PMJAY: The promises and challenges of a bold experiment

Context: The Ayushman Bharat—Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), a health insurance scheme announced in the last budget, was launched on 23 September, towards the fag end of this government’s tenure. It will take a couple of years before this programme can be objectively assessed. However, the promises and possible Read More …

New health paradigm

Context: Ayushman Bharat is a far-reaching initiative aimed at ensuring holistic healthcare services. Component of the New health paradigm: Its first component of expansion of services with elements of promotive and preventive healthcare under comprehensive primary health through health and wellness centres was launched on April 14 from Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. Read More …

The law of happiness

Context: Happiness has come to be accepted as a goal of public policy. And this discourse has given a fillip to a new narrative where the interconnections between law, governance and happiness are being searched. Why do these connections matter? Experiences from several nations confirm that the countries with higher Read More …

Why the triple talaq Ordinance is neither perfect nor necessary?

Context: What is the purpose of criminal law, and what is its relationship with the state and the citizen? How does the Ordinance measure up against the core principles of Indian constitutionalism and jurisprudence? Citizens and criminal law Criminal law is the most direct expression of the relationship between a Read More …

Union Home Minister launches two portals to strengthen Women Safety

Context: Union Home Minister, launched two separate portals to strengthen Women Safety. The portal “cybercrime.gov.in” will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape. The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), which is Read More …

One manual scavenging death every five days: Official data

Context: SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017, one person has died every five days, on an average, while cleaning sewers and septic tanks across the country, according to numbers collated by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), the statutory body that was set up by an Act of Parliament for the Read More …

HIV/AIDS Act, 2017 in force

Context: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a notification for bringing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 in force from 10th September, 2018. About the Act: The Act, safeguards the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV. Read More …

Checking the new abnormal

Context: Dismayed by the increasing number of cases of lynching across the country, the Supreme Court observed last month that “it is the responsibility of the States to prevent untoward incidents and to prevent crime.” Preventive guidelines The preventive guidelines require every State to designate a senior police officer, not Read More …