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…)

The Delhi (Right Of Citizen To Time Bound Delivery Of Services) Amendment Bill, 2015

By Archishman Chakraborty, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

On November 26, 2015, the Government of NCT of Delhi, passed The Delhi (Right Of Citizen To Time Bound Delivery Of Services) Amendment Bill, 2015, living up to its promises to provide services in a time bound manner and to compensate the citizen automatically in case of delay in services beyond the prescribed period. The Bill is an amendment to Delhi (Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Act, 2011, and aims at providing citizens with time bound delivery of government services, thus making the life of common man hassle free. (more…)

Delhi-Dhaka Agreement Pact: A Triumphant Scenario?

By Surbhi Agrawal, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

With the recent Agreements, India has embarked upon a mission to maintain peace with its neighbor country, Bangladesh. This step of the countries will help improve ties and will boost trade between both the countries. Bangladesh and India are not just neighbors, but the nations are bound by the thread of history, religion, culture, language and kinship & a passion for cricket. India not only shares a common history of struggle, for freedom and liberation, but also the enduring feelings of both fraternal as well as family ties, with this neighbor. However, there are several issues, such as illegal migration, insurgency, border, water disputes and dispute over the issue of Moore Island etc., between these two country’s relations. But, ending up these evils, the two countries have signed 22 Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding on economic cooperation, trade and investment, security, infrastructure development, education, science and technology, IT and culture. (more…)

Indian Politics reaches a new low: The Fake Degree Row

By Tanya Shrivastava, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

Shuffling through the newspaper in the morning and reading the news which never seems to be anymore, every lazy eye must have been taken aback by the news reading:  Delhi Law Minister Tomar’s UG degree fake, reveals RTI query. But this halt will not last long, because this is certainly not the first time that the Indian Politics is walking all over our expectations. Be it the “cry of attention” acts of the ultimate Aam Aadmi to the recent drama fiascos of the ex- Chief Minister of Bihar, Politics introduces a new chapter to us each day. Great Politicians missing out on opportunities to the corrupted ones getting new ones, everywhere we look, each situation is more entertaining than a Zoya Akhtar’s movie plot. (more…)

The curious case of Delhi

By Deepshi, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.

It all started after Chief Secretary of Delhi, Mr K.K Sharma went on a leave for 10 days on may 13th 2013; little known Shakuntala Gamlin was suddenly in the news. A 1984 batch IAS officer, she was given the charge of Chief Secretary by the LG Najeeb Jung. Following her appointment, the AAP government slammed this decision by the LG stating that he acted against the “Constitution, GNCT Act of Delhi and the Transaction of Business Rules”. Even after Arvind Kejriwal expressed his displeasure at her appointment alleging her proximity to BSES discoms also laying accusations on her for lobbying for power companies, hence asked her very specifically not to take charge, Gamlin vehemently denied the request and assumed charge of the same. In retaliation, Kejriwal removed Anindo Majumdar, the principal secretary who had issued the appointment letter to her after receiving instructions of the same from Jung. CM’s secretary Rajendra Kumar was appointed the principal secretary, which was further rejected by the LG stating that the transfer was “void” since it was sans his approval. The appointment of Gamlin was further brought under the scanner as, leading newspaper Daily Pioneer, Gamlin “managed” to stay with the Delhi government for 20 years avoiding tough transfers and securing a central deputation hereby returning to the central administration at all possible instances. (more…)