Mains Value Addition
Navigating the storm: On the Fifteenth Finance Commission.
Voice votes as constitutional subterfuge.
Demonizing freedom to love in New India will contribute to growing suicide toll of young people
What is Carbon Watch— India’s 1st app to assess one’s carbon footprint
GS-3: S&T developments and everyday applications & effects; Awareness in fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nanotech, Biotech, IPR issues
GS-3: Environmental conservation; Environmental pollution and degradation; Environmental Impact Assessment
GS-3: Security forces & agencies (mandate); Role of External State & Non-State actors in creating internal security challenges
A balanced between Union and States, the cover visual of the Fifteenth Finance Commission’s report for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26 over various grants.
GS-2: Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
GS-3: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.
(i) revenue deficit grants,
(ii) grants to local bodies, and
(iii) disaster management grants.
Assess the Finance Commission’s endeavour to maintain an equitable financial approach at a time when the Centre and States are facing unprecedented revenue stress and fiscal demands. What are the recommendations of finance commission for 2021-26?
The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill were passed by the State’s Legislative Council on Monday, February 8.
GS-2: powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
GS-2: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
To enhance the quality of democracy in India the second chamber’s performance is important as it offers the opportunity for a second legislative scrutiny. What are the suggested reforms in legislative process and how far are they significant to make democracy successful?
Why in News: –The recent passage of the so-called ‘love jihad’ laws in three states of the country, represents a new and daunting challenge to love in India.
Syllabus: – GS-2: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
GS-1: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
GS-4: Behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
The Social Concerns
Challenges ahead: –
Self-appointed custodians of morality and ethnic purity:
Consequences of the laws: –
“Love Jihad is assuming new identities and associational forms. Those who dared to love across the forbidden boundaries of caste and community are being ostracised by their own families.” Comment.
Chandigarh became the first state or Union Territory in India to launch Carbon Watch, a mobile application to assess the carbon footprint of an individual.
Environmentalsolutions offered by the mobile application?
Critically analyse how the mobile applications and IOT technology can provide the solutions for Environmental problems?