07 October 2014
Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words:
1) Recently the World Bank while projecting India’s GDP growth has advised India to bring ‘structural ‘reforms’ in its economy and has also advised to remove constraints such as supply chain delays and uncertainty to boost manufacturing sector. Examine what are these structural reforms, supply chain delays and how they affect Indian economy.
2) These days there is a lot of talk going on about the benefits of Big Data in various sectors. What is Big Data and how is it useful for organizations and governments? Discuss.
3) “In the 21st century, the Prime Minister’s job should increasingly be to talk about high-level policy – to set a policy direction, and to choose the best people and structures to implement it.” Critically examine what should be the Prime Minister’s role vis a vis domestic and foreign affairs in a globalized India.
4) The Electricity Act of 2003 has some progressive provisions to usher reforms in the power sector reforms, but these provisions have not translated into action. Critically examine.
5) In India, farm productivity is very low compared to other countries – both developing and developed. What are the reasons and remedies? Explain.
6) A swine flu outbreak in 2009 exposed the lack of preparedness and infrastructure in India to deal with such diseases. In the light of recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease, critically evaluate India’s preparedness at this moment.
7) Recently the Supreme Court directed for an inquiry into every police encounter that leads to human killings. Critically comment on the significance of this directive.
8) Critically evaluate the achievements made by the flagship Central government programme Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY)
9) “To provide a stable home, a happy family life and a comfortable society to live in for NRI’s, besides discarding outdated legislation, Indian legislators seriously need to make new laws for international Indians.” In the light of some conflicting legislations which affect NRIs and People of Indian Origins, examine the issues involved and how to address them.