GS-3, Indian Economy

Regulatory Roadblock to Ease of Doing Business

Recently, the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2019 report ranked India 77th among 190 countries, apart from it India is counted as one of the world’s most attractive investment destinations. However, in order to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, India certainly needs to improve more on ease of doing the business front. Legislations and Challenges to Ease of… Continue reading Regulatory Roadblock to Ease of Doing Business

Agriculture, GS-3

Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Addressing the United Nations conference on desertification (COP-14), Indian PM told the global community that India is focusing on Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). ZBNF was also highlighted in budget 2019 in the bid to double farmer's income by 2022. However, scientists from the National Academy of Agricultural Sciencessuggested that there is no need for the government to promote ZBNF unless there… Continue reading Zero-Budget Natural Farming

GS-3, Indian Economy

Economic Slowdown and its Fix

Recently, India resolved that it would be a $5-trillion economy in 2024. However, GDP growth slowed to a six-year low of 5 % during the first quarter of 2019. According to NITI Aayog, the present economic crisis is the worst crisis India is facing since Independence. Reduction in growth automatically leads to hampering of development goals… Continue reading Economic Slowdown and its Fix

Environment, GS-3

Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

India is home to 17% of the world’s population but has only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. At present, 75% of Indian households do not have access to drinking water, and close to 90% of rural households have no access to piped water. In this context, the government resolved to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024 under the .… Continue reading Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

Agriculture, Environment, GS-3

Explained: How world is losing fertile land

The UNCCD meeting takes place every two years and the ongoing one in Greater Noida is the 14th such meeting. Since this meeting is taking place in India this time so it becomes significant for UPSC. Why is desertification a concern? A variety of factors, both natural and human-induced, are known to be affecting the… Continue reading Explained: How world is losing fertile land

GS-3, Science & Tech

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP). Details: India has the world’s largest livestock population of 125-crore plus heads, but cattle productivity is low, and animal diseases are a major concern. The diseases have resulted in some overseas markets being shut to Indian dairy and meat products, and prevented the industry from… Continue reading National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

Environment, GS-3

A case for a differential global carbon tax

Introduction Climate change is a global problem, and a global problem needs a global solution. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report suggests that we, as humankind, might have just over a decade left to limit global warming. The IPCC says total global emissions will need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels… Continue reading A case for a differential global carbon tax

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Focus on Small Towns to Generate Rural Jobs

Context Union Budget 2019-20 included several initiatives to diversify India’s stagnating rural economy, such as: Setting up of 100 new rural artisanal clusters 80 livelihood incubators and 20 technology business incubators to train 75,0000 entrepreneurs in agribusiness skills Formation of 10,000 new farmer producer organisations Thrust to improve connectivity by upgrading 1,25,000 km new roads, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana… Continue reading Focus on Small Towns to Generate Rural Jobs

GS-3, Internal security, Uncategorized

Source to cover the security portion of GS3 for 2019?

The best source to cover security portion of GS 3 in UPSC CSE Mains 2019 : 1. In the light of NIA (Amd) BILL discuss critically the salient features of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) regarding its purposes and jurisdiction. The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 2. What are Central Armed forces? What are the problems… Continue reading Source to cover the security portion of GS3 for 2019?