Draft National Child Protection Policy

Context: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has placed the draft policy on its website and invited comments from stakeholders until January 4. This will be the first policy dedicated to the protection of children, an area that until now was only a part of the broader National Child Read More …

Almost all states in red zone on gender equality: NITI Aayog

Context: When it comes to gender equality and achieving targets under Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), almost all Indian states are in the red zone except Kerala and Sikkim, which are best among worst and have scored a meagre fifty out of hundred. Report Findings on gender equality: Three years have Read More …

Surrogacy Bill, then & now

Context: Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. Cleared by the Cabinet in 2016, the Bill was subsequently referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee (Health & Family Welfare) before its passage. A look at its journey, the issues raised along the way, and which of these it addresses and Read More …

Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour

Context: Article 23 of the Constitution of  India prohibits “begar” and other similar forms of forced labour and further provide that any contravention of the said prohibition shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law. The Central Government is fully committed towards eradication of the bonded labour system. Bonded Read More …

Prohibition of Child Marriage

Context: National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said the Commission will act against anyone who promises to facilitate child marriage in Rajasthan in the run-up to the Assembly elections. Rajasthan has the highest prevalence of child marriages in the country. The National Family Health Survey 4 (2015-16) showed Read More …

Global Nutrition Report 2018

Context: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has always maintained that “Hunger is quiet violence”, which appears more realistic year by year as India struggles to combat malnutrition. According to the Global Nutrition Report 2018, India is facing a major malnutrition crisis as it holds almost a third of world’s burden for Read More …

#MeToo’s importance for women’s jobs

Context: The #MeToo campaign has implications for the much-debated issue of India’s female labour force. India’s female labour force participation rate: The country’s female labour force participation rate (LFPR)—the share of women in the working age range (15 years and above) engaged in any economic activity or looking for work—stands Read More …

Water ATMs may help in bridging safe water gap

Context: For thousands of communities across India, the process of getting drinking water is now the same as the process of getting cash: they head to an ATM. Facts: With 82 crore people who still do not have access to piped water and 70% of water in the country contaminated by pollutants, Read More …

A national policy for internal migration

Context: Though migration is expected to enhance consumption and lift families out of absolute poverty at the origin, it is not free from distress — distress due to unemployment or underemployment in agriculture, natural calamities, and input/output market imperfections. Internal migration can be driven by push and/or pull factors. In India, over Read More …

World’s rising urban population

About 1.4 million people move to cities around the world every week; nearly 55% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Ahead of October 31, World Cities Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday that about 1.4 million people move to cities around the world every Read More …