As UID turns mandatory for availing public services, courts remain the only redressal authority. But for how long?
March 2, 2013, proved to be a day of symbolic victory for the critics of Unique Identification Number (UID) as the Chandigarh Administration decided to revoke its order making the number compulsory for vehicle registration and issuance of driving licence. Involving collection of biometric information of the residents, UID (also known as Aadhaar) is being hailed as a platform to transfer government subsidies directly to the poor and hence stop leakages in the system. Though the Union government and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had earlier announced that the enrolment is voluntary
Using government websites is an ordeal for many disabled persons as the accessibility guidelines issued three years ago are yet to be fully implemented
EVEN AFTER three years of the Prime Minister's order, some of the top government websites remain inaccessible to persons with disabilities. What is even more ironic is that some of them make tall claims about being 'accessible' but when tested, failed miserably. Most people use the Internet to take up certain tasks including booking railway or air tickets, online shopping, filing of tax returns, applying for passports or booking a cinema ticket. But for many of the 70-100 million people with disabilities, this is an impossible task.
Households chores are increasingly being devalued as everything gets judged in monetary terms. Can putting a price tag on home maker's job ensure greater equality?
THOUSANDS OF years have passed, and a woman’s existence is still verified by that of a male in her life. We’ve all heard of the famous saying – “Behind ever successful man is a woman”, and people often say it in passing without realising its significance. Women have been standing strong behind their men for eons now, yet they are often ignored and overlooked as invisible nurturers and home makers.
Gujarat govt's employment drive claims has gaping holes as proved by data accessed using RTI Act applications
Government of Gujarat has claimed often that unemployment rate in the state is quite low. It also cites the Central government's labour bureau report to point out that it has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. But those working in the labour sector in Gujarat since decades have found these statistics, be it by the State or the Union government not to be in sync with the ground reality.
Disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been the biggest mystery of modern India running for almost seven decades and involving multiple international link ups, national political interests and mysticism. GOI Monitor talks to journalist-turned researcher Anuj Dharwho recently came up with his second book on Bose which tries to clear several doubts
Q. First of all, congratulations for having written such a well-researched book on the mystery. How do you gauge the sentiments on this issue in today's India when most of the people closely linked to Bose and championing the cause of a fair probe have passed away?
Thank you for the kind words. Justice, transparency and accountability are not tied to any particular period. While the generations before us definitely had a direct connect to Bose, ours is well placed to understand this complex issue. Much more information is available now than ever. I sense scattered but sufficient interest among public over the issue of Bose’s fate. All it needs is a little channelisation.
Migrant salt pan workers in Gujarat have to buy water at exorbitant rates as govt routinely fails to keep its promise
Whatever statistics and reports may say about Gujarat’s development, Agariyas (traditional salt workers), will surely be poorer this year, as they are forced to take more loans to purchase water. Though it is a duty of the government to supply basic services to its citizens, Agariyas don't seem to figure in this plan. In fact, the Water Supply and Sewerage Management Board claims that the Agariyas earn enough from salt production and should make their own arrangements. This despite the fact that workers make just 25 paisa for a kg of salt which is sold for Rs 15
IRONY RUNS its play every year in India as food grains rot in godowns while 23 crore people go hungry every day. GOI Monitor talks to food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma on the issues stalking agriculture and public distribution