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About CDP-SURAKSHA Platform

Context: The Government of India has come up with a new digital platform called CDP-SURAKSHA to disburse subsidies to horticulture farmers under the Cluster Development Programme (CDP). Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions CDP-SURAKSHA Platform Features: Working: e-RUPI:

Transparency in Candidate Disclosure

Context: Recent developments in Indian electoral procedures include a Supreme Court ruling stating that candidates are not obligated to disclose every minor detail in their election affidavits unless it holds significant relevance. Additionally, the Election Commission of India (EC) has requested the Central Board of Direct Taxes to authenticate the income declaration made by the BJP nominee from Thiruvananthapuram. […]

Technology Absorption in the Indian Army

Context: The Indian Army has designated 2024 as the ‘Year of Technology Absorption’, highlighting its commitment to integrating technology to stay ahead of adversaries amidst evolving warfare dynamics. This initiative aligns with the overarching goal of self-reliance (Atmanirbharta). Relevance: GS-2- Government Policies and Interventions GS3- Mains Question: The Indian military is moving in the right direction, […]

Extension of AFSPA in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh

Context: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in certain regions of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh for an additional six months. In Nagaland, the AFSPA extension encompasses eight districts and 21 police stations. Similarly, specific areas in Arunachal Pradesh will also come under the […]

Youth Suicide Rates in India

Context: India holds the unfortunate distinction of having the highest number of suicides globally. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 1.71 lakh individuals died by suicide in 2022. The suicide rate has surged to 12.4 per 1,00,000 individuals – the highest rate ever documented in India. However, these statistics are likely underestimated due to deficiencies in […]

Verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail

Context: The introduction and implementation of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), a supplementary system connected to the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), alongside the mandate of tallying VVPAT counts from five randomly selected polling booths in each Assembly constituency to cross-check with the EVM vote count, have failed to mollify critics of EVM usage […]

Dilemma of the Unemployed Youth

Context: Youth unemployment presents a global challenge with significant economic, social, and political ramifications for nations at various stages of development. Recently, India has seen a surge in attention towards this issue, sparked by the release of the India Employment Report (IER) 2024 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi […]

About Sainik Schools Overview

Context: Recently, the Defence Ministry said that the scheme for new Sainik Schools is “well thought out” and the “political or ideological affiliation or otherwise” of the applicant institution does not influence the selection process. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Sainik Schools Overview Nature and Affiliation Funding Establishment and Objective Governance Geographical Presence […]

Commercial Interests Public Health and Safety

Context: In February of this year, the Supreme Court of India issued a contempt notice against Patanjali Ayurved for releasing deceptive advertisements that directly violated the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act of 1954 and its accompanying rules. This action came despite the company assuring the Court in November of the previous year that it would not engage in […]

Time to Root out Corruption

Context: In recent months, a dominant topic in the Indian media has been ‘Corruption’. Extensive scandals, investigations by central agencies, public demonstrations, and anti-corruption movements have consistently drawn attention across various media platforms, government circles, and public and private conversations. Civil rights activists have exerted significant pressure on the government to enact robust anti-corruption legislation […]