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Policy Buzz

Accountability Initiative Staff

13 June 2021

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.


Coronavirus-focus News

  • From June 21, every citizen above the age of 18 will be vaccinated free at vaccination centres run by the Centre or a state government.
  • The Union government has also announced a price cap for COVID-19 vaccines in private hospitals. The maximum price for Covaxin, Covishield, and Sputnik V vaccine has been fixed at Rs 1,410, Rs 780, and Rs 1,145 per dose respectively.
  • ICMR will conduct the fourth round of ‘National sero-survey for COVID-19’ this month. This sero-survey will be conducted in the same 70 districts in which the first three rounds were conducted.
  • To encourage steps to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Maharashtra government has announced ‘corona-free village’ competitions, where three villages in each revenue division will be awarded prizes up to ₹50 lakh.
  • Weyan, a village in district Bandipora, Jammu & Kashmir has become the first village in the country to vaccinate its entire adult population.

Policy News

  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U), the Union government has approved the construction of nearly 3.61 lakh houses.
  • Kerala retained the top rank in NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index 2020-21.


  • The Ministry of Education has developed an online module for compiling the data of out-of-school children and their mapping with special training centres (STC) on the PRABANDH portal.
  • The Union government has released new guidelines for the development of e-Content for children with disabilities.
  • The Ministry has released the All Indian Survey of Higher Education report 2019-20. According to the report, in the last five years, there has been a growth of 11.4 per cent in student enrolment.

Other News

  • According to a report by the International Labour Organization and UNICEF, worldwide the number of child labourers has risen to 160 million, with millions more at risk because of the impact of COVID-19.

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