Editorial Analysis: Our civil services need a reboot

Rebooting Civil ServicesApprox Read Time: 2 min Civil Services IAS needs an overhaul: The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the so-called steel frame of our bureaucracy has turned rusty.The government officials have acquired a reputation for laziness and corruption.Ever since economic liberalization, there has been a near consensus in the country—at least outside IAS circles—that our system of policy implementation needs an overhaul.The system’s focus needs to be role-specific rather than…

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Mission Karmayogi: For Civil Servants

Mission KarmayogiApprox Read Time: 4 minutes In News: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared major changes in the way civil services officers will be skilled and trained across the country. About: Mission Karmyogi or National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) Mission Karmayogi aims to prepare Civil Servants for the future by making them more creative, constructive & innovative through transparency and technology.This unique programme will help to lay the foundation…

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National Concerns: Use of Force by Police

When, and to what extent, is the use of force by police legal?Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: The police action in Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, where the police entered the university campus and employed force against students, is being widely criticized. Provisions to deal with protests: There are various provisions in the Constitution and laws of India on the right of police to intervene in protests and agitations.Provisions…

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Economic Bytes: Rs 35,298 cr. in GST Compensation

Govt. releases Rs 35298 cr. in GST compensationApprox Read Time: 4 minutes In News: (Rs 35298 cr. in GST compensation) The central government has released Rs 35,298 crore to states to make up for the loss of revenue due to rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This was done shortly before the meeting of the GST Council, the highest decision-making body of the indirect tax regime. News Summary:…

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National Concerns: Report of Ministry of Jal Shakti

3 lakh rural habitations lack quality drinking water supply - (Report of Ministry of Jal Shakti)Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: Ministry of Jal Shakti recently presented data related to the its Ministry in the Lok Sabha. Highlights of the data presented: Over three lakh rural habitations across the country continue to be deprived of the government’s minimum prescribed provision of 40 litre per capita per day (lpcd) of…

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National Bytes: Fugitive Economic Offender

After Mallya, Nirav Modi: Who is a ‘fugitive economic offender’?Approx Read Time: 4 minutes Fugitive Economic Offender In News: A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court has declared diamond trader Nirav Modi, a fugitive economic offender. Nirav Modi is an accused in the Punjab National Bank scam case. Nirav Modi is the second person to be declared a fugitive economic offender, under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, after…

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National Bytes: Merging of Union Territories

Merging of Union TerritoriesApprox Read Time: 7 minutes Merging of Union Territories In News: (Merging of Union Territories) The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Amit Shah, on November 26, 2019.The Bill provides for the merger of the Union Territories (UTs) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu…

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Social Concerns: Global Gender Gap Index, 2020

India slips 4 spots to 112 on gender parity: WEF report (Global Gender Gap Index 2020)Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: The Global Gender Gap Index for 2020 has been released.Now in its 14th year, the Index is published annually by the World Economic Forum, (WEF). Global Gender Gap Index for 2020 Global Gender Gap Index 2020 Global Findings: While Iceland, Norway, and Finland occupy the top three spots,…

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