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Why the growing lack of consultation in law-making is damaging democracy -Maansi Verma

-The Indian Express Why the growing lack of consultation in law-making is damaging democracy-Maansi Verma, Inequitable access to and exclusion from law and policy-making processes is a relatively unexplored yet crucial social justice issue. It manifests in procedures which are designed to deny opportunity; exclude diverse voices; create constraints of technology, language, time; disable meaningful consultations, especially with those critical of a law or policy. An electoral mandate is not a carte...

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India learns a bitter lesson for disregarding crucial warnings and recommendations on Covid-19

In the month of April this year, there has been an unprecedented upsurge in daily new cases and daily new deaths in the country due to Covid-19. States, which reported large increases in daily new cases and daily new deaths, are Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, to name but a few.   Data accessed from, which is a crowdsourced platform and an independent aggregator of daily Covid-19 figures and...

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Parliamentary panel predicted second Covid wave in November -Meghnad S The Standing Committee on Health highlighted shortages of medical oxygen and hospital beds. The government seems to have ignored its report. As the second wave of the pandemic rips through the country, the public is asking two big questions. How prepared was the government? Did it anticipate a crisis of this magnitude to hit India? Turns out, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare produced a report in which it...

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Only 5.4% of houses under Centre’s flagship scheme reached completion so far this year

-The Hindu Advent of pandemic caused long delays at every stage, says Rural Development Ministry Less than 6% of houses sanctioned under the Centre’s flagship rural housing scheme in 2020-21 have reached completion so far this year, with COVID-19 stalling progress, the Rural Development Ministry told a Parliamentary Standing Committee last month. However, some States such as Odisha and Jharkhand used the scheme to provide employment opportunities for migrant workers who returned...

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Unique ID for all land parcels by March 2022: Centre -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu ULPIN land database to be integrated with revenue court records, bank records, and Aadhaar The Centre plans to issue a 14-digit identification number to every plot of land in the country within a year’s time. It will subsequently integrate its land records database with revenue court records and bank records, as well as Aadhaar numbers on a voluntary basis, according to a Parliamentary Standing Committee report submitted to the Lok...

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