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 […]

Telangana tops in highest number of ODF villages

Context: Telangana stood first in the country in the list of highest number of open defecation free (ODF Plus) villages under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase-II programme till December 31, 2021. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Health and Poverty, Government Policies and Initiatives, Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: Telangana’s […]

Maharashtra’s Shakti Act: Death penalty for rape

Context: The Maharashtra Assembly  passed the Shakti Criminal Laws (Maharashtra Amendment) Act unanimously, with which it became the second state in India after Andhra Pradesh to approve death penalty for heinous offences of rape and gangrape. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues Related to women, Government Interventions and Policies, Issues arising out of the […]

The cold truth about India’s income inequality

Context: The latest edition of the World Inequality Report has confirmed that the world continues to sprint down the path of inequality. Click Here to read more about World Inequality Report 2022, increasing inequality in India, Challenges and Way forward. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues Related to Poverty and Hunger), GS-I: Indian Society […]

Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s ‘Health Index’

Context: Kerala has emerged as the state with the best overall health performance for the fourth consecutive year according to federal think tank NITI Aayog’s fourth Health Index report. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Health, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: About NITI Aayog’s Health Index Highlights of the […]

Cabinet nod for Raising legal age of marriage for women to 21

The Centre has decided to raise the legal age of marriage of women from 18 to 21 years – The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, amends the definition of child to mean “a male or female who has not completed twenty-one years of age”. Relevance: GS-I: Indian Society, GS-II: Social Justice and Governance […]