Non Binary genders need more visibility in India’s Census 2021

Synopsis: Separating sex and gender in the country’s biggest socio-economic survey is necessary. Introduction Census data is important as it acts as a base for many other surveys in the country.  This is because the census data is a better enumeration of categories of gender. But still, the Census is far from perfect. About the… Continue reading Non Binary genders need more visibility in India’s Census 2021

Why a Caste Census is needed-and why it may not see light of the day

Synopsis: Although caste-based census would provide up-to-date data to calibrate reservation, it also threatens social justice as it can roll back the discrimination regime. Introduction Recently, the Indian Parliament passed the 127th Constitution Amendment Bill, 2021. It overrides the Supreme Court’s (SC) interpretation of the 102nd Constitutional Amendment. SC judgment in the Maratha case had… Continue reading Why a Caste Census is needed-and why it may not see light of the day

Caste based census in India – Explained, pointwise

Introduction At the recently concluded Parliament session, there was a demand to lift the 50% cap on reservation imposed by the Supreme Court through the legislative route. With the 2021 Census coming up, several political parties have demanded a nationwide caste census. On the other hand, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the… Continue reading Caste based census in India – Explained, pointwise

Fourth edition of dragonfly census across Delhi-NCR

Source: TOI What is the News? The Fourth Edition of the Dragonfly Census 2021 will start from Delhi-NCR. DragonFly Census 2021: Conducted by: World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF-India) in partnership with Bombay Natural History Society(BNHS), United Nations Environment Programme, Zoological Survey of India and others. Aim: To spread awareness about the importance of the Dragonfly… Continue reading Fourth edition of dragonfly census across Delhi-NCR

Common survey to count elephants and tigers

Source: The Hindu What is the News? On World Elephant Day, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has announced that population estimation of elephants and tigers will be done together in 2022. What is the present practice? Currently, the Tiger and Elephant Census are conducted separately:  All India Tiger Census: The All India Tiger… Continue reading Common survey to count elephants and tigers

A caste census will serve no clear worthy purpose

Source: LiveMint Relevance: Understand the challenges with the caste census in India. Synopsis: There are proposals to revive the caste-based census in the National Census of 2021. But introducing them is not easy, and the caste census has certain challenges. Introduction With census fast approaching, some sections argue the need to include caste in the… Continue reading A caste census will serve no clear worthy purpose

Oxygen for fiscal federalism

Source: The Hindu  Relevance: This article focuses upon the aspects of Fiscal federalism in India. Synopsis: A special GST rate could be levied by using the power under Article 279A. This would enable the States to raise more resources during the pandemic. Background: India has a federation with a strong centralizing policy. Nonetheless, India maintained… Continue reading Oxygen for fiscal federalism

The caste census debate

Source: Indian Express What is the News? On Caste Based Census, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the Government of India has decided not to enumerate caste-wise population other than SCs and STs in Census 2021. Caste Data Published in the Census: Every Census in independent India from 1951 to 2011 has published… Continue reading The caste census debate

Significance of Rent Waiver in tackling Reverse Migration

Synopsis:  State support for food and income along with rent waiver during the pandemic to workers and migrants can stop reverse migration.  Why waive rents for migrants during the pandemic crisis? One,  According to the findings by the RMKU and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in Jaipur, on a survey of 500 domestic… Continue reading Significance of Rent Waiver in tackling Reverse Migration

Covid-19 Pandemic and Internal Migration in India- Explained, Pointwise

Introduction As per the 2011 census, there are 450 million (38% of the population) internal migrants in India. The World Bank report titled ‘Migration and Development Brief’ mentions that nearly 40 million internal migrants are affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Further, the Internal migrants in India faced various challenges in their migrated state, migration path… Continue reading Covid-19 Pandemic and Internal Migration in India- Explained, Pointwise