National Advisory Council

  • 7 new pending Bills You Should be Aware Of in 2014 January 23, 2014

    1. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013 The real estate sector is largely unregulated. There is lack of standardisation, transparency and consumer protection. Introduced in August 2013, this Bill deals with residential real estate, and looks into the transactional (buying and selling) aspect of the sector; it...
  • Kolkata: Special HC bench to take up Netaji case January 16, 2014

    The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered constitution of a special bench to take up a petition demanding declassification of secret documents on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Hearing the PIL filed by Kolkata-based NGO India's Smile, Chief Justice Arun Mishra said the special division bench...
  • I don't mind giving in to pressure if it is legitimate: Ramesh on Land Bill amendments September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Asserting that the government went out of its way to accommodate the concerns of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "I don't mind giving in to pressure, if the pressure is legitimate". In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Rupashree Nanda,...
  • Rahul Gandhi deserves all the credit for the Land Bill: Jairam Ramesh September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Claiming that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Will Vadra's land dealings cast a shadow on Cong's hard sell Land Bill? September 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Asserting that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Congress prepares to hard sell the land law and along with it, Rahul September 8, 2013

    The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Re-settlement is UPA's 6th milestone in a series of laws that follow a rights based approach towards governance after the Right to Information (2005), the MNREGA (2005), the Forests Rights Act (2006), the Right to Education (2009), the...
  • 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 31, 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 Gandhi-led 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 Gandhi-headed 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 Gandhi-led 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 Gandhi-led 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 Gandhi-led 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...
  • Congress anti-rape law draft proposes chemical castration December 30, 2012

    New Delhi: As outrage continues against the death of the Delhi braveheart, the victim of a brutal sexual assault, the Congress has decided to propose a tougher law to check crimes against women which could include a provision like chemical castration of perpetrators of rape in rare cases. The final draft...
  • Government reconstitutes National Advisory Council June 29, 2012

    New Delhi: The government has reconstituted the National Advisory Council(NAC) chaired by Sonia Gandhi by dropping three members and inducting two new faces. Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, and Ashis Mondal, founder of the Bhopal-based NGO, Action for Social Advancement, have been inducted in the advisory panel for a period of...
  • The silent power of Sonia Gandhi November 29, 2011

    Yet again, in 2011, Sonia Gandhi features in the top 20 of the Forbes Power list. How did a girl, born in a small town in northern Italy, rise to the position of being one of the most influential people in the world - and stay there, year after year?...
  • NAC member defends fuel price hike, experts differ November 6, 2011

    New Delhi: National Advisory Council (NAC) Member NC Saxena has defended the petrol price hike by saying it will not have any major impact on inflation. However, some experts are of the opinion that it was unwarranted. "The impact of hike in...
  • NAC to meet for first time since Sonia's recovery October 21, 2011

    New Delhi: The National Advisory Council, led by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, is set to meet on Friday to discuss the pre-legislative process for making law on a proposed program for urban poor. The meet is also likely to discuss some issues concerning child labour and the denotification of tribals. This will...
  • 'Draft of new bill on land acquisition ready' July 24, 2011

    New Delhi: Amid a raging controversy over land acquisition norms, Government has firmed up the draft of a new bill which makes consent of 80 per cent of land owners mandatory before purchase of land. The new draft Acquisition Bill, which is expected to be unveiled in the next few days,...
  • I am happy with Sonia's reply: Anna Hazare April 21, 2011

    New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said he was happy and satisfied with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi's letter, assuring him that she does not support or encourage the politics of smear campaign. "Sonia Gandhi has written to me. I was happy to read her letter that...
  • Hazare's fasts that brought down politicians April 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may not be aware of Anna Hazare's power to get his demands met through his "indefinite fasts". He should probably ask his cabinet colleagues Vilasrao Deshmukh or Sushil Kumar Shinde or even Shiv Sena MP Manohar Joshi. All of them, as chief ministers of Maharashtra,...
  • Full text: Jan Lokpal Bill that Hazare wants April 7, 2011

    New Delhi: An act to create effective anti-corruption and grievance redressal systems at centre so that effective deterrent is created against corruption and to provide effective protection to whistleblowers. 1. Short title and commencement: (1) This Act may be called the Anti-Corruption, Grievance Redressal And Whistleblower Protection Act, 2010. (2) It...
  • I will fast till I have life in my body: Hazare April 5, 2011

    Speaking to CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai, veteran social activist Anna Hazare said, "I will continue to fast till the government does not draft the Lokpal Bill." ...
  • Cong terms Hazare's fast-unto-death as premature April 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday termed the indefinite hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare for a stronger Lokpal Bill as premature, saying the government had already constituted a panel headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to go into the issue. "The Prime Minister has already constitued a sub-committee headed...
  • Lokpal Bill lacks teeth, activists fume April 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Under the Lokpal Bill in its current form, the Lokpal cannot investigate the Prime Minister on issues of defence and external affairs, nor does it have any jurisdiction over Parliamentarians. Apart from activists, putting pressure on the Government is National Advisory Council, which is taking a keen interest in...
  • Master Card: The UID Faces Opposition January 13, 2011

    The unique identity (UID) numbers being issued with much fanfare have no legal sanctity. This may surprise many who casually know about the UID scheme and believe it represents a progressive and transparent new India. The problem is, the Bill which proposes setting up an Authority mandated to issue such numbers...
  • Row over the minimum wage under NREGS November 1, 2010

    New Delhi: It is the latest face off between Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council and Manmohan Singh led UPA government. The Council and the Rural Development Ministry have come to blows over what should be the minimum wage under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The NAC's resolution that...
  • Draft of food security law gets NAC's nod July 15, 2010

    New Delhi: The National Advisory Council (NAC) on Wednesday reached an initial agreement on the draft of a food security law and recommended 35 kg of foodgrain be supplied per month at Rs 3 a kg to people in the country's one-fourth districts considered the most disadvantaged. "While time-bound universalisation of...
  • PM nominates 14 members to NAC June 1, 2010

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appointed 14 members to the National Advisory Council (NAC) in consultation with its chairman Sonia Gandhi, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced on Tuesday. The members of the high-profile NAC include eminent scientists, academics, intellectuals and civil society activists. While four members of...
  • Sonia Gandhi practising NGO-style politics March 31, 2010

    Sonia Gandhi is remote controlling the government now, says the Opposition after the Government revived the National Advisory Council (NAC) with Sonia Gandhi back as chairperson. The NAC lost most of its powers when Sonia Gandhi resigned as chairperson in 2006 after the office of profit controversy, but during UPA...