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Digital Exhibition on history of Constitution of India being held in New Delhi

The ‘Digital Exhibition on History of Constitution of India’, was inaugurated in New Delhi by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (M/S) for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space. It will be organised for two days from 9-10 December 2019.

About ‘Digital Exhibition on History of Constitution of India’

It has been organised by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, in collaboration with Parliament Museum and Archives of Lok Sabha Secretariat and Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC).

Exhibition contains Replica of the Constitution, photograph of Constituent Assembly Members, Debates (audio) in Constituent Assembly, Quotes and audio speeches of Constituent Assembly Members, Movie on making of Constitution, Posters on- Preamble, Constitution, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles among others.

Importance of 9th December: It is an important day from historical point of view, as the first sitting of Constituent Assembly was held on this day in 1946. The current year 2019, marks 70th Year of adoption of Constitution.

NOTE: The Constitution of India was adopted on 26th November, 1949, and the Members appended their signatures to it on 24 January 1950. In all, 284 Members (total Members-299) actually signed Constitution and the Constitution of India then came into force on 26 January 1950. The day of adoption of the Constitution is celebrated in country as ‘Constitution Day’.

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Andhra Pradesh CM allows CBI to enter state

The new state government under newly appointed Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy revoked previous governments’ order of barring Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids in state without state government permission.

Key Highlights

Background: The previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government headed by then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu issued a government order number 176 ( GO 176), on 8 November 2018 withdrawing ‘general consent‘ to CBI officers for exercising jurisdiction in state and for investigating corruption charges against central government officials and private persons. This GO barred CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in state without its permission.

Then CM and TDP President, N. Naidu accused Modi government of misusing central agencies such as CBI and Income Tax (IT) department to target TDP leaders, stating this as reason for the order.

Recent Developments:

  • The Yuvajana Sramika Raithu (YSR) Congress Party government under Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy issued new orders allowing CBI to now operate in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The order for cancelling last year’s Government Order was issued by Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary (Home) in exercise of his powers under Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946.
  • CBI will now have all powers to take up corruption and other cases in Andhra Pradesh without requiring any state permission.

About Central Bureau of Investigation

  • CBI is the premier investigative agency, headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It operates under jurisdiction of Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946. It is not a statutory body.
  • Under Section 6 of DSPEA Act 1946, a state government routinely grants consent to CBI for exercising its authority in the respective state.

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