Climate Action Requires a Whole of Government Approach

We are fortunate that a matter as grave as climate change is starting to be given due importance without being limited by the boundaries set by politics. The current and former Ministers for Environment, including Mr Prakash Javadekar and Mr Jairam Ramesh, have realized this gravity and initiated action. In the present day, Prime MinisterContinue reading “Climate Action Requires a Whole of Government Approach”

Union Government Must Go Back on its Proposal to Amend IAS Cadre Rules

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 During Zero Hour on February 5, 2022, I addressed the Lok Sabha on the harms of the proposed amendments to the the IAS Cadre Rules, 1954. Around 10 states have written to the Union Government protesting the proposal to amend the IAS Cadre Rules, 1954. The Union Government’s argumentContinue reading “Union Government Must Go Back on its Proposal to Amend IAS Cadre Rules”

Need for New Climate Law in India

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 I addressed the Lok Sabha on the need for a new climate law in India during Zero Hour on February 8, 2022. At COP26 in Glasgow, India set ambitious targets for attaining net zero by 2070, reducing carbon intensity and carbon emissions by 2030 and increasing non-fossil fuel energyContinue reading “Need for New Climate Law in India”

Delay in NH 37 Construction

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 I raised the matter of undue delay in the maintenance and repair works of NH 37 during Zero Hour in Parliament on Wednesday, 9 February, 2022. The four-laning and repair of National Highway 37 from Nagaon to Dibrugarh in Assam has been proceeding at a snail’s pace for theContinue reading “Delay in NH 37 Construction”

Need for New North East India Industrial Promotion Policy

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 I spoke about the need for a new North East Industrial Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) during Zero Hour in Parliament on February 11, 2022. I observed that the existing policy has not led to any new private investment in the North East, even though several summits like Awesome AssamContinue reading “Need for New North East India Industrial Promotion Policy”

Covid-19 Management in India: Lok Sabha Discussion on December 2, 2021

For India’s 139 crore population, Covid is not merely a pandemic. Instead, it is something that every citizen has experienced or suffered in some way or the other. This discussion on Covid is important because we have seen the sufferings caused by Covid in our families, villages and constituencies. Yet even during this time ofContinue reading “Covid-19 Management in India: Lok Sabha Discussion on December 2, 2021”

Supplementary Demand for Grants- Another withdrawal without accountability

India is in a state of unprecedented crisis. The challenges include the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese aggression on our borders and most importantly, the poor state of the economy. It is pertinent to highlight Prime Minister Modi’s concern as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in November 2013 when he said, “the economy is in trouble,Continue reading “Supplementary Demand for Grants- Another withdrawal without accountability”

Amendment to FCRA- Another attempt to curb dissent

The Government introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the monsoon session. As mentioned in the speech in the Parliament on September 21, 2020, the intention to strengthen national security and encourage good governance of NGOs is appreciable, but should not become the pretext for silencing dissent and critics of the BJP government.Continue reading “Amendment to FCRA- Another attempt to curb dissent”

Anti- Farmer Legislations

The three Bills – Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance Bill, 2020 and The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Bill, 2020 passed in the Parliament during the monsoon session are not only against the federal structure of India, but also have the ability to spell doom onContinue reading “Anti- Farmer Legislations”

BJP’s concessions to big businesses

The Companies (Amendment) Bill introduced in the monsoon session amends the Companies Act, 2013. The primary objective of this Bill is to decriminalise certain offences to omit imprisonment and fine. It also reduces the quantum of fine payable as penalty for certain offences. For instance, penalty under Section 92 of the Act has been reducedContinue reading “BJP’s concessions to big businesses”