21 June 2018
Vohra tajes charge in Jammu and Kashmir, reviews security situation
Governor N N Vohra took charge of administration as per the section 92 of Jammu and Kashmir constitution. Governor’s rule in J&K will be aided by advisors BVR Subramanyam, Vijaya Kumar.
CEA Resigns, cites personal reasons
CEA Arvind Subramanian resigned form office citing personal reasons.
US quits UN Human rights body
Usa announced its withdrawal from UNHRC. It cited UNHRC bias against Israel and accused Cuba, Russia , China , Egypt of obstructing reform of the body. Earlier USA withdrew from UNESCO and UN climate treaty.
The abrupt end of an unlikely alliance
BJP separated from PDP in Kashmir for its own political gains. Citing security reasons is hypocrisy as security is by and large under the control of armed forces in Kashmir. Hawkish stand of ties Government derailed peace process in Kashmir. Use of pellet guns against protesters, unwillingness to relet on AFSPA. Using central agencies against dissident separatist leadership failed to build necessary trust among the people.
Neither new nor desirable
Lateral entry is intended to bring in fresh ideas, specialists in to Bureaucracy. On the other side, it can push country towards committed bureaucracy.
In iIndia, as like many countries tradeoff between efficiency and accountability settled in favour of accountability. In this scenario career service is meant to ensure greater accountability and political Neutrality.
Domain expertise as suggested by Second ARC is a vague term and it need to be properly defined and a clear, object framework is necessary to avoid politicisation of Bureaucracy through lateral entry.
RBI brought in marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) system in the place of base rate. For existing loans, banks are still following base rates. It is making interest rates insensitive to policy rate signals.
Trauma at the border
Trump administration’s zero tolerance approach to dealing with undocumented migrants led to separation of children and parents from each other. Mr. Trump is not willing to take responsibility and claims democratic era laws are responsible for the same. A law against improper entry by aliens at the border and a decree known as Flores settlement are responsible for this.
The seeds of sustainability
Zero Budget nature farming could be a model for future. It has higher returns and low input costs in comparison to chemical fertiliser centric farming.
Resilient food systems are essential to face growing challenges of conflict and climate change. In this scenario, ZBNF is able to withstand droughts and flooding.
AP included Zero based natural farming to revamp farm practices and improve farmers income.
Have a policy on lateral entry
Mr. Veerappa Moily, he’d of the 2nd ARC stated that lateral entry system shall not be ad hoc. He stressed that
- System needs to be objective and merit centric.
- It shall not mimic spoil system of USA
- Social justice concerns in to Public recruitment need to be taken in to consideration.
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