GS-2, Uncategorized

Camel in the tent

The proposal is to attach medical colleges to existing district hospitals in the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Viability gap funding is provided for projects that the government does not find commercially viable because of long gestation periods, and relatively minor revenue flows and involves PPP. States that fully allow the facilities of the hospital to the medical college and… Continue reading Camel in the tent

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

Towards cooperative federalism

Background: The states of West Bengal and Kerala, have stopped all work on the National Population Register (NPR). The Punjab Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution seeking amendments to the NPR form to ensure that it does not seek data that may be used for verification of citizenship. Chief Ministers of at least 11 States… Continue reading Towards cooperative federalism

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Removal of DDT will boost investments: CBDT

Background: The budget proposed the removal of the Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) payable by companies. Currently, companies are required to pay a 15% tax plus applicable surcharge and cess on the dividends. Further, investors who receive more than ₹10 lakh as a dividend in a financial year have to pay a 10% tax on such income. The Centre has… Continue reading Removal of DDT will boost investments: CBDT

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

15th Finance Commission’s interim report

Context The report of the 15th Finance Commission headed by N K Singh was tabled in Parliament. The Finance Commission and its purpose The Finance Commission is a body set up under Article 280 of the Constitution, primarily to recommend measures and methods on how revenues, which the government earns through various taxes, need to be… Continue reading 15th Finance Commission’s interim report