Policy Briefs

Drug Addiction in Punjab

In recent times, Punjab has witnessed a tremendous rise in substance abuse. Singh (2005)1 reported high substance abuse in the state of Punjab. It definitely reflects a trend of glaring rise in substance abuse. A recent study by the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar2 suggested that as much as the 70% of young Punjabi men were hooked on drugs or alcohol. While the well-off take heroin, the poor take sedatives or other cheap medicines that are easily available at pharmacies, despite Government efforts to limit access to them.

Citizen's Charter Bill 2011

The spirit behind the Citizen’s Charter ---
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us; we are dependent on him. He is not an interruption on our work; he is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider on our business; he is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him; he is doing a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.”
- Mahatma Gandhi.

Centre-State Financial Relation in Bihar

Following are the major findings of centre-state financial status of BIMARU states in India. The analyses are made for the period of 2005-06 to
2012-13, the period that covers JD government in Bihar.
· During the entire period of eight years, Bihar has received Rs 231687 crores from centre in terms of both total grant and central tax share
(table 1). UP is the largest recipient. The total transfer has grown at a rate of 20.47% in Bihar for the entire period.

Centrally Sponsored Schemes-UPA-II

Following is the summary of 38 schemes which were introduced during UPA-II
1. National mission on seed1
National mission on seed was introduced in 2011-12. The aim of the scheme is to enhance productivity and
production of agricultural commodities to ensure the food, nutritional and livelihood security of the nation and
also to make agriculture a sustainable and viable vocation for livelihood support by 2020.
Main objective of the scheme are as follows:-
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Centrally Sponsored Schemes- Current Status

Sl. No. Department/ Ministry Scheme/ Programme
Year of initiation/
Department of Agriculture &
Cooperation, Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA)
National Food Security Mission (NFSM) 1350 2007-08
Department of Agriculture &
Cooperation, Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA)
National Horticulture Mission 1200 2005-06
Department of Agriculture &
Cooperation, Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA)
Micro Irrigation 1150 2005-06
Department of Agriculture &
Cooperation, Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA)
Macro Management of Agriculture
(MMA) Scheme
780 2000-01
Department of Agriculture &
Cooperation, Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA)
Integrated Oilseeds, Oil Palm, Pulses
and Maize Development (ISOPOM)
550 Apr-04