Agnipath – A Fire That Could Singe India

Context Agnipath scheme for recruitment of short-term contracted soldiers was announced. The driving factor for this U turn — from ‘One Rank One Pension’ to ‘No Rank No Pension’ might be economic. Relevance GS-II: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation. Dimensions of the […]

Lessons From the Ukraine Crisis Price Shock

Context The Russia-Ukraine conflict, now more than three months old, will cause major, long-term shifts in the global energy and commodity trade. Relevance GS-II: Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora. Dimensions of the Article Factors responsible for High Prices Future Trends Way Forward Factors responsible for […]

Issues With Frivolous PIL Petitions

Context A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitioner in the Supreme Court barely escaped having to pay ₹18 lakh for indulging in a “luxury litigation”. A Supreme Court Bench of Justice B.R. Gavai and Hima Kohli initially asked the litigant to pay ₹18 lakh, that is, ₹1 lakh for every one of the 18 minutes the […]

Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP)

Focus: Government Policies and Interventions Why in News? The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has approved the extension of the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) for five years till FY26. The PMEGP has now been approved for continuation over the 15th Finance Commission Cycle for five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26 with an outlay of Rs 13,554.42 […]

Inter-State Council

Context: The Inter-State Council, which works to promote and support cooperative federalism in the country, has been reconstituted with PM Modi as Chairman and CMs of all States and six Union Ministers as members. Relevance: GS II- Polity and Governance  (Federalism) Dimensions of the Article: About Inter-State Council Aims of the ISC Composition Functions of Inter-State […]

Combination of Cooperative and Competitive spirit

Context The ongoing discords between the Centre and states over issues ranging from the allocation of financial resources to fixing of GST rates has once again brought to the fore issues pertaining to our federal structure, the resolution of which is essential for the country’s growth. Relevance GS-II: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and […]

Constitutional Battle Between Governor and Government

Context The Supreme Court’s action in ordering the release of A G Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has resulted in mixed reactions. Relevance GS-II: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure Dimensions of the Article Background Role of MDMA Use of […]

Competition Commission of India

Focus: GS II- Polity and Governance (Government Interventions) Why in news? Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs virtually commemorated the 12th Annual Day of the Competition Commission of India. About competition commission of India: Nodal: Ministry of corporate affairs Competition Commission of India (CCI) is a statutory body of the Government of India responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, 2002. Competition Commission […]

Focusing on Public Health Engineering

Context As we confront the public health challenges emerging out of environmental concerns, expanding the scope of public health/environmental engineering science becomes pivotal. Relevance GS-II: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation. Dimensions of the Article Why does India need a specialized cadre of […]

National Startup Advisory Council

Focus: GS II- Governance Why in news? The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles chaired the 4th meeting of National Startup Advisory Council (NSAC) in New Delhi.  About  National Startup Advisory Council(NSAC): It was constituted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). Objective: This is […]