Govt released Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules,2021

What is the News? The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(I&B) has issued the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021. About Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules,2021: The rules amend the Cable Television Network Rules,1994 with the aim to establish a statutory mechanism for citizens to raise grievances with respect to broadcasted content. Key Features of the… Continue reading Govt released Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules,2021

Declassification of War Histories – Challenges of Credibility

Synopsis: Challenges of credibility in the declassification of war history should be addressed. So that it can help us to analyse lessons learnt by the history and prevent future mistakes. Background Recently, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the declassification of India’s war history. It enables the archiving, declassifying, and compiling of India’s war histories, which… Continue reading Declassification of War Histories – Challenges of Credibility

Defence Minister Approves New Policy for Declassification of War History

What is the News? The Defence Minister has approved a policy on archiving, declassification, compilation, and publication of war and operations histories. Why do war histories matter? War Histories give an accurate account of events, authentic material for academic research, and help counter rumours. Earlier, reports on wars and operations were never made public. Committees… Continue reading Defence Minister Approves New Policy for Declassification of War History

PRAGATI (Proactive Governance And Timely Implementation) Portal

What is the News? The Prime Minister is monitoring several railway projects through the (Proactive Governance And Timely Implementation) PRAGATI portal. He has observed a lack of progress in key railway projects across the country. About PRAGATI Portal: PRAGATI is a multi-purpose and multi-modal governance platform launched in 2015. Nodal Body: The portal has been… Continue reading PRAGATI (Proactive Governance And Timely Implementation) Portal

Public’s right to information vs. national security interest

Synopsis:   This article summarises the opinions and views of the former home secretary of India (G.K. Pillai) and retired Indian diplomat (Syed Akbaruddin). They provide their opinion regarding the public’s right to information vs. national security interest. Background Recently, the Government of India prohibited retired officials of security and intelligence organisations from publishing anything about… Continue reading Public’s right to information vs. national security interest

Issues with NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21

Synopsis: Although India has a better score in the latest SDG India Index 2020-21, some procedural changes in the methodology have resulted in an inadequate measurement of economic inequality.  Introduction  NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020- 21 was released recently. India has improved its overall SDG score from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021.… Continue reading Issues with NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21

“Vigilance clearance” is mandatory before offering jobs to retired Govt employee: CVC

What is the News? Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) has laid down a procedure for employing a retired official on a contractual or consultancy basis. Under this guideline, government organisations have to get vigilance clearance before employing a retired official. What is the Procedure? The organisations owned or controlled by the Center has to obtain vigilance clearance… Continue reading “Vigilance clearance” is mandatory before offering jobs to retired Govt employee: CVC

NITI Aayog releases “SDG India Index 2020-21”

What is the News? NITI Aayog has released the SDG India Index 2020-21. It is the 3rd edition of SDG India Index. Key Findings of the SDG India Index 2020-21: India’s overall SDG score improved by 6 points — from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2020-21. This is due to improvement in providing facilities… Continue reading NITI Aayog releases “SDG India Index 2020-21”

Government Amended Pension Rules for Central Civil Services

Synopsis- Center has amended pension rules for Civil services. Restrictions on government servants before and after retirement under CCS conduct rules. Amendment in pension rules and its consequences-   The Centre has amended pension rules for civil servants [working in organizations mentioned in the Second Schedule of the RTI Act]. It restricts former officials of… Continue reading Government Amended Pension Rules for Central Civil Services

Controversies Surrounding Administrator of Lakshadweep

Synopsis: The role of the newly appointed administrator of Lakshadweep is under controversy. Some of the recent steps go against the interest of people. Introduction  Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands in the Arabian Sea totaling 32 square kilometers. It has had a calm existence as a Union Territory. But recent governance changes introduced… Continue reading Controversies Surrounding Administrator of Lakshadweep