MCLR Context: • State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest commercial bank, recently raised the marginal cost of funds-based lending rates (MCLR) for the first time in three years, signaling that the soft rates regime that has prevailed since 2019 may be over. About: • […]

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) Context: • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi,has approved continuation of revamped Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) for implementation. About: • The focus of the reformed RGSA will […]

Fortified Rice

Fortified Rice Context: • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today has accorded its approval for supply of fortified rice throughout the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Integrated Child Development […]

Indian Tent Turtles

Indian Tent Turtles Context: • Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in Rajya Sabha gave the status of the Indian tent turtle which is listed in Schedule –I of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, […]

Addressing the Rising Global Hunger

Addressing the Rising Global Hunger Context: • Given the current situation of a shock of a pandemic, conflicts across borders and migrant crisis all around the world the number of people on the brink of starvation has doubled from 135 million people, pre-COVID, a year […]

India’s Edible Oil Requirements

India’s Edible Oil Requirements Context: • India has contracted 45,000 tons of Russian sunflower oil at a record-high price for shipments in April as edible oil prices in the local market surged after supplies from rival Ukraine stopped, five industry officials. Why shortage in supplies? […]

Crop Diversification

Crop Diversification Context: • The Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (DA&FW) is implementing the Crop Diversification Programme (CDP), a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) in the Original Green Revolution States viz; Haryana, Punjab & Western Uttar Pradesh since 2013-14 to divert the […]

Bringing Together NAEP & NEP

Bringing Together NAEP & NEP Context: • To align the National Agricultural Education Policy (NAEP) with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which is based on five pillars, namely, Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability to achieve the 2030 agenda, the Indian Council of Agricultural […]