Marital Rape And Exemption

Context: The Supreme Court has sought a response from the government on appeals to criminalize marital rape. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Women, Government Policies and Initiatives), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Important Judgements and Committees) Dimensions of the Article: About Marital Rape What is the marital rape exemption? What is the broad takeaway […]

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

Context: The delay in payment of wages has pushed MGNREGS workers in West Bengal to the brink. There are allegations of corruption against the State government, the Centre’s reluctance in releasing payments, and the plight of the workers caught in this tussle. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Health and Poverty related issues, Government Interventions […]

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 […]

Boosting the Women Workforce

Context India’s Prime Minister stated during the two-day National Labour Conference (in Tirupati) that India must prepare for future labour needs by providing flexible workplaces with flexi work hours and developing a work-from-home ecosystem, particularly to increase women’s participation in the workforce. The Conference aims to address a variety of issues concerning the implementation of […]

Centre To Expand Its Food Security Coverage

Context The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to expand coverage under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) so that more and more needy people and citizens can benefit from the Act. • Coverage under the NFSA is based on population figures from the 2011 census. Relevance GS Paper 2: Issues relating to poverty […]

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 […]