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Government Plans To Do Away With Multiple Certification For Food Products

Context: The Government plan to remove multiple certifications for food products and has approved various amendments to streamline food safety and standards regulations. Relevance: GS II- Governance, Facts for prelims Dimensions of the Article: Streamlining food certification process: About BIS Statutory Framework of BIS FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India): FSSAI’s Role/Functions: Composition: […]

Survey As a Substitute for Census

Context: In her Interim Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a noteworthy announcement, stating that a high-powered committee would be established to address the challenges arising from “rapid population growth and demographic changes.” The Union government has repeatedly delayed the decennial Census, which has not been conducted for the first time in a decade since […]

Appointment Of Chief Minister

Context: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s (JMM) Champai Soren took oath as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand on February 2. Relevance: GS Paper 2: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers. Dimensions of the Article: Key Points: Understanding the position of the Chief […]

Rooftop Solar Scheme

Context: Recently, the Finance Minister in her Budget speech announced that the people availing the government’s newly-announced rooftop solar scheme will be entitled to 300 units of free electricity every month and help them save up to Rs 18,000 annually. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Intervention Dimensions of the Article: About Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya […]

Change in Jharkhand Leadership

Context: Hemant Soren, the leader of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), resigned as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on Wednesday just moments before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested him on charges of money laundering. He is accused of benefiting from tribal land transactions based on forged documents. The judiciary will examine these allegations, raising the question […]

On the WTO’s Public Stock-Holding (PSH) Program

Context: The quest for a lasting resolution to the Public Stock-Holding (PSH) program presents a formidable challenge. During a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture (CoA) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) held recently, the European Union (EU) surprisingly expressed willingness to entertain India’s plea for a permanent solution to the PSH program for food security, […]

Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana

Context: Recently, the Indian Prime Minister launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana,’ a pioneering government initiative aimed at installing rooftop solar power systems in one crore households across the nation. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Intervention Dimensions of the Article: About Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana Aim: Target: Energy Self-reliance: Market Implications: Implementation of the […]

Aadhaar ­Based Pay a Bad Idea for MGNREGS 

Context: On January 1, the Rural Development Ministry mandated the use of Aadhaar-Based Payment Systems (ABPS) in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Despite multiple deadline extensions by the Union government, and numerous memorandums from workers urging the Ministry not to make ABPS compulsory, the decision was implemented. Relevance: GS-2 GS-3 Mains […]

PM Young Achievers Scholarship Award Scheme

Context: A total of ₹32.44 Crore has been released for Pre-matric Scholarships and ₹387.27 Crore for Post-Matric Scholarships to States/Union Territories (UTs) under the PM YASASVI scheme in 2023. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions PM Young Achievers Scholarship Award Scheme (PM YASASVI): Empowering Students for Academic Excellence Scholarship Target Groups: Scholarship Phases: Opportunity […]

DST Unveils VAIBHAV Scheme Cohort

Context: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduces the first cohort of fellows under the Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) scheme, mirroring similarities with the 2018-initiated Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty (Vajra) scheme. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: VAIBHAV Scheme: Facilitating Global Collaboration in STEMM Fields Program Overview: Fellowship […]