Bill Blow-ups are parliamentary briefs, which weigh the pros and cons of a bill tabled in the Parliament in a simple language to assist the busy MPs in understanding the issues and thus enhance the quality of debates so that better laws are enacted. One important dimension of any reform process is to enact the right kind of laws; and for the same a country needs well-informed Parliamentarians.
The interventions at the grassroots were closely related to the overall policy making with involvement of a wide spectrum of stakeholders towards good and better governance. A natural corollary was examination of bills tabled in the Parliament, particularly those relating to the socio-economic issues. CUTS took up this activity on its own in the year 2000-01, when the Competition Bill of India was being framed through researching, writing and distribution of ?Bill Blow-ups?.
The Bill Blow-ups have received accolades from not only the Parliamentarians but also line Ministries, academia, media and the civil society.
MV Rajasekharan compliments thus: “I know CUTS has been doing extremely useful work in providing information on various bills… It helps people to get a better understanding of the Bill as well as different perspectives on the Bill I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you for the good work please keep it up. Please do convey my best wishes to all those who are involved in bringing out such a piece of work”.
K Francis George, MP (LS), Kerala wrote: “I am also very thankful to you for sending valuable information on various issues and bills which come up in LokSabha”.
- Draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018
- National Medical Commission Bill, 2017
- Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016
- The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015
- The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015
- The Tribunals, Appellate Tribunals and Other Authorities (Conditions of Service) Bill, 2014
- The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013: More Concrete Steps Needed Rather than a Piecemeal Approach
- The Seeds Bill 2011: Seeking to Promote Use of Quality Seeds by Regulating Production, Distribution, Sale, Export and Import
- Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014: Is this the right road?
- The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013
- The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014: “Feathering the old hat or buying the new one”
- The National Food Security Bill, 2011: Right to Entitlement to Food and Nutrition
- Regulatory Reform Bill
- The Gram Nyayalayas Bill, 2007
- The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2006: What needs to be done?
- The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Bill, 2005
- The National Rural Employment Guarantee Bill, 2004
- Patent (Amendment) Ordinance, 2004
- Small Enterprises Development Bill: A Step in the Right Direction?
- 98th Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2003: Seeking to Create a National Judicial Commission
- The Infant Milk Substitutes…Amendment Bill, 2002: More a Formality than an Attempt to Address the Real Concerns?
- Biological Diversity Bill, 2000: A blueprint for the monopolisation of biodiversity or its beneficial use?
- Communications Convergence Bill, 2001
- Competition Bill of India, 2001: A Right Step in Right Direction