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Role of Social Institutions in Inculcating Values


Inculcating Values

Men and society has always been concerned about the social milieu in which we live. Thus, men of great intellect and vision have made deep insights into the issues of ethics and morality, in their attempt to explore the appropriate ‘means’ and ‘ends’ of the human life.

Education of an individual has a long-lasting impact. Thus, there is a great emphasis on the nature and scope of education system in reforming and inculcating the human life with ethical principles. There has been a realization of the urgent need to control our materialistic impulses through the development of cognition, belief and emotions. That is why, the theme of value education has become very important in the contemporary society.

In India, the National Policy on Education (1986) reiterated the same need for value education. Read More…

Green Technology


Green Technology refers to a new branch of science that has green purpose. Here, we do not mean the colour but the technology which is environment friendly. This is very important to know why we are moving towards green technology, the answer is our technology is more inclined towards convenience rather than concern for the planets i.e. Earth.

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Again we have another question that why do we need to concern for our planet because the world has a fixed amount of natural resources, some of which are rapidly decreasing. So, if we are to save our planet, we must focus on inventing ways to conserve our natural environment and resources. In other words, we must promote green technology. Read More…

Swacchh Bharat Cess


In order to enhance the country’s economy and boost its development, government collects taxes which act as a source of generating income for various development projects. In India, taxes are decided by mutual agreement of central government and state government along with opinions given by local bodies including municipalities which implement the smaller taxes with their jurisdiction. But, government cannot impose any kind of tax as per its wishes. Recently, the central government has imposed 0.5% Swacchh bharat cess on all services.

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According to union government the income generated by this 0.5% Swacchh bharat cess will be used in various Swacchh bharat initiatives.

  • A provision for assessing a Swachh Bharat cess on all or any of the services in order to promote and finance Swachh Bharat initiatives as proposed in the Union Budget for 2015-16 by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • According to government estimations, with the increased allocation for Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan, various diseases can be prevented. At present, an estimated Rs.6,700 crore or about Rs.60 per capita is spent annually on health.

Impact of Swacchh bharat cess in India

  • Cess is treated as an idle tax in public finance. It would be collected easily but adversely it has overburdened the poorest section of taxpayers and is regarded as a regressive tax in middle class society.
  • Cess is directly enhancing the cost of doing business in the country as it is imposed on top of the array of indirect and direct taxes.
  • Cesses function only temporarily for the specified purpose and gradually as the time passes, they are revised, hiked and shifted around, but never discontinued.
  • In fact the Direct Taxes Code of 2009 and the Economic Survey of 2014 have advice the Centre to do away with ‘bad taxes’ such as cesses and surcharges.

Why states are not happy with the new cess?

  • Surcharges and cesses are not shared with the state government like the taxes collected by the central government. It is because of this reason state government is looking suspiciously towards the new Swacchh bharat cess.
  • The new cess also goes against the idea of fiscal federalism.

Conclusion

Swacchh bharat cess has been imposed with an aim that each individual must contribute towards Make in India so that it becomes Clean India. But it is very far away in achieving its aim. This new cess is only overburdening the poor taxpayers instead of teaching proper civic sense. In order to make India a Clean India, government must take some serious measures to teach every citizen civic sense which can include many grass-root initiatives such as door-to-door garbage collection, segregation at source and emphasising on waste management systems in our cities, villages and towns.

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Science and Technology Crux Vol 3


Crux Science and Tech

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POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT


The constitutional powers and functions of the President of India may be studied under the following heads:-

  1. Executive Powers
  2. Legislative powers
  3. Financial Powers
  4. Judicial Powers
  5. Diplomatic Powers
  6. Military Powers
  7. Emergency Powers

Executive Powers:

The executive powers and functions of the President are:-

  1. The President is at the head of the Union Executive. Consequently, all executive powers are exercised in his name. The executive power of the Union to be exercised by the President is extended to the matters with respect to which Parliament has power to make laws and to conclude treaty and agreement.
  2. As head of the executive, the President appoints the Governors of States, the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts, the Auditor General of India and many other high officials, such as the members of Finance Commission, Election commission, Union Public commission etc.
  3. The President also appoints the Prime Minister and with his advice the other Ministers of the Union Council of Ministers. But here too, as in all other appointments, the President can seldom use his discretion. He is, ordinarily, duty-bound to summon the leader of the political party which secures an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha to become the Prime Minister and form the Ministry. He does enjoy some discretionary powers in the matter only under exceptional circumstances. When no single political party wins a clear absolute majority and, as a result, no Council of Ministers can be formed without a coalition of parties the President can exercise his discretion judiciously in appointing the Prime Minister. Such situations developed in the past. India has entered into an age of coalition politics. And it may so happen that no single party will be able to secure an absolute majority, and the President may be required to exercise his discretionary power for some time to come, in appointing Prime Minister.
  4. Union Council of Ministers normally remains in office for five years, unless dissolved earlier for any reason. The President must be satisfied that the Council of Ministers enjoys the confidence of the majority of the Lok Sabha. In case of any doubt he can ask the Council of Ministers to prove its majority in the Lok Sabha, as the Prime Ministers Sri H.D. Deve Gowda was asked by the President after the official withdrawal of support by the Congress Party from Ministry. The President can also dissolve the Union Council of Ministers in accordance with Article 75(2) of the constitution, if he finds that the Ministry does not enjoy the support of the majorities in the Lok Sabha.

Legislative Powers:

The president is an integral part of the Parliament of India, and enjoys the following legislative powers:

  1. The Union Legislature or Parliament consists of the President and two Houses of Parliament. He/she shall summon from time to time, either separately or jointly, the Houses of Parliament. The President can prorogue the Houses or either House of Parliament and, if necessary, can dissolve the lower Chamber of Parliament, the Lok Sabha.
  2. The President may address either or both House of Parliament. In such address, at the first session after general election to the Lok Sabha and at beginning of a joint session of Parliament each year, he/she may place the reasons for summoning it. Apart from addressing Parliament, the President may also, in case of necessities, send messages to either House, or to both Houses. Normally, the President does not send such a message, unless however, he/she has a serious disagreement with the Council of Ministers.
  3. The President nominates a number of members in both Houses. He/she nominates 12 members in the Rajya Sabha, and 2 members in Lok Sabha from Anglo-Indian community. The chief purpose of the nomination is to ensure adequate representation in Parliament of all sections of population which many not always be achieved through elections.
  4. The President has certain functions in respect of passing of a Bill. A bill passed by both the Houses of Parliament requires his/her assent in order to become an Act. He/she can:                                                                                                                                                      (a) give his assent to a bill or                                                                                                                                              (b) can withhold assent

   If Parliament passes it again with or without amendment, for the second time and presents it to the President for his/her approval, the President shall not withhold his/her assent there from under Article 111 (in case of Money Bills).

  1. A bill passed by a State Legislature may also be reserved for the consideration of the President by the Governor of that State. The President enjoys this right in relation to a bill passed by a State Legislature only in such cases where those are referred to him by the Government of a State under Article 200.
  2. Except when both Houses of Parliament are in session, the President may promulgate such Ordinances as the circumstances appear to him to require (Article 123). Such an ordinance can have the same force and effect of an Act of Parliament. Such an ordinance shall cease to operate unless passed by both Houses of Parliament within the stipulated period.

Crux of Hindu and PIB Vol. 11


Aspirant Forum presents the Crux of the Hindu and PIB.

Reading the Hindu and PIB is seen as indispensable for any aspirant. Thus, our team has compiled the relevant news items, edited them and put together in a magazine form.

Many other coaching institutes and online sites are selling the similar products at high prices. Thus, to help the fellow aspirants get the same knowledge resources for free, The Crux has been introduced.

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Science and Technology Crux from the Hindu


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