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The Lokpal Act of 2014

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2014 can be said to be a positive step forward, subject to certain weaknesses related to the provision on Lokayuktas and the autonomy of investigating authorities, among others.

Displacement and Rehabilitation

The government's draft National Rehabilitation Policy fails on a number of counts when compared to the document prepared by the National Advisory Council in early 2006.

Administrative Reforms Commission and Right to Information

The Administrative Reforms Commission's recommendations on the RTI Act do not seem to be aimed at giving it more teeth. On the contrary, having failed to have in-depth consultation with groups working to promote RTI, it has actually arrived at avoidable conclusions.

Transparency and the Natural Environment

The efforts made by different social movements to secure for every citizen freedom and access to information has had, thus far, its most efficacious impact on ensuring environmental transparency. In recent decades, most governments around the world, bowing to sustained pressure from civil society organisations, have either legislated on or signed up to a broader universal convention promising access and transparency on environmental matters. These struggles have been varied, and in some instances, the laws enacted come couched with restrictive clauses; notwithstanding this, the struggle for assuring freedom of information has had the added benefit of raising awareness levels, even of those considered illiterate. For the future, as environmental deterioration threatens the very future of the world, what is required is global action that could facilitate the free flow of information across borders and nations.

Linking of Rivers

Submission to Prime Minister SHEKHAR SINGH Aletter and a memorandum to the prime minister, signed by 58 persons, was sent on April 22, 2003 urging a reconsideration of the proposed project for the linking of India
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