This page summaries Rajasthan Current Affairs for month of September 2021:
International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) has taken the initiative to celebrate the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on September 7, 2021. The theme for the day this year is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet”, which emphasises the health effects of air pollution, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to prioritise the need for healthy air for all.
SOP for Campaign against Child Begging in Rajasthan
The Rajasthan state commission for protection of child rights (RSCPCR) has drafted the SOP for an intensive campaign against child begging across the state and the same has been sent to the Chief Minister in a bid to ensure that all the nodal agencies can be asked to follow their roles as designated.
This was communicated by Sangeeta Beniwal, chairperson, Rajasthan state commission for protection of child rights (RSCPCR).
Draft – Revised Mukhyamantri Yuva Sambal Yojana Submitted to CM
Under the revamped Draft – Revised Mukhyamantri Yuva Sambal Yojana, the unemployment allowance will be increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,500 for girls, specially abled persons and transgenders, and from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 for boys.
However, as per the revised draft, youths will have to work for at least four hours a day to be eligible for the allowance. If they do not have any professional degree or diploma, they will have to undergo skill training for three months at RSLDC (Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods and Development Corporation).
Also, 2 lakh beneficiaries will be eligible for the scheme every year, an increase from 1.60 lakh.
Governor returns Advocates Welfare Fund Bill
Governor Kalraj Mishra has returned the Rajasthan Advocates Welfare Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which was passed by the state assembly on March 7, 2020 for reconsideration based on objections raised by chairman of the Bar Council of Rajasthan and various district bar associations on the proposed hike in lifetime subscription and stamp duty.
As per article 200 of the Constitution of India (Assent to Bills), every bill, after it is passed by the assembly, is presented to the Governor. There are four options before the Governor:
- May give his assent to the Bill
- He may withhold his assent
- May return the Bill to the Legislative Assembly for reconsideration.
- May reserve the Bill for the consideration of the President If the Governor gives his assent to the Bill then it becomes an Act.
If the Governor withholds his assent to the Bill then bill does not become an act. If the Governor returns the bill to assembly and the assembly again passes the bill, with or without amendments, then Governor has to give assent to the Bill.
Vidhan Sabha Session to end on 18th September
The reconvened assembly session will continue till 18th September 2021. The decision was arrived at during the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) chaired by the Speaker (CP Joshi).
According to the recent news, a total of 12 bills may be passed in the current assembly session including 8 pending bills and the 4 bills tabled during the current session.
Mandatory Recycling of Waste Water
The Urban Development and Housing (UDH) department has issued an order after making it a mandatory for plots measuring above 2,500 square metre to recycle and purify wastewater of kitchens and bathrooms. Provision is not meant for wastewater from toilets.
The department has also made a mandatory provision for constructing rainwater harvesting structure for houses up to or above the size of 225 square metre.
The State department has issued an order after making it a mandatory provision in the building bylaws.
RERC increases Solar Net-Metering Capacity to 500 KWp
In September 2021, Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has increased net metering load capacity up to 500 kilowatt-peak (KWp) from earlier provision of 10kW.
As per the new order, “Net metering arrangement shall be applicable for loads up to 500 KW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower, for all categories of the consumers. However, the Commission may take further view on other issues raised by the discoms in their response at a later stage by following the due procedure.“
400 applications under PMAY rejected
Applications of over 400 families belonging to Sahariya and Gadiya Lohar tribes in Baran district, for free housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), have been rejected by the local administration because of applicants possessing landline phones.
The PMAY scheme is for families that don’t possess landlines, phones, fridges, bikes or own houses. The applicants for the scheme are recommended by their respective gram panchayats (GPs). It is scrutinised by the sarpanch and pradhan before it is sent to the zila parishad. Under the PMAY, the Central government provides the aid of Rs 1.5 lakh to the beneficiary for building a house on his/her own land.
Road Accidents Analysis Scheme
The Rajasthan Transport Department has notified road accidents analysis scheme aimed to bring down the number of road accidents especially on national highways.
As per a recent department data, the percentage of accidents on national highways (NH) in 2019 was 37% out of the total crashes despite the fact that they comprise only 4% of the total road length.
According to the scheme, it shall be required by joint inspection team to inspect the accident site within 24 hours to carry out the scientific analysis of causes of the accident.
Truck Trailer and Tyre Expo 2021
In September 2021, a three-day ‘Truck Trailer and Tyre Expo 2021’ was conducted in Jaipur.
‘Say No to Cheetah’ Campaign
In September 2021, wildlife experts, animal lovers and environmentalists from Rajasthan have initiated a ‘Say No to Cheetah Campaign‘ against the exercise taken by the state forest department to introduce cheetah in Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR). In November 2020, the State Forest department had conducted rapid site assessment for cheetah.
As per environmentalist, this new program will jeopardise the tiger reintroduction programme started in 2018.
3D Light and Sound Show
King Edward Memorial (KEM) in Ajmer has now introduced 3D projection mapping light and sound show on the rich history of Ajmer. The new show is English and Hindi has been launched at a cost of Rs 3.22 crore under Ajmer smart city. The memorial was built in 1911.
In July 2021, Ajmer ranked 13 in the list of India’s 100 smart cities program.
Rajasthan ranks top on Saathi Portal
Rajasthan has topped the list of the states for the number of hotels and restaurants registering on the Saathi portal of Union Ministry of Tourism which was created to ensure the compliance of Covid19– appropriate regulatory requirements.
The regulatory requirements cover all areas of operation of the hospitality and tourism units including cleaning, housekeeping, sanitisation, safety and health of employees and guests, identifying vulnerable areas, mitigating risks and mobilising resources for these activities.
More than 3000 units from Rajasthan has registered on the portal compared to over 1311 from Uttar Pradesh, 922 from Uttarakhand and 732 from Goa.
The State Government is contemplating running ‘water trains’ to Pali district by September-end as the water level in Jawai Dam is just at 10 feet due to deficit rainfall in the area this year.
Considered the lifeline of the area, Jawai Dam supplies water to Pali district, including Pali city, Sumerpur, Rani, Falna, Bali, Jaitaran, Sojat, Takhatgarh, Marwar Junction. Also, hundreds of villages are dependent on the dam for irrigation and drinking water.
As per recent new, the Water Resources and Public Health Engineering Department will send a report to the government after September 15 seeking budgetary approval to supply drinking water by train.
In 2019, water had to be supplied by train in Pali when monsoon activity in the area was below average.
Govt. Working to make Rajasthan TB Free by 2025
Aiming to make Rajasthan free from tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 under the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme, the state health department will ramp up its TB testing across the state by organising health camps.
In September 2021, the heath department launched programme to give pace to active case finding (ACF) campaign of TB and Nikshay Poshan Yojana.
ACF campaign is going on since 2017 to identify TB patients in the state. As many as 96,823 TB cases in the state were notified on Nikshay portal till now in 2021, whereas 1.37 lakh cases were notified in 2020. This year due to Covid, the identification of TB patients remained affected. Currently, 72,000 TB patients are undergoing treatment in the state.
TB patients during treatment are given Rs 500 per month under Nikshay Poshan Yojana.
Shrinath Peeth campus
Governor Kalraj Mishra will lay the foundation stone of Shrinath Peeth campus on October 25 at Dabio Ka Guda village near Nathdwara, Rajsamand. The campus will be the second campus of Mohanlal Sukhadia University.