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Union Budget 2023-24 and Urban Infrastructure and Development Financing: Promising Yet Concerning

Indian cities with their contribution of around two-thirds of the GDP are expected to play an instrumental role as the country’s ‘engines of economic growth'. The union budget 2023-24 has tried give a push to cities by way of capital expenditure.
Mission Karmayogi

Mission Karmayogi: Civil Servants Capacity Building Program

Prime Minister stated “Mission Karmayogi is a new experiment of its kind in the direction of capacity building. Through this mission, government employees have to modernize their thinking, and approach and improve their skill set. It is to allow them to become a Karmayogi…”Moreover, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba launched the Approach paper on Annual Capacity Building Plans for Central Ministries and Departments under “Mission Karmayogi” 

One Nation One Fertilizer

The government issued an order requiring all businesses to market their goods under the brand name "Bharat" in order to standardize fertilizer brands across the nation. Under this scheme, all fertilizer companies will be manufacturing fertilizers under one brand name which will ensure uniformity and reduce confusion among farmers. The budget for fertilizer subsidies has been increased to 25% as compared to last year. This scheme will also ensure cost-effectiveness.
Safai Mitra Surakshit Shehar

SafaiMitra Surakshit Shehar 

In August this year, 500 cities across India declared themselves as ‘Safai Mitra Surakshit Shehar’. This implies transformation of every ‘manhole’ into a ‘machine hole’ and showcases the success of the decisive drive towards discarding the inhuman practise of manual scavenging. 

A Crucial Headcount, Delayed Census 2021

The Indian Census has been delayed. While some sources claim that it is now to be conducted in 2023, it appears on the whole that the planning and preparation that is a prerequisite for the initiative has been put off indefinitely. While the Government of India posted in its notices that the reason for the delay was the Covid-19 pandemic, this article explores why such a reason might be a purely ostensible one. The article argues for immediate course correction, for reasons more than just having a “headcount”.