Schools Are Retaining A Better Number of Kids

Context According to the Ministry of Education’s recent Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) data for the academic year 2021-22, India’s school system has been able to retain more students over time. Total enrollment in 2021-22 was slightly more than 25.57 crore, a 19 lakh increase over 2020-21, with more than 8 lakh […]

Violent Crimes And The Pandemic

Context According to the NCRB’s annual report, “Crime in India,” released earlier this week, registration in violent crimes such as rape, kidnapping, atrocities against children, robberies, and murders increased in 2021 to levels before the pandemic, compared to a drop in 2020. Relevance GS Paper 2: Governance/Social Justice Mains Question Examine the possible causes of the […]

Universal Service Obligation Fund

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved a project for providing 4G mobile services in thousands of villages across the country under the USOF. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Welfare Schemes, Government Initiatives and Policies) Dimensions of the Article: What is the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)? Who are the partners of USOF? What is […]

PM SVANidhi

Focus: GS-II Social Justice, GS-III India Economy Why in News? The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, launches ‘SVANidhi Mahotsav’ – a cultural festival for celebrating the success of PM SVANidhi Scheme PM Street Vendor’s Atmanitbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) PM SVANidhi is a Special Micro-Credit Facility. PM SVANidhi was launched by the Ministry of Housing […]

 Minimum Support Price

Context: Ahead of the nationwide protests demanding a law to ensure MSP, NITI Aayog has asserted that the MSP should continue till markets become competitive and efficient. Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Agriculture Pricing), GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: What is Minimum Support Price (MSP)? Why is there a need for MSP? What […]

Apathy Cynicism of Babus Hurt Welfare

Relevance: GS Paper 2: Poverty and Hunger; GS Paper 4: Civil Service Values Anyone familiar with the Indian welfare state would attest that, aside from a few activist bureaucrats, most people see it as a corrupt cesspool forced on them by politicians motivated by electoral incentives. The consensus is that the welfare state should be […]

EdTech regulation policy on the anvil: Education Minister

Context: The booming education technology sector, which has benefited from the disruptions in traditional education during the pandemic, is likely to face regulation soon by the means of a common policy, according to Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues Related to Education), GS-III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What is Ed-tech […]

PMMVY: State Schemes Can Cast A Lifeline

Context: In 2017, the Government rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) – and now, the performance of the scheme has been deficient, necessitating urgent need for improvement especially when the novel coronavirus pandemic has resulted in economic shocks for 260 lakh women who deliver on an average a child each year in […]

UN Women report on COVID-19 relief for women

Context: Women were significantly less likely to report receiving pandemic-related cash relief from governments or non-profits, according to a new report by United Nations Women. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Women, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: Highlights of the “Women and girls left behind” report (Global level) Data: […]

HC allows woman to terminate 28-week pregnancy

Context: The Delhi High Court has said that reproductive choice is a facet of reproductive rights of a woman and a dimension of her ‘personal liberty’, while allowing a woman to terminate her 28 weeks’ pregnancy as the foetus suffers from a rare congenital heart disease. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to […]