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by OJ George

Conduct an impact analysis
There should be an automatic mechanism to have an impact analysis on various measures taken by the Central and State governments.

How the steps taken by the government have been either beneficial or detrimental to the people, particularly the have-nots, should be assessed.

The impact analysis should convince the governments concerned to take
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Now the focus would be on reasonable restrictions
The verdict is finally out, that privacy is a fundamental right, by a unanimous decision of the nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court.

Now those who want to usurp the rights would concentrate on reasonable restrictions saying that for disbursal of welfare schemes, collection of tax and the like there can be infringement on privacy.

It is actually not like that. Reasonable restrictions on fundamental rights have originally been defined. And there can be no deviation.

Accordingly under Article 19 (2), the state may make a law imposing reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right to freedom of speech and expression 'in the interest of' the security of the State, public order, decency, morality, sovereignty, and integrity of India, or ' in relation to contempt of Court.

And that is all, and no further.
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