What people want from the budget

Will the upcoming general budget, for 2010-11, reflect people’s needs? Will the budget translate the Congress-led government`s proclaimed vision of inclusive growth into reality? Will there be enhanced accountability and commitment towards v

Big change in question hour procedure of RS

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has brought important changes in the question hour procedures from Monday when the upper house meets for the budget session. In a notification issued by the upper house today, it has been made clear

Rajasthan ministers to declare assets to CM, privately

Following union government`s directive, ministers in Rajasthan will file their declaration of property and liabilities to the chief minister by August 31 every year. Disclosing this, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told media persons th

What ails PPP in e-governance?

Open-source is similar to PPP in the sense that our business development model requires partnerships. Technology plays a small role – the bigger issue in e-governance is that of building viable business models. As an open-source technology w

"India can`t be deterred by HuJI"

India cannot be dictated by HuJI and al-Qaeda and will not be deterred by threats of their leader Iliyas Kashmiri, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said today. "Ilyas Kashmir cannot dictate our course of action. We cannot be d

Tigers for lions? Gujarat says no

Would you swap lions for tigers? That was the offer from Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has rejected it, according to a report. "You give me lions and I will give you

NREGS funds misused in Gujarat

In a clear violation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), which calls for the construction of permanent structures, the Gujarat government has built boribunds (temporary structures to block the runoff of water) in the state a

Wayside amenities may be bid out separately

Wayside amenities may be bid out separately Projects to build wayside amenities on highways may now be bid out separately for all build-operate-transfer (BOT) road projects, according to a report. After toying with th

PM asks ministers to be accessible to MPs

In the wake of complaints about inaccessibility of some ministers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked them to spare time for MPs who want to raise issues pertaining to the people. Singh has written to all union ministers, askin

Courts can order CBI probe without state`s consent: SC

The Supreme Court today ruled that courts have powers to order CBI probe without the consent of state governments with a rider that this should be used cautiously and sparingly. In a unanimous verdict, a five-judge Constitution Benc

There`s no governance in J-K: Omar`s aunt

Late Sheikh Abdullah`s eldest daughter Khalida Shah on Tuesday did not spare even her nephew Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, saying he has lost credibility and right to power as "at times, it seems there is no government." S

National eGov meet in Jaipur from today

Top eGov policy-makers and practioners will converge in Jaipur for the two-day 13th National Conference on e-Governance, the biggest annual event in this sector, which begins on Thursday Rajasthan Governor Prabha Rau will inaugurati

Tiger count inflated, says report

India’s wild tiger population is less than 1,411, the figure often claimed, the Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday. “It (the figure) is an exaggeration,” Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said, whil

Food coupons may replace ration shops

The finance ministry is considering a proposal to do away with the public distribution system and start issuing food coupons to beneficiaries who can then buy food items from the open market, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday. Aimin

What ails PPP in e-governance?

The government`s failure in realizing Private Public Partnership (PPPs) is because of its own structural set up. It doesn`t have  adearth of schemes but implementation of the projects requires active cooperation between several departments. T

Palakkad, first fully electrified district in India

Palakkad has become the first fully electrified district of the country. Announcing this on Tuesday, Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, the government was working on a target of bringing electricity to all village

No clarity on timing of 3G auction: Raja

Telecom Minister A Raja said on Tuesday he was waiting for directions from the finance and the law Ministries on the timing for auctioning of third generation radio waves, which will help telcos offer faster data services. "The

US climate envoy supports India`s decision for its own panel

America`s top climate czar today supported the recent Indian announcement to establish its own panel on the climate change, saying that any scientific study is a welcome move. "I think it`s a good thing for countries to have an

Friends of Fernandes worried about his health

Long-time friends and political associates of socialist leader George Fernades are a worried lot. They are concerned about his treatment and well-being as his estranged wife Leila and son Sean have taken complete charge of him. They

Move to export sugar draws flak

The government`s move to allow export of 10,000 tons of sugar to the European Union has drawn flak from political parties, including the Congress. Officially the Congress sought to distance itself from centre`s decision saying it was not a

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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