Constitution & Law Current Affairs - 2019
Summary of latest bill and acts passed or pending in 2019 in Parliament of India with their salient features and issues for Current Affairs 2019 preparation for various examinations such as UPSC, SSC, State Civil Services, CLAT, Judicial Services etc.
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Supreme Court has set up a special ‘Social Justice Bench’ in order to exclusively hear cases concerning social issues particularly those related to women, children and underprivileged sections of society. The main intention of setting up ‘Social Justice Bench’ is to provide specialised approach which needed for dealing with these cases.
The special bench will comprise justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit and from 12th December the bench which will assemble every Friday at 2 PM.
This bench will ensure early disposal of such cases and to bring fruits of the rights provided under the Constitution to people.
It will deal specially with the matters relating to society and its members, to secure social justice, one of the ideals of the Indian Constitution.
Under the domain of social justice, several cases highlighting social issues are included. They are
- Release of surplus food grains lying in stocks for the use of people living in the drought-affected areas to frame a fresh scheme for public distribution of food grains.
- To take steps to prevent untimely death of women and children for want of nutritious food.
- Providing hygienic meal besides issues relating to children to provide night shelter to destitute and homeless.
- To provide medical facilities to all the citizens irrespective of their economic condition.
- To provide hygienic drinking water.
- To provide safety and secure living condition for the fair gender who are forced into prostitution etc.
Thus, by setting up the ‘Social Justice Bench’ SC is trying to play a proactive role in order to meet the goals of the Constitution by providing social justice to everyone.
Tags: Judiciary • Social Justice Bench • Supreme Court
Lok Sabha has passed School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014. It was passed by a voice vote. This bill seeks to convert three Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPA) into centres of excellence and enable them to confer degrees on students.
The bill also proposes to set up a council for the SPAs similar to IITs and NITs to advise the central government on policy matters in the field of architecture and planning.
Its passage will benefit students of SPA Bhopal and Vijayawada who are still awaiting their degrees. In order to confer degrees, an institute has to be made a deemed university by an act of parliament.
About Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPA)
- The Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) are a group of autonomous public institutes of higher education under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
- At present, the SPAs lists three institutes located at Bhopal, Delhi and Vijayawada.
- They were established with the objectives of providing quality Architecture and physical planning education.
- The SPAs primarily offer undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes.
- SPA at Delhi was established in 1948. SPA’s at Bhopal and Vijayawada were established in 2008.