ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

What is the News? The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released the annual World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021 (WESO) report. About the World Employment and Social Outlook report: The report analyses key labour market issues including unemployment, labour underutilisation, working poverty, income inequality, labour income share and factors that exclude people from decent… Continue reading ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

“Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – 30% recipients yet to get grains for May

What is the News? The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has informed about the status of food grains disturbed under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana(PMGKAY). About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana(PMGKAY): Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was announced as part of the relief package during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aim: To ensure sufficient… Continue reading “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – 30% recipients yet to get grains for May

Govt to Divide “MGNREGA Wages” into SC/ST/Others Categories

What is the News? The Central Government has issued an advisory to all states to divide the wage payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. The MGNREGA Wages will be divided into separate categories for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and others from the Financial Year 2021-22. Current Method of… Continue reading Govt to Divide “MGNREGA Wages” into SC/ST/Others Categories

Prioritise food and work for all

Synopsis: The second wave of Pandemic has put immense stress on the Indian masses. They are facing job losses, food shortages, and hunger issues. In this scenario, the government should prioritise food and work for all. Background: The second wave of Covid-19 -19 has made it imperative for many states to impose a lockdown. This… Continue reading Prioritise food and work for all

Union Minister launches “NMMS app” and “Area officer monitoring App”

What is the News? The Union Minister of Rural Development has launched the NMMS (National Mobile Monitoring Software) app and Area Officer Monitoring App. About NMMS (National Mobile Monitoring Software) app : NMMS App permits taking real-time attendance of workers at Mahatma Gandhi NREGA worksites along with geotagged photographs. Impact: This will increase citizen oversight… Continue reading Union Minister launches “NMMS app” and “Area officer monitoring App”

COVID-19 hit urban poor more than those in villages: A Report by Hunger watch

What is the News? According to a Report by Hunger watch, COVID-19 has impacted India’s urban poor more than those in villages. Key Findings of the Report by Hunger watch: Impact of Covid-19: Urban respondents reported a 15% point worse condition than their rural counterparts across all important parameters. Poverty: Covid-19 pandemic has made the… Continue reading COVID-19 hit urban poor more than those in villages: A Report by Hunger watch

GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

What is the News? Global Network Against Food Crises(GNAFC) has released the “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”. Key Findings: Firstly, more than 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity in 2020. This is an increase of 20 million as compared to 2019. Secondly, two-thirds of the people in acute food crisis levels were in… Continue reading GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

“State of Working India 2021” – One Year of Covid-19 Report

What is the News? Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment has released the annual State of Working India 2021: One Year of Covid-19 Report. Key Findings of State of Working India 2021 report: Impact of Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially increased informality in employment. This has lead to a decline in earnings for… Continue reading “State of Working India 2021” – One Year of Covid-19 Report

MGNREGA: Issues and Significance – Explained, pointwise

Introduction The government of India has been running the world’s largest employment guarantee program since 2005 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). It has been in implementation for more than 15 years and has delivered optimum results. Although some issues thwart its success which must be resolved. About MGNREGA It guarantees… Continue reading MGNREGA: Issues and Significance – Explained, pointwise

Rising Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic

Synopsis: Food insecurity is rising among the most vulnerable populations due to 2nd wave of the pandemic. Hence, the government should take precautionary steps to save millions from hunger and food insecurity. Background Even before the pandemic, India’s efforts to tackle the food security crisis have been poor. For example, India ranks 102 among 117… Continue reading Rising Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic

Importance of Decentralised Approach in Tackling the Pandemic

Synopsis: The first wave of Covid 19 highlighted the importance of a local and decentralised approach in tackling the adverse impact of the Pandemic. The government should focus on this approach to minimize the vulnerabilities for the poor and marginalized in the second wave. Background: Under the second wave of Covid 19 pandemic, the marginalised… Continue reading Importance of Decentralised Approach in Tackling the Pandemic

“Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – Centre to give 5 kg food grains free to poor

What is the News? The Union government announced that 5 kg of food grains would be provided to 80 crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for the months of May and June 2021. About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana(PMGKAY): Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was announced as part of… Continue reading “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – Centre to give 5 kg food grains free to poor

NYAY Scheme: Significance of Cash Transfer Schemes

Synopsis: Congress has promised the revival of the NYAY scheme in its Kerala manifesto. This cash transfer scheme could have been beneficial during the lockdown. Introduction The NYAY Scheme has become more relevant in today’s age and time of the Pandemic crisis. This scheme offers a monthly transfer of ₹6,000 to homes living below the… Continue reading NYAY Scheme: Significance of Cash Transfer Schemes

Nyuntam Aay Yojana(NYAY)

What is the News? The Congress Party has promised to implement the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) in Kerala if voted to power. About Nyuntam Aay Yojana(NYAY): NYAY is a proposed minimum income guarantee scheme. It was first proposed during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Key Features of NYAY Scheme: Beneficiaries: The target population of the… Continue reading Nyuntam Aay Yojana(NYAY)

Issue of food wastage in India – Explained, pointwise

Introduction India witnessed an enormous increase in food production especially after the green revolution of the 1960s. Based on the success, the government introduced other revolutions like white, blue, pink, etc. All of these ensured enough food for everyone. However, still many in India are devoid of quality food due to a significant amount of… Continue reading Issue of food wastage in India – Explained, pointwise

Measures to address Inequality in India

Synopsis: Inequality in India is increasing. It needs an immediate solution to enable sustainable economic growth. Background According to a recent Pew Research Report, one-third of India’s middle-class has become poor due to the Pandemic. Whereas, poor people earning less than ₹150 per day have doubled. International organizations like the World Bank, the International Monetary… Continue reading Measures to address Inequality in India

Suggestions for Inclusive growth in India

Synopsis: India lags behind many Human development indicators. India’s economic growth is not benefitting the poor. There is a need to create a new framework for measuring the inclusiveness of growth. Why India’s Economic growth is not inclusive? One, Rising hunger: According to the Global Hunger Index 2020 India ranks 94th amongst 107 countries. Two,… Continue reading Suggestions for Inclusive growth in India

Government Criticises “Oxfam Inequality index”

  What is the news? The Oxfam’s Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index, 2020 ranked India at 129 overall out of 158 countries. However, the Minister of Labour and Employment has said that the index lacked clarity. Further, he also mentions that the report did not take into account various initiatives taken by the government.… Continue reading Government Criticises “Oxfam Inequality index”

Pew Research study on Poverty in India

Synopsis: A recent Pew research study report reveals increasing poverty in India. Further, the report also points out some serious flaws in the government policy during pandemic times. Introduction A recent Pew research study report reveals increasing poverty in India and China in 2020. As per the report, the pandemic has pushed approximately 7.5 crore… Continue reading Pew Research study on Poverty in India

“Pew Research study” Reports increasing Poverty in India

What is the News? A recent Pew research study report reveals increasing poverty in India. As per the report, the pandemic has pushed approximately 3.2 crore Indians out of the middle class. Who has released the report? Released by: The US-based Pew Research Center. It uses World Bank projections of economic growth to estimate the… Continue reading “Pew Research study” Reports increasing Poverty in India

Government launches “Mera Ration Mobile App”

What is the News? The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution launched the ‘Mera Ration’ mobile app. About Mera Ration Mobile app: Mera Ration Mobile app will facilitate the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ system. It aims to help those ration cardholders who move to new areas for livelihoods. Developed by: Government of India… Continue reading Government launches “Mera Ration Mobile App”

‘Weakness of Indian state’ in elimination of poverty

Synopsis: The pandemic has exposed the weakness of the Indian state in fulfilling the needs of the poor. This calls for a change in the current approach to eradicate the miseries faced by the poor. Background: Two books have tried to explain the shortcomings of the Indian state in meeting the aspirations of the poor. … Continue reading ‘Weakness of Indian state’ in elimination of poverty

Growth with inequality in economic survey

Source: The Hindu Syllabus: GS – 2 ; Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes Synopsis: It looks like the Economic Survey focuses on wealth creation instead of reduction of income disparity. Introduction The Economic Survey for 2020-21 reviews the developments in the… Continue reading Growth with inequality in economic survey

Causes of Rising Inequality

Source- The Hindu Syllabus- GS 2 – Social Issues Synopsis – The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply increased the economic inequality in all countries. Introduction The Inequality Virus report released on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda. The report states that the COVID pandemic has increased economic inequality in almost every country.… Continue reading Causes of Rising Inequality

Oxfam Report Findings – Rising inequality in India

Recently Oxfam International has released a report titled “The Inequality Virus”. The report highlighted the increasing inequalities in India during the time of Covid pandemic. The report found out the existing inequalities in the world have increased to new heights.  In this regard, there is a larger question on how to reduce inequality in India?… Continue reading Oxfam Report Findings – Rising inequality in India

COVID deepened inequality in India: Oxfam Report

Why in News? Oxfam has released a report titled “Inequality Virus Report”. The report has highlighted the increasing inequalities in India. Facts: About the report: It is a part of its international report released on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Davos Dialogues.’ The report states that COVID-19 has the potential to increase… Continue reading COVID deepened inequality in India: Oxfam Report

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development Report: UNCTAD

Source: Click here News: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD) has released a report titled “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development: Transitioning to a New Normal”. Facts: Aim: The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development. Key Takeaways. The global economy would contract 4.3% this year… Continue reading Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development Report: UNCTAD

Social registry, for better targeting of welfare schemes

Context: A social registry linking Aadhaar to residence info can target aid to the vulnerable during a pandemic. What is the need for Social registry? Recent estimates from the World Bank suggest that 88 to 115 million people could slide into poverty in 2020, which presents a tough challenge for targeting welfare beneficiaries. It also emphasises the need for… Continue reading Social registry, for better targeting of welfare schemes