Mains-40: Pressure Groups and Formal / Informal Associations

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 and NGOs

NGOs play a vital role in the upliftment of the downtrodden in any society. This is particularly true for countries such as India, where inequality is high, benefits reach only a handful of the population and a large section of the society lives below the poverty line. The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 or FCRA, ..

How do ? Do you agree with this view that informal pressure groups have emerged as more powerful than formal pressure groups in recent years?

"The emergence of the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in contemporary times points to the slow but steady withdrawal of the State from development activities."Examine the role of SHGs in development activities and the measures taken by the Government of India to promote SHGs.

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Discuss the various functions of Pressure groups while commenting their role on healthy democratic system.

Despite the fact that the pressure groups don’t contest in elections, they play important role for healthy democratic system via their various functions. The key functions of pressure groups are representation, political participation, education and policy formulation. Representation Pressure groups provide an alternative to the formal representative process or the functional representation by providing mouthpiece for groups ..

Discuss the various functions of Pressure groups while commenting their role on healthy democratic system.

The functions of pressure groups especially with respect to strengthening the democratic system are as follows- The pressure groups themselves do not want to form any Government. But, they play an important role in influencing the decisions of the Government. The pressure groups represent the common interests of the people. The pressure groups make use ..

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