What fertility rate data show

Context The graph (below) shows trends for the total fertility rate (TFR) in various states. TFR, defined as the number of children born to a woman until the end of her child-bearing age, is a key indicator for population trends. The graph is based on TFR data from the Sample Read More …

National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill explained

Context Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduced the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in Lok Sabha. An earlier version of this Bill was introduced in the 16th Lok Sabha, and had passed the scrutiny of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. However, that Bill lapsed at the Read More …

The rise of unemployment rate, within various religious groups

Context Union Minister for Minority Affairs presented in Lok Sabha data on the rates of unemployment across major religious groups over the last three unemployment surveys conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS). The three sets of data correspond to the Employment and Read More …

Census 2021 may skip caste count

Context Census 2021 is unlikely to collect “caste wise” data as a similar exercise conducted in 2011 by another ministry threw up about 40 lakh caste names that were difficult to tabulate, a senior government official said. The decennial exercise would involve 31 lakh trained enumerators, with data collected digitally Read More …

India enters 37-year period of demographic dividend

Context Since 2018, India’s working-age population (people between 15 and 64 years of age) has grown larger than the dependant population (defined as children aged 14 or below as well as people above 65 years of age). This bulge in the working-age population is going to last till 2055, or Read More …

What data from Census 2011 show on migrations?

Context: Census 2011 data on migration released last week show Maharashtra had more migrants from Madhya Pradesh than from Bihar, and Gujarat had almost double the number of migrants from Rajasthan than from Bihar. Facts & Figures; Data from Delhi show only 2,321 persons declared Bangladesh as their last place Read More …

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 …