A model policy for women in the police

Context: Women constitute about 7% of the police strength in India. This number is expected to rise, with many States and Union Territories providing for 30% (and more) reservation for women in the police in specific ranks. However, this is not enough.  The discourse on mainstreaming women in the police Read More …

India Urban Observatory and Video Wall

Context:  Recently Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the state-of-the-art India Urban Observatory and Video Wall. About Urban Observatory: It is a platform that uses data from different sources to enable analysis and visualization over a geospatial platform. Such platforms churn out interesting analyses and visualizations by collating massive Read More …

Monster Salary Index survey

Context:  Recently Monster Salary Index survey has been released. The survey is titled ‘Women of India Inc’. It was prepared by Monster India in collaboration with Paycheck.in with IIM-Ahmedabad as a research partner. Important findings of the report: Women in India earn 19% less than their male counterparts and 60% working women in Read More …

Atal Innovation Mission

Context: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved Continuation of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), and for incurring expenditure up to Rs. 1000 crore till 2019-20 by Atal Innovation Mission for expanding Atal Tinkering Labs to 10,000 schools in view of their huge success at school level. Details Read More …

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 …