Reading Time: 9 mins In March, India, like several countries shut down liquor shops. During this period, the mental health of many alcoholics deteriorated with several even attempting suicides. When the shops were reopened in May, long queues and chaotic crowds with blatant disregard for social distancing norms were observed across the country. States have started online sale of liquor. This calls for a look into the issue of alcoholism in India.
Reading Time: 8 mins The death of an innocent African American named George Floyd triggered a massive civil rights movement in the USA and solidarity protests were also held in other parts of the world. The social phenomenon of racism has been in existence for long now and all attempts of eliminating the evil practice once again seem to be gone in vain as the ‘Black Lives Matter’ intensifies in the USA.
Reading Time: 10 mins India’s pharmaceutical sector is expected to be one of the very few industries that will record growth in this fiscal year amid strains from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Lockdown. Investors are looking at pharma companies as safer bets and the sudden surge in global demand for cheap and reliable drugs has presented a rare opportunity for the Indian pharmaceutical sector to transition from ‘Pharmacy of the World’ to ‘a Global Research Hub’. However, there are also issues in the way of India reaching this goal.
Reading Time: 5 mins In a country where around 90% workforce is engaged in an unorganized sector, the framing of social security schemes is a very challenging task. The humungous population with dynamic demographic patterns, diverse socio-economic conditions from state to state, and huge informal sector make the task of designing a foolproof scheme faces many structural and functional challenges. On this backdrop the Atal Pension Yojana, the flagship social security scheme, must be analyzed for its efficacy. Recently, it completed five years of its operation.
Reading Time: 9 mins The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected everyone but to some, it has led to complete disturbance in their lives. One such section is the migrant workforce of the nation. The people walking to their home states in desperation has been one of the dark images of the pandemic hit the nation. The world bank estimates that the lockdown has impacted over 40 million internal migrants in India.
Reading Time: 4 mins The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana has been in the news as it has been entire country is under the lockdown, the demand for medicines and medical equipment is on the rise. To cater to this demand PMJAKs have delivered a record amount of affordable and quality medicines to the public during the lockdown.X
Reading Time: 8 mins The labour laws in India have been on the anvil for the last few years now. In addition to that, the current pandemic has brought upon huge investment opportunities. The employment scenario has taken a dent too. So, both in anticipation of investment incomings and to strengthen the efforts in employment creation, many state governments have taken to the task of reforming its labour laws. In this scenario, it is opportune to study the status of labour laws in India.
Reading Time: 4 mins Recently, the Central government decided to suspend the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme for two years in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It sought to garner around 7,900 crores by suspending the scheme for the fight against the corona crisis. Following this, few state governments decided to suspend their MLALAD schemes too. This decision attracted diverse commentary by media and civil society.
Reading Time: 2 mins Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh relaxed legal provisions of labour laws in an attempt to attract more investment and boost economic activity. Several states are expected to follow their example.