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Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 12 August 2022


Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 12 August 2022


Contents

  1. The reliability of poverty survey data
  2. Culture of Freebies

The Reliability of Poverty Survey Data


Context

Based on the fourth and fifth rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data, the Poverty Ratio (Head Count Ratio) in Tamil Nadu decreased from 4.89% in 2015-16 to 1.57% in 2020-21.

Relevance

GS Paper 2: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

Mains Question

“The poverty line in India does not allow for a comfortable existence, but it does allow for an existence above subsistence.” Examine the concept of the poverty line in India critically. (250 words)

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Culture of Freebies


Context

The Election Commission backed the Supreme Court’s decision to form an expert committee to look into regulatory measures governing poll freebies. However, it declined to participate in this panel.

Relevance

GS Paper – 2: Government Policies & Interventions

Mains Question

“Over the years, freebies have become an integral part of Indian politics.” While some initiatives, such as Public Distribution Schemes and MGNREGA, have become critical components of India’s growth strategy, freebies undermine the fundamental framework of macroeconomic stability.” Discuss. (250 Words)

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