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Digitizing Land Records using Blockchain Technology – Livemint Summary

2018-04-22T19:54:07+00:00

It has been more than a decade since the ambitious project to digitise land records across the country, called Digital India Land Records Modernisation Programme or DILRMP, was launched.  It has failed to keep the required pace. We can push it in mission mode using blockchain technology. Why digitisation of land records is required? The existing legal framework, based on the system of “presumptive ownership”, lends itself to litigation as land and property undergo several mutations over generations that are not always captured on public records. Moreover, data related to a specific parcel of land is stored in silo’ed government departments, [...]

Digitizing Land Records using Blockchain Technology – Livemint Summary 2018-04-22T19:54:07+00:00

Defence Planning Committee – IDSA Summary

2018-04-22T19:46:42+00:00

In a significant defence policy reform notified on April 18, 2018, the government has revamped the existing defence planning system by establishing a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the chairmanship of the National Security Adviser (NSA). Details - This new institutional mechanism, set up as a permanent body, is intended to “facilitate a comprehensive and integrated planning for defence matters”. The new measure, arguably the boldest defence reform in decades, is likely to have a far reaching consequence on the way defence planning is undertaken and on defence preparedness. Composition of DPC - The Committee has a cross-section of members drawn [...]

Defence Planning Committee – IDSA Summary 2018-04-22T19:46:42+00:00

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan

2018-04-22T19:43:57+00:00

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today gave its approval for restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA). Background - The Finance Minister, in his budget speech for 2016-17, announced the launch of new restructured scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), for developing governance capabilities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A Committee under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chairman-NITI Aayog was constituted to restructure the existing scheme of this Ministry as Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. The Committee held several meetings, consultations [...]

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan 2018-04-22T19:43:57+00:00

National Counter Terrorism Centre

2018-04-22T19:49:34+00:00

In a recent report to the Rajya Sabha, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has recommended that the government should immediately revive the idea of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) as a unified counter terrorism agency. Background - The demand to tighten internal security architecture emerged after 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. It prominently included the creation of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) as well as the revamp of National Security Guard (NSG). There was an ambitious plan to create a single overarching body for counter terrorism purposes by combining two distinct intelligence systems—predictive intelligence [...]

National Counter Terrorism Centre 2018-04-22T19:49:34+00:00

International Solar Alliance- IDSA Summary

2018-04-02T12:15:19+00:00

On 11 March 2018, India, along with France, hosted the members of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), marking an important milestone in its efforts to take the alliance, which was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brainchild, and supported ably by France, forward. Details - The key idea of the ISA is to “harmonise and aggregate demand for solar finance, solar technologies, innovation, research and development, and capacity building”. The ISA aims to mobilise $1 trillion low-cost financing for massive deployment of solar energy by 2030 and bring together 121 countries that lie between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn that receive plenty [...]

International Solar Alliance- IDSA Summary 2018-04-02T12:15:19+00:00

Road Map for a successful Medicare

2018-03-11T13:29:49+00:00

India recently began a bold experiment in the delivery of healthcare that, if successful, will bring medicine and treatment to 500 million poor and near-poor Indians. Challenges - For India, the sheer scale of its programme magnifies its many challenges, including how to communicate the benefits of the plan, and how to encourage enrolment. The success of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) depends crucially on whether people sign up for the service, whether they use it, and whether hospitals participate. What should be done? First, the demand side - No matter how generous the eligibility criteria and coverage of Modicare, [...]

Road Map for a successful Medicare 2018-03-11T13:29:49+00:00

India Jordan Relations | 2018 Update

2018-03-05T12:55:43+00:00

The three-day visit by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to India is a testimony that India’s "Think West" policy, like its "Act East" initiative, is progressively getting robust and vigorous. The Jordanian King’s visit, only his second to India, that too after more than a decade, takes place within a few weeks of Prime Minister Modi’s transit through Amman to Palestine. Background - India-Jordan relations - India and Jordan established diplomatic relations in 1950 after India became a Republic, although the first bilateral agreement on cooperation and friendly relations was entered into soon after Indian independence in 1947. The [...]

India Jordan Relations | 2018 Update 2018-03-05T12:55:43+00:00

Financial Inclusion in india

2018-03-04T12:41:21+00:00

An inclusive financial ecosystem is quintessential to the social contract between the state and its citizens. It surmounts both physical and, more importantly, psychological barriers, and helps achieve sustainable economic growth. It is gratifying that our policymakers are seized of this imperative and have been working along multiple avenues to address this. CRISIL Inclusix - CRISIL Inclusix measures progress on financial inclusion down to the level of each of the 666 districts in the country, and is based on data provided by the RBI, the MicroFinance Institution Network, and the Insurance Information Bureau of India. It is based on four dimensions—branch [...]

Financial Inclusion in india 2018-03-04T12:41:21+00:00

FATF puts Pakistan on “Grey List”

2018-02-26T18:03:50+00:00

Pakistan has been placed under the “Watch-list” by the Paris based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) over its inaction in taking concrete action on terror funding. Details - The US administration has been leveraging with other countries to put Islamabad on FATF’s ‘grey list’ for declaring Pakistan as a country that promotes terrorism and does not take action against organisations that help in terror financing. Some countries that had rallied behind Pakistan withdrew their objections to the US move. Other countries went along with Washington to put Pakistan on the ‘grey list’. About FATF - The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is [...]

FATF puts Pakistan on “Grey List” 2018-02-26T18:03:50+00:00

Restructuring of NRDWP |

2018-02-22T17:28:37+00:00

The main challenge facing most centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) has not been the lack of funding but that of strengthening implementation, monitoring and, more fundamentally, linking funding to performance. The rural drinking water sector, under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) has made a beginning in this direction. Background - The NRDWP, a successor to the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme, was started in 2009. This CSS, with funding on a 50:50 sharing basis between the Centre and the states, had invested about 1.2 trillion rupees on rural water between 2009 and 2017. Until now, NRDWP funds were allocated from [...]

Restructuring of NRDWP | 2018-02-22T17:28:37+00:00

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