15 February, 2020
18 Min Read
|GS-II||New Textiles Policy 2020|
|Military Balance Report, 2020|
|National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)|
|Virtual Classroom and Studio Scheme of Maharashtra|
|GS-III||Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues of telecos||Economic Issues|
Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the new textile policy: key focus areas and challenges ahead
News: The Central Government is expected to roll out a Textile Policy by the middle of 2020.
The existing National Textile Policy 2000 was framed about 13 years ago. Since then, the industry has undergone various changes on the domestic and international front. The domestic textile industry has seen large-scale modernisation and technological up-gradation in the last decade and faces new challenges.
About the new policy
Syllabus subtopic: Important International Institutions, agencies and fora - their Structure, Mandate.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the key findings of report and challenges ahead
News: The 2020 edition of the Military Balance Report was released by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
Key findings of the report
Syllabus subtopic: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure, Devolution of Powers and Finances up to Local Levels and Challenges Therein.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the highlights of the assessment report; about NIPFP; about finance commission
News: The Union Territory of Puducherry was entitled to Rs.2,731 crore for the current fiscal from the Centre than the actual allocation of Rs.1,545 crore, according to an assessment report prepared by the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), a Central government organisation.
The assessment was done against the backdrop of Union Territories not coming under the purview of the Finance Commission recommendations for devolution of funds
What did the assessment report say?
Revenue shortfall in Puducherry
Syllabus subtopic: Welfare Schemes for Vulnerable Sections of the population by the Centre and States and the Performance of these Schemes
Prelims and Mains focus: about the objective and the key features of the scheme; E-Balbharti project
News: Maharashtra’s Education Minister, on 14 Feb 2020, inaugurated the ambitious Virtual Classroom and Studio scheme. The scheme will be implemented in 725 schools across the State.
Key features of the scheme
About E-Balbharti project
Syllabus subtopic: Effects of Liberalization on the Economy, Changes in Industrial Policy and their Effects on Industrial Growth.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the SC judgement and its implication; about AGR dispute
News: The Supreme Court pulled up mobile service operators and the department of telecommunications (DoT) for failing to comply with its verdict, which mandated telecom companies to pay the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues of over Rs.1 trillion to the DoT by 23 January, 2020.
Why is it important?
Implications of the SC judgement
The development comes as a fresh blow for Vodafone Idea—once India’s largest telco by subscriber base. The company is in a parlous state after an over-three-year battle in the hyper-competitive telecom sector, which has shrunk its revenue streams and saddled it with debt.
Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.
Prelims and Mains focus: about Indian Pangolin: features, threat and conservation efforts.
News: Scientists have, for the first time, radio-tagged the Indian pangolin, an endangered animal (IUCN status: EN) that is rarely sighted in forests.
About Radio-tagging technique
About Indian Pangolin and threats related to their survival
Conservation efforts in India
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