Mains Value Addition
Strengthening the process of choosing the police chief
India’s new Covid-19 vaccine policy
Syllabus– GS 3: Environment
Syllabus– GS 1: Women
Syllabus– GS 2: secularism
Why in News?
Recent developments in the Mumbai Police which resulted in the removal of Param Bir Singh from the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s post focus the spotlight once again on long overdue reforms needed in the process of appointing and removing police chiefs.
Syllabus– GS 2: Police Reforms
Need to Change the Approach –
While the top court entrusted the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) with a role in shortlisting candidates from which the State government is to appoint the police chief, the Model Police Bill, 2015 places the responsibility with a multiparty State Police Board, also referred to as the State Security Commission (SSCs), instead
Need for transparency
Supreme Court’s Stand:-
Example of UK: –
Way Forward: –
A balance needs to be struck between the government’s legitimate role and the police chief’s operational autonomy. Critically evaluate the statement.
Why in News: –India will dramatically expand its vaccination coverage from May 1, including everyone aged 18 and older.
Syllabus: – GS2: Health
Serum Institute of India (SII) on Wednesday announced the prices for its vaccine — Rs 400 per dose to states, and Rs 600 per dose to hospitals. Bharat Biotech and Dr Reddy’s (which will distribute the Russian Sputnik V shot) have not made an announcement yet.
What are the changes in procurement?
What changes in distribution?
Will private vaccination centres still administer the vaccine at Rs 250?
What will be the cost of a shot at a private centre?
How will the Centre decide which state gets how many doses?
Will imported vaccines also be divided among the Centre, states, and private hospitals?
Which other countries in the world have allowed open-market sale of vaccines?
Richer states, which have the ability to procure large amounts, and states with large networks of private hospitals, are expected to receive a higher proportion of doses from the open market. Explain the statement in terms of India’s vaccine policy challenges.