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A ‘Good Practice’ is ‘a practice with various special characteristics such as innovativeness, ability to lead to an actual change, having an impact on the policy environment, replicability and sustainability. In India, various sectors are replete with a variety of development initiatives introduced and managed by National and State Governments. Some of these initiatives have showcased innovative approaches, effective strategies, sustainability, and exemplary ability to reach the marginalized.

The GS SCORE’s “Good Practices” series captures the "best practices" from a host of topics to be quoted as examples and case studies and can even act as a full-fledged topic to be dealt as a part of the UPSC CSE Syllabus, it can also aid candidates in Essay and Ethics apart from GS.

 This series includes topics from all dimensions including social security, IT infrastructure, education, women empowerment, environment, judiciary, cyber security, digital initiatives, local governance, etc. These initiatives are particularly noteworthy for their innovative implementation and impact as they are successfully addressing persistent challenges for improving the living conditions of the beneficiaries. The module is designed in a manner that captures both facts and analysis to provide a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

The series with its unique design becomes useful for all the stages of the UPSC CSE, i.e. Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test. The covered examples and case studies will be helpful in mains answer enrichment/value addition. The data and value addition will give additional leverage to the aspirant in writing Essays and Ethics apart from GS for UPSC Civil Services Examination.

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Good Practices: Women Empowerment Initiatives

Focus on gender equality and women's empowerment is necessary to achieve sustainable development. The government has time to time taken measures to improve women's status and taken measures to improve the status of women and enhance their contribution to the state-building and its development. 

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Good Practices : Initiatives for Micro, Small & Medium Industries

MSMEs are amongst the strongest drivers of economic development, innovation, and employment as a significant number of the population  (11.10 crore)  is dependent on this sector for employment.  This sector also contributes more than 30% of India's GDP.  Constant efforts are being made towards the upliftment of MSMEs under “Self Reliant India” through various schemes. 

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Good Practices: Social Empowerment Schemes

To build an inclusive society wherein members of the target groups are provided adequate support for their growth and development, the Department of social justice & empowerment through its programmes and schemes strives to bring the required change in society. These schemes become very important for the purpose of UPSC examination as these schemes are being asked in Prelims and Main examination both.

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Good Practices: ‘MSME - Credit Support Initiatives’

The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades. MSMEs not only play a crucial role in providing large employment opportunities at comparatively

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Good Practices: Springshed Management in the Indian Himalayan Region

In the past decade or so, spring revival efforts using the principles of hydrogeology have become the most widely accepted model of springshed management (SM) by several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governmental agencies in the Himalayas. NITI Aayog has summarized a stock-take of the initiatives and existing learnings to document the best practices for a spring revival.

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Good Practices: Social Security (State-wise initiatives)

GS SCORE's 'Good Practices - Social Security (State-wise initiatives)', highlights the various initiatives taken by local administrations in different states.

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Good Practices: Environment Conservation

The increasing pace of environmental degradation and wildlife threats have caused national and international governments to take proactive and cooperative measures. With the dynamism of the issues and frequent steps  taken by governments, Environment and Ecology has become one of the most trending subjects of UPSC, with the point of view of the number of questions (~15-20) being asked every year. These questions are based on different International Conventions, Conferences,

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Good Practices: Health Initiative’

The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services, and increasing expenditure by public as well private players. This sector is expected to increase further due to rising income, better healthcare awareness, lifestyle diseases, and increasing access to insurance. The health sector becomes significant with the point of catering to the health needs of a high ‘Demographic Dividend.  The constant growth of the healthcare industry needs government interventions and initiatives to have better health indices and sustainable development.

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Good Practices: Judicial Reforms

Judicial reform is the complete or partial political reform of a country's judiciary. A high number of civil as well as criminal cases are pending in courts across the country, because of several factors like low per capita number of judges, lack of basic infrastructure for judges, complex appeal mechanism, etc.

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Good Practices: Education

The current document of “Good Practices - Education” contains a broad but comprehensive analysis of important government initiatives for making education accessible to every single child in India.

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