Solid Waste Management Rules 2016: How well they have been implemented on ground?

 

 

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The 2016 Solid Waste Management Rules supersede the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000, and expand the ambit of application to every urban local body, including outgrowths in urban agglomerations, census towns, areas under railways and airports. The question is, how empowered are the implementation agencies?

Dr. Nomesh Bolia, co-founder and mentor to VIF, and Apula Singh, research associate at VIF, share their analysis on how the effectiveness of these ‘too good to be true SWMR’ is dependent on the empowerment of the agencies.

Read the complete article published on The Indian Express.

The Pendency of Cases in High Courts: Hitting the Nail on the Head

 

 

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Identifying where the problem lies with judicial pendency in the High Courts of India is a challenge. Civil Writ Petitions in 17 High Courts are the major problem. Knowing the exact problem and location can help customize the solution. With the limited resources (judges) we have, we should allocate them in an optimal manner.

Shobhit Mathur, VIF Executive Director, and Ram Prasath V R, VIF Research Intern, share the results of their simple analysis which can serve as a starting point.

Read the complete article published on The Indian Economist.

Thank You, Varun Gandhi, But We Don’t Really Need The Right To Recall

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The proposed ‘Right to Recall’ bill, even though aiming for the noblest of goals, would wreck widespread damage if ever it is made into law.

Narasimha Donthineni, VIF Campus Ambassador, IIM Rohtak, shares his thoughts on this move in which Varun Gandhi moved a Private Member’s Bill in the Parliament proposing an amendment in the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Read the complete article published on Swarajya.

Could making the Ganges a ‘person’ Save India’s Holiest River?

 

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A court in India has declared the Ganges river a legal ‘person’ in a fresh effort to save it from pollution. Research Associate Shyam Krishnakumar explains how the ruling could help preserve the waterway upon which so many depend.

Read the complete article published on BBC News.

Judicial reforms: Why lower courts should be the first in the line

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Judicial delays are often understood to be due to a shortage of judges. But this is not the sole reason.

Shobhit Mathur, Executive Director VIF, and Ram Prasath, Research Intern VIF, show that lower courts can horizontally replicate best practices using the available resources and enhance their performance. Since 80% of the cases are pending in the lower courts, this is the fastest way to reform the judiciary.

Read the complete article published on IndiaSpend.com

Find reposts of the above article on The Business Standard, The Economics Times, Bloomberg Quint, The QuintFirst Post, Millennium Post

Modi’s Neighbourhood First Policy Must March on, With or Without Pakistan

When Narendra Modi took oath as the 14th Indian Prime Minister in May 2014, he made an unprecedented diplomatic outreach to India’s neighbours by inviting their heads of government. It was the very first initiative of what later came to be known as the ‘neighbourhood first’ policy of the Modi government.

Kamal Madishetty, VIF Research Associate, shares his thoughts on the audacious move generated great euphoria and excitement, especially among the observers of South Asian politics and relations.

Read the complete article published on CLAWS.

Education is Not Just About Math

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The success of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in enrolling almost 98 per cent of all children of school going age has shifted the focus of education to the question of quality. The need for emphasis on quality has been recognised by both educationists and the government. Last year’s Draft National Education Policy has a strong emphasis on pedagogy, learning outcomes and teacher training.

Shyam Krishnakumar, VIF Research Associate, shares the educational vision of a truly visionary being, the Mother of Auroville, on her birthday, in this article he co-authored under the guidance of Ms. Smrithi Adinarayanan, Chief Mentor, Anaadi Foundation.

Read the complete article published in The New Indian Express.

Arun Jaitley did a great thing by abolishing FIPB

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Amidst a multitude of expectations, finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017-18 in Parliament, one which was low on fireworks but high on pragmatic and incremental changes. Expansion of the tax base by reducing tax rate in the Rs 2.5-5 lakh income bracket, special focus on agriculture and rural sector, push towards a digital economy, beginning the process of cleaning up political funding and increased infrastructure expenditure are among the key highlights of the Budget. That the government did not deviate from the path of fiscal consolidation, despite the various pressures, is particularly noteworthy. In the domain of the financial sector, there was one major announcement made, the decision to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

Kamal Madishetty, VIF Research Associate, shares his thoughts on the larger strategy of the government to boost FDI inflows.

Read the complete article published at DailyO.

Budget 2017 Lays A Solid Foundation For The ‘Housing For All By 2022’ Scheme

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The ‘Housing For All By 2022’ scheme aims to meet the housing stock shortfall of 2 crore. Meeting this gap would require construction of 30 lakh houses annually. However, data from July last year shows that work was progressing on less than 15% of the approved projects. One can imagine how many of these projects would have actually been completed. An estimate from May 2016 suggests that the completion rate was only 0.1%. This huge gap, between the numbers of sanctioned versus constructed houses calls for immediate alteration of the implementation approach.

Apula Singh, VIF Research Associate, shares her thoughts on the significant implication of having affordable housing being granted an infrastructure status, on the ease of financing of housing projects.

Read the complete article published on The Huffington Post.

Why India Bull-taming Protest May Not Be Just About Bulls

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India is a country of a million little mutinies, reeling with rage and revolt. One such mutiny has recently brewed in southern Tamil Nadu state, where people have been protesting against a ban on a traditional bull-taming contest, known as jallikattu. They say the ban is an attack on their culture and identity. The expertise of Shyam Krishnakumar, VIF Research Associate has been quoted in this article published on The BBC. Read on to know more.