Showing posts from February, 2014

Street Vendor and the State

Step out the terminus railway station - Sealdah and you find your self standing in front of one of the biggest taxi stands with men socked in sweat shouting Howrah Howrah!!! The hot and humid air coming from the swampy delta and sea nearby, makes you utterly uncomfortable and believe me you would want to tear off your shirt and run for a near by cool water pond, but wait you can't do that so keep walking.

Coming out of the taxi stand you will be stunned to see the crisscross flyovers and a city of black and yellow taxis, buses and tram, with no sight of any permanent settlement.(which reminds you of the song "ae dil hai mushkil jeena yahan ye hai Bombay, ye hai Bombay, ye hai Bombay meri jaan" but you wont be mistaken for the Bengali script will keep remind you that you happen to be standing on a different side of India that just happens to be a bit similar to the city for which the song was penned down).  The city lives under the highway, i must say. And who are these p…

The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act

Replaces the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.The provisions of this Bill shall not apply to 16 existing legislation that provide for land acquisition. viz: The Atomic Energy Act, 1962, The National Highways Act, 1956, SEZ Act, 2005, Land Acquisition (Mines) Act, 1885, The Railways Act, 1989.The provisions of the Bill relating to land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement shall be applicable in cases when the appropriate government acquires land, (a) for its own use and control, (b) to transfer it for the use of private companies for public purpose, and (c) on the request of private companies for immediate use for public purpose. If private companies acquire more than 100 acres of land in rural and more than 50 acres of land in urban areas R&R package to be provided.Public Purpose: Land acquired for (a) strategic defense purposes & national security, (b) roads, railways, highways, and ports, built by government or public sector enterprises (c) planned development, and (e) res…

Food Security

The Nation Food Security Act seeks to:
Provide legal guarantee to 75% rural and 50% urban population to 5Kgs of food grain per month at Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Re. 1 for rice, wheat and coarse grain respectively.Provide for he nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women (maternity benefit of atleast Rs. 6,000 for six months).Make the eldest woman (above the age of 18 years) head of a household for the issue of the ration cards.Social audit and vigilance committee to ensure accountability, transparency and quick redressal of grievances. 
PDS is most states is not functioning efficiently. There is 45-55% of leakage of food grains and intended beneficiaries are left out.

NFSA seeks to seal leakages in food delivery system through technological and administrative interventions such as Aadhar cards and setting up new accountability, transparency and grievance redressal system.
For the implementation of the Act, nearly 60 million tonnes of food grains will be required. The infrastrucural weak…

Decade of Innovation: 2010-20

What is NInC?

The National Innovation Council (NInC) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the PM on PIII to discuss, was set up to analyse and help implement strategies for inclusive innovation in India and prepare a Roadmap for Innovation 2010-2020.

Innovation is seen as a way forward in the direction of giving novel solutions to our problems. Innovation can helps in creating scalable, affordable, sustainable products that can then help in poverty alleviation, rural communication, improving public health facilities etc. It is being seen as a way of evolving sustainable and cost effective solutions.

NInC will seek to create a Roadmap for Innovations for the next decade by focusing on five key parameters: Platform; Inclusion; Eco-system; Drivers and Discourse.

What is DIF?

The 13th Finance Commission has made grants of Rs. 1 crore to each district (District Innovation Funds) for carrying out Innovation

What is Nation Knowledge Commission?

The NKN is a state-of-the-art mu…