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Farmers during their protest against the Center's new farm law at the Delhi-Haryana, Singhu border,in New Delhi, on Friday.(PTI)

The farm laws: How not to do reforms

By Ramesh Inder Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:38 AM IST
One of the fallouts of the shock tactics strategy is social discord and that makes reforms counterproductive because these first create a conflict and thereafter try to find a solution, as is being now attempted in the prolonged negotiations.
A plainclothes police personnel swings a lathi as members of Bhartiya Kisan Union block National Highway-44 near Kurukshetra after a proposed protest rally of farmers and commission agents was foiled by heavy police presence, Haryana, September 10, 2020.(Neeraj Mohan/Hindustan Times)
A plainclothes police personnel swings a lathi as members of Bhartiya Kisan Union block National Highway-44 near Kurukshetra after a proposed protest rally of farmers and commission agents was foiled by heavy police presence, Haryana, September 10, 2020.(Neeraj Mohan/Hindustan Times)

Reform, but consult widely

UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:58 AM IST
The agricultural reforms will liberate the sector. But get all stakeholders on board
National Education Policy 2020.(HT file)
National Education Policy 2020.(HT file)

Long-due reforms, devil lies in details: National Education Policy evokes mixed reactions from academicians

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:38 PM IST
National Education Policy 2020: IIT Delhi Director Ramgopal Rao termed the new policy the “Morrill moment” for Higher Education Institutions in India (HEIs).
The WHO pointedly ignored early warnings and alerts from Taiwan, for one, and then helped China obfuscate on its responsibility in the spread of the virus and suppress its numbers(REUTERS)
The WHO pointedly ignored early warnings and alerts from Taiwan, for one, and then helped China obfuscate on its responsibility in the spread of the virus and suppress its numbers(REUTERS)

For India, WHO reforms can be the door to UNSC | Opinion

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 07:36 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already called for WHO reforms, joining United States President Donald Trump who has temporarily suspended US funding of the world body
It is incumbent on the legislature to step in. Parliament must constitute a Permanent Standing Committee, chaired by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to study, update, recommend and, if necessary, legislate through even the Private Member Bill process, comprehensive administrative reforms(Hindustan Times)
It is incumbent on the legislature to step in. Parliament must constitute a Permanent Standing Committee, chaired by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to study, update, recommend and, if necessary, legislate through even the Private Member Bill process, comprehensive administrative reforms(Hindustan Times)

The Indian State needs administrative reforms, writes Manish Tewari

By Manish Tewari
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 06:14 PM IST
It is often autocratic and extractive. The executive has been reluctant to reform. Parliament must now step in
The budget also addresses the issue of tax harassment(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
The budget also addresses the issue of tax harassment(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

The multi-pronged reforms in Union Budget 2020, writes Kumar Mangalam Birla

By Kumar Mangalam Birla
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The focus on agriculture, an infrastructure push, a boost to the corporate sector, tax cuts, disinvestment are positive steps
The direction in which the economy goes will depend on the reforms that follow this budget(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
The direction in which the economy goes will depend on the reforms that follow this budget(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Given existing constraints, the FM did her best. Now, continue to push reforms over the year

By Ila Patnaik
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:16 PM IST
The FM has been transparent about the fiscal deficit. The effort to improve the credibility of numbers is welcome
Data shows that if constructive measures are not taken, thousands will continue to suffer behind bars in inhumane conditions, awaiting a declaration of their guilt or innocence(Hindustan Times)
Data shows that if constructive measures are not taken, thousands will continue to suffer behind bars in inhumane conditions, awaiting a declaration of their guilt or innocence(Hindustan Times)

Analysis| India’s prison system needs urgent reform

By Madhurima Dhanuka and Siddharth Lamba
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2020 05:55 PM IST
The 2018 statistics on prison must spur the criminal justice system to assess, evaluate and take affirmative steps
Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a series of tweets on the post of Chief of Defence Staff on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020, shortly after Gen Bipin Rawat inspected a tri-services guard of honour.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a series of tweets on the post of Chief of Defence Staff on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020, shortly after Gen Bipin Rawat inspected a tri-services guard of honour.(ANI)

PM Modi calls CDS ‘momentous, comprehensive reform’ as Gen Bipin Rawat takes charge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 02:17 AM IST
A gazette notification issued by the government on Monday created a new department of military affairs or Sainya Karta Vibhag that will be headed by India’s first CDS.
People queue up for a Digital Ration Card form in Kolkata. The West Bengal government began digitising ration cards in September.(Samir Jana/HT Archive)
People queue up for a Digital Ration Card form in Kolkata. The West Bengal government began digitising ration cards in September.(Samir Jana/HT Archive)

HTLS 2019: Administrative reforms vital for 21st century State

New Delhi | By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 02:03 PM IST
Over the next few decades, India will need to confront head on the consequences of unequal growth, rapid urbanisation, climate change and technological advancement.
Sitharaman said she would be quite open to it and they could send her the details.(HT image)
Sitharaman said she would be quite open to it and they could send her the details.(HT image)

No better place to invest than in India, govt continuously working to bring reforms: Nirmala Sitharaman

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 10:10 AM IST
Responding to a question on why investors should allocate funds for India, she said that even if the court system is a bit delayed, India is a transparent and open society
The amended law was expected to have a sobering effect on errant drivers, nightmarish traffic in metros and a calming effect on highways. But the states have come up with their usual slogan in the name of the poor, and want to slash the penalty rates, knowing fully well that this will defeat the purpose of the Act, and put lives in jeopardy(PTI)
The amended law was expected to have a sobering effect on errant drivers, nightmarish traffic in metros and a calming effect on highways. But the states have come up with their usual slogan in the name of the poor, and want to slash the penalty rates, knowing fully well that this will defeat the purpose of the Act, and put lives in jeopardy(PTI)

The Motor Vehicles Act is a good first step. Now, bring in more reforms | Analysis

By Yashovardhan Azad
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 03:26 AM IST
These include infrastructure upgrade, focus on highaways and rural India, and improving the police to vehicles ratio
Modi 1.0 provided a clean government. Modi 2.0 has set goals to target the corrupt. powerful bureaucrats who built fortunes are being ousted. People who looted the exchequer are behind bars. Operation clean-up is underway. It will catalyse India’s economic potential(PTI)
Modi 1.0 provided a clean government. Modi 2.0 has set goals to target the corrupt. powerful bureaucrats who built fortunes are being ousted. People who looted the exchequer are behind bars. Operation clean-up is underway. It will catalyse India’s economic potential(PTI)

In 100 days, the Modi government’s focus, path, reforms and success

By Harsimrat Kaur Badal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:24 PM IST
It has sought to harness India’s human resource potential, eliminate corruption, and push infrastructure
National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019 seems to fail in addressing the larger issues plaguing the medical education and health sector. (Representational image)
National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019 seems to fail in addressing the larger issues plaguing the medical education and health sector. (Representational image)

Gaps in medical reforms remain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neetu Chandra Sharma
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 01:01 PM IST
The National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019 aims to improve access to quality and affordable medical education, and ensure availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals in all parts of the country.
Dr. Swati Mujumdar (Pro Chancellor - Symbiosis Skills and Open University) taking part in workshop on ‘Evaluation Reforms in Higher Education’ at C. V. Raman Auditorium, Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Dr. Swati Mujumdar (Pro Chancellor - Symbiosis Skills and Open University) taking part in workshop on ‘Evaluation Reforms in Higher Education’ at C. V. Raman Auditorium, Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

‘Taking initiatives to bring academic reforms to India’: UGC

Pune, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 04:39 PM IST
The inaugural function of the workshop was held on Monday at the Sir C V Raman auditorium, The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune
After being accused of running a(AFP)
After being accused of running a(AFP)

From welfarism, Modi must now shift to structural reforms, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 07:52 AM IST
In 2014, he could get away with placing disruptionist politics above rational economics. He can no longer do so
The move comes soon after the Prime Minister criticised the Congress for questioning the efficacy of EVMs (and blaming them for their defeat in the national elections).(HT Photo)
The move comes soon after the Prime Minister criticised the Congress for questioning the efficacy of EVMs (and blaming them for their defeat in the national elections).(HT Photo)

Opposition seeks debate on electoral reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Saubhadra Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 03:05 PM IST
As many as 14 Opposition parties, including those averse to simultaneous elections, have sent a notice to the Rajya Sabha for a debate that is set to take place next week.
On the demand side, while tenants who have been fortunate to get rent control apartments enjoy the benefits, many more low-income households find it hard to find affordable rental housing in the formal sector and have to live in slums(Hindustan Times)
On the demand side, while tenants who have been fortunate to get rent control apartments enjoy the benefits, many more low-income households find it hard to find affordable rental housing in the formal sector and have to live in slums(Hindustan Times)

Urban governance requires the Centre to initiate reforms

By Sahil Gandhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 07:59 PM IST
The new government needs to be willing to undertake various policy priorities these for the sake of ensuring a smooth urban transition
Various attempts have been made over the years to reform administration. Two Administrative Reforms Commissions have made hundreds of recommendations. A number of committees, task forces and the like have made their own contributions.There have been experiments,too, most of which have flourished over short periods of time and then faded away(HT)
Various attempts have been made over the years to reform administration. Two Administrative Reforms Commissions have made hundreds of recommendations. A number of committees, task forces and the like have made their own contributions.There have been experiments,too, most of which have flourished over short periods of time and then faded away(HT)

Administrative reforms not possible without support from the top

By KM Chandrasekhar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2019 08:51 AM IST
India needs to mainstream the process of administrative reform through a permanent, empowered Good Governance Authority, headed by the Prime Minister himself and serviced by the NITI Aayog or the Department of Administrative Reforms.
Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were last week declared landslide winners of India’s general election with an increased majority in the Lok Sabha.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were last week declared landslide winners of India’s general election with an increased majority in the Lok Sabha.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

India to see ‘big-bang’ reforms in Modi’s second term, says NITI Aayog official

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 12:49 PM IST
The reforms will include changes in labour laws, privatisation moves, and creation of land banks for new industrial development, said Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman of NITI Aayog (National Institute for Transforming India), who reports directly to Modi.
The panel was constituted in June last year and has been granted five extensions for finalising its report. (Representative Image)(AFP)
The panel was constituted in June last year and has been granted five extensions for finalising its report. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Panel to propose big reforms in education

New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 07:39 AM IST
Another official said the committee had made recommendations related to the restructuring of courses especially at the undergraduate level.
The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt petition filed by a Lucknow-based activisit group, Lok Prahari, which also filed the public interest litigation on which the 2018 February judgement was given.(File Photo)
The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt petition filed by a Lucknow-based activisit group, Lok Prahari, which also filed the public interest litigation on which the 2018 February judgement was given.(File Photo)

Supreme Court asks Centre to list steps taken on electoral reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2019 04:41 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre for details of the steps it has taken to implement directions on electoral reforms issued by the court in February last year, including one on the creation of a permanent mechanism to monitor the wealth of sitting lawmakers.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of long-pending reform measures in the Army, sources said.(AFP/File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of long-pending reform measures in the Army, sources said.(AFP/File Photo)

Govt approves mega reforms in Army: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reportedly approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers, creation of a new post of deputy chief for military operations and strategic planning, and setting up new wings for vigilance and human rights issues.
A Formula-E car race and concerts where men and women mingle freely epitomize the reform agenda of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.(AFP)
A Formula-E car race and concerts where men and women mingle freely epitomize the reform agenda of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.(AFP)

Saudi prince’s reform: Car race, concerts, but no criticism

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 01:43 PM IST
The concerts and car race cap several months of profound change in Saudi Arabia, including the opening of the first movie theatre in April and the lifting of the world’s only ban on women driving in June.
MUMBAI, INDIA JULY 19: A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA JULY 19: A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Control-freak BCCI loathe to reforms and that’s baffling

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrit Mathur
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2018 11:20 AM IST
After the Supreme Court ordered dismantling of BCCI’s structure, various state cricket associations (including Mumbai and Hyderabad) are functioning under court appointed officials.
The efforts to bring about major reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are gathering steam and India will have to take well-considered positions on key proposals that are likely to be put on the agenda of the next WTO ministerial meeting scheduled for June 2020 in Kazakhastan(AFP)
The efforts to bring about major reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are gathering steam and India will have to take well-considered positions on key proposals that are likely to be put on the agenda of the next WTO ministerial meeting scheduled for June 2020 in Kazakhastan(AFP)

India must take a well considered position to ensure reform in the WTO

By Shyam Saran
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 11:18 AM IST
The proposed reforms lay considerable stress on transparency, proposing punitive measures if commitments under the WTO to notify subsidies and other trade related actions are violated. This, too, is mainly directed against China. There is no reason for us to oppose this since we are run a transparent and accountable domestic regime, obligated by our Constitution.
The Supreme Court ruling to allow women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple has resulted in an intense standoff between devotees and the Kerala government.(Vivek Nair / HT Photo)
The Supreme Court ruling to allow women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple has resulted in an intense standoff between devotees and the Kerala government.(Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

Sabarimala row: It takes courage to sit on the fence of religious reform

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 09:25 AM IST
The battle that ensued this week over the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to worship in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple demonstrated the power that religious tradition still has to resist change.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has pledged to keep retail tariffs unchanged in the coming years for all consumer categories, while improving the quality of supply and service.(PTI/File Photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has pledged to keep retail tariffs unchanged in the coming years for all consumer categories, while improving the quality of supply and service.(PTI/File Photo)

Consumers upfront in tale of two reforms in Andhra Pradesh

By Ashwini K Swain
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 06:08 PM IST
Andhra Pradesh’s power sector is going through a second phase of reforms. While the first phase (1999-2004) was widely seen as focused on privatisation of electricity distribution, this time the goal is to ensure affordable and reliable power supply for all.
The committee will have suggestions for model prisons.(HT File Photo)
The committee will have suggestions for model prisons.(HT File Photo)

Reforms to free crowded state prisons of undertrials

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 03:36 PM IST
Five-member committee to look at issues ranging from over-crowding in prisons to absence of sound legal aide for undertrials.
It is expected that many more colleges and universities will be granted various degrees of autonomy in the coming months and in the process become even better institutions than they are now (Representative Photo)(HT Photo)
It is expected that many more colleges and universities will be granted various degrees of autonomy in the coming months and in the process become even better institutions than they are now (Representative Photo)(HT Photo)

Reforms are taking place in higher education but will they work?

By Pushkar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2018 11:56 AM IST
If past experience is any indication, the changes that UGC is bringing about are unlikely to have much impact on prevailing research practices or in making a dent in the existing ‘academic culture’ of Indian universities
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