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

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

Centre notifies Good Samaritan SOPs

The Centre has issued a notification ensuring that the affidavit of “Good Samaritan”, a person who voluntarily declares himself to be an eyewitness, shall be treated by the investigating officer as a final statement. Background: The notification is in response to Supreme Court directions in an October 2014 case of SaveLIFE Foundation asking the Centre… Continue reading Centre notifies Good Samaritan SOPs


Benami Transactions Prohibition Amendment Bill

The agenda for the present government is to reduce the amount of Black money circulation. we already have theBlack Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 which is aimed at bringing back money from abroad. The other big sector where black money exists is the Real Estate sector. But to… Continue reading Benami Transactions Prohibition Amendment Bill

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

Editorials, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

A tricky debate on abortion

The Hindu The Supreme Court of India recently took a landmark decision to allow a 24-year-old rape survivor to terminate a 24-week pregnancy, as the foetus has abnormalities, and going ahead would severely affect the woman’s health. This is a landmark judgment. It is because after 20 weeks of pregnancy a woman in India is… Continue reading A tricky debate on abortion

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

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Missing the wetlands for the water

Article Link Environment Ministry has come up with new draft wetland conservation rules. With this, the government is all set to change the rules on wetlands. What are wetlands? Wetlands are ecosystems located at the interface of land and water and wherein water plays a dominant role in controlling plant and animal life and associated… Continue reading Missing the wetlands for the water

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Bring brand ambassadors under Consumer Protection Act, says CAIT

Traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has said that brand ambassadors should be brought under the ambit of Consumer Protection Act as consumers are often “guided” through such endorsement, irrespective of quality of product. CAIT has also threatened to move court if the government did not take necessary action. The body has also… Continue reading Bring brand ambassadors under Consumer Protection Act, says CAIT