Rajasthan RAS Current Affairs Summary: December

Rajasthan Current Affairs Summary December

Misssion Parivar Vikas

  • Union Government has launched mission parivar vikas under which 145 high focus districts in the country will be taken up for improving family planning services.  14 districts from Rajasthan including Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur, Udaipur, Dungarpur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Jalore, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Pali, Baran and Sirohi, have been included in the mission.
  • Under mission pariwar vikas:
  • Injectable contraceptives will be introduced in these districts in free of cost. Four doses of injectable contraceptives will be provided to beneficiaries every year, which will remain effective throughout the year.
  • Focus would also be on focus on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, dovetailing new promotional schemes, ensuring commodity security, building capacity (service providers), creating an enabled environment along with close monitoring and implementation.

 

Rajasthan Government planning to table 2017-18 budget early

  • Rajasthan State Government is planing to shift presentation of budget 15 days early to February end. To carry out this exercise, finance department has already started the preparations and meetings of budget finalization committee were called 15 days early from the scheduled to catch up with the revised dates.
  • The state budget is tabled in second week of March which will now be moved to February.
  • Why shifting early?
  • Rajasthan Government is following Central Government.
  • Union budget till now is presented on February end but Center is planning to move it to January as Central government is planning to gradually merge the concept of a financial year with calendar year.

 

  • In Rajasthan, after demonetisation, the footfall of Indian tourists has increased by 20-25%, while that of foreigners has dipped by 10% from last year.
  • Shamlaji Check-post on Rajasthan-Gujarat Border has become the first digital check-post of the country. The check-post is equipped with laser technology, Automatic Vehicle Monitoring System(AVMS) which can check overloaded vehicles.
  • The state government has decided to set up a Construction and Demolition of Waste Processing Plant (CDWP) in 29 cities of Rajasthan with estimated cost of Rs. 48 Crore, which will recycle 1050 (Tonnes Per Day) waste. Construction debris in Jaipur and other cities of the state is choking roads, wetlands and green areas and the problem is becoming more acute every year. Dumped callously wherever there is space, it is rarely recycled on a large scale. Once these plants will be established, the state government will be able to recycle 70- 80% of the construction waste.
  • Like the Centre, now Rajasthan too has an e-Project Monitoring System (e-PMS) portal. The e-PMS has been put in place to facilitate projects having investments between Rs 50 crore to Rs 1000 crore to resolve issues including their approvals and expeditious implementation.
  • The Desert National Park (DNP) in Jaisalmer has witnessed the successful birth of 11 Great Indian Bustards (GIB), taking the figure of the “critically endangered” species at its facility to 151.
  • Four schools across Rajasthan may soon have Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) on their premises. ATLs, part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) launched by the Niti Aayog, will be established in selected schools in the country to help create an innovation ecosystem in the country. MDS Sr Secondary school (Udaipur), Birla Shishu Vihar (Pilani), Mohanlal Dayal Vinay Mandir School (Alwar) and Ryan International have been approved.
  • Only three districts of Rajasthan — Ajmer, Bikaner and Jhunjhunu have achieved 100% open defecation free (ODF) status while other 27 districts are not even halfway through their targets.
  • Abu Road railway station has become the first energy efficient station of Ajmer division by saving 53,000 units of power per year. This became possible through LED light fitting at the station under UJALA scheme. The station will save Rs 3.3 lakh per annum.
  • MoU has been signed for laying a new railway line between Jaisalmer and Kandla Port. The railway department and government will share the cost of the project. This line will prove useful in supplying necessary items to the defence.
  • Rajasthan Government has introduced SMS-based system to monitor daily attendance of students in government schools. This has helped to reduce the wastage incurred on account of mid-day meals (MDM) by these institutions. The system can monitor food being sent or prepared in schools. Details of food being consumed and the number of students present in schools are provided daily by the principal. By 5pm, this information reaches the MDM office in Delhi directly. Based on these figures, the monitoring agency calculates the average food utilization in every school, helping them to check any malpractice. The SMS-based system has brought in transparency in the scheme.
  • Chief minister Vasundhara Raje launched the second phase of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Scheme (MJSS) in Jhalrapatan on 9 December.
  • The Ajmer Development Authority (ADA) has begun the task of renovating the ‘Nachan Bawri‘ under Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Yojana. Nachan Bawri lies at the entrance road to Ajmer (from Jaipur) in the premises of Samrat Ashok Udhiyan. It is a stepwell built during the time of Chauhan dynasty in Ajmer.
  • Remains of  bricks, bones and utensils have been discovered at the Dabadiya nullah site of Jankipura village in Malpura block of Tonk District. Additionally, the police has also seized some gold coins which upon inspection (by ASI Jaipur team) were considered to be belonging to Gupta Dynasty, ruling between 3rd and 5th century AD.
  • The Rajasthan High Court scrapped the Rajasthan Special Backward Classes (SBC) reservation Act 2015 that provisioned for 5% quota to five communities, including Gujjars. The court struck down the notification of October 2015, saying there were “no extraordinary circumstances” to allow the state’s overall reservation in government jobs and education institutes to go beyond the 50% cap. Following the notification, the overall reservation in the state reached 54%, which was in violation of the 50% cap set by the Supreme Court. The Act had provided 5% reservation in jobs and educational institutes to five communities: Gujjars (Gurjars), Banjara (Baldia, Labana); Gadia-Lohar (Gadolia), Raika (Rebari, Debasi), Gadaria (Gaadri, Gayari).
  • District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) under Jodhpur Metropolitan has been bestowed with the first prize in Rajasthan for exemplary work in the field of legal service to the common man.
  • A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been moved before the Supreme Court by Naresh Kadyan, advisor-cum-consultant at Hindustan Salt Limited (Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises) to protect the natural habitat of Flamingos besides removal of illegal bore wells and electric connections in the Sambhar Salt Lake.