GS-II: Social Justice

Section 436-A of CRPC and Home Ministry Guidelines on Undertrials

August 12, 2017

What are the provisions of section 436A of the CrPC and home ministry’s guidelines regarding undertrials? Why these fail to alleviate the plight of undertrials? Section 436A was introduced in the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 vide an amendment in 2005. It provides for the maximum period for which an...

Short Note: Tribal Ministry’s Plan to Create Online Database on Tribals

August 7, 2017

What is the proposed plan of Tribal Ministry to create an Online Database of Tribals? What this database will be like? With 10 crore Scheduled Tribes comprising of 8.6% of India’s population, the tribal population forms a part of the unique culture and history of India. Their contribution whether...

Short Note: Current Government policy on LPG Subsidy

August 3, 2017

What is the current government policy on LPG subsidy? Why have the companies been asked to hike the LPG prices by Rs. 4 per month? The current government provides a subsidy of around Rs 58 on LPG cylinders used for domestic purposes and around Rs 28 is borne by...

Illegal Mining: Recent SC Order and Its Relevence

August 3, 2017

What is the recent Supreme Court Order on Illegal Mining and how it is a benchmark ruling? In its recent landmark judgement on illegal mining, the Supreme Court has imposed a penalty of 100% on the mining companies who had indulged in this practice. The matter came before the apex...

Minimum Wages Act, 1948: Wage Fixing Method, Issues and Next Steps

August 3, 2017

How is minimum wage decided under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948? What are key problems of this act apart from being very old? What may be next steps of the central government towards addressing these problems? In the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 the minimum wages are fixed or revised...

Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill 2016

July 9, 2017

In the second week of March, the congress MP Shashi Tharoor had introduced a bill titled Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha. It’s a private member bill with an objective to create symmetry in the safety net against discrimination of all kinds in the country. The...

Short Notes: Rights of Transgenders

July 5, 2017

Two years back The Supreme Court of India recognized Transgenders as “third gender” and directed the State and Central Governments to take initiatives to provide a better life to the Transgendered persons. In this article, we review the basics and bring out  the pointers on what are the initiatives...

Issues around MTP Act

July 5, 2017

Recently the Supreme Court turned down the request of a 27 week pregnant lady, of her pregnancy with Down Syndrome Foetus. Should the women be given choice or the court is right in providing judgments sticking to the Constitution? What are the Government’s actions on the pregnancies and abortions...

Draft Social Security Code

July 5, 2017

Amid drawbacks and shortcomings in the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 the government of India has planned and proposed the Draft Labour Code on Social Security and Welfare which was published  and put in April 2017 in the public domain for comments . Key features The code is...

HIV / AIDS Bill: Key Features

July 5, 2017

In the month of March 2017, the HIV/AIDS Bill, 2014 was passed by the Parliament. The Bill is aimed at safeguarding the rights of the people infected by HIV/AIDS and also ensures their proper access to healthcare facilities. This legislation is yet another step forward towards health rights movement....
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