The Potential Threat of Climate-Induced Migration: Coping Strategies & Mitigation Policies

India, a country already tormented by chronic poverty, developmental problems, and perils of overpopulation, is further burdened with acute climate migration internally as well as from neighboring countries. In the case of internal displacement, rural areas characterized by a loss of land productivity, and where conditions of drought and other cases of severe floods prevail, usually give rise to mass-migrations of people to urban areas in cities. For instance flooding in Uttarakhand and Sundarban region and droughts in States like Gujarat with majorly arid topography have led to migration towards the metropolitan cities of Delhi and Mumbai. According to data collected by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre between 2008-16, 200 million people have been displaced worldwide and in India 1.5 million people are classified as internally displaced every year. (more…)

Symposium on Public Policy: Climate Change Mitigation

About the Event:

We are organizing our flagship public policy symposium online this year, on the theme of Climate Change Mitigation.

The Symposium aims to reflect on specific aspects of climate change that are either an outcome of or are deeply affected by it. The event agenda aims to highlight the potential of the success of climate change mitigation policies that will determine the economic, political and psycho-social policies of our societies, countries and the world as we know it. The sessions will focus on the need to better the present legislative framework and to fill the prevalent policy gaps at a municipal as well as global level in line with the demands of the ideal mitigation policies for climate change. (more…)

Need for Effective and Inclusive Menstrual Hygiene Management Policy in the NCT of Delhi

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Poor menstrual hygiene rooted in persisting taboos and stigma, restricted access to hygienic menstrual products and penurious sanitation infrastructure undermines the educational opportunities, health and the overall social status of women and girls. This is when WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) facilities for women remain poor, making the basic right of effective Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) still a distant reality in India. 

While we acknowledge the fact that the Delhi Government is working towards fulfilling the vision of Affordable & Quality Healthcare for women’s hygiene, due to almost negligible information dissemination of the relevant scheme(s), a majority of the potential beneficiaries remain unaware of the same, especially in underprivileged areas, viz., urban villages and slums in the city. (more…)

Need for Introducing a Separate Symbol for Dairy Products

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In India, the food labeling policy is regulated by the Food Safety And Standards (Packaging And Labelling) Regulations, 2011. The Regulations provide that there should be a distinct declaration on the pre-packaged foods about their vegetarian (through green dot) or non-vegetarian (through brown dots) content in the form of visible marks. The regulations classify any food article that is not ‘non-vegetarian’ as ‘vegetarian’. In doing so, they exclude animal-derived milk or milk products (commonly referred to as dairy products) from the scope of the non-vegetarian food category. Therefore, presently, for any consumer purchasing food products in India, it is nearly impossible to distinguish dairy products from vegetarian products. The problem with the policy of categorizing dairy products as vegetarian lies in the fact that dairy products are not plant-derivatives but derivatives of milk which is a product obtained through milch animals such as cows and buffaloes. (more…)

A much needed rehaul for India’s Agricultural Policies?

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On 27th September 2020, the Government of India brought in the Farmers’ Produce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 (hereinafter, referred to as the Act) which introduced a pivotal change in India’s agricultural policies. The Act, essentially, aims to provide freedom of choice to the farmers and traders in selling and purchasing farmers’ produce through alternative trading channels and increasing competition in the market. Thus, it allows for barrier-free trade of farmers’ produce outside the physical premises of the markets notified under the various State Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee laws (APMC laws).  (more…)

Women in the Informal Sector: A Saga of Constraints and Vulnerabilities

The advent of globalization and marketization has resulted in an emergent trend towards the ‘informalisation’ of the labor market. Policymakers have identified the income-generation potential and the significance of the informal sector as a source of jobs in adverse economic crises. However, the phenomena of globalization and the work sphere cannot be disassociated from their gendered power relations. Developing countries like India, with a concomitant rise in informal employment, reveal an increasing number of women joining this sector, but mostly remaining “invisible” as they continue to work in low paid, low-status jobs in the informal sector; jobs which do not have any possibilities of betterment”. Studies suggest that 94% of women are a part of the informal sector, out of which approximately 50% perform functions in addition to their productive roles. These women are further confronted with constraints by their engendered role, wherein they’re additionally burdened with domestic responsibilities. Social connotations like these significantly contribute to the overall conceptualization of economic development.  (more…)

Rehabilitation of Women and Girls during the Pandemic

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On 31st August 2020, an SC order sought to clear the slums around railway tracks in Delhi within three months, without any policy for rehabilitation. As concerns were being raised on the procedure to be followed in this regard, in another order dated 14th September, 2020, the Court instructed the authorities to devise a proper policy for the rehabilitation of the affected population before their eviction from the current place of residence. The SC however, did not recognize the fact that the brunt of unplanned eviction exercises has been found especially disadvantageous for women and girls.  (more…)

Role of media in policy

Role of Media in Policymaking

Media as Quintessence of Democracy

Labeled as the “fourth estate” in democratic societies, the media possesses a distinctive capability to influence and shape government policies. Normatively ascribed the role of a “watchdog” with a capacity to contribute to institutional change, the media holds the political elite accountable, reflects the needs of the audience, and exposes transgressions of the power holders within the democratic system. Its role thus in influencing matters related to legislation and government policies is crucial and should not be overlooked. (more…)

Right to Internet vis à vis Right to Primary Education in the NCT of Delhi

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In the last few months, COVID-19 has surfaced as an unprecedented challenge for the issue of access to quality education, especially for primary school students in government schools. For most of the students in government primary schools belonging to the disadvantaged communities, absence of computers, smartphones or any reliable broadband service means failure to access the e-learning tools that have proved to be indispensable in the event of the lockdown. With the proven necessity of access to the internet for access to education, lack of government intervention has highlighted the scale of poor access to the internet and its adverse consequences for access to primary education.  (more…)