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PM asks Gram Panchayats to use digital platforms for better prices for village produce

PM asks Gram Panchayats to use digital platforms for better prices for village produce Part of: GS-II- Governance and Decentralized governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) On National Panchayati Raj Day 24th April, the Prime Minister launched the e-Gramswaraj Portal and Mobile app as a portal to prepare and plan Gram Panchayat Development Plans. He said that the portal will ensure real time monitoring and accountability. The portal is a major step towards digitization down to the Gram Panch

Common Services Centre (CSC)

Common Services Centre (CSC) Part of: GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Common Services Centre (CSC) programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY), Government of India. CSCs are the access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages in India, thereby contributing to a digitally and financially inclusive society. CSCs are more than service delivery points in rural India. They are positioned as change agents, promoting rural entr

The critical role of decentralised responses- PRI- Fiscal Federalism

The critical role of decentralised responses GS-PAPER-2 Governance M.A. Oommen is an Honorary Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram Strategies in tackling the COVID-19 crisis must include local governments being equipped and fiscally empowered Context The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought home the critical role of local governments and decentralised responses. In terms of information, monitoring and immediate action, local governments are at an adv

Enabling people to govern themselves

Enabling people to govern themselves By, Arun Maira was a member of the Planning Commission Context - Governance systems at all levels, i.e. global, national, and local, have experienced stress as a fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. - Breakdowns in many subsystems had to be managed at the same time — in health care, logistics, business, finance, and administration. - The complexity of handling so many subsystems at the same time have overwhelmed governance. Solutions for o

Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrums

Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrums Context As per the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, the State will have Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool respectively as the executive, legislative and judicial capitals of the State. The matter has become contentious along political party lines and the Bill is facing myriad legal and procedural challenges. The proposal is set to replace the ambitious plan of the previous government, l

Clear the fog, draw up a clear vaccination policy

Clear the fog, draw up a clear vaccination policy Herd effect of vaccination Vaccines play a major role in human mastery over infectious diseases. Vaccine can induce immunity only in the vaccinated individual. So, vaccination is ‘preventive medicine’. When a vaccine is rolled out as a national or global programme and increasing proportions of people are vaccinated, ‘herd immunity’ level increases and disease frequency decreases in the vaccinated population.

Fine-tuning the State-of-the-app technology

Fine-tuning the State-of-the-app technology Context WhatsApp had announced an upcoming change to its privacy policy, which led to growing concerns around privacy among many users, and who started switching over to other messaging services such as Signal and Telegram. Platforms and COVID-19 The issue of privacy is crucial for government technology platforms and services as governments typically have a monopoly in providing public services, unlike the private sector. Hence,

Municipal Performance Index 2020

Municipal Performance Index 2020 The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the final rankings of the Municipal Performance Index 2020. The MPI has classified municipalities based on their population as- Million+ category (Municipalities having over a million population) - Indore (Top), Surat, Bhopal. Less than Million Population category (Municipalities with a population of less than a million) - New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) (Top), Tirupati and Gandhinagar.

"Mera Ration" Mobile App

"Mera Ration" Mobile App Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on March 12, 2021 launched "Mera Ration" Mobile App for those ration card holders who migrate to new places in search of livelihood (migrant workers). Currently, 32 States and Union Territories are covered under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) and the remaining four States and UTs are expected to be integrated into the scheme in the next few months. The One Nation One Ra

Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 to be amended

Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 to be amended Introduction Bill to amend GNCTD Act is a rollback of the notion of representative government The Centre’s Bill seeking to amend the law relating to the running of the National Capital Territory of Delhi claims that it is aimed at giving effect to the interpretation given by the Supreme Court judgments on Delhi’s governance structure. The Bill, if it becomes law, will wholly undermine the Court&rs

Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Introduction The Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 will reduce the elected government to a mere vestigial organ LG’s exception to Parliamentary form of govt. in India The government in India is run in the name of President and Governors. They can do almost nothing by themselves, without the aid and advice of their cabinet of Ministers. However, the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi, will likely be an

GNCT Bill,2020-An extraordinary legislative misadventure

GNCT Bill,2020-An extraordinary legislative misadventure Legislative misadventure If the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha, is enacted, the little large Indians of the national capital may as well keep off the polling booths, for their vote will be rendered meaningless. This Bill is an extraordinary legislative misadventure. It states the opposite of what the apex court said when it interpreted Article

Cooperative federalism and COVID-19

Cooperative federalism and COVID-19 Introduction Instead of dictating how States deal with the pandemic, the Centre must be a facilitator Covid-19 case load India’s national positivity rate, or the proportion of tested cases returning positive, is around 21%. Vaccination drive coverage Couple that with the faltering vaccination drive, and the picture is far from pretty. On April 12, India administered 3.7 million doses of vaccine and after April 26, it ha

India’s revisit to Covid-19 vaccination policy

India’s revisit to Covid-19 vaccination policy Introduction The Centre must revisit its policy by procuring 100% of the vaccine doses which can then be equitably disbursed to the State governments. Reasons to revisit policy The States were indeed thoughtless to ask for an immediate expansion of vaccination to all adults, beyond the 45-plus years priority group Indeed, the Centre is currently threatening to penalise States that are not administering sufficient second d

Cabinet creates a new and separate “Ministry of Cooperation”

Cabinet creates a new and separate “Ministry of Cooperation” In a historic move, a separate ‘Ministry of Co-operation’ has been created by the Modi Government for realizing the vision of ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’. This ministry will provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country. It will help deepen Co-operatives as a true people-based movement reaching up to the grassroots. In ou

Ministry of Cooperation: Critical Analysis

Ministry of Cooperation: Critical Analysis In a historic move, a separate ‘Ministry of Co-operation’ has been created by the Modi Government for realizing the vision of ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’. This ministry will provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country. It will help deepen Co-operatives as a true people based movement reaching upto the grassroots. In our country, a Co-operative based

Integrated Multi-purpose infrastructure Development Corporation for Ladakh

Integrated Multi-purpose infrastructure Development Corporation for Ladakh Background Consequent upon re-organisation of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir as per the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the Union Territory of Ladakh (without Legislature) came into existence on 31.10.2019. An Advisory Committee was constituted under section 85 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 for making recommendations regarding the apportionment of the assets and lia

Grants for Urban Local Bodies

Grants for Urban Local Bodies The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance has released an amount of Rs. 685.80 crores to 4 States for providing grants to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).  Out of this, an amount of Rs.494 crore has been released to Uttar Pradesh, Rs.110.20 crore to Gujarat, Rs. 74.80 crore to Jharkhand and Rs.6.80 crore to Mizoram. Grants for Urban Local Bodies have been released as per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission.  They are aimed

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