Immediate challenge of services sector is revival of growth

Ques. “Services constitute a major portion of India’s GDP with a 57 per cent share at factor cost however the immediate challenge in the services sector is revival of growth”, while analysing the given statement describe the suggested measures to overcome the challenge of revival of growth in the services sector of India. India has the second fastest growing services sector in the world. In 2013-14 the growth rate of the services sector at 6.8 per cent is marginally lower than in 2012-13. This is Continue reading →

Foreign funded NGOs affecting India’s economic growth

Ques. Describe how foreign-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are negatively impacting economic development of India. An Intelligence Bureau report has accused “foreign-funded” NGOs such as Greenpeace, Cordaid, Amnesty and Action Aid of “serving as tools for foreign policy interests of western governments” by sponsoring agitations against nuclear and coal-fired power plants across the country. Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation are the two principal international contributors to Greenpeace India Society. How foreign funded NGOs are affecting India’s economic growth: Claimed by IB(Intelligence Bureau) report, The NGOs, Continue reading →

India’s civil nuclear liability regime affects its nuclear sector growth

Ques. “India’s civil nuclear liability regime is tremendously unbalanced and may adversely affect the nuclear capacity addition programme of India” while critically analysing the given statement describe how nuclear liability law 2010 may be a threat to nuclear sector growth in India. The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 or Nuclear Liability Act aims to provide a civil liability for nuclear damage and prompt compensation to the victims of a nuclear incident through a no fault liability to the operator, appointment of Claims Commissioner, Continue reading →

Agenda of intelligence reforms in India

Ques. ‘India’s intelligence capabilities are not as low as rated’, but there is a need to bring all central agencies under one umbrella to ensure seamless integration in their operations, assessments and response’, While analysing the given statement highlight the intelligence reforms needed in India. Intelligence Agencies play an important role in protecting National Security of a country. They help in maintaining Internal and External Security of a Nation. The very nature of their functioning and work requires some degree of Anonymity, Secrecy and Confidentiality. Continue reading →

Urban garbage management crisis in India

Ques. Describe the prevailing urban garbage management crisis in India. What steps should be taken to overcome the crises. India is in the transition towards better waste management but currently have insufficient collection and improper disposal of wastes. Disposal of wastes is commonly done by dumping (on land or into water bodies), incineration or long term storage in a secured facility. All these methods have varying degrees of negative environmental impacts with adverse environmental and health risks if wastes are improperly disposed or stored. Prevailing Continue reading →

Water pollution in India

Ques. “The task of reducing the pollution load of the Ganga is daunting, but the clamour for a cleaner river has gained momentum in recent times” while analysing the given statement describe the causes of increasing pollution of India’ water bodies. What are its consequences? Critically examine what measures are needed to address the pollution problem. Water Pollution is the presence of harmful and objectionable material in water in sufficient concentrations to make it unfit for use. Water contamination weakens or destroys natural ecosystems that Continue reading →

Disaster prevention, mitigation and management

Ques. “Little seems to have been done by the State governments, past and present, in the area of disaster prevention, mitigation and management” Comment. India is one of the most vulnerable developing countries to suffer very often from various natural disasters, namely drought, flood, cyclone, earth quake, landslide, forest fire, hail storm, locust, volcanic eruption, etc. Which strike causing a devastating impact on human life, economy and environment. WHO defines Disaster as “any occurrence, that causes damage, ecological disruption, loss of human life, deterioration of Continue reading →

Higher education in India needs reforms

Ques. “There is no greater challenge to the future of India than the urgent need to revamp our institutions of higher education” Comment. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/fresh-ideas-not-more-institutions/article6117037.ece At present, the higher education system in India suffers from many shortcomings. The reforms are needed to address the fundamental problem of institutionalised mediocrity, deeply embedded in these institutions. Adequate FUNDING of colleges and universities for enhancing their education system on three parameters — access, equity and quality- is required. Such planning would include creating new academic institutions, expanding and upgrading the existing Continue reading →

Corruption In India

Ques. “Simplifying complex rules and regulations, making the decision-making process transparent, and giving the government a limited role will minimise opportunities for the corrupt”, while analysing the given statement, describe the causes of corruption. What initiatives have been taken by the government to deal with corruption? http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/lokpal-is-no-magic-bullet/article6109523.ece Corruption in India is a major issue that adversely affects its economy.  A study conducted by Transparency International in year 2005 found that more than 62% of Indians had first-hand experience of paying bribes or influence peddling to Continue reading →

Issue of gaps in collection of national statistics

Describe the functions of ministry of statistics. Critically analyse how the serious gaps in collection of national statistic is affecting the economic planning. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/a-ministry-that-fell-off-policy-map/article6087471.ece The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation attaches considerable importance to coverage and quality aspects of statistics released in the country. The statistics released are based on administrative sources, surveys and censuses conducted by the Centre and State Governments and non-official sources and studies. The surveys conducted by the Ministry are based on scientific sampling methods. The Ministry has two wings, one relating to Statistics and Continue reading →