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SC/ST Education-Social Inclusion

‘Fall in percentage of school education funds for SC, STs’ Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I- Social Issue   What’s in News? After several years of rising trends, the Centre has reduced the percentage allocation of funds for education of schoolchildren from SC and ST communities as well as for the north-eastern region in the coming year. In its report on the demand for grants submitted to the Rajya Sabha, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Reso

Scheduled Caste Welfare in India

Scheduled Caste Welfare in India Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I- Social Issue/Social inclusion Scheduled castes are those castes/races in the country that suffer from extreme social, educational and economic backwardness arising out of age-old practice of untouchability and certain others on account of lack of infrastructure facilities and geographical isolation, and who need special consideration for safeguarding their interests and for their accelerated socio-economic development. These co

The marginalisation of justice in public discourse

The marginalisation of justice in public discourse Introduction: Given the compulsion to advance our self-interest, the burden of sacrifice for achieving national goals is easily passed on to those who are powerless to desist it. Distributive justice: The idea of distributive justice requires not only a social condition marked by an absence of love or familiarity, but also the circumstances of justice. For instance, a society where everything is abundantly available would n

National Social Assistance Programme

National Social Assistance Programme NSAP stands for National Social Assistance Programme. NSAP was launched on 15th August, 1995. It is under Ministry of Rural Development. The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) represents a significant step towards the fulfillment of the Directive Principles in Article 41 and 42 of the Constitution recognizing the concurrent responsibility of the Central and the State Governments in the matter. In particular, Article 41 of the Constitu

Transgender Rights

Transgender Rights As per the Census 2011, there are 4,87,803 persons under the category called ‘Other’. Among all the states, top four states with high transgender population were UP, AP, BH,MH. Younger individuals, women, people with higher levels of education, and people with higher incomes are more approving of transgender rights. Mexico, Cuba, Equador, Bolivia, S.Africa, Portugal, Sweden, Nepal has one of one of the most progressive laws to protect gay rights by ac

“Gender Samvaad” Event by Ministry of Rural Development

The Ministry of Rural Development recently organized the Gender Samvaad Event. About Gender Samvaad Event: Gender Samvaad is a cooperation between Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission(DAY-NRLM) and Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE). It aims to generate greater awareness about gender-related interventions under DAY-NRLM across the country. It focuses on hearing opinions from the states and the field. Activities un

Indian Human Development Survey, 2015 (IHDS)-Trust on govt. institutions

Indian Human Development Survey, 2015 (IHDS)-Trust on govt. institutions Importance of trust There is a positive relationship between trust and the development of financial markets. Operation of these markets is contingent on trustworthiness of debtors, as legal methods of recovery of dues are fraught with delays and heavy expenses. Turning to labour markets, higher trust manifests in ‘higher levels of cooperative relations between labour and management and highe

Universal Social Welfare

Universal Social Welfare Introduction The country witnessed multiple crises during Covid-19: mass inter- and intra-migration, food insecurity, and a crumbling health infrastructure. Covid-19 has pushed an estimated 75 million people in India into poverty. The second wave has brought even the middle and upper-class citizens to their knees. Economic capital, in the absence of social capital, has proven to be insufficient in accessing healthcare facilities. Illness is universal

Hindi gains due to demographic shift

When the Centre launched its NIPUN Bharat scheme in July 2021 to improve foundational literacy and numeracy among primary school students, participants from non-Hindi speaking States complained that they were the ones left feeling illiterate as they could not understand either the speeches, nor the PowerPoint presentations on the scheme, all made in formal Hindi. (Read about the Eighth Schedule Languages first.) Last August, Tamil Nadu delegates at a yoga and naturopathy training webinar cl

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