Our Home Ministry told Parliament that there is a massive police personnel shortfall in India. There is a more than 5 lakh shortfall between an authorized strength of nearly 23 lakhs, there are only a little more than 17 lakh staff or a shortfall of nearly 25%. The shortfall and vacancies are at all levels from IPS officers to the lowest levels and in most parts of the country. No surprise are police are overworked and stressed. Looking at the pace of recruitment, it appears that the acute shortfall will continue for the near future. Can retired police personnel be brought back to active duty even if posted in lesser taxing roles?
Source: Zee News
- 19 Jul 2017
The fight between the Government of India and the Supreme Court is building up. India’s judiciary, especially the Supreme Court seems to be hyperactive, and in the view of several people stepping into executive decisions. Further, the Supreme Court also struck down the parliament passed National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act as being constitutional but has not developed any alternative procedures that would provide transparency. The latest is the Supreme Court insisting on appointing judges who have had adverse intelligence reports or serious nature of complaints. Should Supreme Court be subject to review by the larger public or are they not subject any scrutiny whatsoever?
- 28 Nov 2016
The Congress after its massive Lok Sabha defeat and with only 44 MPs, has appointed a total of 52 spokespersons including – 4 senior spokespersons, 17 new spokespersons and 31 media panelists and 2 media coordinators. Could this have been done in preparation of the party’s repeated blockade of the Parliament functioning – which effort has started crumbling and the party is developing a bad reputation? Could this be to put the ruling party on defensive – if so, it has not succeeded? Or could this be protect Gandhi from bad name or deflect the non-functioning of Rahul Gandhi – also nice try, but has not worked out?
- 29 Mar 2016
Rajya Sabha worked only 55 hours of the 112 in this session for under 50%, while Lok Sabha worked 115 hours as against a scheduled 114 hours – what a difference, and several Opposition parties seem to be happy about this – with a goal to directly block important legislation for the country. Treasury benches say that Congress came up with “manufactured lame excuses” to disrupt Parliament, day after day.
- 26 Dec 2015
A recent Supreme Court judgement brought this issue to the surface. In 2005, the Indian parliament amended the 1956 Hindu Succession act to allow Daughters and Girls to inherit ancestral property if their father passed away. This is a progressive development which brings the much needed equality in property rights.
- 4 Nov 2015