This post lists Rajasthan Current Affairs Summary for February 2020. This same post will be updated every-week.
State Budget 2020-21: Seven focus areas as pledges
February 2020, the state Budget for the first time announced seven focus areas as pledges. These are:
- First Pledge: Nirogi Rajasthan – Healthcare;
- Second Pledge: Prosperity of farmers,
- Third Pledge: Welfare of women, child and senior citizens;
- Fourth Pledge: Competent workers, students and youth;
- Fifth Pledge: Delivery of education
- Sixth Pledge: Water, power and road
- Seventh Pledge: Skill development and technical education
No Bag Days
In the state budget speech 2020, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has proposed that Saturdays will be ‘No Bag Day’ in all government schools to reduce pressure on schoolchildren. The day will be reserved for parent-teacher meets, games, happiness therapy and personality development.
Scheme Name Change
- The state government has changed the name of Guru Golwalkar Jan Bhagidari Vikas Yojana, under rural development and panchayati raj department, to Mahatma Gandhi Jan Bhagidari Vikas Yojana as a mark of respect to the country’s Father of the Nation on his 150th birth anniversary.
- M S Golwalkar was the second sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
- Under the scheme, 30 per cent of the funds are generated through public contribution and 70 per cent is funded by the government. The fund is used for all kinds of community building works in villages. These include building schools, roads, community halls, toilets etc.
Jaipur officially accorded World Heritage City status by UNESCO
In February 2020, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay presented the certificate of World Heritage City of Jaipur to Rajasthan’s Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal, at a ceremony held in Albert Hall. The city of Parkota Jaipur has been listed in the World Heritage list by UNESCO. Being included in the list of the World Heritage City would be more helpful in preserving its cultural heritage.
On this occasion, the browser for the Intangible Heritage Promotion Project was also released. It has been launched on the basis of the recent MoU between UNESCO and Rajasthan Tourism Department.
Rajasthan CM requests National Project Status for ERCP
In February 2020, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has requested the Centre declare the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) a national project through a letter. The letter argues, that national project status was necessary to give national project status to the initiative to ensure its early implementation.
‘Udyam Samagam’ to be held in every district
The department of Industries, GoR would conduct a month-long campaign in the districts to establish a direct communication with the youth, entrepreneurs and the public. Consequently, a two-day enterprise meet named as ‘Udyam Samagam’ will be organised in all the 33 districts of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan HC notice to Centre, State Government for gender parity in marriageable age
In February 2020, the Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to the state and Central governments and Central Law Commission seeking reply in six weeks, while hearing a petition challenging the legal age of bride and groom for marriage as mentioned in the law. As per the law, the groom is legally allowed to marry at the age of 21 years while a bride’s legal age of marriage is 18 years.
Petitioner Abdul Mannan, in his petition, stated that the difference of three years in the marriageable age between bride and the groom was discriminatory and hence a violation of fundamental rights. Further, the age difference an indicator of patriarchal mentality in the society and stated that there was no scientific basis of this perception. He also stated that the age of bride and groom is the same in 125 countries.
Mukti Caravan’ to raise awareness on child rights
Rajasthan Director General of Police Bhupendra Singh on Friday flagged off ‘Mukti Caravan’, organised jointly by the state police and Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, to raise awareness about social evils such as child abuse, child labour and child trafficking. The ‘Mukti Caravan’ will travel across the state in the next three months to raise public awareness about child rights.
Rajasthan govt to tag cattle to develop e-market
In February 2020, to develop a market for the cattle and increase the income of the cattle herders, Rajasthan animal husbandry department has launched a new scheme to develop an e-market.
Under this scheme, the workers of the department will go door to door, to tag the animals on ear and collect all the information required. The information will contain – breed, past diseases, milk quantity, vaccination and price. After the process is complete, the farmers will be able to sell their animals from the website. The buyers can log on to the website, choose the animal of their choice and can then bid on them. At first, the scheme has been launched in Jaipur district. Later, other regions of the state will be joined.
Person in NEWS:
- Yash Mishra, a student of Class IX in Kota, has been felicitated with Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020 by president Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on January 22.