India Current Affairs [Gov. & Politics]

Latest India Current Affairs and Current Affairs related to Government policy, polity and administration in India. India’s National Current Affairs updates for 2019.

Facts Box: General Financial Rules, 2017 amended

The Government of India recently amended General Financial Rules, 2017. The rules were amended to impose restrictions on public procurement from the neighbourhood countries of India that share land border. This has been done on national security grounds.

Highlights

A detail order on public procurement was issued by the Department of Expenditure to strengthen defence and national security of India. According to the new order, a bidder from neighbouring country (the country that is sharing the land border) of India shall place bids to procure goods only if he is registered with the Competent Authority

Competent Authority

A Competent Authority is the Registration Committee set up by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

Article 257

To implement the order, Article 257 (1) has been invoked. The article speaks about the control of union over the states.

Article 257 (1) says that the executive power of the union shall be extended to give directions to the state as may appear to the GoI necessary for that purpose.

The Executive Power of the Union shall extend to the states as to construction and maintenance of communication. Also, the executive power of the Union shall be extended in giving directions to the state as measures taken for protection of the railways within the state.

General Financial Rules

The General Financial Rules are those rules that must be followed while using public finances.

D P Singh Committee set up: To Frame Guidelines for students to stay in India for higher studies

On July 24, 2020, the Union Minister of Human Resources and Development has set a committee under the chairmanship of UGC Chairman D P Singh. The committee is to frame guidelines to ensure that more students stay in India and continue their higher studies.

Highlights

The Committee is to submit its report on the following

  • Mechanisms for starting multi-disciplinary and innovative programmes are to be explored
  • The committee will examine options of joint degree programmes
  • The possibilities to bring online lectures by eminent faculties abroad are to be considered
  • The committee will explore options to link academia and industries
  • The lateral entry options to Indian Higher Education Institutes are to be considered.

Background

According to the Ministry of HRD, in 2019, around 7,50,000 students travelled abroad to continue their studies. With COVID-19 crisis, several students are planning to stay back in the country for their higher education. The GoI had earlier set targets to increase the seat capacity of all premier institutions by 50% by 2024. Also, GoI plans to increase seats in Institute of Eminence by 50%.

Main Purpose

The committee is being set up to address two main issues. They are as follows

  • To address the issues of students who aspire to go abroad
  • To address issues of students who are returning from abroad due to COVID-19 crisis.