Archive for: M R Madhavan

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The JPC report and what it entails

The JPC report on telecom spectrum allocation raises several structural questions The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) that was looking into various aspects of...

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The dead Ordinance

The constitutional issues around the ‘Convicted MPs’ Bill would have led to its dismissal by the Supreme Court.  The Union Cabinet has decided to withdraw...

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The Anti-Defection Law needs a relook

Parliament can be effective only if individual MPs have a significant role as law makers, and if they can be held accountable for their actions by their electorate. In...

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The Criminal Laws Amendment related to sexual offences

Summarising some of the key changes in the various laws related to sexual offences.  The Delhi gang rape episode in December and the subsequent public outcry have...

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Examine the Anti-Defection law

The Anti-Defection Law has not deterred defections. It has had undesirable outcomes. The Supreme Court in a recent decision has strengthened the provisions of the...

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In Parliament

In Parliament

Parliament to examine Rules notified by the Government The Rajya Sabha has admitted motions to amend Rules prescribed under three Acts of Parliament.  Mr. P Rajeeve...

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A bill-of-fare

The National Food Security Bill The National Food Security Bill has been introduced in Parliament and is being examined by the Standing Committee.  There are several...

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In Parliament

Central laws and the federal structure The question of division of powers and responsibilities between the centre and the states has cropped up in several new...

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Designing a food security scheme

IN PARLIAMENT An Act to ensure food security was promised in the Congress Manifesto for the 2009 General Elections, and reiterated in the President’s Address to...

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Upcoming Laws on Delivery of Public Services

One of the key demands by Anna Hazare on the Lok Pal Bill was to include provisions to redress grievances of citizens. Indeed, this demand was one of the three...

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