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Balancing Welfare and Fiscal Responsibility

Context: In light of the recent report by Niti Aayog indicating that 250 million individuals have emerged from poverty during the last nine-and-a-half years of the current government’s tenure, the Prime Minister has faced criticism from opposition parties for his decision to extend the distribution of free ration through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana […]

Unveiling the Green Revolution at Indian Airports

Context: The growth and mobility facilitated by the civil aviation sector play a vital role in propelling the economic progress of the nation. As of 2024, India holds the 5th position in the global GDP rankings. The civil aviation sector is emerging as a pivotal force behind growth and mobility, positioning itself as a key driver of […]

Workers Safety in Hazardous Industries

Context: Recently, a Firecracker factory explosion in Madhya Pradesh kills 11 people, leaving many injured. Relevance: GS-3 Industry and Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: MP Firecracker Tragedy: Hazardous Industry Way Forward -Source: The Indian Express

Safety of Aging Dams in the Country

Focus: GS III: Infrastructure Why in News? As per the National Register of Large (Specified) Dams, 2023 compiled by the National Dam Safety Authority, there are 234 number of large dams in India, which are more than 100 years old. Overview of Indian Dams Challenges in Dam Safety and Water Resource Management Initiatives for Dam […]

About National Monetisation Pipeline

Context: Recently, the Centre has decided to conduct an Asset Recycling Drive under the National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), aiming to generate resources for new investments in infrastructure. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP): Scope and Inclusions: Expansion Plans: Strategic Alignment: Need and Significance of National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP): Need for NMP: Significance of […]

Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition Programme

Context: Rs 17,490 crore has been set aside for the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) programme, to bolster domestic electrolyser manufacturing, green hydrogen production. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) Programme Financial Incentives: Evolution of Incentive Schemes: Implementation: What is the National Green Hydrogen […]

MSMEs Need Cost Institutional Credit

Context: The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in realizing the potential of India as envisioned in the ‘Make in India’ initiative. This sector not only aligns with the goal of self-reliance (‘Atma Nirbharta’) but also contributes significantly to overall production, employment, and untapped export opportunities. Despite being a cornerstone of […]

Policy Reforms Crucial to Make India a Manufacturing Hub

Context: India needs a collaborative effort from both the government and industry stakeholders to establish itself as a prominent global manufacturing hub. Relevance: GS-3 Mains Question: India requires a comprehensive and coordinated effort from the Government and industry players to become global manufacturing hub. Analyse. (10 Marks, 150 Words). Manufacturing Sector in India: Areas of […]

India Infrastructure Report 2023 on Urban Development

Context: The newly released India Infrastructure Report (IIR) 2023 provides an extensive analysis of urban planning, financing, and governance infrastructure in India. This collaborative effort involved the IDFC Foundation, Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Ltd (iDeCK) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), reflecting a multi-organizational approach to comprehensive infrastructure development. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure […]

Rat-Hole Mining

Context: The rescue operation for 41 workers trapped in the partially-collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand utilized two scientific mining methods, vertical drilling and auger (horizontal drilling), after 17 days of being trapped. The final phase of the rescue involved the use of rat-hole mining, a technique previously employed in Meghalaya. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions […]