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National Bytes: NPPA okays N95 mask price at 3x of govt rate

NPPA okays N95 mask price at 3x of govt rate Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: Recently, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) issued directions threatening action on high pricing of N95 masks, and also noted how it intervened to bring down N95 prices. News Summary: NPPA okays N95 mask price at 3x of govt …

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Editorial Analysis: Ending Inspector Raj in agriculture

Ending Inspector Raj in agriculture Approx Read Time: 7 minutes Current system of regulation of agriculture production and sale: A combination of two sets of laws have defined how farm produce is bought and sold in India: The Essential Commodities Act (ECA) The state-level Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts Issues with the Essential Commodities …

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Editorial Analysis: A 1991 moment for agriculture

Reforms in Agricultural Sector Approx Read Time: 7 minutes Reforms in agri-marketing system: The government has announced reforms in the country’s agri-marketing system. These include measures to strengthen Infrastructure Logistics, Capacity Building, Governance and Administrative Reforms for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Processing Sectors. A list of 11 measures was announced, out of which: 3 measures …

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Govt. declares face masks, hand sanitizers as essential commodities

Essential Commodities Act Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: Following reports of shortage and irrational pricing of hand sanitizers and masks, the government has notified an order under the Essential Commodities Act to declare masks (2 ply and 3 ply surgical masks, N95 masks) and hand sanitizers as essential commodities up to June 30, …

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National Bytes: Why onion prices are still high?

Why onion prices are still high and unlikely to cool down anytime soon? Approx Read Time: 6 minutes  In News: Despite a number of government measures, the price of onions remains high, and are not likely to come down any time soon. News Summary: Despite a slew of government measures, the price of onions remains …

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