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The People Are Watching -Rakshita Swamy

to a firm determination for answers. It is important to build on the current momentum. Where social audits have been able to take place effectively, they have served as an important tool to detect Corruption and influence redress. Nearly Rs 100 crore has been identified as misappropriated funds through social audits under the MGNREGA, out of which nearly Rs 40 crore has been recovered. Nearly 6,000 field personnel have been implicated/removed from

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India's children need a better deal -V Ramani

arently never learn. Even today the central government favours commercial, pre-packaged, fortified food to under-5 children, notwithstanding the unsavoury history of poor quality supplies, widespread Corruption and beneficiary apathy. A recent study by LANSA, an international research partnership involving multi-nation research organisations and voluntary institutions, has detailed the massive siphoning of public finances in the supply of take-home

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CAG to audit Noida, Greater Noida, Yamuna Expressway authorities

-PTI PM Narendra Modi had alleged large- scale Corruption in the Ghaziabad Development Authority during the UP Assembly election campaign Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered CAG audit of three industrial development authorities—Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway—which are facing allegations of irregularities and Corruption. The controversy over allowing CAG acces

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Parliamentary panel to question RBI Governor Urjit Patel on demonetisation today

Wednesday to respond to clarifications demanded by the panel on the issues related to demonetisation, the decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government to weed out black money and Corruption. Patel had earlier sought two exemptions from attending the meetings which were scheduled to be held on May 25 and June 8 this year respectively. The panel members have planned to ask Patel questions regarding the bank’s preparedness f

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Is the RTI law in danger of losing its might? -Poulomi Banerjee

illage. Earlier this year activist Suhas Haldankar, who had exposed civic irregularities in Pune, was murdered. “At least 65 people have lost their lives for seeking information and exposing Corruption since RTI came into force. Many have been attacked,” says Dey. In Odisha, two RTI activists have been murdered and 50 been subjected to brutal attacks, says Pradip Pradhan, state convener of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan. Rolly Shivh

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In putting Nikhil Dey in jail, we are crucifying our best -Shailesh Gandhi

p; “The decision of the court pertains to an incident which occurred when the RTI activists made a demand for information from the local sarpanch in response to a large number of complaints of Corruption in development works in Harmara panchayat. The Corruption allegations were against the sarpanch – Pyarelal – a liquour contractor of the village. These included payments for toilets, Indi

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No clear-cut trend in economy going cashless

sult in: a. Improvement in financial transparency and reduction in the generation of black money; b. Increase in tax base and thus tax collection; c. Financial inclusion; d. Reduction in incidence of Corruption and tax evasion; and e. Reduction in the cost of printing hard currency.   According to the official website, there are various modes of digital payments that are available before the citizens. They are as fo

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RTI at a Cost: Activist Nikhil Dey, Four Others Convicted of 'Assault' in 1998 Case -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar The activists have accused the village sarpanch, who had filed the case, of framing them after they sought to expose his Corruption. New Delhi: Well-known rights activist Nikhil Dey and four others were convicted of trespass and simple hurt under sections 323 and 451 of the IPC by a Kishangarh court in Ajmer on Tuesday, June 13. The case, filed 19 years ago on May 16, 1998, pertains to a dispute with Pyarelal, the then sarpanch of

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New crop of leaders -Rasheed Kidwai

; One thing that Sirohi has done better than the older farmer leaders could have is broad-base the agitation. He has joined hands with Paras Saklecha, Prashant Pandey, Anil Dubey and other anti-Corruption activists in Madhya Pradesh. Rai's pressure group, Vichar MP, brought together many activists working in diverse fields such as malnutrition, health, the drive against the sand mafia and the Right to Information. They exchanged notes and

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Farmers protest: In mobilisation, farmer allies turned on govts -Partha Sarahti Biswas, Kavitha Iyer & Zeeshan Shaikh

rike would hardly be news, so over the next few days we asked almost 200 villages to pass similar resolutions,” says Dhorde Patil, who was once associated with Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption movement. With Nashik and Ahmednagar villages leading the way, over 2,000 gram panchayats passed resolutions of a Shetkari Sampa or farmers’ strike on May 1, Maharashtra Day. Incidentally, it was local BJP leader Dhananjay Jadhav who took

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