Overview of The Hindu Editorial News Analysis – Vignan IAS Academy Current Affairs
Supreme Court permits Permanent Commissioning of Women Officers in Defence
- Supreme Court of India upheld the judgement of Delhi High Court over the issue of commissioning of women officers in Indian Army.
- Earlier, permanent service commission for women were not allowed, especially in combat units.
- Also, women were not appointed at the level of officers in the combat units.
- The High Court of Delhi in 2010 had instructed the GoI to provide permanent commissioning of women officers in the Indian Army.
- The GoI in 2010 had argued that women are physiologically weak and are not as efficient as men when it comes to leading a combat unit.
India attends 3rd Global Conference on Road Safety held in collaboration with WHO, World Bank
- The Conference aimed at achieving Global Goals 2030. It was held in Stockholm, Sweden.
- The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety was proclaimed in March 2010 for the decade 2011-20.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: 4th National Conference held in Udaipur
- The Conference was organized by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
- Currently, the scheme has three active participants namely the state government, banking sector and the insurance sector.
- The scheme was launched in 2016. It replaced the Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme and National Agricultural Insurance Scheme.
- Under the scheme the farmers are paid a premium of 2% for Kharif crops and 1.5% for Rabi crops in case of crop damages.
Atal Bhujal Yojana: GoI and World Bank signed loan agreement of 450 million USD
- Aims on strengthening ground water institutions and also arrest the depletion of ground water resources.
- It is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
- Under the scheme the World Bank will provide Rs 6,000 crores for sustainable management of groundwater.
- In allowing women permanent commission, the court has demolished gender stereotypes.
- Though women were absorbed into the SSC(Short Service Commission), they were denied permanent commission in most branches of the Indian Army.
- As long as society holds strong beliefs about gender roles there will not be change of mindsets, the top court observed.
- Court has forced acknowledgement of the sterling role women have played and continue to play, shoulder to
shoulder, with their male counterparts, for the security
of the nation.
Protecting children’s right to protest
- A child has as much right to be present at a protest site as any adult.
- Implicit in the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble peaceably and without arms under Article 19 of the Constitution is the right to protest. This right is guaranteed to all citizens of India regardless of age.
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which India has ratified, expressly recognises in Article 13 that freedom of expression of the child includes the “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.”
- Article 12 of the CRC provides that member states should assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely.
- Therefore, there can be no restriction on a child’s right to protest without hearing the child.
- While many schools encourage children to read newspapers and watch news channels, attending a protest is also a way for children to receive information and ideas.
- A protest is also a space where children get to experience and assert citizenship.
Source: The Hindu