The Wage Gap, Hard Truths, and Necessary Actions

Context India plays an important role in the global economic growth and structural transformation story. However, asymmetries continue to abound (exist in large numbers) in the country’s labour market. A commensurate improvement in its labour market outcomes, as well as a more equitable distribution of the fruits of economic progress, will spur further economic growth […]

No Bargaining on Food Security

Context The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister recently stated that no bargaining can take place at the expense of food security. He was speaking at the 9th session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture’s governing body (ITPGRFA). The meeting was held in New Delhi. Relevance GS Paper 2: […]

Eklavya Model Residential Schools

Context Despite sanctioning record numbers of Eklavya model residential schools for tribal students since 2014 and setting up of the National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS) to manage these schools in 2018, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has so far been unable to fix the teacher shortage faced across 378 of such schools that […]

Cabinet Has Approved The Addition of Four Tribes To the ST List

Context The Union Cabinet has approved the addition of four tribes to the Scheduled Tribes list. Relevance GS Paper – 2: Constitutional Bodies, Issues Related to SCs & STs Mains Question What do you mean by “scheduled tribes”? Examine the quandary surrounding the development of tribes in India. (150 words) Scheduled Tribes in India According […]

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin)

Context: Pulling up the States for the delay in completion of the Narendra Modi government’s flagship rural household scheme — Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) — the Union Ministry of Rural Development has come up with a set of penalties that the State governments will have to bear for any further delay.  Relevance: GS II- […]

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission

Focus: GS II- Welfare schemes Why in News? Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission leads social mobilisation campaign to bring left out households under its fold Details: It is the Mission’s agenda to support every rural poor household to have Agri Nutri Garden to fulfill the need of the family’s nutrition and any excess production […]

Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

Focus: GS II- Welfare schemes Why in News? Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) – National Mission for Financial Inclusion, completed 8 years of successful implementation. About Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana: Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana – PMJDY was announced by Prime Minister in 2014, and has been a key initiative towards the commitment to provide financial […]

Eklavya Model Residential School

Focus: GS II- Vulnerable Sections Why in News? National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), under the aegis of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs conducted a virtual workshop on social media to orient EMRS teachers and faculty on social media attributes and tools. About Eklavya Model Residential Schools: EMRS started in the year 1997-98 to […]

SMILE-75 Initiative

Focus: GS: Government schemes Why in News? The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has launched the ‘SMILE-75’ initiative for comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging in 75 identified municipalities as a part of the celebrations of 75 years of Independence. SMILE Scheme SMILE is an acronym for Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and […]

Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana

Focus: GS II- Welfare schemes Why in News? Recently, Government has modified the earlier scheme of ‘Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme (SCA to TSS)’ with nomenclature ‘Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAAGY)’ for implementation during 2021-22 to 2025-26. About Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana By providing Special Central Assistance as an addition to the State Tribal […]