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MSP Scheme for Minor Forest Produce: Major Issues

Minimum Support Price Scheme (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is a centrally-sponsored scheme launched at the end of 2013-14 (during the 12th five-year plan) to assure fair and remunerative price to MFP gatherers. Known as ‘Mechanism for marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) and development of value chain for […]

2+2 Dialogue and COMCASA

Recently, the first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US was held in New Delhi. India and the United States have agreed to Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) pact on the sidelines of the 2+2 dialogue. What is 2+2 dialogue? 2+2 dialogue was agreed between India and U.S. during the visit of PM Narenda […]

US Sanctions against Iran

New sanctions were imposed on Iran by the United States over Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test. This has affected ties between the two countries which saw gradual improvement over a couple of years. The sanctions target thirteen people and twelve companies including groups in China, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. These sanctions were enforced in […]

Constitutional Validity of Aadhaar

Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Aadhaar in its majority verdict (4 out of 5 judges). It is in this light, there is a need to look up the background of the Aadhaar issue and analyse various verdicts. Evolution of Aadhaar Concerns about national security is the reason for the origin of […]

Begging in India: Various Issues and Legal Recourses

In August 2018, Delhi High Court decriminalized beggary by striking down some sections of the Bombay Prevention of Beggary Act, 1959, as extended to Delhi. Background Begging is a crime in twenty states and two union territories of India. It is treated as cognizable and non-bailable offense. Presently, there is not a single uniform law […]

Lateral Entry into the Civil Services

Recently, the government has proposed lateral entry into the civil services. While there are several concerns, the idea is neither totally new nor an anathema that should be rejected. What is the present status of the proposed lateral entry program? The Union government released a notification seeking applications to fill in ten government posts at […]

Challenges Before Monetary Policy Committee

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is the body of the RBI headed by its Governor. The body is responsible for taking the important monetary policy decisions for determining the repo rate. The Monetary policy committee is a statutory body established under the provisions of RBI act 1934. The functions of the committee are: The main […]

Is India heading towards another financial crisis?

The 2008 financial crisis brought the world to a standstill. Even India was not immune from the impact of the crisis. But the impact was limited. The aftermath effects of the crisis continued to haunt India for a longer period of time. The dark clouds of another financial crisis are looming large over India. Why […]

Heritage Conservation: Ahmedabad Model

Ahmedabad is situated at the heart of Gujarat. The city is deeply rooted in tradition. Ahmedabad is now recognised as the world heritage city by UNESCO. The considerable effort made by the city municipal corporation to preserve, maintain and promote its heritage resources has made a significant contribution in getting the recognition from UNESCO. Rich Heritage of […]

Man-Tiger Conflict

India is the adobe of world’s largest number of Tigers. Declining forest cover, increased encroachments, declining quality of forests, obstructions to forest corridors has resulted in increased Man-Tiger conflict. Findings of Tiger Census 2014: The population of tigers in India has increased from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014. There was an increase of […]