KUSUM Scheme

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers. Aout KUSUM Scheme The scheme would provide extra income to farmers, by giving them an option to sell additional power Read More …

Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)

Context: For the overall empowerment of Divyangajan, a Regional Conference on Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) was organized by the Dept. of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. About Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)  The umbrella Central Sector Scheme called the “Scheme to Promote Voluntary Read More …

Five coffee varieties get GI tag

Context: The government said it has awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to five varieties of Indian coffee including Coorg Arabica. The move is expected to help the growers get maximum price for their premium produce. Details: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Read More …

What is Tactical Voting and Proportional Representation?

Tactical Voting  Also known as strategic voting, this refers to the act of voting for a particular candidate or political party not because the voter necessarily supports them but because she wants to prevent some other party or candidate from winning. For example, a voter who prefers a leftist candidate Read More …

What is Absentee Ballot?

This refers to a vote cast by someone who is unable to go to the polling station. The system is designed to increase voter turnout. In some countries, the voter is required to give a reason for not going to the polling station, before participating in an absentee ballot. In Read More …

Quotas and a verdict

The story so far The introduction of a 10% quota for the economically backward through the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The principal grounds cited in support of the challenge are mainly found in a 1992 judgment of a nine-judge Bench in Indra Sawhney vs Read More …

What is a ‘Hung Parliament’?

When no party or pre-poll alliance is able to secure a majority in the election, this leads to a hung Parliament. The total number of seats in the Lok Sabha is 543. A party or coalition needs to win one seat above the 50% mark, or 272 seats, in order Read More …

What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)?

What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)? A Real Estate Investment Trust or REIT is an investment vehicle that provides an opportunity to invest in various projects by only investing in the units of a sponsor entity that will manage the paperwork and may be, even the hindrances of Read More …

What are the powers and duties of Lokpal?

The story so far: On March 19, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh was appointed as India’s first Lokpal. The announcement came after a delay of five years as the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisaged appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the States to look into cases Read More …

What is the Belt and Road Initiative, and why is China pushing it hard?

The story so far: Six years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a mammoth infrastructure project straddling many countries and continents. Of the projects, the most ambitious is the $60+ billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, aimed at linking China’s Xinjiang province with the Arabian Sea. What is it? The Belt and Road Read More …