Ministry of Information & Technology on Wednesday banned 118 more mobile applications, including the app for mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
The Centre’s move comes in the backdrop of the tension between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has, for over four months now, been trying to shift its boundary with India in Ladakh.
Now, that these apps are already banned, there might be many more issues that require the government’s attention. So, what are those? Well, we have selected a few:
Indian GDP Contraction
Indian economy contracted at the fastest rate on record in the year 2020. The economy shrank rapidly by 23.9% in the three months ending in June, compared to the previous year. The investments were distorted by 47% compared with the previous year, while household consumption collapsed by nearly 27%. This definitely deserves more attention than anything else right now.
According to the statistics released by CMIE, urban unemployment in India has risen up to 9.83% in August from 9.15% in July. The current rate means that one out of every 10 people in urban India is unemployed. This is an alarming rate India has experienced in the past 40 years. This might lead to frustration among the youth and should certainly be taken care of as soon as possible.
Increasing Covid 19 Cases
India has registered more than 3.6 million cases of coronavirus, and approximately, 64,500 people have died from the disease. The numbers are rising rapidly: It took almost six months for India to record 1 million cases, another three weeks to hit 2 million, but only 16 more days to hit 3 million. With more than 37 Lakh people in India being caught up with Coronavirus, it has become deadly.
Plight of Floods
It is lethal that this year itself around 868 people died in floods in 11 states and many more were injured. Heavy rain had caused floods in a number of states like Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya in July. Mumbai, Konkan, and Karnataka then became flooded in the first week of August. Rajasthan then faced flash floods in the mid of August. There were no proper arrangements done to cope up with these natural calamities which are very fatal.
Low Food Security
With the lockdown and unemployment, the food security of India has decreased rapidly. According to FAO in The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2019 report, 194.4 million people are undernourished in India – 14.5 percent of the population. Also, 51.4 percent of women aged between 15 and 49 years are anemic. The Global Hunger Index 2018 ranks India at 103 out of 119 countries on the basis of three leading indicators – prevalence of wasting and stunting in children under five years, under-five child mortality rate, and the proportion of undernourished in the population.
During the lockdown, the number of domestic violence cases and the cases of rapes and sexual assaults have increased. Looking at state-wise data, Uttar Pradesh has again topped the list with 56,011 cases of crime against women, followed by Maharashtra with 31,979 cases, and West Bengal at 30,002. In 2020, the government and society both need to take better measures to ensure that women are safe at home, workplaces, and in public.