ARUNA ROY

  • Supreme Court to hear pleas against implementation of Aadhar scheme October 8, 2013

    The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a batch of petitions, including the one filed by social worker like Aruna Roy against the implementation of the Aadhar scheme or the "Unique Identification Number" System (UID), by linking it to various welfare schemes. The petition of Roy and others came up before...
  • 'Govt's move to exempt political parties from RTI unfortunate' August 4, 2013

    Social activist Aruna Roy on Saturday said that political parties should come under RTI in order to maintain transparency in their financial matters and termed as "unfortunate" any attempt to nullify the CIC order in this regard. "What the political parties do financially should be known to people, hence they should...
  • Aruna Roy denies remarks about differences between PM, Sonia June 2, 2013

    Patna: Social activist and former National Advisory Council (NAC) member Aruna Roy on Sunday denied having spoken anything about the differences between the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and blamed a section of media for twisting her remarks. "I had not spoken anything like that (differences...
  • Social policy has become less important under UPA II: Aruna Roy May 30, 2013

    Aruna Roy one of the most prominent and forceful voices within the NAC has decided to opt out of Sonia's advisory council in its last crucial year. In NAC I, Roy played a critical role in framing and pushing through key legislations like the MNREGA and the RTI. These...
  • How effective will NAC's voice remain in the critical election year? May 30, 2013

    Social activist Aruna Roy has quit the National Advisory Council, accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of overruling Sonia Gandhi on issues like paying minimum wages under the NREGA. ...
  • Govt focussing on growth at the cost of people: Aruna Roy May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy, who has decided to dissociate herself from Sonia Gandhiled National Advisory Council, on Thursday hit out at government saying it was focussing on economic reforms and growth at the cost of poor people. Roy, who has attacked the Prime Minister for...
  • It's weird that PMO appealed against minimum wages: Aruna Roy May 30, 2013

    Activist Aruna Roy has opted out of the Sonia Gandhiheaded National Advisory Council and she has blamed the Prime Minister for blocking minimum wages under the MNREGA. ...
  • Activist Aruna Roy opts out of NAC May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy has opted out of the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhiled NAC after her term expired on Friday. She has blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for blocking minimum wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). "I do believe that it is extremely unfortunate...
  • Aruna Roy opts out of Sonia Gandhiled NAC May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The notification issued by the Prime Minister's Office on May 27 to extend the terms of members of Sonia Gandhiled National Advisory Council has one prominent name missing from the list that of Aruna Roy. The terms of the ten other members has been extended for a...
  • UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani attends NAC meet on Direct Benefit Transfer March 1, 2013

    The Direct Benefit Transfer initiative of the government came in for discussion and scrutiny in Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council on February 26. Mr Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson of UIDAI, sought to assure members that Aadhaar will not become a tool for exclusion. After the meeting Aruna Roy, one of...
  • Linking Aadhar to Direct Benefit Scheme a mistake: Aruna Roy February 28, 2013

    The Direct Benefit Transfer initiative of the government came in for discussion and scrutiny in Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council on February 26. Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson of UIDAI, sought to assure members that Aadhar will not become a tool for exclusion. After the meeting Aruna Roy, one of the foremost...
  • Activists slam Prime Minister's remarks on RTI Act October 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Social activists, led by National Advisory Council (NAC) member Aruna Roy, on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's observations on RTI Act alleging it signals support from the "highest quarters" to those keen on diluting the law. The "concerns expressed by the PM will support and pass a signal...
  • Monthly old age pension of Rs 200 an insult: Ramesh May 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The monthly pension of Rs 200 given to the elderly is "an insult to the dignity of an individual", Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said, requesting the Prime Minister to immediately review the scheme. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the minister has recommended streamlining...
  • How the right to pension will affect you May 10, 2012

    More than 3000 working poor are right now agitating at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, under the banner of Pension Parishad as the curtains are up on the 'right to pension' campaign. Spearheaded by Aruna Roy, the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan leader and member of the National Advisory Council (NAC), the...
  • UPA pet project MNREGA dying in Rajasthan March 26, 2012

    Jaipur: After setting an example in effective implementation of the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), Congressruled Rajasthan is where the UPA government's flagship programme is now virtually dying. With the expenditure on MNREGA in Rajasthan shrinking this year to almost onethird of its spending in 2006, the...
  • Govt's Lokpal not appropriate: Aruna Roy December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Aruna Royled NCPRI on Tuesday attacked the Lokpal Bill for its "lack of appropriateness", saying it does not provide for adequate independence for the ombudsman or power to investigate cases. In its critique of the Bill, the National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) said the appropriateness of...
  • No delay on Lokpal bill: Abhishek Manu Singhvi December 7, 2011

    New Delhi: There would be no delay, except for a "couple of days", in submitting the report on the antigraft Lokpal bill in parliament, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, head of a panel studying the draft legislation, said on Tuesday while National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy demanded that the bill be...
  • Rahul forces rethink on Rs 32 poverty line October 1, 2011

    New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, tipped by many in the Congress to become the Prime Minister, has sought a fresh look on the Rs 32 yardstick for poverty. Sources said the Planning Commission is now likely to do a rethink on the below poverty line (BPL) yardstick. Sources said the Congress General...
  • Live on Rs 32 a day: Aruna Roy to Montek September 30, 2011

    New Delhi: An open letter from the Right to food Campaigners to Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission. September 29th, 2011 Dear Mr Ahluwalia, While you were abroad deliberating on global matters, the Planning Commission filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that the "poverty line of Rs 25...
  • Lokpal must not be overburdened, says Aruna Roy September 20, 2011

    Hyderabad: Social activist Aruna Roy and Lok Satta Party President Jayaprakash Narayan on Monday said no single institution should be made responsible for making public servants accountable. Taking part in a conference on 'Impact of Corruption on Development', they said vesting all encompassing power and responsibility in one institution like...
  • Lokpal must not be overburdened: Aruna Roy September 19, 2011

    Hyderabad: Addressing a conference on 'Impact of Corruption on Development' in Hyderabad on Monday, social activist Aruna Roy said no single institution should be made responsible for making public servants accountable. "Vesting all encompassing power and responsibility in one institution like the Lokpal will burden it and make it difficult for...
  • People cannot make laws: Aruna Roy September 8, 2011

    Chennai: In an apparent criticism of social activist Anna Hazare and his protest for passage of Jan Lokpal bill, National Advisory Committee member Aruna Roy on Thursday said "people cannot make a law" and it had to be done by a drafting committee. "Law has to be looked at in detail....
  • Notice given to LS Speaker for Lokpal debate August 26, 2011

    New Delhi: On Day 11 of Anna Hazare's fast a notice has been given for debate on the Lokpal issue in Parliament which will discuss four versions of the anticorruption bill. The notice has been given to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar by three Congress MP's Sanjay Nirupam, Anu Tandon and...
  • Aruna Roy meets Anna, concerned over his health August 24, 2011

    New Delhi: National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy, who had criticised Anna Hazare's protest on Lokpal Bill, on Wednesday met him at Ramlila Maidan where he is on an indefinite fast. Roy and her associates met Hazare at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Wednesday morning, a day after Team Anna...
  • Full text of PM's letter to Anna Hazare on Lokpal August 23, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in an effort to resolve the Lokpal logjam, has written a letter to Anna Hazare. Full text of the Prime Minister's letter to Anna Hazare follows: Over the last few days, I have watched with increasing concern the state of your health. Despite the differences...
  • NCPRI'S alternate approach to the Lokpal Bill August 22, 2011

    Aruna Roy and National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information's (NCPRI) suggestions for a series of anticorruption and grievance redress measures. ...
  • Didn't say Anna was ill advised: Aruna Roy August 21, 2011

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy, a member of the National Action Council (NAC) and the National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI), on Sunday denied having said that Anna Hazare was being ill advised. She said that a newspaper report had twisted her words. "I did not say that...
  • On day 6 of his fast, Anna remains defiant August 21, 2011

    New Delhi: A defiant Anna Hazare setting the tone on day six of his protest fast said that they are going to set an example for nonviolence protest against corruption in the country. The anticorruption crusader also said, "This support is a ray of hope for me. It's time for...
  • Anna Hazare ill advised, says Aruna Roy August 21, 2011

    New Delhi: Anticorruption activist Anna Hazare's fast is in its sixth day as he demands that Parliament pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in this session of Parliament. On the other hand, social activist Aruna Roy, a member of the National Action Council (NAC) and the National Campaign for People's Right...
  • Anna illadvised, says NAC member Aruna Roy August 20, 2011

    New Delhi: Arguing that Anna Hazare should not deride democratic institutions, National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy on Saturday said the Gandhian was "illadvised" as there was still scope for the civil society group to change the government's version of the Lokpal Bill. Referring to the Anna camp's assertion that sending...