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Data Localisation is no solution

Data Localisation is no solution Theme: Data Protection: Right to Privacy and National Security [GS-II(Governance) & GS-II(Cyber security)] Introduction: Calls for data are not new. It has been a mainstream of Indian policymakers demands from foreign technology companies. The Justice Srikrishna committee in its report accompanying the draft personal Data protection bill released on July 27 notes that eight of the top 10 most accessed websites in India are owned by U.S. entities

02 July, 2019 Government policies and interventions

Reservations in India:

Reservations in India: (GS paper-III & Essay) Introduction: We live in a free country and this freedom is a gift of democracy to us. Our constitution gives us the right to freedom and most importantly to exercise this freedom in an equitable manner. At the same time it is incumbent on the part of the state to ensure that equality prevails in all sections of the society. However in today’s time one of the major roadblocks to this equality is the Reservation System. The reserv

02 July, 2019 Government policies and interventions

Initiatives to Fight Coronavirus

Initiatives to Fight Coronavirus Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Health I. Recently, the Government has developed a platform which will host webinars by All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) doctors for healthcare workers across the country. It has also developed an app that will trace the paths of COVID-19 positive patients, serving as a warning to possible contacts. Key Points Chat Boxes on Facebook and WhatsApp have been set up by the

27 March, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Initiatives to Fight Coronavirus – Part-2

Initiatives to Fight Coronavirus – Part-2 Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Health I. India is all set to join the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Solidarity Trial which aims at rapid global search for drugs to treat COVID-19. Key Points India has stayed away from the multi-country trial till now due to its small sample size. It will express its interest to participate in the trial for the Indian population when it feels that the time is

28 March, 2020 Government policies and interventions

PM-CARES Fund

PM-CARES Fund Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II-  Governance Newly instituted PM-CARES Fund. Background: In India, the spread of coronavirus has been increasing and is posing serious challenges for the health and economic security of millions of people. There have been calls for citizen donations to support the government in the wake of this emergency with people from all walks of life expressing their desire to donate to India’s war against COVID-19.

29 March, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Migrant workers to be stopped, quarantined at borders: Centre

Migrant workers to be stopped, quarantined at borders: Centre Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Governance   Migrant workers trying to move out of the cities to their villages in the light of the nationwide lockdown. Details: Strict enforcement of the lockdown: The Union Home Ministry has termed the movement of migrant workers to reach their home towns a violation of the lockdown measures on maintaining social distance. The Centre has asked the States and

30 March, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Fund raising – COVID-19

Fund raising – COVID-19 Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economy terms Recently, the Government has hiked Ways and Means Advance (WMA) limit with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by 60%. (PT SHOT) WMA limit is proposed to be revised to Rs 1.20 lakh crore and would be reviewed on a need basis (from Rs 75,000 crore last year). This is to compensate for the cash flow mismatch in Financial Year (FY) 21 expected from higher spending to combat the spread of COVID-

01 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Initiatives to Fight Coronavirus – Part-3

Initiatives to Fight Coronavirus – Part-3 Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economy and Health I. Geo-fencing app will be used to locate quarantine violators Context: The Centre is using powers under the Indian Telegraph Act to fetch information from telecom companies every 15 minutes to track COVID-19 cases across the country. COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System (CQAS): The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has shared a standard operating procedure (SOP) with all

03 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Madhya Pradesh railways designs mobile doctor booth called ‘CHARAK’

 Madhya Pradesh railways designs mobile doctor booth called ‘CHARAK’ for zero-contact check-ups, the West Central Railway’s Coach Rehabilitation Workshop (CRWS) in Madhya Pradesh’s (MP) Bhopal city,has created a  mobile doctor booth called “CHARAK” to eliminate the possibility of physical contact between the doctor and the coronavirus (COVID-19) infected patient. Key Points: i.A viral barrier chamber has been built in the railway compar

10 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Lockdown 2.0 COVID-19 and New guidelines

Lockdown 2.0 COVID-19 and New guidelines Part of: GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Context: Wearing face covers and masks is now compulsory in public places and workplaces, spitting in public is a punishable offence and selling liquor, gutka and tobacco is strictly prohibited. All industries operating in rural areas and the government’s flagship rural jobs scheme will also be allowed to reopen from April 20 if they follow social distancing norms and

16 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

PM - CARES Fund

PM - CARES Fund The government has set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to deal with any kind of emergency or distress situation like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Fund has been set up owing to a number of requests made by the people to support the government in the wake of the COVID-19 emergency. About the Fund The Fund is a public charitable trust with the Prime

20 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

COVID India Seva launched

COVID India Seva launched The Union Health Minister has launched the ‘COVID India Seva’, an interactive platform to establish a direct channel of communication during the pandemic. About the COVID India Seva: This is a Twitter handle which can serve as an interactive platform to establish a direct channel of communication with millions of Indians amid the pandemic. This initiative is aimed at enabling transparent e-governance delivery in real-time and answering citizen

23 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Fitch ratings slashes India’s economic growth

Fitch ratings slashes India’s economic growth projection to 0.8% in current fiscal The leading credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings has slashed India's economic growth projections to 0.8 per cent in the current fiscal saying an unparalleled global recession was underway due to disruptions caused by the outbreak of Corona virus pandemic and resultant lockdowns.   In its Global Economic Outlook, Fitch Ratings said India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth will slip to 0.8

24 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Reverse quarantine

Reverse quarantine Part of: GS-II- Governance and Health  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Reserve quarantine is a practice of detaching the most vulnerable people, aged or people with co-morbidity conditions, from the rest and monitor their health indicators closely to protect them from infection. The government is working on it as part of its mutli pronged strategy against Covid 19.Through this, in case of a community spread, it can isolate its large volume of grey population and check

26 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

India in the post-pandemic world

India in the post-pandemic world By Sujatha Singh, (Former Foreign Secretary) Introduction: The manner in which the country deals with the crisis will determine its place in the future world order Yes, we all know that the world we once knew has gone, perhaps forever. Much has changed and will continue to. What has not changed though, is human nature itself. The way we react, as a species to the unknown, or to an existential threat, on a scale not experienced in recent times.

28 April, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Pathways to a more resilient economy

Pathways to a more resilient economy By, Arun Maira is Former Member, Planning Commission and the author of ‘Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying: Reforming Institutions’ Introduction When complex systems come to catastrophes, i.e. critical points of instability, they re-emerge in distinctly new forms, according to the science of complex systems. The COVID-19 global pandemic is a catastrophe, both for human lives and for economies. Economists cannot predict in what form th

06 May, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Aadhaar Face Authentication

Aadhaar Face Authentication The Unique Identification Authority of India has decided to enable Face Authentication for validating Aadhaar cards from July 2018. Currently, the UIDAI provides two modes of biometric verification: fingerprint authentication and iris authentication. Face authentication will be allowed only in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor either fingerprint or iris or aOTP to authenticate an Aadhaar number holder. Face authentication will only be a

27 May, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Lessons for Yogi from Gandhi and Lee-Singapore and Gandhian model of development

Lessons for Yogi from Gandhi and Lee By, Arun Maira is former member, Planning Commission, and author, ‘Transforming Systems: Why the World Needs a New Ethical Toolkit’ Context # Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is determined to bring all migrant workers back to his State. He says he does not want U.P.’s citizens to migrate in future. # He has a vision of providing homes and jobs to all of them . # Moreover, he will be competing with neighbouring Sta

16 June, 2020 Government policies and interventions

PM SVANidhi

PM SVANidhi PM SVANidhi was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, on June 01, 2020. Its objective is to provide affordable Working Capital loan to street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to Covid-19 lockdown. Under the Scheme, the vendors can avail a working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000, which is repayable in monthly instalments in the tenure of one year. On timely/ early repayment of the loan, an interest subsidy @ 7% per annum

26 June, 2020 Government policies and interventions

SATYABHAMA Portal

SATYABHAMA Portal Union Ministry of Mines has launched a portal "SATYABHAMA (Science and Technology Yojana for Atmanirbhar Bharat in Mining Advancement)". Its aim is to promote research and development in the mining and minerals sector. It has been launched to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the Science and Technology Programme Scheme. Under the Science and Technology Programme Scheme, the Ministry of Mines promotes research in applied geosciences, minera

25 June, 2020 Government policies and interventions

One Sun One World One Grid

One Sun One World One Grid GS-Paper-3 Economics Recently, the Government of India has called for bids to roll-out the ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG) plan.  The plan focuses on a framework for facilitating global cooperation, building a global ecosystem of interconnected renewable energy resources (mainly solar energy) that can be seamlessly shared. ImpPoints The vision behind the OSOWOG is ‘The Sun Ne

29 June, 2020 Government policies and interventions

“Global solar grid could cause sun burns”

 “Global solar grid could cause sun burns” Part of: GS-III- Energy security (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) In recent years, India has leveraged forums like the G20 and the UNFCCC to collaborate with major powers in new areas of growth and in bringing about global reforms. One such initiative is One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG). Under OSOWOG vision, India seeks to replicate its global solar leadership (International Solar Alliance)&nb

29 June, 2020 Government policies and interventions

There’s no one to fill Mahalanobis’s shoes

There’s no one to fill Mahalanobis’s shoes By, Atanu Biswas is Professor of Statistics, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Context * In Poverty and Famines (1981), Amartya Sen argued that poor distribution of food, wartime inflation, speculative buying and panic hoarding were important reasons for the devastating Bengal famine of 1943.   Survey of the Bengal famine * Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, India’s ‘Plan Man’ and the architect of the

07 July, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Improvement in economy might slow down or even stagnate in the second quarter

Improvement in economy might slow down or even stagnate in the second quarter Context: The article discusses the economic impact of the pandemic and analyzes India’s approach.   Details: - Reopening of the economy post the lockdown phase has led to some improvement in economic activity towards the latter part of the April-June quarter. - However, there are concerns that the improvement in economic activity is unlikely to sustain. There are concerns that in the July-S

17 July, 2020 Government policies and interventions

NTPC and Renewable energy & NIIF

NTPC and Renewable energy & NIIF GS-paper-3 Energy security (PT-MAINS) National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited It is a collaborative investment platform for international and Indian investors, anchored by the Government of India. It was set up in December 2015 to catalyse funding into the country’s core sector. It invests across asset classes such as infrastructure, private equity and other diversified sectors in India, with the obj

19 July, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Consumer Protection Act, 2019

Consumer Protection Act, 2019 Context: The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 came into force on 20th July 2020. Details: The new Act empowers buyers to ask for replacements, refunds or damages from brands, e-tailers and service providers. Aggrieved customers in India will now be able to seek effective legal remedy, on the lines of class action suits seen in many countries. Salient features of the Act: Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA): The law proposes

22 July, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Profiteering during a pandemic

Profiteering during a pandemic Context The nationwide lockdown phase witnessed an exponential rise in prices of essential items like masks and sanitizers across the country. With the rise in the number of cases, there have been reports of private hospitals overcharging patients, even after state governments capped COVID-19 treatment charges. In some private hospitals, patients have been asked to pay lakhs even before being allotted beds. The cost of medicines like Remdesivir has als

04 August, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Andaman and Nicobar will be a maritime hub

Andaman and Nicobar will be a maritime hub Prime Minister has said that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region, owing to its strategic importance, is going to be developed as a maritime and startup hub. 12 islands of the archipelago have been selected for high-impact projects with an emphasis on boosting trade of sea-based, organic and coconut-based products of the region. Government initiatives: Proposed transhipment hub in the Andaman will help the group of islands become an

10 August, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Postinfo app

Postinfo app Minister of Communications & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched India Post’s mobile app for mail tracking. The new Postinfo app, developed by the Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology, provides facilities for: mail item tracking; post office searches; and a calculator for postage costs, insurance premiums and interest. According to India Post, the app can be used to track the following types of mail items: • Speed Post &b

11 August, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Plug and play Business model

Plug and play Business model The government intends to promote scheme of ‘plug and play’ for further fast-tracking investment proposals especially for projects having substantial foreign investment. About plug and play ‘Plug and play’ concept normally refers to ready facilities in terms of building, power-water-sewage connectivity, road connectivity, beside other basic things including clearances in hand required to start the industry. This concept ga

18 August, 2020 Government policies and interventions

'Subhiksha Keralam' Project

'Subhiksha Keralam' Project The Kerala Government's program 'Subhiksha Keralam' Project or Padhathi aims to combat food scarcity in the state, the Kerala state agriculture department has started converting fallow lands into farms. The government is targeting around 25,000 hectares of fallow land to convert to farms. Subhiksha Keralam Padhathi is a convergence scheme where all the departments are merging together. The government is trying to create good models of in

19 August, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Smothering the housing rights of the urban poor

Smothering the housing rights of the urban poor Introduction The Supreme Court, in an order on 31 August 2020 had directed the removal of 48,000 slums along the railway tracks in the national capital within three months. The Court ordered that there should not be any interference, political or otherwise. The order also stated that no Court shall grant any stay with respect to removal of the encroachments and in case any such interim order is granted, that shall not be effective. I

12 September, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Bringing the Internet to everyone

Bringing the Internet to everyone Context The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the influence of technology in our lives. We live in times where we can buy or sell anything online. Influence of technology during COVID-19 We get quality access to healthcare, government services and education online. Payment gateways enable us to make cashless transactions. Verifications and signatures are digitised. Communication devices and platforms enable us to stay in touch with on

27 August, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Maritime Vision 2030

Maritime Vision 2030 What is it? It is a ten-year blueprint for the maritime sector which will be released by the Prime Minister of India at the Maritime India Summit in November 2020. It will supersede the Sagarmala initiative and aims to boost waterways, give a fillip to the shipbuilding industry and encourage cruise tourism in India. Development Projects under Maritime Vision 2030: Maritime Development Fund: A Rs. 25,000-crore fund, which will provide low cost, long-

28 October, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Victim’s account may be more conclusive than medical finding

Victim’s account may be more conclusive than medical finding By, R.K.Vij is a senior IPS officer in Chhattisgarh Context The alleged gang rape of a woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, in September brought forth an important issue concerning the relevance of forensic evidence of the victim of rape, i.e., about the signs of recent sexual intercourse and struggle. This acquired more attention after a senior police officer of U.P. stated that the forensic science laboratory report

29 October, 2020 Government policies and interventions

India's First Seaplane Project

India’s First Seaplane Project A seaplane is a fixed-wing aeroplane designed for taking off and landing on water. There are two main types of seaplanes: flying boats (often called hull seaplanes) and floatplanes. India's first seaplane service in Gujarat, is set to start from 31st October 2020, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with the aim of providing air connectivity between the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia. Th

25 October, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Swadhar Greh and Portal for Transgender Persons

Initiatives for Transgender Persons: Garima Greh Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the National Portal for Transgender Persons and has inaugurated Garima Greh, a shelter home for transgender persons. National Portal for Transgender Persons: It has been launched in consonance with the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020. It would help transgenders in digitally applying for a certificate and identity card from anywhere in the cou

27 November, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Reservation in Super Speciality Medical courses: SC

Reservation in Super-speciality Medical Courses: SC Recently, the Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its order on the state governments providing a 50% in-service reservation for admissions to super-speciality medical courses (Doctorate of Medicine/DM and Master of Chirurgiae/M. Ch.) in government colleges for the academic year 2020-21. Features In August 2020, the SC allowed states to grant the benefit of reservation of seats to in-service doctors in the National Eligibility cum Entrance

27 November, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Center within its rights to suspend MPLADS: Bombay HC

Centre within its rights to suspend MPLADS, says Bombay high court: Recent Bombay High Court ruling: The Union government was within its powers to suspend the MPLAD scheme and divert such funds to combat Covid-19. Besides, this (Covid-19) is a disaster so the government will have to resort to Disaster Management Act. It is within its powers to invoke the Act. What’s the issue? The Union government had resorted to Disaster Management Act to suspend the member of Parliament

26 November, 2020 Government policies and interventions

National Nutrition Mission: NITI Aayog

National Nutrition Mission: NITI Aayog Recently, the NITI Aayog has released “Accelerating Progress On Nutrition In India: What Will It Take”. It is the third progress report on the National Nutrition Mission or the Poshan Abhiyaan. Key features The third progress report (October 2019-April 2020) takes into account the status on the ground and implementation challenges encountered at various levels through large scale datasets. These datasets are the NFHS-4 and Compr

25 November, 2020 Government policies and interventions

MGNREGS – Job Demand Increases

MGNREGS – Job Demand Increases GS Paper-2 Governance (Mains-I.V) Context: During COVID-19 due to reverse migration the demand for MGNREGA suddenly increases. 96% gram panchayats have logged work under the scheme in the financial year (2020-21) as compared to the previous seven years. This TOPIC is highly important for UPSC Mains examination. The NREGS is a demand-based scheme and has emerged as a safety net during the pandemic for jobless mig

02 December, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Khelo India Scheme

Haryana to host 4th edition of Khelo India Programme The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous sports: Gatka , Kalaripayattu, Thang­Ta and Mallakhamba  in the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2021, scheduled to take place in Haryana. Kalaripayattu has its origin in Kerala and has practitioners all over the  world, Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal being one. Mallakhamba, mean- while, has been well­ known across India. Madhya Pradesh and M

22 December, 2020 Government policies and interventions

The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020

The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020 UPSC GS-PAPER-2 GOVERNANCE – Article -21 & 25 related issue Context: Highly important to study secularism. MP Government initiated the war against LOVE JIHAD which many groups of people considered the dilution of fundamental rights and freedom of conscience. Article-21 is in the debate which permits RIGHT TO MARRIAGE.  The Madhya Pradesh government has recently passed an ordinance to deal with unlawful religious conversio

27 December, 2020 Government policies and interventions

Jal Jeevan adds 1 lakh water connections daily

Jal Jeevan adds 1 lakh water connections daily Context: UPSC GS Paper III: Water Resources, Government Schemes (PT-Mains) Since its launch in August 2019, the Centre’s ambitious flagship scheme Jal Jeevan Mission ( JJM), which in partnership with the States seeks to ensure that every rural household of the country gets assured drinking water supply by 2024, has achieved 32.3% coverage of tap connections in rural India. The Modi government is almost replicating the implementa

27 December, 2020 Government policies and interventions

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