Bibek Debroy

Why formalised training and placement for plumbers is a must

An ordinary graduate earns Rs 10,000 per month. A plumber earns Rs 20,000 per month. There is the broader issue of whether the education system delivers marketable skills.

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Hairy politics: There is discrimination between armed forces and police when it comes to moustache allowances

Like discrimination between kings in playing card decks, there is discrimination between armed forces and police when it comes to moustache allowances.

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How should India track its time; Office hours in Northeast need to be changed

The existing IST is said to be negatively impacting the lives of the northeastern people as the sun rises and sets much earlier than the official working hours.

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At Kumbh Mela, sadhus and akhadas galore, but how many religious mendicants are there?

State-wise, with an aggregate of 81,244, West Bengal leads by a considerable margin, followed by UP. These numbers differ slightly from figures given in the ministry of social justice and empowerment’s handbook on social we

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Swachh Bharat: 500,000 volunteers have changed lakhs of villages

On both households’ usage of toilets and open defecation free villages, there is some slippage but not as much as one might have thought

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In imagining Make-in-India, focus has strongly been on scaling up and lowering cost

Successful teaching is individual-specific and a successful teacher adapts according to capacity and receptivity of recipient.

education, education sector, education industry News

Courts must punish false evidence: Bibek Debroy, Chairman, EAC to the PM

In the second, the Court tells us perjury has assumed alarming propositions.

Opinion News

Public libraries in this day and age; no one has an answer to what they are supposed to do, says Bibek Debroy

In this day and age, we need to think what a public library is supposed to do, its role. The 1954 legislation on public libraries is about the delivery of books and newspapers. Several states have legislation on public librar

Opinion News

Section 377, and its mirror-law in England reduced the punishment for gay sex to life imprisonment, from death penalty

When we look at a piece of legislation, we often See it as it is interpreted today, not as it was when enacted. We also assume that the stated objective is the real one.

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Sweet and sour: The bitter truth about honey production

Apiculture is still so informal that and unregulated that there are those who manufacture honey by mixing natural honey with sugar syrup

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Bengaluru pet-lovers are upset at what BBMP has done – Who does not let the dogs out?

The bengaluru municipal authority produced a list of 64 approved breeds for apartments and thus also got into the choice and encouragement of certain breeds

Bengaluru residents, Bengaluru pet lovers, bengaluru municipal authority, mandatory registration of dogs, BBMP, Delhi Municipal Corporation Act News

LIMBS: The right legwork for efficient govt litigation

LIMBS stands for Legal Information Management and Briefing System, and is a ministry of law and justice initiative. The idea is to reduce government litigation—to make government litigation more efficient is a better statem

Opinion News

Employment numbers: The jobs debate and working ‘adults’

As of now, GERs are quite high for secondary and senior secondary, much less so for higher education. For secondary education, the threshold of 75% has been crossed, for senior secondary that of 50%. 

jobs, working adults, old employment, youth employment News

Legacy law: Junk the citizen’s arrest law

The second gives credit for this odd piece of legislation to Massachusetts. These days, there are databases to search legislation in many parts of the world. I couldn’t find any such legislation in either Louisiana or Massa

Legacy law, arrest law, Massachusetts, Section 268 of IPC, CrPC News

Federal Finance: The anatomy of equity

Debate around terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission ignores the evolution of constitutional mechanisms for devolution of public finance.

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Universal Basic Income: Why talk of UBI when DBT’s here?

Even socialist countries, other than China, haven’t attempted to implement it—not even partially

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Pricing: Diamonds are not forever

Nothing is more useful than water: but it will purchase scarcely anything; scarcely anything can be had in exchange for it. A diamond, on the contrary, has scarcely any use-value; but a very great quantity of other goods may

Diamond, Diamond pricing, diamond water paradox, gems, traditional gems News

Disappearing sparrows: Urbanisation and the flight of the sparrow

Changing construction aesthetics and changing lifestyles in the cities have left the bird bereft of both habitat and ready sources of food

Disappearing sparrows, Urbanisation, flight of the sparrow, Ostrich, Four Pests Campaign, Delhi, TERI, Kill a Sparrow Campaign News

Labour reforms: Jammu and Kashmir makes a good beginning

Budget 2018: Provisions of the proposed J&K Employment Code are not in public domain. Indeed, the Budget speech suggests it is still work in progress. But there are some clear principles that should drive any such initiative

Budget, budget 2018, Labour reforms, jammu and Kashmir, Budget speech, Union government legislation, Concurrent List News

Why doing the accessibility audit requires interest on part of state governments

As the audits of IGI airport and SC show, often, layouts are designed to address the most obvious accessibility concerns, not the less apparent ones.

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Legislation on forests in India have a colonial and complicated legacy: Bibek Debroy

Perhaps it has something to do with the increased popularity of Feng Shui. Many people give gifts of Lucky Bamboo.

Feng Shui, Bamboo, Forests in India News

The Old Order Changeth Not: The states have been lethargic in getting rid of old statutes that need to be repealed

The states have been lethargic in getting rid of old statutes that need to be repealed—in fact, in recent years, just seven have moved on this.

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On confusing litigation, Bibek Debroy says ‘you be the judge’

“Even if assumingly no efficacious evidence nor any evidence of cogent worth may stand adduced qua the defendants raising any obstruction upon the suit land yet ...

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NCPCR reads forced marriages right, not ILO, says Bibek Debroy

While ILO’s survey questions are a textbook example of how responses should not be elicited, NCPCR offers a nuanced perspective.

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Bibek Debroy on courts’ productivity and case flow management

Research by Vidhi Centre for legal Policy shows framing of case flow management rules is absent for both high courts and subordinate courts in Delhi, Maharashtra, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha and UP .

Bibek Debroy, court productivity, case flow management, legal policy, backlog issues, intensive methods News

Ease of doing business: India’s 30 spot jump remarkable, churlish to deny credit, says Bibek Debroy

Despite improvements, if one looks at scores, relatively weak areas are dealing with construction permits, registering property, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

Opinion News

Simplistic to link DeMo and job losses

Linking job losses to demonetisation is trivialising the serious issue of unemployment by confusing correlation with causation.

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