This Page summarises Rajasthan Current Affairs for July 2020. Kindly note, that this page does not list news & other information related to Covid 19, as for that, we have created a dedication section on Corona Virus situation in Rajasthan.
Panel for welfare of labourers
In July 2020, Chief secretary Rajeeva Swarup has directed to form a committee to review the progress of various schemes run by the government for the welfare of workers under the building and other construction workers (BOCW) board and ensure job security for them post-lockdown and in the midst of Covid pandemic.
It was also decided that state government will collect the 1% labour cess from all the constructions and buildings (Post 2009) , the payment of which are still due.
Panel to study salt mining at Sambhar lake
In July 2020, Rajasthan High Court directed the advocate general, additional solicitor general and amicus curiae to suggest names of officials and scientists to form a committee to carry out inspection of Sambhar lake and assess impact of salt mining.
The division bench of chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta gave the direction during the hearing of a suo motu petition on the death of migratory birds at Sambhar lake last winter. The names have to be given to court within seven days, while posting the matter for next hearing on 27 July 2020.
Garib Kalyan Rajogaar Abhiyaan: July 2020 Update
Under Garib Kalyan Rojgaar Abhiyaan, of the total target to build 50,378 community sanitary complexes (CSCs), construction of 803 has been completed in six states so far. Rajasthan is among six states (116 districts) in the country where the campaign has been launched. In the state, the Rojgar Abhiyaan is being carried out in 22 districts.
Rajasthan’s progress in building CSCs has been highest among the states, at 389, since the launch of the campaign on June 15. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh (215) and Bihar (102). Two districts of Rajasthan feature among the top three districts in the country. While Baramula (Jammu and Kashmir) topped the chart completing construction of 64 toilets, Bhilwara (2nd) and Sirohi (3rd) (Rajasthan) have completed 43 and 41 toilets, respectively.
Rajasthan forms committee to reduce board syllabus
In July 2020, Minister for primary and secondary education Govind Singh Dotasra announced that a committee had been formed to reduce RBSE syllabus for the current academic session since all schools are closed due to lockdown. The CBSE has already decided to rationalise its syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept of subjects.
RRECL awards projects under Kusum Scheme
Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd (RRECL) has allotted 722 megawatt to 623 farmers under the Centre’s PM Kusum scheme aimed at generating income for farmers from their unfertile or semi-barren land.
Rajasthan is the first state in the country to conduct a successful bidding and allot more capacity than the target given by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
IIT-Jodhpur develops novel method for biofuel production
Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IIT-Jodhpur), using a novel catalyst concept have managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements for a key step in the chemical process in biofuel production.
The team of Professor Rakesh K Sharma and his post-doctoral researcher Dr. Krishnapriya have developed a catalytic system that has nanometre size cramped galleries in Silica-Alumina sheets (a refined form of clay). These confined galleries work as nano-reactor for catalytic reaction and convert the biomass to transport fuel under mild conditions. The process is under patent.
Solar Panels on Canal-tops in Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s public health engineering department (PHED) is planning to install solar panels on top of the Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal (RGLC) and other large reservoirs across the state. This will help in reducing the electricity costs at pumping stations and at same time help in reduction of water evaporation.
Government Instant Messaging System
The state PHED department has also developed an app GIMS or Government Instant Messaging System for messaging officials up to the level of executive engineers and junior chemist. This will be used as an alternate to WhatsApp for the exchange of internal information.
Gandhi libraries to be set up
The department of rural development and panchayati raj, GoR has identified 33 gram panchayats in 33 districts of Rajasthan for setting up of Gandhi Gyan Kendra Pustakalay Evam Vachnalays with the objective of spreading Gandhian values to the people.
These 33 libraries in the gram panchayat will be a model for other villages in the district to follow and set up libraries in their villages. Each library will have at least 1,000 to 1,500 books. These libraries will be lunched on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti).
The objective of these libraries will be:
- To spread Gandhian values by collecting books on Mahatma Gandhi and those written by him.
- To spread knowledge about poultry farming, agriculture, organic farming etc will also be spread.
- It will serve as a community place for discussions and meetings.
- It will be used as a training centre for various rural development schemes.
- It will also be used for community mobilization.
Maintenance of these buildings or centres will be done through convergence of schemes like MLA-LAD, MP-LAD, BADP etc.
NWR gets its first electric train in Rajasthan
Rajasthan zone of the North Western Railway (NWR) got its first electric train when the Jan Shatabdi Express powered by a WAG-5 electric locomotive chugged off from Delhi Sarai Rohilla station to Ajmer in July 2020.
The State Medical Health and Ayurveda Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma launched the Giloy planting campaign ‘Amrita‘ in the state under the aegis of Rajasthan State Drug Plant Division, Ayurveda Department Government of Rajasthan. Under this campaign about one and a half lakh Giloy saplings will be planted in Jaipur district in the next 4 months. Giloy is a safe medicine and it has an important role in developing immunity.
Forest wing adopts pot plantation plan
IAS Officer Tina Dabi
IAS officer and Ganganagar Zila Parishad CEO Tina Dabi has been appointed honorary advisor to the BRICS CCI Young Leaders (India) Steering Committee. Tina Dabi, will hold the post for three years (up to 2023). BRICS CCI is a registered body under Societies Registration Act 1860, Government of India, and empanelled with NITI Aayog (highest policy-making body of Govt of India) and recognized by United Nations. BRICS CCI has launched a young leaders’ initiative to connect the youth of the five countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Other July 2020 NEWS:
- CM Ashok Gehlot released book on cancer by senior journalist Dr. Jaswant Rathi titled “Mera Yudh, Cancer Virudh“.
- In July 2020, Dr Rommel Singh, who played a key role in controlling Corona in Bhilwara during the march 2020 outbreak, has been selected in the list of 87 for 2020 Doctors Day IMA National Awards by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).