizens demand real participation

In cities across Karnataka, civil society groups are pushing the government to set up ward committees and area sabhas through which they can direct the governance of their localities.

#Cities #Laws #KARNATAKA
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Ground-up planning in Ranchi's slums

Can people themselves plan for their basic services? A new initiative in informal settlements which have been ignored by formal planners shows the potential of a different approach.

#Adivasis #Cities #Water #JHARKHAND
URBAN RESILIENCE
Disaster response must be decentralised, humanised

For long-term mitigation of disasters in urban areas, ward-level citizens' committees will need to carry out community-based bottom-up planning for sustainable and inclusive development.

#Cities #Public Health
FEDERALISM
States need their own development models

Our federal nation will always have different models of growth that suit local aspirations. State governments can distinguish themselves by asking what this means for each one of them.

#Economy
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.

#Gender and Leadership #Elections
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.

#Cities #Food Security #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.

#Science and Technology #Society
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.

#National Security #Trade
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.

#Justice System #Law and Order
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.

#Environmental Regulation #Environment
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

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