15 June, 2020

  • The need for an anti-discrimination law - Lead Article - (Polity & Governance)
  • Diversity & Discrimination - NCERT
  • Constitutional Provisions
  • Important Legislations
  • Behind the curve - GST Compensation Cess - Editorial - (Economy)
  • India looks to deploy Naval Liaisons - (International Relation)
  • In the pandemic, the disabled remained an invisible minority - (Social Justice)
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    The need for an anti-discrimination law

    This article highlights about deep structural discrimination which has been ingrained in our society. This can be reflected in number of legislations passed by Central and State governments to enforce Article 15 of the Indian Constitution. The problem in India regarding discrimination has been felt across the lines of caste and class. So, government must pass an anti-discrimination law to put an end to discrimination in any form practised in our society.

    • Article 17 - Abolition of Untouchability
    • Article 15 -Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or
    • place of birth
    • Article 19 -Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech, etc.
    • Article 30 –Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions
    • Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019
    • Amendment in Article 15
    • Amendment in Article 16


    Behind the curve

    The lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 has adversely affected the GST collection within India. The GST collections for the month of March have reduced to Rs 97,000 crores. This was much lower than the average GST collection of Rs 1 lakh crores in the previous 4 months. On account of this, there has been delay in the payment of GST compensation to the States.

    In the first week of June, the Centre cleared pending dues of around Rs 36,000 crores to the states for the period of November 2019- February 2020. It is yet to pay the GST compensation to the states for the period starting from March 2020. The GST Council has been discussing on the ways to borrow money to pay the GST compensation to the States since last 2 months.

    However, this decision has been postponed to the next GST Council meeting in July. Against this background, the article highlights that urgent steps must be taken by the Centre to compensate the states for their loss in the GST revenue at the earliest.

    • About GST Council


    India looks to deploy Naval Liaisons

    India joined Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as Observer in March (along with Japan and the United Nations). India is now looking to post Navy Liaison Officers (LO) at the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) in Madagascar and also at the European maritime surveillance initiative in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) for improved Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).

    • Information Fusion Centre for Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)
    • Indian Ocean strategy of India


    In the pandemic, the disabled remain an invisible minority

    According to a report by the National Centre for the Promotion of Employment for Disabled Persons (NCPEDP) — which includes results from a study of 1,067 people with disabilities (about 73% male, 27% female) — over 73% of those surveyed faced serious difficulties due to the lockdown. According to professional psychologists, individuals with disability and their families are at a greater risk of poor health and quality of life outcomes because either their social status is affected by their disabilities or their disabilities are made worse by the inaccessibility that comes with social status. Lower income levels have been consistently correlated with poor health and inferior quality of life.

    • Why was the Disabilities Act enacted?
    • How does the UN Convention empower persons with disabilities?
    • Rights and Entitlements of Disabled as per 2016 Act
    • Data on Disability
    • Laws for the protection of vulnerable section

    Ritika Gupta 8 months ago

    Epic Sir !