Good governance is inseparably married to responsible citizenry. We have the right to expect everything in order; but it is also equally, if not more, important to do our bit in this marriage. First and foremost, the victims of the catastrophic floods in Jammu and Kashmir need succour, relief. For months, if not years, after this, we are going to sit and analyse how and why the water got to such devastating levels.
India has really been unlucky as severe natural disasters strike at regular intervals in one part or another, taking huge toll on lives and loss of properties.
Last year, it was in Uttarakhand. Devastating flood and landslide caused huge loss of properties and lives. Over 5,000 people lost their lives and properties worth over Rs 3,500 crore were damaged in the state.
When the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deregulated savings bank deposit interest rates in October 2011, it was hailed as a big reformist step that would ensure better returns to depositors. Almost four years have passed and there is hardly any change in the interest rates on such deposits.
The government-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) that controls more than two-thirds of the life insurance business in the country, has shown unwillingness to bear the cost of the proposed Rs 30,000 life cover under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
The expression "100 days" of a government made headlines in India five years ago when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress party was re-elected in May 2009. Almost all ministers announced 100-day targets and subsequently presented report cards. That was the high point of Manmohan Singh led UPA government.
With the launch of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), it is time for the poor of India to rejoice. Every time Narendra Modi speaks of Jan Dhan, the product-on-offer gets better.
Mainline media reports are rife with stories on Digital India being a half-baked plan and a waste of taxpayer money. Considering that the first version of India's National e-Governance Plan (2004), and its re-incarnation, by the Kapil SIbal-led Ministry of Communications & IT
There seems to be a cloak and dagger effort to derail the forthcoming announcement by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a National Mission on Financial Inclusion during his maiden address to the nation on Independence Day.