This Page summarises Rajasthan Current Affairs for October 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.
Rajasthan Signs MoU with WFP for Food Security
On 30th October 2020, MoU was signed between the state government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at the CMO. WFP will provide its international experience, best practices and technical skills as well as full support for better implementation of food security schemes in Rajasthan. The Public Distribution System, Mid-Day Meal Scheme and Integrated Child Development Services programmes could be implemented better through this MoU.
Polling for new Municipal Corporations
Polling for election to three municipal corporations of the state – Jaipur Heritage, Jodhpur North and Kota North were conducted on 29th October 2020. The second phase of polling – for Jaipur Greater, Jodhpur South and Kota South – will be held on November 1. Counting for both phases will be done on November 3. The state government bifurcated municipal bodies in three big cities of the state in October last year, making way for two Mayors in each of these. The decision has increased the number of municipal corporations in Rajasthan to 10 – two each in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota, Ajmer, Bikaner, Udaipur and Bharatpur.
RBSE reduces Syllabus
In October 2020, the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) reduced the syllabus for Classes IX to XII by up to 40 per cent because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The move comes after the CBSE cut the syllabus by 30 per cent.
‘Meri Saheli’ Campaign by Railways
Under the directions of the ministry of railways and NWR, the Railway protection Force (RPF) has unveiled a special campaign “Meri Saheli” for the safety of female passengers who are travelling alone on the trains. Under the initiative, the team will approach such female passengers at their station of boarding and will share their mobile numbers with them.
Shudh ke liye Yudh Campaign
A core group has been constituted at the state level and committees at district levels will be constituted for ‘Shudh Ke Liye Yudh’ campaign from October 26. At the district-level committees, collector will be the head with SP, police commissioner (Jaipur, Jodhpur), chief medical health officer, district supply officer, managing director dairy, additional district magistrate level officer and legal advisor as members.
The core group will remain in constant touch with committees at the district level headed by district collectors to ensure on-the-spot action against those who involve in food adulteration, such as manufacturers, wholesallers and retailers, and also to follow up the legal action against them.
Rajasthan HC: Schools can’t collect 70 per cent tuition fees till October 12
Rajasthan High Court has extended the moratorium on the order of a single bench to collect 70% tuition fees by private schools till 12th October 2020. Under this order, no private school operator can recover the fees from any student or punish a student for not paying fees. A division bench comprising Justice Prakash Gupta and Justice Mahendra Kumar Goyal gave this interim order while hearing the appeal filed by the state government and others. The bench has deferred hearing of the case till 12th October 2020.
Earlier, on 7th September, a single bench of the high court while hearing the petition of the Progressive Schools Association and others gave exemption to private school operators to collect 70% of tuition fees. Thereafter, an appeal was filed against this order by the state government and various parents association. The state government, which is also a party in the appeal, said the single bench’s decision to collect 70 per cent tuition fees from parents was baseless and had no grounds.
CM Gehlot lays foundation stone for 17 industrial zones
In October 2020, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot laid foundation stone for 17 industrial zones and inaugurated 6 new areas at a virtual event. Among the 17 new zones, 10 are product specific, including a sports goods and toys zone in Khuskheda in Bhiwadi, manufacturing of medical devices at Jodhpur, pharmaceutical at Kota, ceramic products at Chittorgarh.
To attract new investments, land rates in the new industrial areas have been reduced by 35%.
Van Dhan Yojana
The state government has decided to implement Van Dhan Yojana in Modified Area Development Agency (MADA) areas in Rajasthan along with tribal sub-plan and Sahariya localities. For this, a district-level coordination and monitoring committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the district collector. Additionally, the project officer (MADA) will be the district nodal officer (MADA area) for implementation of Van Dhan Yojana and additional commissioner (first) tribal area development department, Udaipur, will be the state nodal officer (MADA area).
Survey for Cheetah Reintroduction in Rajasthan
Forest and environment minister Sukhram Vishnoi said a survey was being carried out in a few areas of Chittorgarh to check feasibility if African cheetahs could be reintroduced in the State. A committee to study the feasibility of bringing the cheetahs is headed by Wildlife Institute of India chairman Ranjeet Singh. In addition to Chittorgarh, Nauradehi sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh is considered suitable to settle cheetahs.
The Centre has allotted Rs 2.50 crore to WII for the cheetah project. Initially, a plan was made to translocate a cheetah to Jaisalmer but the move was dropped due to oil and gas exploration works and BSF and army camps objecting to the move citing non-availability of food for the animals.
Additionally, a proposal had been sent to the Centre to make a new tiger reserve at Kumbhalgarh.
New Species of Butterfly Recognized
Spialia Zebra known as the Zebra Skipper, spotted in 2014 in Sagwara town of Dungarpur district, has been recognized as the 1328th species of butterflies in the country.
A government school teacher Mukesh Panwar spotted the butterfly at a farmhouse on November 8, 2014. He clicked pictures of the butterfly and sent it for further study to the Butterfly Research Center at Bhimtal, Uttarakhand. After six years of intense research, the institute finally recognized it as the 1328th species found in India.
IPS Nina Singh
1989-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Nina Singh, has become the first ADG-level officer from Rajasthan to receive the Ati Utkrisht Seva Medal (AUSM) by the Ministry of Home Affairs for professional excellence. Nina Singh is Rajasthan’s first woman IPS officer. She is currently posted as ADG (Training) in Rajasthan Police.
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