Reading Time: 12 mins One of the most struggling sectors in the current pandemic is the logistics sector. As the sector is demanding special packages to deal with the scenario, it is pertinent to remember the government’s decision to have a new National logistics Policy as declared by the Finance Minister during the Budget speech this year. In this backdrop, it is important to study the features, status, and issues of the sector.
Reading Time: 8 mins The Police system in India and its sorry state once again came to the fore recently when a father-Son duo, namely P Jeyaraj (58) and Fenix (31) respectively, died in Police custody in Tamil Nadu. The relatives and protestors fear this to be a case of police brutality. The reason for their arrest was that they kept their shop open beyond permitted time (restrictions placed in the light of COVID-19). This comes amid the cases of police brutality across the country and the recent uproar over the George Floyd case.
Reading Time: 7 mins The Shekatkar committee has been in news even during the Covid-19 pandemic as the exigencies along the border continue to haunt. The current government’s focus on national security and defense preparedness made it relook at the committee report in the wake of Ladakh border issues with China. It swung into action recently approving major recommendations of the committee.
Reading Time: 6 mins Science is an important means by which societal empowerment is achieved. The scientific development reflects national development. Nowadays, Experts believe connecting science with societal needs will create multiplier effects. In light of this line of thought, the government may soon come up with a policy on Scientific social responsibility. The draft Scientific Social Responsibility Policy is already in the public domain for discussions.
Reading Time: 8 mins The third tranche of economic measures made significant hints towards contract farming and related policy initiatives. After various state governments taking various steps related to agricultural marketing, the central government has brought an ordinance on contract farming making it legal to sell farm produce beyond traditional APMCs and undergo contract farming.
Reading Time: 7 mins The Union Budget 2020-21 has given very low priority for the Sagarmala Project. Only Rs.297 crore is allocated for this infrastructural development scheme. This comes in the backdrop of very low allocations for the maritime sector in general out of the Rs.1 lakh crore allocation for the infrastructure sector – most of which is to be tunnelled into the National Infrastructure Pipeline. This is significant as India has an advantage with regards to its long coastline and its position in the Indian Ocean, which could be utilized to its full potential with the sustainable development of its coastal areas. Additionally, Sagarmala program needs an overhaul to make it more sustainable and inclusive so that the local fishing communities are not harmed.
Reading Time: 6 mins India’s importance in the Indian Ocean region and rising recognition of the same was once again highlighted recently when it joined the Indian Ocean Commission as an observer. India being a predominant force in the Indian Ocean, joining this important organization lends much required depth to SAGAR vision of PM Narendra Modi.
Reading Time: 9 mins The International Energy Agency, in its India 2020 Energy Policy Review, has recommended adoption of NITI Aayog’s Draft National Energy Policy, which is under consideration since 2017 and is yet to be enforced due to several inter-ministerial differences. This said policy fails to address various other issues faced by India’s energy sector. Therefore, changes must be made in a way that enables coordination of all parties and also allows the country to adopt green energy as climate change has a significant impact on India’s economy and people. This reformed policy must be adopted as soon as possible as the country is currently facing rampant energy poverty despite having surplus energy under its domain.
Reading Time: 6 mins PM Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) has made sure that the universal access to a bank account a near reality. However, the level of utilisation of such accounts is very low, which calls for promoting financial literacy in the country as well as radically reforming the financial inclusion agenda.