Big issues, GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 11, 2016 by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya.  The Bill amends the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. The Bill has been passed by Rajya Sabha. The Act regulates the employment of women during the period of child-birth, and provides… Continue reading Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill

Editorials, Uncategorized

The great nuclear disarmament divide

Over the past six years, a concerted effort by committed States, international organizations and civil society to reframe the international discourse on nuclear weapons around humanitarian considerations has gathered significant support. Momentum is now building towards the negotiation of a treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons due to their unacceptable humanitarian consequences. A global prohibition… Continue reading The great nuclear disarmament divide

Big issues, Uncategorized

15 years Vision Document of Niti Aayog.

Introduction Prime Minister held a review meeting of the planning since independence that India has seen. He also took a review meeting of the last 18 months of performance of Niti Ayog, the institution which took over fromplanning commission. The whole purpose of the review was to identity the good points and the weak points… Continue reading 15 years Vision Document of Niti Aayog.

Editorials, Uncategorized

Is India Ready For A Universal Basic Income Scheme?

Even after three decades of sustained economic growth and a proliferation of welfare schemes, roughly one in three Indians still live below the poverty line, according to the last report on poverty estimates submitted by the Rangarajan committee in 2014. While those estimates have been questioned, the fact remains that there is little dispute over… Continue reading Is India Ready For A Universal Basic Income Scheme?

Big issues, GS-2, Uncategorized

Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act

Constitutional Provisions Relating to Child Labour: Article 24 prohibits the employment of children below the age of 14 years in hazardous industries. Allows their employment in non hazardous industries . Subsequently , government passed Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 which prohibited employment in 14 industries and regulated employment condition in the rest Article… Continue reading Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act

GS-2, Uncategorized

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)

Introduction Prime minister laid the foundation stone for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) inGorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The state where medical care is very poor. AIIMS will provide tertiary care for the people. Gorakhpur is a significant area, but always in news for one bad reason that is the Japanese encephalitis which… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)

GS-3, Internal security, Uncategorized

‘Cybercrimes have risen 4-fold in 3 years’

According to a joint study by PwC and Assocham, the number of cyber crime cases registered in India has risen by 350% in the three-year period from 2011 to 2014. The study is titled- ‘Protecting Interconnected Systems in the Cyber Era.’ Highlights: The study notes that with the growing adoption of the Internet and smart-phones,… Continue reading ‘Cybercrimes have risen 4-fold in 3 years’

GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Provide loans to women SHGs at 7 per cent: RBI to banks

The Reserve Bank has asked banks to provide loans to women self-help groups (SHGs) at 7% per annum, as per the government’s revised guidelines for 2016-17. All women SHGs are eligible for interest subvention on credit up to Rs 3 lakh at 7% per annum under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission. Details: As per… Continue reading Provide loans to women SHGs at 7 per cent: RBI to banks

Big issues, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Prime Minister’s Address on Citizen Engagement portal

This is a first of its kind initiative, where Prime Minister interacted with citizens on governance and delivery related issue. This was modeled on Town hall kind of system, which we see abroad. Prime Minister also said “Bad politics loses to good governance“. This was also the celebration of 2 years of digital platform.… Continue reading Prime Minister’s Address on Citizen Engagement portal

Big issues, Uncategorized

Income Declaration Scheme

 Prime minister has warned black money holders that stringent action would be taken including imprisonment if they did not declare black money before 30th September. People are investing their black money in gold and a message has to be delivered that they should come clean with the onetime compliance window ending on 30thSeptember. Highlights of… Continue reading Income Declaration Scheme