Context: India’s COVID-19 strategy of containment was derailed when the announcement of the national lockdown met with millions of migrant labourers hitting the road to travel back to their place of residence. More on News: The process of convincing labour to stay where they were has met with minimal success. In a country where migrants are an important part of economic activity, the present crisis is more than just a humanitarian crisi... .
Updated on 30 May, 2020
Context: The nationwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus crisis has led to postponing of key government data gathering exercises. BACKGROUND Postponement of the Census: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the first phase of Census 2021 and updating of NPR, various related field activities have been postponed. Since the census and NPR exercise require the enumerators to visit every household and meet people, such exercise is not possible to... .
Updated on 26 May, 2020
Context: A stronger health system in a country can lead to better outcomes on the economic growth front. More on News: Dire predictions for the post-COVID-19 global economy have come from the International Monetary Fund, which called the present crisis the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Grim forebodings for the Indian economy have been sounded by many distinguished economists and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Back... .
Updated on 21 May, 2020
Context: Results of Star rating of garbage free cities were announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. More on News: For the assessment year 2019-2020, a total of six cities have been certified as 5-Star (Ambikapur, Rajkot, Surat, Mysuru, Indore and Navi Mumbai), 65 cities as 3-Star and 70 cities as 1-Star. A revised protocol for the Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities was also launched alongside the results. The new protoc... .
Updated on 20 May, 2020
Context: Recently, the Union Finance Minister has announced several initiatives to boost the education sector. Background: These initiatives are part of a Special economic and comprehensive package of Rs 20 lakh crore - equivalent to 10% of India’s GDP, announced recently amid COVID-19 pandemic. Atma Nirbhar Bharat or Self-Reliant India Movement has five pillars - Economy, Infrastructure, System, Vibrant Demography and Demand which wou... .
Updated on 19 May, 2020
Context: The PM’s clarion call for a Self reliant India has been followed by a Special economic and comprehensive stimulus package of Rs 20 lakh crore, i.e.equivalent to 10% of India’s GDP. More on the news: While revealing the details, the FM reiterated the vision of the Government that the land, labour, liquidity and laws have all been emphasised in Atma Nirbhar Bharat Package. The crisis and the challenge of COVID-19 should be see... .
Updated on 18 May, 2020