Sunday, June 7, 2009

BJP Would Also Keep A Track Of Promises Made By Indian Government

It seems after Perry4Law, it is now BJP turn to keep a “track” of the recent promises made by President of India. Perry4Law has been providing its analysis of the policies and strategies of Government of India from time to time. Describing the Presidential address as a "charter of promises", main Opposition party BJP on Thursday said it would keep a close watch on whether these were being implemented by the government or remained mere assurances.

Although details from Perry4Law are not available yet the hints already provided clearly show that the “critical analysis” would be made by Perry4Law of the Governmental Polices in general and their “Techno-Legal” aspects in particular. Significant analyses have already been made by Perry4Law regarding the following:

(a) Legal Enablement of ICT Systems in India,

National ICT Policy of India,

Open Government Policy In India,

Bifurcation of Composite Government Departments,

Political Will and Bureaucratic Incompetencies, etc.

A special emphasis would be given by Perry4Law to analyse the “performance” of Government of India (GOI) regarding e-governance in India in general and projects like e-courts in India, mission mode projects under the NEGP, etc in particular.

As far as the “starting of performance period of 100 days” is concerned, Perry4Law has excluded 4th June, 2009 from the number of days to be calculated. Keep a track of the techno-legal analysis of Perry4Law of these 100 days.



Securing India

ON his first day in office after returning to the North Block, Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced that there would a second 100-day plan, beginning June 1, aimed at protecting the nation from terrorism. The announcement was at the instance of the Prime Minister, and would be analogous to the one that Chidambaram had implemented on moving to the Ministry of Home Affairs from the Ministry of Finance prior to the Lok Sabha elections and in the aftermath of the November 26 terror strike in Mumbai.

Chidambaram has said that there would now be a monthly report on tasks completed so as to facilitate public evaluation of his Ministry’s performance. This is unmistakably a Harvard-educated Home Minister’s management approach to looking at the nation’s woes on the criminal justice front. This is an unexceptionable workplan, except that it is likely to be assailed by cynics as too academic a view of a complex problem that hardly rendered itself to a classroom exercise.


Can The Congress Led Government Curb Corruption In India?

Indian politicians and civil servants are rated to be the most corrupt persons according to the 2009 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released by Transparency International, (TI) the global body monitoring corruption in governance. Although the political and bureaucratic circles in India may not feel happy with this finding yet there is no doubt about the correctness of this finding.

Some ray of hope has been shown by the President of India through her speech yet the Congress led Government is still not “absolutely free” to implement the laudable objectives mentioned in this speech.

Concerns have been raised in the recent past regarding “consolidated departments” of the Government of India yet Congress led Government is helpless to “accommodate” the members of its “allies” to crucial posts.

The best option seems to be the one suggested by Mr. Praveen Dalal that the government departments must be given full autonomy with a “check” by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) or similar body. This way Congress led Government can keep both the citizens of India and their allies happy.

While the inability and dependency of the Government can be well understood due to the very nature of a collation Government, the position can be improved to a great extent if the Government makes bureaucracy more competent, efficient, honest, fair and people friendly. India seems to be the only place in the World that pays bureaucrats for “non-working”. Interestingly, even the Government is aware about this sardonic situation but it is not willing do much except giving moral advice.

With a new and strong Congress led Government at the Center, it is high time to start cleaning Congress’s “own home first” before talking about economic and social reforms in India.


Indian Government May Review Appointment Process In Indian Judiciary

The foul smell of corruption is increasingly enveloping the temples of justice, popularly referred to as courts. Almost everyone is aware of the level of corruption in the lower stream of justice. But, the screamers about instances of corruption in the higher judiciary appear to have forced the government and the CJI to look afresh for an effective antidote. The common refrain is that there is something virulently wrong with the present process of selection of judges for the higher judiciary -- the high courts and the Supreme Court. For long, the Executive had this grouse that India was the only country where judges appoint their peers through a secretive method called consultation among the judges forming part of the Collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India.


Government Websites In India Are Down

National Informatics Center (NIC) of India is down and out once again. NIC India is managing the websites of almost all the government departments in India. Techno-Legal Experts have been suggesting for a “decentralisation” of this function of NIC because if the NIC is down all governmental works are stopped. Presently, all the government sites like department of information technology (DIT), department of telecommunications (DOT), etc are down. Mr. Praveen Dalal has suggested to the GOI to start inducting good skilled people for meeting its promises. The GOI must also reminisce the “causes” for the “First Casualty” of its 100 Days Workplan.