Over 1 lakh people getting pension directly into their bank accounts through SAMPANN project

What is the News? Over one lakh people have received pensions directly in their bank accounts through the SAMPANN (System for Accounting and Management of Pension) project. What is SAMPANN? The SAMPANN Initiative was launched in 2018 by the Controller General of Communication Accounts (CGCA), Department of Telecommunications. Purpose: It is a seamless online pension… Continue reading Over 1 lakh people getting pension directly into their bank accounts through SAMPANN project

NEDFI Announces New Scheme Atmanirbhar Hastshilpkar Scheme for the Artisans under Ministry of DoNER

What is the News? North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi) has launched Atmanirbhar Hastshilpkar Scheme for the grass root artisans in the North East Region. About Atmanirbhar Hastshilpkar Scheme Aim: To develop the artisans of the North Eastern Region by providing them financial assistance in the form of term loans for income-generating activities like… Continue reading NEDFI Announces New Scheme Atmanirbhar Hastshilpkar Scheme for the Artisans under Ministry of DoNER

What the latest NFHS data says about the New Welfarism

News: Recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) shows remarkable improvement in New Welfarism. Must read: NFHS-5 and its findings – Explained, pointwise What is New Welfarism? According to the authors, New Welfarism does not prioritise the supply of public goods such as basic health and primary education as governments have done around the world historically. Instead,… Continue reading What the latest NFHS data says about the New Welfarism

On POCSO Act: Errors of judgment

News: The Allahabad High Court recently held that oral sex with a minor is not a case of ‘aggravated penetrative sexual assault’ under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. About Section 5 and 6 of the POCSO Act Section 5(m) of the Act clearly lays down that “whoever commits penetrative sexual assault… Continue reading On POCSO Act: Errors of judgment

Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: data

What is the News? The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has released data on the progress of the Poshan Abhiyan Scheme. What does the data say on Poshan Abhiyan? The funds released under the Poshan Abhiyan Programme which is aimed at curbing malnutrition in the country stand severely under-utilised. Out of the 36… Continue reading Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: data

Skill India launches a programme to upskill Street Food Vendors, making them eligible for e-cart license

What is the News? The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE) has launched a programme to upskill street vendors. What is the programme to upskill the street vendors? The programme will be implemented under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0. Objective: To provide relevant skills to… Continue reading Skill India launches a programme to upskill Street Food Vendors, making them eligible for e-cart license

Union Cabinet brings back MPLAD Scheme

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the restoration and continuation of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) during the remaining part of Financial Year 2021-22 and up to Financial Year, 2025-26, co-terminus with the period of 15th Finance Commission. What is the MPLADS Scheme? ​​MPLADS is a Central Sector… Continue reading Union Cabinet brings back MPLAD Scheme

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Releases Training Modules of Central Sector Scheme

What is the News? The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has released the Training Modules of the Central Sector Scheme. What is the training module of the Central Sector Scheme? It is a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at sensitising all government functionaries of the various Acts and Central Sector schemes for Persons with Disabilities(PwD).… Continue reading Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Releases Training Modules of Central Sector Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

What is the News? Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19 has been extended for 180 days with effect from October 21,2021.So far, 1,351 claims have been paid under the scheme. About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for health workers Fighting Covid-19 Launched by: It is… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

One Nation One Ration Card: Good intention but implementation may be difficult

Synopsis: The One Nation One Ration Card scheme has many benefits, but it also has a few practical challenges that need to be addressed. Introduction Many welfare schemes are designed with good intentions but encounter many (expected and unexpected) hurdles at the time of their implementation. One such scheme is the One Nation One Ration… Continue reading One Nation One Ration Card: Good intention but implementation may be difficult

Union Ayush Minister inaugurates ‘Ayush Van’ in Gandhidham

What is the News? Union Minister of AYUSH has inaugurated Ayush Van. What is Ayush Van? Ayush Van is a dedicated forest for Ayurvedic plants. It is located at the Deendayal Port Trust (DPT) in Kutch, Gujarat. The Ayush Van was set up in 30 acres of land allotted by DPT in a green-belt area… Continue reading Union Ayush Minister inaugurates ‘Ayush Van’ in Gandhidham

Doctor cure thyself: On revising queerphobic medical textbooks

Synopsis: The social issues in India are not just societal problems, but also ingrained deepens our educational system. Introduction Recently National Medical Commission has issued an advisory to all medical universities and colleges. It asked them to bring changes in the teaching methods and opt methods that are not derogatory to the LGBTQIA+ community. What… Continue reading Doctor cure thyself: On revising queerphobic medical textbooks

Padma Vibhushan Dr. Teejan Bai inspires mentees and mentors of GOAL program of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook India

What is the News? Dr. Teejan Bai, a Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee addressed the Mentees and Mentors of the GOAL program as part of the Inspiration Masterclass on GOAL Program. What is the GOAL Program about? Going Online as Leaders(GOAL) Program was launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) and… Continue reading Padma Vibhushan Dr. Teejan Bai inspires mentees and mentors of GOAL program of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook India

How loopholes in Aadhaar-enabled payments are putting poor people at risk of being swindled

Synopsis: Given the need for financial inclusion, resolving the issue in the AePS model is vital. Introduction The government of India launched Aadhaar enabled Payment System which is coupled with the Business correspondent model. It was supposed to revitalize financial inclusion in India. However, it faces many challenges. What is the Aadhaar enabled Payment System… Continue reading How loopholes in Aadhaar-enabled payments are putting poor people at risk of being swindled

The proposal to link Aadhaar with Voter ID is unconstitutional

Synopsis: Recently, ECI proposed de-duplication of Voter ID by linking it with Aadhar. This needs careful consideration. Introduction This week marks 3 years of the Puttaswamy judgement. In the Judgement, a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court (SC) had reduced the scope of the Aadhaar project to contain its risks to the privacy of citizens.… Continue reading The proposal to link Aadhaar with Voter ID is unconstitutional

Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity (SACRED) Portal

What is the news? The Union government is all set to develop a job portal for senior citizens. The portal named, ‘Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity‘ (SACRED), will bring the employment seeking senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and employment providers on one platform. What is the need for the SACRED… Continue reading Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity (SACRED) Portal

Cabinet approves Continuation/Modifications of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in School For five more years

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the ‘National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools’ for five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. What is the National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools? This scheme will replace the existing national programme for mid-day meals in schools or Mid-day Meal Scheme. Aim… Continue reading Cabinet approves Continuation/Modifications of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in School For five more years

“COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” was launched to accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination among tribal communities

What is the News? The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs has launched the “COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” campaign. What is the “COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” campaign? Aim: To accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination among tribal communities of India.  Under the campaign, the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)… Continue reading “COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” was launched to accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination among tribal communities

Ministry of Food Processing Industries in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, virtually launched the PMFME Scheme Seed Capital Module

What is the News? The Ministry of Food Processing Industries in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises(PMF ME) Scheme Seed Capital Module. What is the PMFME Scheme Seed Capital Module? The PMFME Scheme Seed Capital Module has been launched on the… Continue reading Ministry of Food Processing Industries in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, virtually launched the PMFME Scheme Seed Capital Module

SAUBHAGYA completes Four years of successful implementation

What is the News? SAUBHAGYA Scheme has completed four years of successful implementation. What is the Saubhagya Scheme? The SAUBHAGYA Scheme was announced by the Prime Minister in 2017.  Objective: To achieve Universal Household Electrification in the country through last-mile connectivity and providing access to electricity to all un-electrified households in rural areas and poor… Continue reading SAUBHAGYA completes Four years of successful implementation

Govt to promote pearl farming in tribal areas

What is the News? TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) has signed an agreement with the Jharkhand-based Purty Agrotech for the promotion of pearl farming in tribal areas.  What are Pearls? Pearls are the only gemstones in the world that come from a living creature. Mollusks such as oysters and mussels produce pearls… Continue reading Govt to promote pearl farming in tribal areas

Urban safety net: On urban-MGNREGA

Synopsis: Instead of going forward with the ‘urban-MGNREGA’, the government needs to focus on coming up with new ideas to alleviate the condition of the urban poor. Introduction Recent data from both the private and public sector has revealed that there is considerable distress within India’s labour force. This distress has manifested in an increase… Continue reading Urban safety net: On urban-MGNREGA

‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Special Campaign for Digital Onboarding, Training for street vendors launched

What is the News? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has launched  ‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Campaign. About ‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Campaign It is a special campaign for Digital Onboarding and Training of street vendors under the PM SVANidhi scheme. The campaign has… Continue reading ‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Special Campaign for Digital Onboarding, Training for street vendors launched

Ministry of Jal Shakti launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021

What is the News? The Ministry of Jal Shakti has presided over the e-launch of Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021. About Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021 Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021 is organized by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase -II. Aim: To support the acceleration… Continue reading Ministry of Jal Shakti launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021

Union Minister presents the 8th INSPIRE – MANAK Awards during a virtual ceremony

What is the News? The Union Minister of Science & Technology has presented the 8th INSPIRE – MANAK Awards during a virtual ceremony. About INSPIRE-MANAK Awards The INSPIRE-MANAK Awards is one of the components of the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Scheme. Aim: To motivate students in the age group of 10-15… Continue reading Union Minister presents the 8th INSPIRE – MANAK Awards during a virtual ceremony

Union Minister launches program ‘Buzurgon ki Baat–Desh Ke Saath’

What is the News? ​​The Union Minister of Culture has launched a program named ‘Buzurgon ki Baat – Desh Ke Saath’. He also launched an exhibition on Gita Govinda and a book “Gita Govinda :Jayadeva’s Divine Odyssey” by Dr Utpal K. Banerjee About Buzurgon ki Baat – Desh Ke Saath The programme aims at enhancing… Continue reading Union Minister launches program ‘Buzurgon ki Baat–Desh Ke Saath’

To tackle nutrition challenges, we must also address sanitation issues

Synopsis: Understand how the interplay of food and hygiene are important for complete nutrition. Introduction Of all the problems confronting the youth, nutritional insecurity is the worst. It has the power to cripple the future of an entire generation. Numerous reports have pointed to the dismal state of nutritional status of the children in India.… Continue reading To tackle nutrition challenges, we must also address sanitation issues

Union Minister launches “AYUSH AAPKE DWAR” Campaign at Ayush Ministry

What is the News? Union Minister for Ayush has launched the “AYUSH AAPKE DWAR” campaign from more than 45 locations across the country. About AYUSH AAPKE DWAR campaign: Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Ayush Aim: To distribute medicinal plant saplings to 75 lakh households across the country in one year.  The medicinal plants include Tejpatta, Stevia,… Continue reading Union Minister launches “AYUSH AAPKE DWAR” Campaign at Ayush Ministry

Over 4 billion don’t have social protection: UN

What is the News? The International Labour Organization(ILO) has released a report titled ‘World Social Protection Report 2020–22’. Purpose of the Report: The report provides a global overview of recent developments in social protection systems, including social protection floors and covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Note: Social protection includes access to health care… Continue reading Over 4 billion don’t have social protection: UN

Making the Paralympics count

Source: This post is based on the article “Making the Paralympics count” published in The Hindu on 1st September 2021. Relevance: Paralympics empowering disabled people Synopsis: This is the chance to improve the conditions of the disabled pursuing sports and to refresh the way we view disability. Context: About 2.2% of the Indian population is… Continue reading Making the Paralympics count

7 years of PM Jan Dhan Yojana

Source: This post is based on the article “7 years of PM Jan Dhan Yojana” published in the PIB on 28th August 2021. Relevance: To Understand PMJDY Recently, PM Jan Dhan Yojana (PM-JDY) has completed its 7 successful years of implementation. What is PMJDY? It is National Mission for Financial Inclusion to ensure access to… Continue reading 7 years of PM Jan Dhan Yojana

Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar

Source: This post is based on the Article “Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar” published in “PIB” on 30th August 2021. What is the News? Union Home Minister has launched a nutritious “Laddu Distribution Scheme” for pregnant women in his parliamentary constituency, Gandhinagar. What is Laddu… Continue reading Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar

Inaccessible UIDAI system leaves Aadhaar users in lurch

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The IT systems of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) have been down over the past week. This is creating problems for the Aadhaar cardholders as deadlines are approaching to link their UIDAI identity details with their Employees Provident Fund and the Income Tax Departments Permanent Account… Continue reading Inaccessible UIDAI system leaves Aadhaar users in lurch

Pension scheme for informal workers hits stagnation point

Source: Livemint What is the News? The number of people joining the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) scheme, has hit an all-time low. This is due to workers in the informal sector facing income and job loss following the two waves of the coronavirus pandemic. About Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan(PM-SYM) Scheme: Launched by:… Continue reading Pension scheme for informal workers hits stagnation point

Finding a healthy way to cook

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the issue of Environment and misery of women Synopsis: This article highlights the problem of women using firewood based stoves/ chulhas in many poor households. Introduction There is a need to introduce more alternative sources of energy rather than providing free LPG connections Ill Effects of Chulhas It affects the… Continue reading Finding a healthy way to cook

High-speed Net comes to a deep jungle

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), a Union government initiative for skill development in rural areas, has brought high-speed internet to some of the remotest tribal hamlets deep inside the Nilambur jungle in Kerala. About Jan Shikshan Sansthan(JSS) Scheme: The Scheme of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) was formerly known… Continue reading High-speed Net comes to a deep jungle

What ails mid-day meal scheme’s implementation?

Source: Business Standard Relevance: issues with the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) Synopsis: Analysis of data shows that India has fewer states now providing egg in mid-day meal schemes, even fewer are provisioning fruits and only a third of the states/UTs are giving milk to children. Context In June 2021, the Kerala High Court put a… Continue reading What ails mid-day meal scheme’s implementation?

Atal Innovation Mission in collaboration with Dassault Systemes launch Student Entrepreneurship Program 3.0

Source: PIB What is the News? Atal Innovation Mission(AIM),NITI Aayog in collaboration with Dassault Systemes  has launched the third series of the ‘Student Entrepreneurship Program’ (SEP 3.0)  About Student Entrepreneurship Program(SEP 3.0): Launched by: Atal Innovation Mission(AIM) in collaboration with Dassault Systemes Target Group: Young Innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). Aim: To push school… Continue reading Atal Innovation Mission in collaboration with Dassault Systemes launch Student Entrepreneurship Program 3.0

India must push for women’s rights in land ownership

Source: Indian Express Relevance: To understand the pattern of women’s ownership of land. Synopsis: Despite enabling laws, women’s land ownership are still lagging. This needs concerted social efforts and more vocal claims by women. What is the challenge? Despite 15 years of the passing of the Hindu Succession Amendment Act (HSAA 2005), the access of… Continue reading India must push for women’s rights in land ownership

Union WCD Minister launches 2nd Phase of SAMVAD

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister of Women and Child Development has launched the 2nd phase of SAMVAD programme. About SAMVAD Programme: SAMVAD stands for Support, Advocacy & Mental health interventions for children in Vulnerable circumstances And Distress. Mandate: It is a National Initiative and Integrated Resource that works in child protection,… Continue reading Union WCD Minister launches 2nd Phase of SAMVAD

Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment to Flag-Off ‘Operation Blue Freedom – Land World Record at Siachen Glacier’

Source: PIB About the news: Recently, The Government of India has permitted a team of people with disabilities to scale Siachen Glacier. The team of people with disabilities was trained by ‘Team CLAW’ a team of Armed Forces veterans. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will flag off this operation on the Independence Day Operation Blue… Continue reading Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment to Flag-Off ‘Operation Blue Freedom – Land World Record at Siachen Glacier’

PM launches Ujjwala 2.0 Scheme

Source: PIB What is the News? The Prime Minister of India has launched Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – PMUY) by handing over LPG connections at Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY): Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2018. Aim: To replace the… Continue reading PM launches Ujjwala 2.0 Scheme

Union Minister launches ‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has launched ‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App. About PM-DAKSH Portal: PM-DAKSH stands for Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi Yojana. Nodal Ministry: It was launched by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSJ&E) in 2020-21.  Purpose: It is… Continue reading Union Minister launches ‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App

50% funds allotted for ongoing MPLADS projects lapse

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Standing Committee on Finance has pointed out the problems under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme(MPLADS). Standing Committee on Finance on MPLADS: Half of the funds allotted for completing the ongoing MPLADS projects in 2020-21 simply lapsed. The resultant funding crunch would have hit several… Continue reading 50% funds allotted for ongoing MPLADS projects lapse

Cabinet approves continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Fast Track Special Courts for further 2 years

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of 1023 Fast Track Special Court (FTSCs) including 389 exclusive POCSO courts as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) till March 31, 2023. Background: Incidents of rape and gang rape of minor girls below the age of twelve and similar heinous crimes against… Continue reading Cabinet approves continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Fast Track Special Courts for further 2 years

Providing horizontal quota: the Bihar way

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the recent horizontal reservation policy of the Bihar government and its advantages. Synopsis The Bihar government’s horizontal reservation for women should be extended to other states also. Introduction The Bihar government recently announced 33% horizontal reservation for women in State engineering and medical colleges. What is the vertical and… Continue reading Providing horizontal quota: the Bihar way

Criminalising welfare issues

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains why the government should avoid criminalising welfare measures Synopsis: Before the legislature adopts coercive legal measures, a welfare response should be considered Introduction: Recently, the Supreme Court turned down a petition to restrain begging at traffic lights, markets, and public places in light of the precautionary measures for the… Continue reading Criminalising welfare issues

Steps to sustain the big success that our DBT Mission has been

Source: Livemint Relevance: This article explains DBT Mission’s achievement, challenges and solutions. Synopsis: It is not much discussed, but the success of the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) Mission is indisputable. Introduction: Over the last 18 months, while, there have been very few silver linings in government actions. One of them has been a demonstration of the… Continue reading Steps to sustain the big success that our DBT Mission has been

Tribal Affairs Minister inaugurates ‘Virtual Training of Trainers Programme on Forest Rights Act, 2006’

Source: PIB What is the News? The Minister of Tribal Affairs has inaugurated a ‘Three day National level Virtual Training of Trainers Programme on Forest Rights Act, 2006,’ as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav/Parv. About National level Virtual Training of Trainers Programme This Programme on Forest Rights Act will help in enhancing the knowledge… Continue reading Tribal Affairs Minister inaugurates ‘Virtual Training of Trainers Programme on Forest Rights Act, 2006’