The Choice Is Narrowing The Circle or Widening It

Context An editorial comment recently opined ‘India is witnessing the progressive normalization of minority baiting’. Recent happenings within the country and their reactions in lands far and near tend to pose the problem. Relevance GS-I: Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism. Dimensions of the Article Neighbourhood Impact An emerging disquiet Furtherance of hate Indic versus […]

State Food Safety Index

State Food Safety Index

Context: In an effort to galvanize States/UTs to work towards ensuring safe food for citizens, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare released Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)’s 4th State Food Safety Index (SFSI) to measure the performance of States across five parameters of food safety.  Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related […]

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Context: 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 with a 50% completion rate. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes, Government Policies and Interventions) Dimensions of the Article: What are the Reasons for Delay in Both the Schemes? […]

Reservation in Public Employment 

Context: Jarnail Singh judgment indicates a critical turn in the jurisprudence of reservation. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Government Policies and Initiatives, Issues related to Minorities), GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Constitutional Provisions, Important Judgements) Dimensions of the Article: Constitutional Provisions on Reservation Reservation not a fundamental Right Arguments for applying reservation in promotions Mandal […]

Recognition of Sex Work as a Profession

Context: Recently, in a significant order, Supreme Court has recognised sex work as a “profession” and observed that its practitioners are entitled to dignity and equal protection under law. Relevance: GS II- Social Justice Dimensions of the Article: Details Highlights of the Supreme Court Judgment Challenges faced by Sex worker Details: The court invoked its […]

ASHA Workers Earn WHO’s Global Plaudits

Context The country’s frontline health workers or ASHAs (accredited social health activists) were one of the six recipients of the WHO’s Global Health Leaders Award 2022 which recognizes leadership, contribution to the advance of global health and commitment to regional health issues. Relevance GS-II: Development Processes and the Development Industry — the Role of NGOs, […]

Branch Campuses in India, Prospects and Challenges

Context India, after half a century of keeping its higher education doors closed to foreigners, is on the cusp of opening itself to the world. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Dimensions of the Article Higher Education Reforms Opportunities for Branch Campuses Current Initiatives […]

State Governments Structural Interventions That Can Create Higher-Wage Jobs

Context The recent decision to deduct off-budget borrowings from state borrowing limits reminds chief ministers to be good policy ancestors. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources Dimensions of the Article Financing Welfare State Structural interventions that can create high wage jobs Shifting resources to […]

Still a Long Way For Termination of An Unconditional Right

Context The issue of abortion is in the news again, internationally because of Roe vs. Wade Case in the US. Relevance GS-I: Role of Women and Women’s Organization, Population and Associated Issues, Poverty and Developmental issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Dimensions of the Article Criminal law provisions related to termination of pregnancy Background […]

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Context In the financial year 2021-22, 90-lakh beneficiaries of the flagship welfare scheme, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), did not take refill gas cylinders. And over one crore beneficiaries got their refills only once. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Welfare Schemes, Government Policies & Interventions) Dimensions of the Article: About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana […]