Small-Value Digital Payments In Offline Mode

Small-Value Digital Payments In Offline Mode: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has come out with the framework for facilitating small-value digital payments in offline mode, a move that would promote digital payments in semi-urban and rural areas. The framework incorporates feedback received from the pilot experiments on offline transactions conducted in different parts of […]

Financial Resolution And Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill

Financial Resolution And Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill: The Finance Ministry has sought views of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on drafting a modified version of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill in order to deal with Insolvency of Firms in the financial sector. In 2018, the Government had withdrawn the FRDI Bill […]

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): The RCEP will come into effect on January 1, 2022, marking the formation of the world’s largest free trade zone in terms of trade volume. RCEP is a trade deal between the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Aims and […]

FSSAI Draft Regulations For GM Foods

FSSAI Draft Regulations For GM Foods: Social activists working among farmers have come out against the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) draft regulations on genetically modified (GM) food, terming it “unacceptable”. They want FSSAI to explicitly say that GM foods will not be allowed into India by way of production or imports. […]

Digital Lending

Digital Lending: A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Working Group (WG) on digital lending, including lending through online platforms and mobile apps submitted its recommendations in November this year. Key recommendations: A separate legislation should be enacted to oversee such lending. Setup a nodal agency to vet the Digital Lending Apps. A Self-Regulatory Organisation should […]

Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021

Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021: Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (zg) of sub-section (2) of section 101 read with section 94 of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 has notified the Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021. These Rules shall apply to all goods and services bought or sold through […]

Gig Workers

Gig Workers: The surge in demand for gig workers, particularly in the shared services and logistics segments, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic led to mushrooming of job discovery platforms. A gig economy is a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. According […]

What is Retrospective Taxation?

Retrospective Taxation: British energy major Cairn Energy Plc has finally withdrawn the lawsuits filed against the Indian government and its entities overseas in a ₹10,247 crore retrospective tax case. The company is in the process of dropping cases filed in France and the Netherland, too. These lawsuits were filed to seize assets of Air India […]

State Health Index 2019-20 NITI Aayog

Fourth Edition Of State Health Index: NITI Aayog has released the fourth edition of the State Health Index for 2019–20. The report, titled “Healthy States, Progressive India”, ranks states and Union Territories on their year-on-year incremental performance in health outcomes as well as their overall status. Earlier, the Global Health Security (GHS) Index 2021, developed […]