July 2021: Rajasthan Current Affairs Summary
This article lists Summary of Rajasthan Current Affairs for month of July 2021. 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.
The Current Affairs will be updated on Weekly basis.
Rajasthan Tops Smart City Rankings
Rajasthan has secured the first place in online ranking of 36 states and Union Territories (UTs) under the Smart City Mission, released during July 2021. Among the 100 smart cities in the country:
The state has taken the first position beating Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The rankings are based mainly on the implementation of the project, the financial progress made, utilisation of funds received and providing information to the Centre from time to time.
Nirbhaya Squad in Jaipur Buses
In a first, the all-women Nirbhaya squad of the Jaipur police will conduct decoy operations in public transports to check the safety of women passengers. The squad will also catch eve-teasers and detain them on the spot.
Tax relief on purchase of e-vehicles
As per the orders issued by the state transport department in July 2021, the buyers will get the benefit of reimbursement of State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) and lump sum grant.
Under this, the recharge of SGST amount is payable on all types of electric vehicles. At the same time, one-time grant will be given on two-wheeler and three-wheeler electric vehicles according to the battery capacity. This will boost the sale of e-vehicles and help in prevention of pollution and protection of environment,
Nutri gardens in schools, offices
The state’s rural development department has issued new guidelines to develop nutri gardens schools, panchayat bhawans, government offices and anganwadis in the state.
Earlier, the department had issued an order to develop nutri gardens along with every house built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-(Grameen). It also listed the names of vegetables and fruits that could be planted in the nutri gardens.
The department is also planning a ‘Nutri Garden Fortnight’ from July 30 to August 15 across the state which will promote developing such gardens in aganwadis, government schools, panchayat bhawans and office premises.
Chambal to be cleaned under Namami Gange Program
Chambal River will be conserved under the Namami Gange Programme. The river is home to critically endangered gharial and rare species of dolphins, crocodiles, nine species of turtles and many others. Once the proposal is initiated, strong attention will be given to reduce pollution in the river. Also, there will be a crackdown on illegal mining in areas where these aquatic creatures are found in large numbers.
National Mission for Clean Ganga has been set up to keep the Ganga clean that passes through five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Chambal river is its important link.
State to have 2 primary English medium govt schools
Rajasthan’s first two government primary English medium schools will be opened in Laxamangarh and Sikar. They are part of the 34 primary schools that were opened in different parts of the state as announced by the state government in July 2021.
Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Prerak Yojana
The state’s planning department will appoint 2,500 Yuva Mitras on a contractual basis for a period of two years under the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Prerak Yojana.
In July 2021, the state cabinet decided to appoint 2,500 Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Mitras and 20,000 men and women Rajiv Gandhi Yuva volunteers at the village level to create awareness among people about the public welfare schemes of the state government and to apprise the government about the problems faced by the people.
Indira Gandhi Urban Credit Card
In July 2021, the cabinet also decided to introduce ‘Indira Gandhi Urban Credit Card’ scheme to ensure self-employment for street vendors of urban areas, youths of service sector and unemployed persons. Under this scheme, it is proposed to provide interest free loans up to Rs 50,000 to 5 lakh needy people.
First hockey academy for tribal kids
State Tribal regional welfare minister Arjun Singh Bamania has announced establishment of Rajasthan’s first tribal children hockey academy in Udaipur. Forty young tribal players will be selected for the academy.
NFSA: State Government to work with World Food Program
The state’s food department will work in collaboration with World Food Program to to monitor the transportation of food grains from FCI (food corporation of India) godowns to fair price shops in Alwar district.
In the first phase, on a pilot project basis, the work of mapping ration card databases of NFSA members in the remaining 95 areas with Jan Aadhaar database has already started from 1 July 2021
Stamp duty relaxation extended till September 2021
The state government has decided to extend relaxation on stamp duty till September 2021. During the budget, the state government announced to reduce stamp duty on housing units in multi-storey buildings from 6% to 4% until June 30, 2021. These benefits are provided to buyers purchasing flat worth up to Rs 50 lakh.
Project: Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought (BOLD)
In July 2021, MP from Udaipur – Arjun Lal Meena launched project ‘Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought’ (BOLD) in tribal village Nichla Mandwa in Udaipur. As part of the project, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) planted 5,000 bamboo saplings in the village.
Bamboo can be used for making agarbatti sticks, furniture, handicraft, musical instruments and paper pulp while the waste can be used in making charcoal and fuel briquette. Bamboos are also known for conserving water and reducing evaporation of water from the land surface, which is an important feature in arid and drought-prone regions.
Rise of Solar Power destructing habitat for Camels
As per a recent news published in times of India, the installation of solar power projects is leading to habitat destruction & hazard for camels. As per the report, desert trees including ‘kumut’, ‘khejari’, ‘rohida’, ‘kair’, ‘jal’ and ‘bordi’, are fast disappearing from the desert as companies are cutting them down. There has also been incidents of camel death because sharp edged angles installed without any fence.
The region is purportedly home to the largest number of camels in the country. As per an estimate from the four villages of Sawata, Bhopa, Lala and Karda, there is a population of about 5,000.
National Lok Adalat 2021
The first national lok adalat for 2021 will be organised by the Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority in the high court and all the subordinate courts of the state through both online and offline modes on 10 July 2021. The national lok adalat will take up cases related to recovery of money, telephone, electricity and water bills. About 34,000 cases of pre-litigation and about 1.23 lakh pending cases in various courts have been identified.
City buses starts in Udaipur
After a gap of almost 14 years, in July 2021, City bus services started in Udaipur. The operator Udaipur Transport Service Limited (UTSL) announced free travel in the bus for all passengers for one month. However, every passenger will have to obtain a zero value ticket from the conductor. If any passenger is found travelling without this ticket, a fine of Rs 100 will be imposed.
In the first phase, 11 city buses will ply on Rampura-Dabok and Badgaon-Titardi routes.
First ODF+ Village in Rajasthan
Jahota village located in Jaipur’s Jalsu panchayat samiti has been declared as the state’s first “ODF plus” village in the state.
ODF plus is an extension of the ODF programme under Swachh Bharat Mission. Its objective is to sustain the ODF programme and to take up solid and liquid waste management.
Solar Net-Metering deadline extended
In July 2021, Rajasthan State electricity regulator – RERC has extended the implementation date of new net metering norms for solar rooftop projects in Rajasthan till 15th September 2021. The new norms were to kick off from 1st July 2021.
As per the news rules, net-metering benefits were allowed only for solar projects upto 10 KWp. In the meantime, the Union ministry of power also increased the threshold for rooftop solar projects up to 500 KWp instead of 10 KWp for net metering benefits. Read More
Learn: What is net-metering in Solar ?
Jaipur Airport ranks second in ACI category based rankings
Jaipur airport has been ranked second out of 13 airports which get between 20-50 lakh passengers per year.
Goa Airport has topped the ranking. The ranking was done by Airports Council International (ACI) on the basis of 33 parameters for the first quarter of the year from January-March 2021.
New Welfare Fund for Employees
In July 2021, the state government approved the formation of an employees’ welfare fund of Rs 3,000 crore for the well-being of serving and retired government employees. The main objective of the fund is to arrange finance through loans at low interest rates for various needs of the employees.
The announcement of formation of the fund was made in 2021-22 budget. According to the order, finance will be arranged for various welfare schemes from employees’ welfare fund.
These schemes include health scheme, housing loan scheme, loan scheme for higher studies, personal and vehicle loan scheme, crèche scheme for working women and meritorious scholarship scheme for children of low-salaried employees.