Janaushadhi Sugam

Topics covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes.   Janaushadhi Sugam   What to study? For Prelims: Features of PMBJP and Janaushadhi Suvidha. For Mains: Health facilities for the underprivileged- need and efforts by the government, generic medicines and their increasing popularity …

Child well-being index

Topics covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. Child well-being index   What to study? For Prelims: About the index and it’s key findings. For Mains: The issue of child well- being in India, challenges faced by …

Project SURE

Topics covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. Project SURE   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of the programme.   Context: Project SURE has been launched. It is a move towards …

A monumental litmus test

Topics covered: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.   A monumental litmus test   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of Articles 370, 367 and 35A, instrument of accession. For Mains: The …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 28 August 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 28  August 2019 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs. The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC IAS civil services …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- DGP SELECTION

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- DGP SELECTION Introduction:             The Supreme Court on 16 December dismissed the pleas of five states seeking modification of its order issued last year on the selection and appointment of director generals of police. The apex court was hearing applications of various state governments, including Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and …

Insights into Editorial: A bottom-up approach to conservation

Insights into Editorial: A bottom-up approach to conservation Context: In 2018, many people thought that the floods and landslides in Kerala that caused huge financial losses and manifold human tragedies marked a once-in-a-century calamity. But again, in 2019, a repeat of the shocking train of intense floods, landslides, financial losses and manifold human tragedies has …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 28 August 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 28  August 2019 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2019: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   Tomorrow’s Static Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and …

7) Discuss the various ethical issues associated with private health institutions in India, also suggest what measures can be taken to overcome these issues. (250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 7) Discuss the …

6) Who in your opinion is a good civil servant? one who is a whistle blower or one who tries to find the possible solution from within the system? Justify your stand with examples. Also discuss the challenges in finding a solution from within the system.(250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 6) Who in …

5) “Collective responsibility is a myth in the Indian cabinet system”. Elucidate.(250 words)

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 5) “Collective responsibility is a myth in the Indian cabinet system”. Elucidate.(250 words) Indian polity by Lakshmikanth Why this question: The question is in the backdrop of …

4) Discuss the recent amendments made to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and analyse why and how the effective operation of the POCSO Act needs the support of all the stake holders.(250 words)

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 4) Discuss …

3) “The creation of union territories is an expression of India’s geography”, Discuss in the light of recent creation of the union territory of Ladakh and J&K.(250 words)

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 3) “The creation of union territories is an expression of India’s geography”, Discuss in the light of recent creation of the union territory of Ladakh and J&K.(250 words) Indiatoday Why this question: The question is amidst …

2) Complete penetration of clean cooking fuel and cookstoves in rural India requires more of a behavioural and attitudinal change rather than policies that promote clean cooking alone. Critically examine in the light of successes achieved by Ujjwala scheme in comparison to the past efforts in this direction. (250 words)

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 2) Complete penetration of clean cooking fuel and cookstoves in rural India requires more of a behavioural and attitudinal change rather than policies that promote clean cooking alone. …

1) There is no shortcut to right-sizing a country’s population. And coercive laws can sometimes be counter-productive, leading to age composition imbalance. Critically examine the statement in the context of population control scenario in the country.(250 words)

Topic:  population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 1) There is no shortcut to right-sizing a country’s population. And coercive laws can sometimes be counter-productive, leading to age composition imbalance. Critically examine the statement in the context of population control scenario in the country.(250 words) Livemint Why this …

DRAFT NATIONAL RESOURCE EFFICIENCY POLICY

Topics covered: Conservation related issues.   DRAFT NATIONAL RESOURCE EFFICIENCY POLICY   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the policy. For Mains: Resource efficiency- need, significance, challenges and means to achieve it, NITI Aayog’s strategy on resource efficiency.   Context: Acknowledging the progress that has been made to implement Draft National Resource Efficiency …

RBI Panel on Economic Capital Framework

Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.   RBI Panel on Economic Capital Framework   What to study? For Prelims: Meaning …