Current Affairs – February, 2019

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ESIC payroll data suggests 2 crore jobs created in 16 months

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) payroll data released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) suggests 2 crore jobs created in 16 months. The ESIC data is one of payroll numbers released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in its reports based on people joining various social security schemes run by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA). The data shows that:

  • During September 2017 and December 2018, as many as 1.96 crore new subscribers joined the scheme
  • Employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to touch a 16-month high of 7.16 lakh in December 2018 compared to 2.37 lakh in the year-ago month.
  • Around 72.32 lakh new subscribers were added to social security schemes of the EPFO from September 2017 to December 2018.
  • An estimated number of new NPS (National Pension Scheme) subscribers during the period of September 2017 to December 2018 is 9,66,381.

The report gives different perspectives on the levels of employment in the formal sector and does not measure employment at a holistic level.

India and Sweden to Increase Cooperation on Anti-Microbial Resistance R and D

The Swedish Health Minister Lena Hallengren after the meeting with Union Health Minister J P Nadda announced that  Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is really dangerous and India and Sweden intend to boost cooperation to tackle it.

Cooperation to tackle Anti-Microbial Resistance

  • India and Sweden have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the field of various issues, including AMR, communicable diseases and public health On February 24, 2009.
  • AMR work is an “ongoing cooperation” between India and Sweden.
  • There would be bilateral cooperation between companies, between agencies, between universities, institutions.

Sweden hoped that India would join the Alliance of Champions, which is a creation between many countries globally to face and to fight AMR.

Alliance of Champions

The Alliance of Champions was launched by then Swedish Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom at the 2015 World Health Assembly. Alliance of Champions consisted of health ministers of 14 countries aimed to promote “political awareness, engagement and leadership” on AMR.

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