[Premium] National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) – Will it deliver?

The Prime Minister had inaugurated the national Animal Disease Control Program at Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura. It aims to eradicate 2 major diseases affecting the Indian livestock- Foot and Mouth Disease/ FMD and the Brucellosis. Both these diseases are of major concern, especially to the dairy industry.

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Measles and Rubella – How to Eradicate them?

The member nations of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia have postponed the deadline for achieving the eradication of measles and rubella. India accounts for 36% of the global measles cases. The major campaign undertaken by the Indian government is currently facing challenges due to the reluctance of the public and also because of its vast coverage. The deadline has been postponed mainly due to these hindrances. The government needs to address these issues to make India free from the two major childhood killers – measles and rubella  

Rabies in India – Everything You Need to Know

As per the records, the world’s one-third of the rabies deaths are from India. According to the Health Ministry, India is the hotbed for human rabies. India is currently facing a shortage of ant-rabies vaccines in certain part of the country. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has asked the manufacturers and marketers to rush stocks to the areas that are suffering from a severe shortage of anti-rabies vaccines. In India, approximately 20,000 deaths are caused due to vaccine-preventable fatality each year. Therefore, rapid response to this issue is a need of the hour.

[Premium] Nudging India – Using Behavioural Economics in Public Policy

Economic Survey 2019 has brought in the Behavioural Economic Theory that provides insights to “nudge” the people to make economically and socially desirable choices. This is in contrast to the stringent economic and political policies to change the social behaviour of the people.

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[Premium] Unemployment Crisis in India – How to Solve it?

According to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) by National Sample Survey Office, the overall unemployment rate in the country in FY18 was at 6.1%.

However, the current survey, according to the government, is conducted in different method compared to the previous surveys.

But unemployment remains a problem, and the Government must take initiatives to make full use of the younger population to boost the growth and development of the economy.

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[Premium] Swachh Bharat Mission – Is it a Success or a Failure?

Poor sanitation is a primary cause of diseases worldwide = improving sanitation can have a beneficial impact on health both in households as well as communities. In order to meet the sanitation need, the government had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014. Since then, SBM became the world’s largest sanitation program by changing the behaviour of hundreds of millions of people with respect to toilet access and usage. However, there are also concerns regarding the overreporting of data, actual usage of toilets, etc. which we will discuss in this article.

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[Premium] RTE (Amendment) Act, 2019: No-Detention Controversy

The Right to Education Act, 2009 prohibits the detention of children till they complete elementary education (class 8) as detention would lead them to drop out of school.

However, this provision is amended by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019 to state that a regular examination will be conducted in class 5 and class 8 at the end of every academic year.

  • If a child fails the exam, he/she will be provided with the additional opportunity to take a re-examination within two months.
  • Such children will be provided with two-month remedial teaching to perform better in the re-examinations.
  • If he/she fails in the re-examination too, then the central government or the concerned state government may decide to allow schools to detain the child.
  • This change is incorporated due to the concern that automatic promotion reduces the incentive for children to learn and for teachers to teach.

This big-picture article explains the following in an analytical manner with a mindmap for quick revision:

  1. What is the no detention policy under the RTE Act?
  2. What are the advantages of No-detention policy?
  3. What are the disadvantages of no-detention policy? / Need for its removal?
  4. What are the concerns with the amendment?
  5. What is the way forward? / How to improve learning outcomes?

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