Kerala model to contain COVID-19
With containment strategies in place even before the first case of novel coronavirus was detected on January 30, Kerala appears to have finally hammered the curve flat. On May 1, for the first time, the State reported zero new cases, and again on two consecutive days — May 3 and May 4.
Steps taken by Kerala
Kerala did not wait for directions from the Centre but instead led from the front. When the number of cases increased
Nashik model to combat COVID-19
Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken-up numerous initiatives to fight COVID-19. Some of the key initiatives at the city level include:
1. Cleanliness/ Sanitization of Public Places: Spraying of Sodium Hypochlorite
2. Separate vehicles for Waste collection & Disposal from Quarantined households.
3. Provision of: Provision of safety
4. Provision of Facility of Institutional Quarantine wards
5. Frontline Testing by Doctors &
Factoring the hardships faced by the MSMEs during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Andhra Pradesh government has come up with a ?1,110-crore ‘ReSTART’ policy boost.
This is to provide some relief at a time when the economy has come to a standstill, severely affecting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands dependent on MSME sector.
In Andhra Pradesh alone, around one lakh MSMEs provide employment to more than 10 lakh people.
The ReSTART package in
Union Minister of State for Personnel, PG and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh todaylaunched the “Feedback Call Centres on Public Grievances” and interacted live with citizens whose grievances have been successfully redressed on the COVID-19 National Monitor for Public Grievances. Dr. Jitendra Singh complimented DARPG on reaching the milestone of redressing One Lakh COVID-19 Public Grievances so far.He said that the “Leadership of PM Modi has inspired Govern
The World Bank's STARS project needs an overhaul
By, Kiran Bhatty is Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Martin Haus is an independent researcher working on public sector reforms
# Atmanirbhar Bharat calls for an India that is able to produce and deliver local goods and services to its citizens. This applies equally to education for all children.
# Delivering a service, like education, requires a capable state, especially given the scale and complexi
Share public data with the public
M. S. Santhanam is a physicist and a professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
# The unsatisfactory state of India’s data collection and processing system is among the many systemic deficiencies exposed by the pandemic.
# It was highlighted by the recent upward revisions to the COVID-19 death toll in some States.
# Apart from this implicit acknowledgement of the discrepancies in the da
Owning up to criminalisation in politics
By, Trilochan Sastry is Founder-Chairman, Association for Democratic Reforms, and Professor, IIM Bangalore
Supreme court orders to check criminalisation of politics
* A February 2020 Supreme Court judgment on criminalisation in politics may have far-reaching consequences for Indian democracy.
* It will first be implemented in the coming Bihar elections in October 2020.
* The Court has asked the political parties to state “the reason
Jaya Jaitly Committee
A task force has been constituted by the Government of India to evaluate issues related to Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Rate, Total Fertility Rate, Sex Ratio at Birth, Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and any other issue that pertains to health as well as nutrition.
It will also review the correlation of age of marriage and motherhood along with health, medical well being and nutritional status of mother and child, during pregnancy & birth.
The task force