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CONTEXT: Indian Railways has launched 10 ‘Sewa Service’ trains,  to improve last-mile connectivity. These Sewa Service trains will connect small towns with their closest major cities and ease the hassle of travelling for daily passengers. These trains helps divert short distance traffic from roads to the railways.  The railways introduced Sewa Service trains to ensure congestion free roads and faster ease of movement for public. MAIN POINTS: These train

Economic package during COVID-19

Economic package during COVID-19 Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economics The Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Niramla Sitharaman announced Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore relief package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana for the poor to help them fight the battle against Corona Virus. While addressing the press conference here, Smt. Sitharaman said “Today’s measures are intended at reaching out to the poorest of the poor, with food and money in hands, so that the

Universal Basic Income

It’s time for a universal basic income programme in India By, Anil K. Antony is the Convener of INC – Kerala Digital Media, and the National Coordinator of PIIndia.org, a COVID19 action group. Tweets @anilkantony Introduction The ongoing crisis is creating changes that could end up dividing society into pre- and post-COVID-19 days. These changes are also likely to exacerbate the novel challenges accompanying the fourth industrial revolution. Disruptive technologies

Utilise MGNREGA to the fullest capacity

Utilise MGNREGA to the fullest capacity By, Brinda Karat is a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau and a former Rajya Sabha MP Context # The role of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) as a lifeline for the working poor in rural India has been proved once again with the experience of the lockdown.   Delayed action # The Central government revised lockdown guidelines to allow MGNREGA work only from April 20, nearly

Essential Services Maintenance Act

The Uttar Pradesh government has extended the Essential Services Maintenance Act in the State, banning strikes in all departments and corporations under it for a period of another six months. About ESMA, 1968: The Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) is an act of Parliament of India. Objective: It was established to ensure the delivery of certain services, which if obstructed would affect the normal life of the people. These include services like public transport (bus services),

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