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Probe ordered into 'Paradise Papers'

The government reconstituted a Multi-Agency Group led by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)chairman on Monday to investigate cases relating to the 'Paradise papers' data disclosure.

Low-key start in J&K for Sharma

The Cenntre's Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma's three-day visit to Srinagar began on a low-key note on Monday, with no major political party or delegation coming forward to meet him. Major trade associations and business chambers also stayed away.

Use editorial freedom wisely

Calling upon media houses to take extra effort to maintain credibility and use the editorial freedom wisely for public interest, prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that any reform in the media can only come from within through introspection.

Probe ordered into 'Paradise Papers'

The government reconstituted a Multi-Agency Group led by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)chairman on Monday to investigate cases relating to the 'Paradise papers' data disclosure.

Low-key start in J&K for Sharma

The Cenntre's Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma's three-day visit to Srinagar began on a low-key note on Monday, with no major political party or delegation coming forward to meet him. Major trade associations and business chambers also stayed away.

Use editorial freedom wisely

Calling upon media houses to take extra effort to maintain credibility and use the editorial freedom wisely for public interest, prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that any reform in the media can only come from within through introspection.

Editorial

Plotting Social Progress

The achievements of modern India are renowned across the world. From being a country affected by hunger and poverty during Independence and admonished then for its Hindu growth rate, India has transformed itself into one of the fastest growing world economies. The economic achievements of the country are extensive, mostly from facing the challenges of democratic governance after decades of continuous oppressive colonial rule to emerging as a multi-religious secular country. However, there is still much time for growth in the country amidst all. The societal reach of India still needs growth. In sectors of health, education and safety among others, there is a urgent need of growth and development. Conducting a Social Progress Index could give the proper answer to the development required in terms of social and economic growth in India. A Social Progress Index ranks the states of India using the social as well as environmental indicators on the basis of the capability of the states to effectively provide for all basic needs like shelter, water, and sanitation. Also the indicators measured the indicators required for creating a foundation for well-being of the people. The study (2005-2016) helps to analyse whether the States are developing and heading in the right direction using the social and environmental indicators. The results indicated that the overall social progress score for India stands at 57.03 (on a 0-100 scale), which is approximately eight points higher than in the year 2005. The country scored better in the provision of all basic human needs rather than opportunities provided for its citizens. As such, the creation of a society having equal opportunities for every citizen remains an elusive dream. Secondly, all the States of India have climbed the social progress ladder, and even the states which have low performance in 2005 are also showing improvement. This highlights that the States having a relatively low social progress can improve with time. The findings highlight that while the economy is progressing on the right track, there is an urgent requirement of identifying and focussing on the social parameters. Social progress needs to be boosted by solely focussing on policies which directly target various social issues.

Teaching ethics to aspiring civil servants

The recent arrest of an IPS officer in Chennai on probation, for conducting cheating during the civil services examination raises doubts and questions on the possible future recruitments of the All India Services and the subsequent training of officers. The incident occurred during the time when the nation was commemorating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary- the leader who stood for integrity in the government and was also recognized as the chief architect of post-Independence civil services. The arrest took place after the India Government approved the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which was conducted in the hope that rise in pay would mean higher honesty levels and dedication of the public servants. In cases like this, the burden of proving due innocence rests with the offender- though it is highly doubtful that justice will be given in proper way. There is always a strong public perception that any sort of double standards are applied while punishing criminality in the high places. This is solely the reason why there is no option left but to prosecute the concerned officer in a court of law. The officer as such, should be given each and every opportunity to defend himself, but the stakes are heavily loaded against the officer. Nowadays there is seen growing cases of dishonesty among the public officials, especially in most State governments. Though a substantial percentage of the senior officials are still honest and stick to the path of virtue, there are a major bunch filled with dishonesty nature. If the IPS currently stands discredited despite its glorious and good record of maintaining order in the most difficult of country terrains, it is solely because a major share of senior officers concentrates more on their own careers at the cost of effectively guiding trainees.

Plotting Social Progress

The achievements of modern India are renowned across the world. From being a country affected by hunger and poverty during Independence and admonished then for its Hindu growth rate, India has transformed itself into one of the fastest growing world economies. The economic achievements of the country are extensive, mostly from facing the challenges of democratic governance after decades of continuous oppressive colonial rule to emerging as a multi-religious secular country. However, there is still much time for growth in the country amidst all. The societal reach of India still needs growth. In sectors of health, education and safety among others, there is a urgent need of growth and development. Conducting a Social Progress Index could give the proper answer to the development required in terms of social and economic growth in India. A Social Progress Index ranks the states of India using the social as well as environmental indicators on the basis of the capability of the states to effectively provide for all basic needs like shelter, water, and sanitation. Also the indicators measured the indicators required for creating a foundation for well-being of the people. The study (2005-2016) helps to analyse whether the States are developing and heading in the right direction using the social and environmental indicators. The results indicated that the overall social progress score for India stands at 57.03 (on a 0-100 scale), which is approximately eight points higher than in the year 2005. The country scored better in the provision of all basic human needs rather than opportunities provided for its citizens. As such, the creation of a society having equal opportunities for every citizen remains an elusive dream. Secondly, all the States of India have climbed the social progress ladder, and even the states which have low performance in 2005 are also showing improvement. This highlights that the States having a relatively low social progress can improve with time. The findings highlight that while the economy is progressing on the right track, there is an urgent requirement of identifying and focussing on the social parameters. Social progress needs to be boosted by solely focussing on policies which directly target various social issues.

Teaching ethics to aspiring civil servants

The recent arrest of an IPS officer in Chennai on probation, for conducting cheating during the civil services examination raises doubts and questions on the possible future recruitments of the All India Services and the subsequent training of officers. The incident occurred during the time when the nation was commemorating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary- the leader who stood for integrity in the government and was also recognized as the chief architect of post-Independence civil services. The arrest took place after the India Government approved the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which was conducted in the hope that rise in pay would mean higher honesty levels and dedication of the public servants. In cases like this, the burden of proving due innocence rests with the offender- though it is highly doubtful that justice will be given in proper way. There is always a strong public perception that any sort of double standards are applied while punishing criminality in the high places. This is solely the reason why there is no option left but to prosecute the concerned officer in a court of law. The officer as such, should be given each and every opportunity to defend himself, but the stakes are heavily loaded against the officer. Nowadays there is seen growing cases of dishonesty among the public officials, especially in most State governments. Though a substantial percentage of the senior officials are still honest and stick to the path of virtue, there are a major bunch filled with dishonesty nature. If the IPS currently stands discredited despite its glorious and good record of maintaining order in the most difficult of country terrains, it is solely because a major share of senior officers concentrates more on their own careers at the cost of effectively guiding trainees.

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