This page summaries Rajasthan Current Affairs for month of August 2021:
Budget Session & Monsoon Session gets clubbed in Rajasthan
For the first time in the state, the monsoon session of the assembly is being convened as a continuation of the budget session after five-anda-half months. The government did not send the file to the governor for prorogation of the budget session of the assembly.
This is the first time in the parliamentary history of the state when the budget session of the Assembly was not prorogued for more than five months. In its continuation, the next session of the assembly meeting has been convened.
The proceedings of budget session of Vidhan Sabha were adjourned sine die on 18 March 2021. It is mandatory to convene a meeting of the legislative assembly once in six months. The monsoon session of the assembly is now being called from September 9. Till now, every session of the legislative assembly, including the budget session, was prorogued within two months of the conclusion of the proceedings.
New Tribal University
In August 2021, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot laid the foundation stone for Jai Meenish Tribal University in Kota. He also inaugurated Tribal Girls University in Jaipur to mark the World Tribal Day. The World tribal day is observed on 09 August.
Additionally, Kalibai Bhil Meritorious Girls Scooty Scheme has already been implemented for the meritorious girl students to promote education among the girls.
Expert Committee for conservation of Tigers
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has decided to prepare a long-term plan for conservation of tigers and approved the formation of an expert committee. The committee members will be officials of wildlife organisations with chief wildlife warden as the convener.
Indira Gandhi Sahari (Urban) Credit Card Scheme
As per a notification by finance department, the government has rolled out Indira Gandhi Sahari (Urban) Credit Card Scheme to support self-employed youths in unorganised sector who suffered financially due to the lockdown. Under this scheme, vendors serving fast food, selling flowers, fruits, handicrafts, plants, ice-cream and chaat among other self-employed youths will be entitled to interest-free loans up to Rs 50,000.
The list of eligible youths also include plumbers, house painters, barbers, potters, shoe makers, tailors, rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, sweing workers, agarbatti makers, match makers, hawkers, rag pickers etc. The age group of 18-40 will be eligible for the loans.
The scheme will be run by the local self-governments. For the benefit of SCs, STs, and people in the other backward classes, the scheme will be implemented by the respective councils, and corporations. The Indira Gandhi Sahari (Urban) Credit Card Scheme will support 5 lakh beneficiaries.
Panel to look into demands of employees
In August 2021, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot appointed a high-level committee to examine the demands of employees and officers’ organisations.
- Retired IAS officer Khemraj Choudhary was appointed as the chairman of the committee while another retired IAS officer Vinod Pandya will be the member of the committee.
- Joint secretary, finance (rules) will be the member secretary.
315 million tonne of Limestone Reserves in Jaisalmer
Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found 315 million tonne cement grade limestone reserves in four blocks of Jaisalmer spread over 13 sq km. In August 2021, GSI submitted the report to the state government.
Manganese Deposits in Banswara
The State mines department is expediting the exploration of manganese in Banswara after preliminary studies by Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Department of Mines and Geology (DMG) indicate that the reserves could be over 100 million tonne.
As per initial findings, the mineral reserves in Banswara are spread over a length 25km with a width of 40 metre and depth of 50 metre. Manganese ore with 20 to 34% metal content in Kalakhunta and Tambesra-Rupakhedi is considered to be high. As per the mine plan of the lease area, a minable resource of 2.12 lakh of manganese has been established.
Since the start of operations, private company is already mining the mineral on a lease over 18 hactares and a total of 98,879 tonnes of manganese ore has been produced.
Potash has been another mineral that can bring rich dividends to the state. It is available only in Rajasthan in Nagaur–Sri Ganganagar basin having estimates reserves of 2400 million tonne. Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd is already doing commercial feasibility studies for the mineral.
Person in NEWS:
- 1989-batch IPS officer Nina Singh became the first woman officer in Rajasthan to earn director general (DG) rank.
Deepak Johi & Jai Singh
- Deepak Joshi from Bikaner and Jai Singh from Jhunjhunu, the two government teachers from Rajasthan have been selected for National Teachers Award announced by the ministry of education in August 2021.
- Forty-four teachers across India have been selected for the award. The two teachers will be awarded on September 5 (Teachers’ Day) in New Delhi by the Hon’ble President Ram Nath Kovind.
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