The Supreme Court has appointed a probe panel headed by former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mukul Mudgal, to investigate spot-fixing in IPL matches. The panel also has Additional Solicitor-General L. Nageswara Rao and BCCI member Niloy Datta as its members.
The committee was set up after Cricket Association of Bihar challenged the BCCI-appointed probe panel findings, which cleared BCCI President N Srinivasan’s son-in-lawGurunath Meiyappan and Kundra of the charges of betting, in the apex court.
An empowered panel headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana has proposed a model Cinematograph Bill to replace the Cinematograph Act 1952 to provide for a new legal framework for governing Indian cinema proposed a model Cinematograph Bill, in a report submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Why was the Mudgal Committee set up?
Earlier this year, the government set up the Mudgal panel after the government felt the need to update the Cinematograph Act, 1952 in the wake of the controversy over Tamil Nadu’s ban on Vishwaroopam. Questions were raised over the decision of a particular State to invoke the law and ban the release of a certain movie, notwithstanding that the Supreme Court in the Aarakshan case had held that once a film was certified for viewing, the fig leaf of law and order could not be allowed to stand in the way.
Rajan Committee’s new methodology to replace ‘special category’ status for devolution of funds to States
The panel set up by the government under the chairmanship of the then Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan (now RBI governor) has suggested ending the ‘special category’ criteria for providing additional assistance to poorer states.
Why did the government set up the Rajan Committee?
The Union Government set up Raghuram Rajan Committee amid demands for “special category” status by Bihar and some other status to get additional financial assistance from the Centre. The Committee was tasked to suggest methods for identifying backwardness of states using a variety of criteria and also to recommend how the criteria may be reflected in future planning and devolution of funds from the central government to the states.
What are the key recommendations of the Rajan Committee?
The Rajan Committee has made two key recommendations for devolution of funds to states. They are:
a) A new methodology based on a ‘Multi Dimensional Index (MDI)’.
Depending on the scores of the 28 states on the MDI, they will be split into 3 categories:
- Least developed
- Less developed
- Relatively developed
b) Each state should get a basic fixed allocation and an additional allocation depending on its development needs and development performance.
As per the Committee, these two recommendations, along with the allocation methodology, will effectively subsume what is now “Special Category” status.
According to the MDI scores:
- Least Developed states: Odisha, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
- Less Developed states: Manipur, West Bengal, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Gujarat, Tripura, Karnataka, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.
- Relatively Developed states: Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttrakhand and Haryana.
The Department of Economic Affairs will soon examine the report and take necessary action.
Veteran freedom fighter Captain Ranjit Singh (97) passed away. He was a close associate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
About Ranjit Singh
- He served the Indian National Army under the leadership of Subhash Chandra Bose.
- Became working president of All India Freedom Fighter Organisation.
- After retirement, he worked for the welfare of freedom fighter’s families.