Rajya Sabha Current Affairs - 2020

GoI: Six Inter-Ministerial Teams formed after violations of Lock Down in the States

On April 20, 2020, six inter-ministerial teams were formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, violations of lock down were reported in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Maharashtra.


The teams formed are to submit a report to the central government after examining social distancing, lock down violations and attacks on medical professionals in the state. The teams are to issue directions to state authorities by making on-spot assessment of the situation.

The Team has been formed under Disaster Management Act, 2005.


The President can invoke President’s rule under Article 356 when a state government fails to abide by constitutional norms. After imposition of President’s rule, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha should approve president’s rule within 6 months.

The President’s rule shall also be imposed

  • When a State is unable to elect a leader
  • When a coalition breaks down and there is a minority government
  • When elections are postponed due to war, natural disaster and epidemics

Update on National Policy on Skill Development

On March 20, 2020, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship presented the update on National Policy on Skill Development in Rajya Sabha


The following initiatives have been taken under the policy by the Ministry since 2015

  • The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana was launched under the policy. It provides short term skill training to the youth.
  • SANKALP-Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion. It is a project supported by World Bank. It focuses on apprenticeship training and support ITIs.
  • Sector Skill Councils were set up under National Occupation Standards. The Councils aim at improving the productivity of workers and reduce their skill gaps.
  • STRIVE-The Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement scheme was launched under the policy. It aims to improve the skills of workers through industrial training institutes.

National Policy on Skill Development

The Policy was launched in 2009 and was upgraded in 2015. The Policy aims at providing umbrella framework that will link skills and demand.