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During this year's voters' document on Governance and improvement, the nationwide Social Watch Coalition screens and analyzes the Indian Government's functionality within the 4 large spheres-legislature, government, judiciary and native govt. throughout the lens of primary fiscal and social values-such as rights, improvement, freedom and security-the record examines the sensitivity, potency and efficacy of the associations in implementing rights and making sure supply of public companies. whereas reviewing the key advancements of the 12 months and probing the dynamics of democratization, the 2007 document additionally: -highlights the informal and insufficient approach during which parliamentary questions are posed and replied; -probes the truth of assorted reform measures and welfare schemes followed by way of the govt. whereas cautioning opposed to placing public assets into deepest tasks, lower than the chant of public-private partnership; -examines a few very important and debatable court docket verdicts and argues that recommendations for the judicial approach must have a demand-orientation, which protects the negative; and -observes that nation governments have proved to be a bottleneck in enforcing decentralisation, regardless of the consensus on what to do. by means of now, this annual Report-unique to the Indian political landscape-has built right into a positive device for person voters and organised civil society to make executive associations extra in charge. the most recent version might be welcomed by means of policy-makers, legal professionals, students learning governance, newshounds masking Indian politics, civil society activists and each involved Indian.

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3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Appropriations (Railways) No. 20 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) and Financial Institutions Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2006 ∗ The Bills were discussed together.

By February 2004, before parliamentary elections were held, consistent lobbying pressure to regularise the rights of forest dwellers had already been built up on the political parties contesting the elections. The UPA government’s Common Minimum Programme called for a halt to evictions and spoke of recognition of forest rights. In the same year, in an affidavit filed in the court, the MoEF finally admitted that during the consolidation of forests, ‘the rural people, especially tribals who have been living in the forests since times immemorial, were deprived of their traditional rights and livelihood and consequently, these tribals have become encroachers in the eyes of law’.

The second issue was about acquiring of huge tracts of prime agricultural land for the SEZ units. Then, there was the question of land use and most importantly exemption from labour laws. The euphoria with which the SEZ policy and the Act was launched, ran into serious problems as soon as the Act was implemented. Besides the objections raised by the Finance Minister Mr P. Chidambaram and the RBI, serious doubts were expressed by no less a person than the UPA chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi and some other central ministers like Mr Sharad Pawar and Mr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh mainly on the issue of acquiring of agricultural land.

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