GS-II: Governance

Simultaneous Elections in India

September 29, 2017

Our Prime Minister has time and again supported the idea of holding simultaneous elections to panchayats, urban local bodies, states and Parliament so that parties and workers spending too much time and money in electioneering, can make use of the time for social work and to take people-oriented programmes...


Short Note: NITI Aayog’s proposal of Flexi Pool of Officers

August 3, 2017

What is the NITI Aayog Proposal of Flexi Pool of Officers to share the work load of PMO? How are the officers proposed to be recruited in Flexi Pool? The NITI Aayog which is one of the top most bodies in the country involved in policy making. Recently this...


Whistle Blowers Act: Review of Legislation, Proposed Amendments and Issues

August 2, 2017

What are the key objectives of the proposed amendments to the Whistle Blowers Act, 2011? Do these changes defeat the very purpose of the legislation and make it even more irrelevant? The Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011 was passed in 2011 in Lok Sabha and then 2014 in Rajya...


Nine Models of Innovation Governance

May 30, 2017

Innovation Governance is defined as a holistic approach to guide and promote sustainable innovation. It deals with mechanisms to align goals; allocation of resources; set criteria to measure innovation; allocating innovation budgets; appointing the final decision making authority for innovation related works and finally underpinning all innovation efforts. Various...


Overview of Various Digital / E-Governance Initiatives

May 3, 2017

This article presents an overview of various initiatives of the current government towards digital / e-governance under Digital India umbrella. E-Kranti / National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) 2.0 The UPA government had approved a National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), comprising of 31 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) and 8 components in 2006....


Lateral Entry in Civil Services: Issue, Background, Recent Proposals, Futuristic Analysis

April 24, 2017

The term ‘lateral entry’ in the civil services refers to a move by the government to appoint outsiders (not candidates from Civil Service Examination) in the middle rung of the ministries especially in the sectors of economy and infrastructure. The appointments are mainly to be made for the posts...


Bithur Model of Rajasthan

November 9, 2016

Bithur is a small place in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. When the Chief Minister visited this place during a local “Nyay Aapke Dwar”, she stopped besides an old lady and asked her problems. The lady told her that their place has no power not water. When the CM asked...


Key features of IRIS Technology and Its role in E-Governance

November 7, 2016

Biometrics is the technology used for the purpose of authentication and verification. Biometrics measure and analyze both physiological and behavioral characteristics such as DNA, fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns, etc. for authentication or identification purposes of a human being. Initiatives taken by the government to...


Recent Initiatives in Grievance Redressal Mechanisms

November 4, 2016

Various grievance Redressal mechanisms in India include – grievance Redressal machinery under citizen’s charters; Ombudsmen including Lokpal and Lokayukta; grievance Redressal mechanisms in various departments; consumer courts; call centres; web enabled grievances disposal and monitoring systems etc. A few new terms have been added in this in recent months...


Karnataka: Issue of Shorter Shifts for Policemen

September 22, 2016

Recently, in Karnataka the police constabulary was up in arms. A mass leave call was issued by the Karnataka Police Mahasangha demanding an 8 hour shift along with a pay hike and mandatory weekly off. Though the Mahasangha is not officially recognized, the mass leave call has once again...