This Page summarises Rajasthan Current Affairs for November 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. Current Affairs Summary will be updated on weekly basis.
RRECL to run 200 mini-drinking Solar based water supply systems
The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has approved a proposal to equip stand-alone mini-drinking water supply systems to 200 villages with solar power.
As per the statement, the decision is in accordance with the Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy, 2019 and Rajasthan’s 2020-21 Budget announcement, mandating RRECL to run 200 water supply systems with solar energy on a pilot basis. The locations have been identified from a list of 248 areas specified by the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) and the pilot project is estimated to cost Rs 8 crore.
JVVNL launches Vigilance App
In November 2020, Energy minister B D Kalla launched the ‘vigilance app’ of Jaipur Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd (JVVNL). The application will help bring transparency and reduce distribution loss. The app will also improve accountability of vigilance engineers and remove complaints of consumers. The app helps the consumers to register their complaints online.
Rajasthan Police launch mental health helpline for its staff
Rajasthan police has launched a helpline number for its officials on which they can call in case of mental health issues. The police staff can call at 0141-2821500 between 10.30 am and 5pm for redressal of their issues.
National Water Award-2019: Rajasthan wins 3rd Prize
Rajasthan has won third prize in the general category for outstanding work in the field of water resources management under the National Water Award-2019. The award been given to the state for work in the field of increased water use efficiency, water harvesting management, integrated water resources management through participatory approach, micro irrigation with solar pumps, water harvesting and achievements under irrigation management and micro irrigation.
Cabinet sub-committee for Barmer refinery project
In November 2020, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot constituted a cabinet sub-committee under him to review the progress of the Barmer refinery so that the ambitious project could be completed on time. This group of ministers will regularly monitor the progress of the work. This will lead to better coordination between various departments of the government as well as quick resolution of interdepartmental issues. Coordination with Hindustan Petroleum officials will also be established.
The other members of the committee are PHED and energy minister Dr BD Kalla, UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal, industry minister Parsadilal Meena, mines and petroleum minister Pramod Jain Bhaya, revenue minister Harish Chaudhary, Indira Gandhi irrigation project minister Udailal Anjana, skills development minister Ashok Chandana and Pachparda MLA Madan Prajawat.
The officials in the committee include chief secretary, advisor to the chief minister Dr Govid Sharma, principal secretaries of home, finance, revenue, energy, PHED, PWD, UDH, industry, mines and petroleum, IGNP, skill development and employment, MD RIICO, director petroleum, divisional commissioner Jodhpur and collector and SP of Barmer.
Additional Budget for Isarda water project
In 2019-20 Budget, CM shri Ashok Gehlot had announced Isarda Water Project costing Rs 3,159 crore for the supply of drinking water to five towns and 1,244 villages of Dausa and Sawai Madhopur. In the original project, drinking water was to be supplied to the people of these villages and towns at 40 litres per person per day, including the local water source. Now the project cost has increased by 899.12 crore with the addition of 12 villages and one town and the direction of the Centre to supply 55 litre per person per day under the Jal Jeevan Mission project.
Rajasthan Assembly passes farm bills
On 3rd November 2020, the Rajasthan Assembly passed three amendment bills to counter the farm laws recently passed by the Centre. The amendments inlcude:
- Make the minimum support price (MSP) mandatory for contract farming but not for sale/purchase made in mandis
- Reintroduce taxes on mandis
- Empower state to impose stock limits to check black marketing
- Provision 3 to 7 years jail and fine up to Rs 5 lakh for harassing farmers
- Prevent banks from attaching debtor farmers’ land up to five acres.