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                                                                      1. To what extent, Right to Information has been able to enable the transition of country from the secrecy regime of the colonial era to a more modern and democratic transparency regime of today. Examine Critically.
                                                                      2. "Article 44 in the Constitution of India is mere symbolism and country has not been able to go beyond rhetoric in implementation of this article."Amplify.
                                                                      3. The recent declaration of National Political Parties of getting Rs. 102 crore in 2015-16 in donations of more than Rs. 20,000 seems troublesome to many as there are allegations that parties are deliberately avoiding complete disclosure of income source. This fact also manifests the immediate need to amend the Representation of People Act 1951 to lower the Rs. 20,000 limit. Do You Agree with the above argument. List reasons of your support/dissent.
                                                                      4. Elucidate the scope of Article 32 in context with the Public Interests Litigations (PILs) in India.
                                                                      5. The black money in politics works like a glue that holds the corruption edifice together. In this context, what measures would you suggest to cleanse the political finance in the country? Discuss.
                                                                      6. "There exists a dichotomy between the need for transparency and accountability and protecting honest civil servants from undue harassment." Discuss what can be done towards solving this dichotomy.
                                                                      7. "Via the strategy of Public Interest Litigations (PILs), the Supreme Court has been able to remove all constitutional restraints on its powers. The relief to weaker segments of the society is only the by-product of this strategy." To what extent do you agree with this view? Give reasoned opinion.
                                                                      8. Discuss the provisions of section 8(1) of Right to Information Act and various issues thereof. Do you agree with the view that RTI in defence sector would improve transparency? Give arguments.
                                                                      9. Is there any regulatory mechanism in India to make NGOs answerable on utilizing public money? Discuss while keeping in focus January, 2017 Supreme Court directives to central government.
                                                                      10. After the NDA government came to power in May 2014, FCRA licenses of more than twenty thousand NGOs have been cancelled by the Home Ministry. Do you agree with the view that the policy of curbing foreign funds to the Indian NGOs is appropriate and should be more aggressively applied? Give arguments.
                                                                      11. What are the proposed amendments to the Whistle Blowers Act? Do they defeat the very purpose of the legislation? Discuss critically.
                                                                      12. Discuss the extent, cause and measures taken against the frivolous Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in India.
                                                                      13. Critically examine the key features and provisions of Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 towards improving India's dispute resolution mechanism and making India a Hub of Arbitration.
                                                                      14. Discuss the rationale behind and functions of recently proposed "Resolution Corporation".
                                                                      15. While highlighting the need to regulate the private detectives, mention the provisions of proposed Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill.
                                                                      16. Every Citizen Charter is a sole commitment of the government or Public offices for delivery of services to the beneficiaries, but there are certain drawbacks or problems faced in implementing the charter. Discuss.
                                                                      17. What are the exemptions under RTI Act? How do these exemptions impact the citizen's fundamental right to information?
                                                                      18. Critically discuss the salient features of the draft Indian Arbitration Council Act, 2017.
                                                                      19. What are the objectives behind Citizen Charters? Discuss along with elucidating the Six Principles of the Citizen's Charters.
                                                                      20. India has put a lot of emphasis on technological initiatives like Digital India and Smart City Mission. How can such technology be utilized to ensure transparency, accountability and efficiency? Discuss.
                                                                      21. What are the key features of the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018?
                                                                      22. Journalism is neither silence nor noise but a credible voice. Comment
                                                                      23. Evaluate the efficacy of the newly launched electronic assessment scheme in easing the process of tax filing?
                                                                      24. Technology can fill in to address various gaps in prosecution of witnesses. Discuss with an example
                                                                      25. Examine how the use of data in governance can play a crucial role to transform it. Discuss the associated challenges and remedial measures.
                                                                      26. The idea that public intent data can play a transformative role in the public sector has its own set of challenges. Discuss.
                                                                      27. There is a paradoxical relationship between Bureaucracy and Democracy, yet an effective democracy require a well-functioning bureaucracy. Comment.
                                                                      28. E-Governance is a tool to empower citizens by transforming governance and increasing people’s participation in the democratic process. Discuss in context of India.
                                                                      29. Highlight the significance of online dispute resolution in India and how it differs from traditional court of justice.
                                                                      30. Highlight the key components of SWAMITVA scheme and its intended benefits. Also, discuss the potential issues in its implementation.
                                                                      31. The true potential of e-governance cannot be realized by solely focusing on the technological aspect, rather it involves ushering reforms in governance itself. Discussing the statement, suggest what should be done to address the situation.
                                                                      32. Highlight the potential of recent technological advancements to usher into an era of good governance using the tool of e-governance.
                                                                      33. Discuss the potential of artificial intelligence in improving the effectiveness of e-governance in India.
                                                                      34. Examine how direct benefit transfers have changed the public service delivery in India.
                                                                      35. What is facial recognition technology? How is it being used by the government? Examine the issues associated with it.
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