TC-I Tidbits

Here is the daily dose of headlines:

  • Water supply: In Chennai, city officials have made it mandatory that buildings connected to the main water supply install meters to measure consumption.
  • Government transparency: The Central Information Commission (CIC) will now require political parties to make their income tax returns available to the public. Sending the exact opposite message, the Lok Sabha may put forth measures to make it more difficult for the common citizen to access records relating to parliamentary proceedings. Moreover, the Chief Justice stated that the Supreme Court’s proceedings fall outside the ambit of the recently passed Right to Information act.
  • Education: The creamy layer of OBC quotas will likely reflect preexisting norms used for central government employment. Along these lines, children, organized by NGOs, knocked on parliament’s door to deliver a petition addressed to the PM reminding him about the right to education for all.

Headlines Digest

  • Gender Budgeting: In order to promote the concept of gender budgeting at all levels of governance, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is developing manuals on this topic. This is part of a larger movement to address gender specific barriers.
  • Education: Proctor & Gamble’s global philanthropy program, “Live, Learn, and Thrive” has partnered with Child Rights & You to launch Shiksha 2008, which will look at education policies, create awareness for better school facilities, and work to enroll more children.
  • RTI: A penalty of 13 lakh is imposed on over 120 public information officers who did not comply with the Right to Information Act. According to the Chief Information Commissioner, the government is unable to keep up with the fast pace of public demand for information.
  • Energy: According to the Emerging Economy Report released by the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), India is the most energy efficient country among leading Emerging Economies, including Brazil, China and South Africa. [Source: Business Wire India]