Rajasthan CM launches ‘Annapurna Milk Scheme’
- The scheme will benefit 62 lakh students studying in government schools and madarsas across the state.
- The scheme is intended to counter malnourishment of children and increase the enrolments in government schools.
- The scheme will be launched at a state-level function organised at government model senior secondary school, Dahmi Kalan in Jaipur.
About Annapurna Milk Scheme:
- Students up to Class-V will get 150 millilitres and those in Class VI-VIII will get 200 millilitres of hot milk 3 times every week.
- The government has allocated Rs 218 crore for procurement of the milk.’
- It has been made compulsory that each teacher and parent has to taste the milk before distribution to ensure its quality. The milk will be distributed only after it gets an approval from a school nominee and a parent.
Gramin Gaurav Path Scheme: Update
- Under the Gramin (Rural) Gaurav Path Scheme, the construction of 5092 km roads has been completed by the government by spending 2 thousand 191 crores under various stages in the state. The work will be completed in the remaining places shortly.
Cow Safaris in Rajasthan
- Rajasthan government is planning to organise cow safaris to let people stay and interact with the bovines.
- The government is planning to let people stay at the state-run Hingonia Gaushala on the outskirts of Jaipur. A report in the Times of India stated that the safari includes allowing people to watch cows graze, massage them, milk them and clean them.
- Note: Rajasthan is the only state to have a ministry dedicated to welfare of cows.
District Health Ranking will now be done through ‘Rajdhara’ mobile app
- The status of the health status of the districts in the state will be online. The online system Rajdhara Mobile app will be used for ranking. In this, the score card of the district of various parameters including maternal, newborn, infant health index, complete immunization coverage, patient satisfaction, percentage of institutional deliveries, coverage of pre-examination, family welfare program, Bhamashah health insurance scheme, TB will be accounted.
- At the same time, the Institute will be examined on the parameters like medicines, availability of checks, doctor’s presence, online monitoring by officials, medical mobile units camps, and on state medical institutions.
- Increasing competitiveness in health services in districts is expected to improve health centers.
- In the District Health Ranking of May, Sikar district has secured first position, Ajmer second, and Sri-ganganagar district third place.
M-Sand, a substitute for river sand.
- Considering the ban by Supreme Court on mining of river sand, the Department engineers presented a model of ‘Manufactured Sand’ also known as M-Sand.
- The M-Sand is derived from locally available materials in abundance like granite, quartile, basalt, silica and sandstone in different regions of the state.
- Information shared by the DMG says that state requires 37 million metric tonnes (MMT) of sand every year for its infrastructure projects. “The estimated reserves of raw material for manufacturing M-Sand is 800 (MMT).
How is M-Sand Manufactured:
- Sand is produced by crushing of rocks, quarry stones into a size of 150 microns. The crushed material is segregated and can be used into the different use on the basis of its size and composition.
- The sand obtained through this process is washed to remove impurities making it a durable and ideal for all forms of construction purposes.
- The manufacturing cost of producing one ton of sand is about Rs 500 which is almost similar to the river sand. The RSPCB study has approved that sand doesn’t contain any harmful material such as pyrites, coal, lignite, mica, shale or similar laminated material, clay, alkali, soft fragments, sea shells and organic impurities.
Additional 1% quota granted to Rajasthan Gujjars
- The state government recently issued an order asking the departments to grant 1% additional quota to Gujjars and other four communities, which already get reservation under the OBT category.
- For the 1% extra quota, the Gujjars and four others will be clubbed under the “most backward classes” (MBC). With this, the overall reservation in the state has reached 50%.
- The order issued by the secretary of department of personnel said that though the state government had issued an order on December 21 last year stipulating 1% additional quota to five communities under the MBC, there were complaints that the reservation provision was not being implemented properly and hence the order has been released again.
How reservation would work:
- Meritorious MBC candidates who were eligible for selection without any relaxation in merit or in age limit or physical fitness should be first considered in the general category.
- If they do not fit into the general category, then they should be considered in the OBC category, which is entitled to 21 % quota.
- They should be considered for the MBC quota only if the merit of the candidate is less than that for the OBC quota.
Ref: TOI NEWS
Swachh Survekshan 2018 Rankings
- From a lowly rank of 215 last year, Jaipur has risen to rank of 39th cleanest city in Swachh Survekshan 2018.
- Hence, Mayor of Jaipur Ashok Lahoty and CEO of Jaipur Municipal Corporation Ravi Jain will accept the award given to the city by Prime Minister at Indore for being the fastest mover state capital of India in Swachh Survekshan 2018.
- Apart fron jaipur, Udaipur with a ranking of 85 was the other city from Rajasthan under 100.
20% Surcharge on Liquor in Rajasthan
- The State Government has imposed a 20% surcharge for cow protection on taxes of all kinds of liquor sold in the state.
- The order has been issued under the provisions of the Rajasthan Value Added Tax Act 2003 with effect from July 23, 2018.
- This is in addition to the 20% surcharge on stamp duty for the cow protection.
GIB breeding center to be setup in Baran
- A centre for breeding the dwindling number of Great Indian Bustard (GIB), which comes under Schedule 1 of Wildlife Protection Act, will be set up at Sorsen in Baran district.
- This centre will be set up under the supervision of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) GIB experts.
- The MoU was signed by inspector general of forest Sumitradas Gupta on behalf of ministry of forest and environment, WII director V V Mathur and Rajasthan chief wildlife Warden G V Reddy at New Delhi.
Bofors Dhanush’s trial completed successfully in Pokhran
- Trial of India’s first long-range artillery gun, indigenous Bofors Dhanush was completed recently at Pokhran Field Firing Range of Jaisalmer district.
Persons in NEWS:
- Mahipal Singh Bhati
- Mahipal Singh Bhati, resident of Jhinjhiyali area of Jaisalmer, has been selected in the Indian basketball team.
- Madan Lal Saini
- Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini has been named the new Rajasthan state BJP president.
- Ghanshyam Tiwari
- MLA Tiwari has floated his own political party and resigned from his current party BJP.
- His new party has been named – ‘Bharat Vahini Party’.