National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP)

Ques. Describe the salient features, objectives and vision of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development. National Goal: The National Goal of the programme is to provide every rural person with adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic basic needs on a sustainable basis. Vision: Safe drinking water for all, at all times, in rural India Components of the NRDWP: Coverage for providing safe and adequate drinking water Continue reading →

Union Budget 2015-2016 Highlights

To download, click here - Key features of Union Budget 2015-16 Inflation Inflation declined – a structural shift CPI inflation projected at 5% by the end of the year, consequently, easing of monetary policy Monetary Policy Framework Agreement with RBI, to keep inflation below 6%. GDP growth in 2015-16, projected to be between 8 to 8.5%. Amrut Mahotsav – The year 2022, 75th year of Independence Vision for “Team India” led by PM Housing for all – 2 crore houses in Urban areas and 4 Continue reading →

NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India)

Union Government today established NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), as replacement for the Planning Commission. This comes after extensive consultation across the spectrum of stakeholders, including state governments, domain experts and relevant institutions. NITI Aayog will seek to provide a critical directional and strategic input into the development process. The centre-to-state one-way flow of policy, that was the hallmark of the Planning Commission era, is now sought to be replaced by a genuine and continuing partnership of states. Features: NITI Aayog will emerge Continue reading →

Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)

E-waste a major concern

E-waste is a term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that has or could enter the waste stream. The main factors responsible for the increased consumption and productions of electrical and electronic equipment are rapid economic growth, coupled with urbanization and industrialization. The Indian Information Technology (IT) sector is one of the major contributors to the global economy. At the same time, it is responsible for generation of the bulk of E-waste or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Continue reading →

Mars Orbiter Mission of India

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan is a spacecraft orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. Launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The main objectives of the first Indian mission to Mars is to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. Users can find information about the Mission, Mission spacecraft, launch vehicle, launch videos, etc. The mission is a “technology demonstrator” project to develop the technologies for design, planning, management, and Continue reading →

Restructuring MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act)

Question for Mains - Q1.Analyze the government's decision of restructuring Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), describe its likely implications. Q2. Throw light on the success of MGNREGA towards providing aid to rural community. Discuss the challenges faced by the government & measures adopted for its proper implementation. Government is likely to restructure Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) by linking employment-with development in rural areas. January 2014, Ministry of rural development issued a directive to provide 150 days of wage Continue reading →

Remote Sensing and GIS

REMOTE SENSING AND GIS What is remote sensing? Remote sensing is the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from aircraft or satellites. Remote sensors collect data by detecting the energy that is reflected from Earth. These sensors can be on satellites or mounted on aircraft.  Remote sensors can be either passive or active. Passive sensors respond to external stimuli. They record radiation that is reflected from Earth’s surface, usually from the sun. Because of this, passive sensors can only Continue reading →


(Question could be – Critically analyse the evolution and consequences of current outbreak of Ebola virus disease. Describe the measure being taken by the government of India to deal with it.) Ebola virus disease is a severe haemorrhagic fever caused by viral infection, illness is extremely fatal as the death rate can go up to 90%. The origin of the deadly Ebola virus has been traced to Africa. The scientist who discovered the Ebola virus from a blood sample of a dying Catholic nun way Continue reading →

Issue of child trafficking in India

Ques. Critically analyse the issue of child trafficking in India, what are its consequences. Describe the steps taken by the government. Child trafficking, according to UNICEF is defined as “any person under 18 who is recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received for the purpose of exploitation, either, within or outside a country. India is a prime area for child trafficking for various reasons such as labour, begging, and sexual exploitation. NGOs estimate this problem affects 20 to 65 million Indians. There are many contributing factors to child Continue reading →