Policy Briefs

Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011

The mining sector in India contributes around 2.2 percent to 2.5 percent to the country’s gross domestic product and employs around seven lakh workers. India’s metal and mining industry was estimated to be 106.4 billion dollars in 2010. Given the significant contribution of the sector in country’s industrial growth, attempts have been made from time to time, at the policy level, to liberalize the sector, deriving its maximum potential along with the focus on sustainable development and protection of displaced and affected communities.
 
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Youth and Social Media in India-Insights and Statistics

Number of social media users in urban India reached 78 million by June 2013. It is estimated that number of social media users by October 2013 will be 86 million and by December 2013, will be 91 million with Facebook as the leading website.
 
Among those accessing internet from home or work PC- 
 
 96% mobile internet users access Facebook where as 86% of PC users access Facebook.
 217 minutes are spent on Facebook every month by an average user.
 28% Increase in Facebook visitors in the last 12 months.

Water Contamination in Malwa- Punjab

Punjab has been established as the first state in India to report uranium content in drinking water in many of its districts (particularly those in its Malwa region). Sample testing conducted by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre establishes that around 70 percent of the water samples collected from rural areas contained uranium. The report also finds that the Malwa region has high concentration of uranium along with other heavy metals (like mercury, lead, etc.) and arsenic in its groundwater. [1]
 

Warehouse Corporation Amendment Bill-2011

Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) was set up on 2nd March, 1957 under the Agricultural produce  Development and Warehousing Corporation Act, 1956. It was later replaced by Warehousing Corporation Act, 1962. The Warehousing Corporation Act, 1962 was enacted to provide for the incorporation and regulation of the CWC for the purpose of warehousing of Agricultural produce and certain other commodities and for matters connected therewith.
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Unemployment In Arunachal Pradesh

In the fifth year after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, global growth has decelerated and unemployment has started to increase again, leaving an accumulated total of some 197 million people without a job in 2012. Moreover, some 39 million people have dropped out of the labour market as job prospects proved unattainable, opening a 67 million global jobs gap since 2007.

The Marriage Laws- Amendment Bill- Aug. 2013

In a major step towards making marriage laws more women-friendly, Rajya Sabha on 26 August 2013 passed the bill to amend the Hindu Marriage Act (1955) and the Special Marriage Act (1954). The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2013, will of course also have to be passed by Lok Sabha before it can become law.
 
The bill provides for the following:

The Governors Amendment Bill -2012

The Governors (Emoluments, Allowances’ and Privileges’) Amendment Bill seeks to amend the Governors (Emoluments, Allowances and Privileges) Act, 1982 under which each Governor is entitled to an emolument of Rs 1,10,000 per month. However, it was noted that under the existing Act ex-Governors are only entitled to medical facilities and do not have other post-retirement benefits including pensions.i
 

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