GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

The Maternity Benefit Program will provide compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery and not be deprived of proper nutrition. Objective of the Scheme i) To provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that… Continue reading Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

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

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

GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Debate on Dalit issue in Lok Sabha

Issue There was a special discussion in lok sabha on the atrocities against Dalits that have arisen in various parts of the country. Leaders spoke about injustice and oppression the dalits have had to face for centuries. There have been greater incidences being reported, in una where dalits were publically flogged by the Gau Rakshaks… Continue reading Debate on Dalit issue in Lok Sabha

GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Not only the mother’s responsibility

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was recently passed by the Rajya Sabha. The bill aims to benefit about 1.8 million women in the organised sector and increase the strength of the working women force in the country. The Bill introduces following major changes to the law relating to maternity benefits: It extends the period… Continue reading Not only the mother’s responsibility

GS-2, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 to increase paid leave for expectant mothers from three months to six and a half months. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill of 2016 will now be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Details: The amendment bill seeks to increase maternity leave to 26… Continue reading Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

GS-3, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

The measure of poverty

Recently, the government released data from the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011. There has been comment that hereafter, we need not have consumption-based poverty estimates using NSS (National Sample Surveys) data. It is thought that SECC data will alone be enough to estimate poverty and deprivation. Here, we briefly examine the differences between the two… Continue reading The measure of poverty

GS-2, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana

Uplifting the poor through through skill development   It is a scheme for upliftment of urban and rural poor through enhancement of livelihood opportunities through skill development and other means Why the scheme? To provide Skill training to the poor in cities and villages. This would make them eligible for employment and will help in poverty… Continue reading Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana

Editorials, Essay, Social Empowerment, Social Issue

Dalit atrocities issues

The Dalit mobilisation that is gaining momentum in the wake of Rohith Vemula’s suicide reflects structural issues. Reservations have given birth to Dalit entrepreneurs and a Dalit middle class benefiting from government jobs. because of this, anti-Dalit attitudes have been on the rise. Cases of anti-Dalit atrocities  : The number of registered cases of anti-Dalit… Continue reading Dalit atrocities issues

Editorials, GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Sex determination

Article Link Union Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi recently suggested that child sex determination during pregnancy be made compulsory, the gender of the child registered right from that moment, and the birth be tracked. Doing so, according to her, would check female foeticide. Maneka Gandhi’s idea to legalise pre-natal sex determination has predictably… Continue reading Sex determination