‘’Paper 2 – GS – I, Topic:  Role of Women & Developmental issues – Skill boosts for women domestic workers.

                     Rajasthan government signs MoU for national-level certification and assessment


  1. The MoU forms part of the Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation’s efforts to enhance employability of women workers and hone their entrepreneurial skills to enable them to become successful leaders in their trade.
  2. Taking a step towards empowering women workers in the State, the Rajasthan government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council to offer national-level certification and assessment, which will help the workers in their skill development and ensure good placement.
  3. State Commissioner (Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship) that housekeeping — being one of the largest service sectors in the country — faced problems of non-certification, less income generation and human trafficking. About 90% of domestic help in the State are females.

   Elite Features:

  • The domestic workers have been divided into categories such as housekeeping, pre- and post-maternity care, cooking, child care and elderly care.
  • The MoU with the council will help domestic workers get proper skill training and certification, which will safeguard them against exploitation and ensure that workers can be “financially stable and socially secure”.
  • Through partnerships with different institutions, Rajasthan Govt.  are making steady progress towards the ‘Skill Rajasthan’ targets.
  • It will ensure good placement and better salary.

   Source: Hindu


‘’Paper 3 – GS-II, Topic: Government Policies – 7th Pay Commission for Military: notification & issues

Key issue of non-functional upgrade remains unaddressed



  • The government on 3rd May notified the Seventh Pay Commission for serving military personnel.
  • Some core anomalies were addressed, some are yet to be resolved and that is likely to be done separately by the anomalies committee which is looking into the issue.
  • The Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi also approved two modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits which include revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners and retaining the percentage-based system for disability pensions.
  • The services had on several occasions raised four core concerns which they perceive reduce the status of the Armed forces with respect to their civilian counterparts.


  • The key issue of Non-Functional Upgrade remains unaddressed. Defense Minister stated that the matter was sub-judice and was not on the agenda of the Cabinet.
  • Three issues raised by the services were approved which include increasing the pay matrix from 24 to 40 years, index of rationalization for Lieutenant Colonels and Colonels from 2.57 to 2.67, and pay protection for those promoted above Brigadier upwards because they lose the Military Service Pay.
  • The Ministry has already issued the implementation order which is pending further processing as the services have not issued instructions so far despite government request, and thus military personnel continue to receive Sixth Pay Commission salaries unlike their civilian counterparts.

   Source: Hindu


‘’Paper 4 – GS-III, Topic: Development of Science & Technology – L&T Tech buys DSP design firm Esencia

Eyes large orders, double-digit growth


  • The board of L&T Technology Services (LTTS) has approved the acquisition of U.S.-based Esencia Technologies Inc, a provider of design services in digital signal processing for communications, video, security and networking.
  • A technology arm of engineering giant Larsen & Toubro, LTTS is also betting on big orders from multi-billion dollar global firms for double-digit growth in revenues in FY18, above industry body Nasscom’s projections.


  • LTTL won a notable deal from a European OEM for design, development, implementation and standardization of its digital engineering framework.

   Up’s & Down’s:

  • The company reported a 11.5% fall in net profits to ₹96.5 crore even as foreign exchange fluctuations weighed on profitability. However, revenues rose 1.4% to ₹812.3 crore while in dollar terms the revenue grew by 3.4%.

   What is new:

  • Advanced silicon products and wireless networking technologies, said a company statement adding that Esencia has a team of more than 100 embedded, ASIC design and semiconductor experts in Silicon Valley.
  • LTTS’ board also elevated A.M. Naik’s successor, S.N. Subramaniyan, at the EPC major parent to the position of vice-chairman from that of non-executive director.

   Source: Hindu