Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani
has announced that her Ministry along with NITI Aayog will prepare a
framework for a national plan for States and Union Territories.
She said, it will be prepared by early next year for better
implementation of all the Central and States policies and programmes for
women and children. The Minister was speaking at the two-day National
Conference organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in New
Ms Irani also suggested that a protocol may be developed for
ranking of States and UTs doing commendable work for women and children and
also ranking of childcare institutions in the States and UTs.
During a presentation by Adviser, Health and Nutrition in
NITI Aayog regarding strategy of New India at 75-Status of Women and
Children, it was decided that the issues being faced by women and children
cannot be contained only within the Ministry of WCD but other Ministries
like food and public distribution, health, urban development, law and
justice and home may also be actively involved.
The Minister urged State Governments to ensure and involve
officers from all departments for better implementation of legislation and
Central and State Schemes related to women and children.
Retail inflation surged to 4.62 per cent in October this
year mainly on account of higher food prices.
According to government data released today, the inflation
in the food basket spiked to 7.89 per cent in October this year as against
5.11 per cent the preceding month. The inflation based on the Consumer Price
Index (CPI) was 3.99 per cent in September and 3.38 per cent in October last
The Reserve Bank mainly factors in the CPI-based inflation
to arrive at its bi-monthly monetary policy. The RBI has been asked to keep
the retail inflation at around four percent.
Wholesale prices based inflation eased further to 0.16 per
cent in October, as against 0.33 per cent in September.
Government data showed subdued prices of non-food articles
and fall in prices of manufactured items today.Annual inflation, based on
monthly wholesale price index (WPI), was at 5.54 per cent in October last
For manufactured products, the wholesale inflation was at
(-)0.84 per cent in October 2019. However, retail inflation for the month
hit a 16-month high of 4.62 per cent due to soaring prices of food articles,
including fruits and vegetables.
The labour ministry plans to drop its proposal to
corporatise the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and instead
dust off its earlier proposal to set up a body headed by the Prime Minister
to oversee the social security of nearly 500 million workers. The move comes
after it was pulled up by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The ministry’s proposal to corporatise the EPFO had faced
severe criticism from labour unions. In its latest draft code on social
security released in September, it had proposed a corporate structure, to be
headed by a CEO, to manage the provident fund and pension as well as medical
insurance for workers.
The redesigning of the code has been fast-tracked following
a directive from the PMO and outright rejection from all trade unions at the
first tripartite meeting of the labour ministry with all stakeholders on the
proposed draft last week, said the official.
The EPFO has a corpus of Rs 11 lakh crore while the ESIC
sits on a cash pile of Rs 75,000 crore. At present, the two entities work
more like autonomous bodies run by trustees and a board, respectively, under
the administrative control of the labour and employment ministry.
Bangladesh has the highest business bribery risk among South
Asian courtiers, according to the Trace Bribery Matrix which releases annual
ranking for 200 countries. The Matrix evaluates countries under four
parameters which are business interaction with the government, anti-bribery
deterrence, transparency and civil society oversight.
Bangladesh has been placed at 178 position among 200
countries in terms of business bribery risk. It has been on the high risk
country list of Trace Bribery Matrix since 2014 when the first matrix was
According to the report Bangladesh has a high degree of
government interaction in business, a high expectation of bribes and a high
regulatory burden which contributes in high bribery risk for business in the
In South Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only
countries where the bribery risk is 'high'. Bhutan has the lowest risk of
bribery on the index in South Asia as it is placed at 52 in the ranking.
Overall, according to this year's TRACE Matrix data,
Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea, Yemen and Venezuela presented the highest
risk of bribe demands. New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland
presented the lowest bribery risk.