History of Triple Talaq and Legislation

Context: Five years after the Supreme Court’s five-judge Bench invalidated instant triple talaq in August 2017, the women petitioners continue to live a life of half-divorcees.  No arrests could be made for giving instant triple talaq as the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 came into force long after pronouncement of instant talaq. Relevance: […]

Essential Commodities Act

Context: The Centre has invoked the Essential Commodities Act of 1955 to ask States to monitor and verify the stocks of Arhar/Tur Dal available with traders. Relevance: GS-II Social Justice Dimensions of the Article: Essential Commodities Act How it works? What are Food Items covered under it? Recent amendments to the ECA Essential Commodities Act […]

Govt. To Enumerate Sanitation Workers

Context: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJ&E) is now preparing to undertake a nationwide survey to enumerate all people engaged in the hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. Cleaning of sewers and septic tanks has led to at least 351 deaths since 2017. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to […]

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Context: The Union Cabinet approved an extension to the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban up to December 31, 2024 so that the houses sanctioned under the scheme can be completed, officials said. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) has a completion rate of 67.72%, whereas the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) scheme that started a year ahead is lagging behind […]

Atal Pension Yojana

Focus: GS-II Social Justice  Why in News? As per information received from Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), 4,31,86,423 subscribers have been enrolled under Atal Pension Yojana (APY)  About Atal Pension Yojana (APY) APY was launched on 9th May 2015 with an objective of delivering old age income security, particularly to the workers in […]

Blasphemy Vs Hate speech

Context The article emphasises the importance of distinguishing between hate speech and blasphemous content (whether in speech or writing) in order to maintain the credibility of a democratic free society. Relevance GS Paper 1: Society – Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism Mains Question What exactly is “hate speech”? Examine its societal impact. Do you believe […]

Government Sets Malnutrition Target 

Context The Union Minister for Women and Child Development informed the Rajya Sabha that the Central government intends to reduce stunting and undernutrition (underweight prevalence) among children under the age of six by 2% per year. Relevance GS Paper 2: Social justice, Health Mains Question Even with a number of programmes in place to combat […]

What is Minimum Support Price? 

Context: The Centre has finally constituted a committee headed by former Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agrawal here to look into the issues of Minimum Support Price (MSP), as promised to protestant farmers after the repeal of three farm laws. Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Agriculture Pricing), GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: What is […]

 Juvenile Justice Board

Context: Recently, The Supreme Court asked the central government, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) to consider issuing guidelines or directions to assist and facilitate the Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) in making the preliminary assessment for determining whether a child of 16 […]

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

Context: According to recent guidelines issued by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme will be extended to all Districts. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What are the Guidelines? About Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme Criticism of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao What are the […]