Writing Practice Questions on Current Affairs: 26 December, 2017

  1. The Banking Correspondent Model was launched in 2006 to provide banking services at reasonable costs to the poor people. After over a decade, to what extent this model has been able to achieve its stated objectives? Critically discuss its success and failures. [THBL]

Category – GS-I -Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism

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  1. One of the major anomalies around development of regions in the country is lack of effective convergence between various Central and State government schemes. How the recent initiative of designating “Prabhari Officers” for 115 most backward districts addresses this anomaly? Discuss elucidating the contours of government’s plan. [Financial Express]

Category – GS-II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their design and implementation

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  1. What are the objectives and contours of the “challenge method” recently mooted by central government to foster competition among states for expious implementation of infrastructure projects? Critically discuss. [Financial Express]

Category – GS-III: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.

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  1. Has the two-pronged policy of direct action by the security forces coupled with development to tackle Maoism problem been successful? To what extent? Discuss critically. [The Hindu]

Category – GS-III: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

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  1. Unlike grants or concessionary loans offered by World Bank, China provides project-related loans at market-based rates and collateralized by strategically important natural assets. How this has affected the debtor countries? Discuss taking examples of Hambantota and Mombasa. [Mint]

Category – GS-II- India and its Neighborhood Relations

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