GS-II: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States

In light of the recent Supreme Court order upholding the 2014 amendments to the EPFO pension scheme, give an overview of this social security scheme. How is the apex court’s order expected to affect the pensions segment?

Recently, the Supreme Court in a crucial judgment upheld the Employees’ Pension (Amendment) Scheme, 2014 of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) as “legal and valid”. EPFO Pension Scheme: EPF is the main scheme under the Employees’ Provident Funds and ..

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Over the last 3 years, more than half the centrally sponsored schemes have been discontinued/ rationalized. Examine the impact of these measures.

A continued reduction in the number of schemes by the government under various ministries has been observed in the last few years. Over 50% of Central government sponsored schemes have been either discontinued, subsumed, redesigned or rationalized into other schemes ..

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In the light of the looming fiscal crisis threatening the states, comment on the state government’s reliance on revenue from liquor and lotteries. How can the states boost their revenue inflow?

Recently, the governor of Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan has criticized the state government for excessively relying on sale of liquor and lottery to increase the revenue. This has sparked a debate, should the government sell sin goods? Arguments against: The ..

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Discuss the powers of the Governor with respect to the elected government in states. What are the challenges to the smooth functioning of this system?

Article 153 of the constitution establishes a governor. The Governor is supposed to act as a link between the Union and the State (federalism). The governor is the executive head of the state, who is appointed by the President and ..

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Highlighting the process of delimitation in India, throw some light on the debate surrounding it in India.

Delimitation is the process of rationalization of constituencies after each census. So that equal representation of people from each constituency can be maintained (under article 82). Process: After each census, the population of the country, state and district is updated. ..

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The Right to Information Act, 2005 has been diluted by the recent amendments and undermined the authority of information commissioners. Critically analyze.

Right to information act 2005 is the cornerstone of right to information under article 21, to the common citizens of India. It has assured and era of transparency and accountability in the Indian administrative system. Recent amendment: Under the recent ..

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