Guest Post by Adithya Reddy The constitution amendments introduced to give effect to the proposed levy of Goods & Services Tax (GST) are primarily enabling amendments conferring concurrent legislative competence on the Parliament and State Legislatures. This became necessary because GST takes within its sweep three different incidences of taxation, two of which fell under…

Guest post by Alok Prasanna With Parliament having passed the Constitution (101st Amendment) Act, 2016 the framework has been set for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax in India. While the Act is yet to be ratified by at least half the State Legislative Assemblies as required by the Constitution, given the widespread…

Guest Post by Shraddha Kulhari and Sujoy Chatterjee In an earlier post, we had discussed the current constitutional status of the National Capital Territory of Delhi vis-à-vis Statehood. To summarize, our understanding was that Delhi, despite having trappings of a State such as a democratically elected Legislative Assembly and a Council of Ministers, remained a Union…

Guest post by Sakshi Aravind In my previous post I had briefly discussed the shortcomings of the Compensatory Afforestation Bill, 2016 that has been recently passed by the Rajya Sabha. In this post, I continue to look at the problematic rationale behind conservation policies, which is reflected in the bill as well.  Deep rooted colonial…

Guest Post by Sakshi Aravind On 28th July, 2016 Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the deeply problematic Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 (“the bill”). It was passed by Lok Sabha without significant debates on merits earlier this year. The bill proposes to set up the Compensatory Afforestation, Management and Planning Authority (“CAMPA”) through which state governments…