Indian Polity

SC's Verdict: People are Free to Choose Religion

The Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to ban black magic, superstition, and deceitful religious conversion. What was the case filed? A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking to control black magic, superstition & mass religious conversion of SC/STs. The petition also mentions the religious conversions through intimidation, threats & gifts. The plea argued that such forceful religious conversions by use of black magic are common

13 April, 2021 Supreme court

Panchayat Implementation in 6th Schedule Areas

The Union Minister of State for Home informed the Lok Sabha on March 23, 2021 that there is no proposal presently to introduce Panchayat system in the Sixth Schedule areas of Assam. What is Sixth Schedule? The Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India protects tribal populations and provides autonomy to them by allowing the formation of autonomous administrative councils that can frame laws on land, public health, agriculture and others. Four states of North East India -A

30 March, 2021 SC/ST

NV Ramanna to be the next Chief Justice of India

The current Chief Justice of India(CJI) has recommended Justice N.V. Ramana, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court as the next CJI. About Chief Justice of India(CJI): Chief Justice of India is the chief judge of the Supreme Court of India. He/she is also the highest-ranking officer of the Indian judiciary. Constitution on appointment of CJI: The Constitution of India does not have any specific provision for criteria and procedure for appointing the CJI. Article 124(1)

25 March, 2021 Supreme court

Allotting Election Symbol by SC

The Supreme Court dismissed the special petition challenging the Kerala HC judgments that upheld the Election Commission of India's order allotting the 'Two Leaves' symbol to Kerala Congress (M). The Election Commission (EC) has plenary powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to decide on the allotment of symbols. Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, empowers the EC to allot symbols to the political parties at elections in Parliamentary and Assembly

22 March, 2021 Election commission

National Capital Territory of Delhi Bill, 2021

National Capital Territory of Delhi Bill, 2021 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) moved a Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday in which it proposed that the “government” in the National Capital Territory of Delhi meant the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi. The Bill proposes to amend Sections 21, 24, 33 and 44 of the 1991 Act. The Bill gives discretionary powers to the L-G even in matters where the Legislative Assembly of Delhi is empowered to make laws. The proposed legislatio

16 March, 2021 Federal structure

State Election Commission-recent Supreme Court ruling on its autonomy

State Election Commission-recent Supreme Court ruling on its autonomy Introduction This article discusses about the inadequate devolution of powers to urban and rural local bodies as a self-contained third tier of governance. Poor conduction of fair elections at the local level The manner in which their representatives are elected is often beset by controversies. Local polls are often marred by violence, and charges of arbitrary delimitation and reservation of wards. N

16 March, 2021 Election commission

Bureaucrats cannot be State Election Commissioners: SC

Bureaucrats cannot be State Election Commissioners: SC The Supreme Court on Friday held that independent persons and not bureaucrats should be appointed State Election Commissioners. The top court directed that the States should appoint independent persons as Election Commissioners all along the length and breadth of the country. ‘Give up post’ It said government employees holding the post of State Election Commissioners as additional charge should give up the post

13 March, 2021 Election commission

Haryana reservation  of jobs for locals-Son of soil doctrine

Haryana reservation of jobs for locals-Son of soil doctrine Introduction Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya’s assent to a law regulating private sector to recruit 75% of jobs to the locals can affect India’s investment climate and its socio-economic framework. Details of the Act The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act of 2020 seeks to ensure that 75% of all jobs with gross monthly salaries of up to ?50,000 are provided to the State’s o

09 March, 2021 Fundamental rights

Central Employment Guarantee Council

The Council was constituted under Section 10 of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005. The Central Government has constituted this Council to discharge the functions and perform duties assigned to it by or under the provisions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005. Chairperson - Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. It advises the Central Government on all matters concerning the implementation of t

24 February, 2021 Statutory Bodies

Delimitation Commission to Hold Delimitation Exercise in J&K

Delimitation Commission holds meeting to seek views on delimitation process of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Delimitation Act, 2002 This Act was enacted to set up a Delimitation Commission for the purpose of effecting delimitation on the basis of the 2001 census. The Delimitation Commission would re-fix the number of seats for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes based on the 2001 census, without affecting total number of seats based on the 1971 census. The Act

19 February, 2021 Statutory Bodies

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