Annual Report on State Finances: The vital third tier

News: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released its annual study of state finances. What are the findings of the report? -States’ gross fiscal deficit breached the 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) mark. -Combined revenue deficit of the state governments rose from 0.1% of GDP in 2018-19 to 2% of GDP in 2020-21 because… Continue reading Annual Report on State Finances: The vital third tier

UN REPORT ON MULLAPERIYAR DAM

What is the News? United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has released a report titled “Ageing Water Storage Infrastructure: An Emerging Global Risk”. The report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on the ageing of large dams. According to the report, four Asian countries – China, Japan, India and… Continue reading UN REPORT ON MULLAPERIYAR DAM

‘Top 1% captured over a third of wealth growth’: World Inequality Report

What is the News? The World Inequality Report 2022 has been released. About World Inequality Report 2022  The report has been produced by a team of world-leading economists. One of the co-authors is economist Thomas Piketty. Purpose: The report is the most authoritative and comprehensive account available of global trends in inequality. What are the… Continue reading ‘Top 1% captured over a third of wealth growth’: World Inequality Report

The story of India’s falling fertility rate, in five charts

What is the news? According to the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 2019-21), India’s Total Fertility Rates (TFR) has reached 2.0 at the national level. Achievement of TFR is a significant feat for the country’s family-planning programme. Must read: NFHS-5 and its findings – Explained, pointwise About the data on NFHS-5 on population Urban-Rural Gap:… Continue reading The story of India’s falling fertility rate, in five charts

Set up a council for all forms of media: Parliamentary panel

What is the News? The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology has submitted two reports titled “Ethical Standards In Media Coverage” and “Suspension Of Telecom Services/Internet And Its Impact” to the Parliament. What are the recommendations given by the Ethical Standards In Media Coverage report? Setup a Media Council: A ‘Media Council’ should… Continue reading Set up a council for all forms of media: Parliamentary panel

Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) – Quarterly Bulletin (January-March 2021)

What is the News? The National Statistical Office (NSO) has released the quarterly bulletin of Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for January-March 2021. What is the Periodic Labour Force Survey(PLFS)? The National Statistical Office(NSO) has launched Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) in April 2017.  Objectives of PLFS: The objective of PLFS is primarily twofold: To… Continue reading Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) – Quarterly Bulletin (January-March 2021)

Per capita out-of-pocket health expenditure sees decline: report

What is the News? The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released the National Health Accounts Report for 2017-18. About the National Health Accounts Report Produced by: National Health Systems Resource Centre (It is designated as National Health Accounts Technical Secretariat in 2014 by the Health Ministry).  Source of Data: The report was prepared… Continue reading Per capita out-of-pocket health expenditure sees decline: report

Nearly 33% of India’s medical devices capacity lying unused: Industry

What is the News? According to a report, ​​Indian medical device makers are now struggling with idle capacity. What are the issues faced by the Medical Devices sector currently? Medical Devices Lying Idle The Indian Medical Devices Sector had increased its production of ventilators, masks and PPE Kits to meet the demand during the Covid-19… Continue reading Nearly 33% of India’s medical devices capacity lying unused: Industry

One out of every two Bihar households is multidimensionally poor: NITI Aayog

What is the News? Niti Aayog has released India’s first National MPI (multidimensional poverty index). About National MPI (Multidimensional Poverty Index) National MPI seeks to measure poverty across its multiple dimensions and in effect complements existing poverty statistics based on per capita consumption expenditure.  Methodology: The index has used the globally accepted and robust methodology… Continue reading One out of every two Bihar households is multidimensionally poor: NITI Aayog

Need to make agri-food systems resilient to address food security: SOFA 2021

What is the News? The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) has released the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report 2021– Making agrifood systems more resilient to shocks and stresses. What is the purpose of the report? The report is an annual flagship report of FAO. It aims at bringing to a wider audience balanced… Continue reading Need to make agri-food systems resilient to address food security: SOFA 2021