40th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council 

Context Recently, the 40th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting was held. About GST Council It is a constitutional body under Article 279 A. It makes recommendations to the Union and State Government on issues related to Goods and Service Tax and was introduced by the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, Read More …

Border Area Development Programme

Context Recently the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to spend 10% funds of the Border Area Development Programme to ramp up infrastructure along the China border.. The 10% funds will be used to create infrastructure on border projects in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim. About Border Area Read More …

Plea for renaming India as ‘Bharat’

Context Recently the Supreme Court has sent a petition seeking renaming of India as Bharat for the Centre’s consideration. The plea said the name ‘India’ was derived form ‘Indica’ which is a Greek word and its time that the country should be recognized with its “original and authentic name” which Read More …

PM-CARES Fund

Context The PMO has refused to disclose details on the creation and operation of the PM-CARES Fund, telling a Right to Information applicant that the fund is “not a public authority” under the ambit of the RTI Act, 2005. PM-CARES Fund is not a Public Authority under the ambit of Read More …

How India will tackle its water woes amid?

Context The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issued an advisory to state governments asking them to ensure safe drinking water supply and management during the nationwide lockdown that has been extended to May 3. “Frequent washing of hands with frothing soaps is recognized as the most efficient and Read More …

Restrictions on court hearings lawful, says Supreme Court

Context Recently the Supreme Court deemed all restrictions on people from entering, attending or taking part in court hearings, imposed recently in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as lawful. About the hearing Invoking its extraordinary Constitutional powers: The court invoked its extraordinary Constitutional powers under Article 142 to step away from the Read More …

What are MPLAD funds?

Context The Union Cabinet gave its nod to the temporary suspension of MPLAD Funds during 2020-21 and 2021-22 in view of the adverse impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 in India. “The consolidated amount of MPLAD Funds for 2 years – Rs 7,900 crores – will go to Consolidated Fund of Read More …

What are Articles 370, 35A?

What is Article 370? Included in the Constitution on October 17, 1949, Article 370 exempts J&K from the Indian Constitution (except Article 1 and Article 370 itself) and permits the state to draft its own Constitution. It restricts Parliament’s legislative powers in respect of J&K. For extending a central law Read More …

What is a whip? What does it do?

What is a whip? A whip in parliamentary parlance is a written order that party members be present for an important vote, or that they vote only in a particular way. The term is derived from the old British practice of “whipping in” lawmakers to follow the party line. In Read More …

Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. Background: Trafficking in human beings is the third largest organized crime violating basic human rights. There is.no specific law so far to deal with this crime. Accordingly, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Read More …