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Institutionalising Social Audit in Meghalaya

The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017, is the first state-level legislation explicitly aimed at institutionalising the procedure of auditing public works and programmes by the people residing in villages and urban localities through public hearings. Auditing at public hearings ( jan sunwai ) was initiated by the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan in the 1990s in Rajasthan, and the Meghalaya act has elements comparable to the Rajasthan Right to Hearing Act, 2012. Both these acts further the movement for transparency in governance, accountability of public servants to the citizens and redress of people’s grievances.

Where Teachers Learn

In "Continuum of Ignorance in Indian Universities" (EPW, 28 November 2015) Rajesh Misra and Supriya Singh raise a number of critical questions. Their article, a response to V Kalyan Shankar and Rohini Sahni's piece "What Does an MA Know?" (EPW, 1 August 2015), does not, however, focus on remedial measures.

Interpreting 'Natural Justice'

This is with reference to the article “Judiciary’s Skewed Vision of Natural Justice” authored by the SAHRDC or South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre, New Delhi (EPW, 10 September 2011). Although one appreciates the underlying desire of this article and in some measure may even partly agree...
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