Insights into Issues: Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana – How Different is it from Earlier Agri Insurance Schemes?

    Insights into Issues: Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana – How Different is it from Earlier Agri Insurance Schemes?   Problems with the current Insurance Schemes: There is low awareness about the current schemes. Only 19% farmers have heard of such schemes Low penetration of Financial Institutions also adds to the cause of poor …

Insights into Issues: Minority Educational Institutions and Minority Status

    Insights into Issues: Minority Educational Institutions and Minority Status     In January, the central government reversed the stand of its predecessor Government and decided not to support minority status for Aligarh Muslim University or Jamia Millia Islamia. Background of the Issue AMU AMU was founded as the Madrasatul Uloom in 1875 in …

Insights into Issues: WTO Dispute – Domestic Content Requirement

    Insights into Issues: WTO Dispute – Domestic Content Requirement   The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has declared domestic content requirement (DCRs) in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) as illegal. Last year in Aug 2015, the WTO disputes panel also ruled that India’s subsidies for solar power contravene WTO trade rules …

Insights into Issues: Internet Governance

    Insights into Issues: Internet Governance   The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in a meeting at Marrakesh (Morocco) decided that the ICANN will now be governed by a “multi-stakeholder” (multistakeholder ICANN community) model, including businesses, individual users and members of governments across the world. Since this group elects ICANN’s board …

Insights into Issues: FRBM Act – Need for a paradigm shift

    Insights into Issues: FRBM Act – Need for a paradigm shift     FRBM act The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003 (FRBMA) is an Act of the Parliament of India to institutionalize financial discipline, reduce India’s fiscal deficit, improve macroeconomic management and the overall management of the public funds by moving towards a balanced …