National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (2018-2023)

Context: •  Recently the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has drafted a five-year action plan for addressing the problem of drug and substance abuse in the country, dumping a long-pending draft policy on the matter. • The National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (2018-2023) aims to employ a Read More …

On-track on railway safety

Context: Last month’s Amritsar tragedy brought the spotlight back to railway safety. The average person usually doesn’t understand that Indian Railways (IR) has a very specific definition of accident. For IR, accident is an occurrence which does or may affect the safety of the Railways, its engine, rolling stock, permanent way and Read More …

Right prescription: lifting the ban on oxytocin

Context: In a crucial development that exposes the flaws in health policy-making in the country, the Delhi High Court quashed a government ban on the retail sale and private manufacture of oxytocin. Notified by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in April, the ban referred to a 2016 Himachal Read More …

Making every citizen an auditor

Context: “A good auditor is a good listener” said President Ram Nath Kovind during his recent speech at the 29th Accountants General Conference. “You will not only see the accounts in their books, but also listen to their accounts,” he said. It is only when this conception is accepted that Read More …

Central guidelines for crèches at workplaces

Context: The Centre has prepared guidelines for setting up of crèches at workplaces, which prescribe trained personnel to man the facility as well as infrastructure requirements and safety norms. One more benefit: In March this year, Parliament passed the Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017, enhancing paid maternity leave from a Read More …

What is National Financial Reporting Authority?

What is it? The Union Cabinet on March 1 approved the creation of a National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA), a big step forward in regulating the financial audit of large companies. The NFRA is to be an independent regulator overseeing the auditing profession, and its creation was first recommended by Read More …

Reforming Governance System

Context: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Ambition, Ability, Agility, Accountability and Achievement, are five important directions in which the country must move forward to reform our governance system cautioning officers not be complacent with current achievements. Addressing the 64th Annual meeting of the Read More …

Prison Reforms

Context: The Supreme Court formed a Committee on Prison Reforms chaired by former apex court judge, Justice Amitava Roy, to examine the various problems plaguing prisons in the country, from overcrowding to lack of legal advice to convicts to issues of remission and parole.  The judgment came on a letter from former Read More …

Women can change the rural landscape

Context: Women self-help groups can bring about economic gains via joint liability and mobilization of small-scale savings. As we approach M.K. Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, it is perhaps fitting to revisit the Gandhian approach to rural development. In this context, an analysis of the idea of women self-help groups (SHGs) Read More …

Law Commission calls for re-think on sedition clause

Context: Dissent and criticism of the government are essential ingredients of a robust public debate in a vibrant democracy, the Law Commission of India said. Section 124A: The Commission published a consultation paper recommending that it is time to re-think or even repeal the provision of sedition (Section 124A) from Read More …