India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA): Catalysing One Nation One GovernmentPREMIUM 

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The Central Government is planning to implement India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA), a concept that promises a single-window digitisation solution for its citizens. This is similar to the Andhra Pradesh Government’s e-Pragiti project that treats the state as an enterprise-of-enterprises. The National e-Governance Division, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), is entrusted with the mandate to form a division called India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) to drive the initiative across government ministries, states and other agencies.

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Administrative Tribunals in India: Features, Pros, Cons, Challenges

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The administrative tribunals are not a novel creation of India’s political system. Rather, they are well-recognised in the US and various other democratic nations in Europe. The administrative tribunal is vital in the current times as the traditional judicial system is proving to be inadequate to settle all disputes. The traditional judicial system is slow, costly and complex. It is, at present, understaffed and is overloaded with the already existing pending cases. It can’t deal with even important cases like disputes between employers and employees, strikes, etc in a fast-paced manner. These problems can’t be solved through a mere interpretation of the provisions of any statute. A comprehensive and holistic approach are necessary for long-term speedy solutions. This is where the tribunal comes in.

India-Bangladesh Relations: Origin, Recent Developments, Concern AreasPREMIUM 

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The India-Bangladesh bilateral relationship has witnessed unprecedented heights over the last few years. This is because of Bangladesh’s growing geopolitical importance in the current times. Bangladesh is a key player in India’s Act East Policy and Neighbourhood First Policy. India’s ties with Bangladesh can ensure an economic boost to north-eastern India and the absence of terrorism and insurgency in the region. However, there are still a few contentious issues that are affecting India-Bangladesh bilateral ties. India would do well to proactively boost its ties with Bangladesh for its economic growth and for enhancing its presence in the international arena.

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Criminal Justice System in India: Need for Reforms

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The Home Minister had recently said that the Bureau of Police Research and Development should work on a proposal to amend various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure. This comes in response to the growing inefficiency of India’s Criminal Justice system. India’s criminal justice mechanism suffers from a lack of judiciary’s accountability and non-cooperation between its investigation and prosecution wings, allowing criminals to go scot-free. Even if they are charged, they manage to wriggle out either due to botchy investigation or apathetic prosecution. India’s Criminal Justice System is dismal as its conviction rate is just 21.2% of the cognisable offences. On the other hand, countries like the US and Japan have a conviction rate of over 98%. Clearly, reforms in India’s criminal justice system are a need of the hour.

Companies (Amendment) Act 2019 & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)PREMIUM 

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Companies (Amendment) Act, 2019 had received presidential assent on 31st of July this year. India is the first nation to make Corporate Social Responsibility a mandatory duty of those who have huge profits. However, it received disapproval from the corporate sector for its stringent provisions related to Corporate Social Responsibility. This is due to the fact that the law proposes penal provisions that may include fine or imprisonment or both, to the defaulting officers. The government, therefore, had responded to this criticism by changing the defaults on corporate social responsibility as a civil offence rather than a criminal offence.

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Need for Rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes

Reading Time: 4 mins According to the 15th Finance Commission, several Centrally Sponsored Schemes are just boutique in nature with ‘dubious’ outcomes. It had called for an urgent rationalisation of the CSSs. What is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme? Centrally Sponsored Schemes are schemes that are implemented by the State Governments but are largely funded by the Central Government with …

Consumer Protection Act 2019: Salient Features & LimitationsPREMIUM 

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In Mid-August this year, the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 had received the Presidential assent and had come to effect. The prior legislation had been amended from time-to-time on par with the changes caused due to economic liberalisation, globalisation, and digitisation of the products and services. However, the new Act is far from fulfilling the desired objective of being socio-economic legislation which sought “to provide better protection of the interests of the consumers” as there is ambiguity within the amendments.

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