Public Policy Post: Issue I (Jan-August 2021)

Public Policy Post, a bi-annual publication by the Kautilya Society at NLU, Odisha, aims to provide a glimpse of the latest happenings in the public policy arena and create a platform for further discourse for policy enthusiasts. Given the impact of public policy issues on general populace, this newsletter is an attempt to provide the legal fraternity with an avenue to keep abreast with policy discussions in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. This edition of the newsletter includes articles, quick legal updates, and interviews with legal professionals practicing in the field of public policy.

The newsletter begins with a foreword by Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Pratap Singh (Registrar, National Law University Odisha, Cuttack) followed by a tribute to Late Dr. Owais Hasan Khan (Faculty Advisor, Kautilya Society, NLUO).

The newsletter features an interview with Ameen Jauhar (Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy), guest articles by Ashit Kumar Shrivastava (Assistant Professor of Law, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur) and a co-authored article by Akash Chandra Jauhari (Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy) and Aishwarya Singh (Associate at AP & Partners).

Lastly, the newsletter discusses several key policy issues that have arisen between January-August of 2021 and student contributions featuring articles by Dipti Jain, Aksshay Sharma, Aneesh Rajesh Khare and Ronita Biswas.

Comments and Suggestions on the Three Farm Reform Acts, 2020

The Kautilya Society at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) produced comments on the three Farm Laws to be provided to the Committee on Farm Laws, appointed by the Supreme Court. This was a critical study of the The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The authors are Agnidipto Tarafdar, Aryan Mohindroo, Akshay Luhadia, Mehak Kumar, Sanyam Jha, Soumya Gupta, Sourav Paul, Sri Hari Mangalam and Vishal Choudhary.

Comments on NITI Aayog’s Draft Discussion Paper on Regulation of Online Fantasy Sports Platforms in India

Kautilya Society at the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur, submitted its comments on the NITI Aayog’s draft discussion paper on Regulation of Online Fantasy Sports Platforms in India.

While appreciative of the need for a national-level regulatory framework for online fantasy sports platforms adhering to guidelines that are consistent and based on well-recognised principles, the comments address some outstanding issues that need attention.

The authors are Madhur Bhatt, Viraj Aditya and Anupam Pandey.