Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
TopicState of the State

Topic: State of the State

Modi govt takes IAS promotions to next level—Additional, Joint Secretary now come closer

Under the new system, even though the undersecretary will be promoted to a deputy secretary and then to a director, the function will remain the same.

India has 71 towns, cities under Police Commissionerate. It just creates hierarchy

There is a need to re-examine not just the 1861 Police Act, but also the colonial practice of four-stage recruitment and the non-involvement of city governments in law and order.

India is understaffed. PM’s nudge to fill lakhs of public sector job is affordable and doable

From teachers to doctors to IAS officers, India has lakhs of vacancies. Keeping them empty hurts our Sustainable Development Goals.

India has debated sedition at length but it won’t go without the overhaul of justice system

Preventive Detention has stayed its course because India didn’t invest much in the investigative competence of the police, or legal acumen of the prosecutors.

Don’t reduce BSF from first-class border guarding force to third-class police force in states

The BSF was created to guard borders, it hasn't been trained for police function. Expanding its mandate will dilute its core competence.

For a ‘civilisational’ India, important to understand a ‘garrison’ Pakistan, ‘fragile’ Lanka

Although the territory of Pakistan was part of the civilisational State of Bharat, it consciously chose to disinherit its past. In the process, became a garrison.

Not just Kota factories, we need to talk about delayed induction of state officers to IAS

State civil service officers constitute one-third of the total strength of the IAS, but few rise to fill the vacancies in the IAS and IPS.

This scheme mapping ‘abadi’ village areas is a win-win situation for Gram Panchayats

IAS officers have always settled agricultural land, not homestead land as it wasn't ‘revenue-yielding'. The NLMC and the SVAMITVA scheme change that.

IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS should have specific civil service entrance exams. At least discuss it

Would it not make sense if the Prelims and compulsory Mains were common to all, but service-specific papers introduced for IAS, IPS, IFS and Revenue Services?

Single Civil Services Exam outdated. UPSC holding separate exam for Indian Railways—good idea

Before the nationalisation of the railways in 1951, all constituent railway companies had their own methods of recruitment. Then why not now?

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.