This page summarizes Rajasthan Current Affairs for the month of January 2022. The current affairs summary will be updated on weekly basis.
‘e-mitra at home’ services
Beginning January 2022, the Department of Information Technology & Communication (DoITC) is planning to launch as many as 32 new ‘e-mitra at home’ services in Jaipur and Jodhpur on pilot basis. Through this, e-mitra services can be availed sitting at home by calling toll-free number 18001806127.
In all, a total of 37 such services are planned to be launched in both the cities. 5 such services were launched by chief minister Ashok Gehlot on December 19.
Process to avail ‘e-mitra at home’ services
- The applicant will call the toll-free number 18001806127.
- On calling the number the applicant can opt for the services she/he seeks to avail.
- The call receiver or the e-assistant will inform the applicant about the documents required for the particular service.
- A time slot will be given to the applicant for the arrival of e-assistant (e-sahayak) at her/his house to collect the documents.
- A token number will be given to the applicant having applied for the service online then and there.
- After the approval of the application through due process, the e-assistant will deliver its print out to the applicant at her/his home.
- The applicant will be charged Rs 73 for the whole process.
Traffic Jam in Sariska Tiger Reserve
A severe traffic jam was witnessed on 01st January 2022 in Sariska Tiger Reserve, when nearly 1,000 vehicles of pilgrims reached Pandupol situated inside the protected area.
Pandupole is a tourist spot in the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar district, Rajasthan. As per legends, Pandupole was the ancient site where Bhima Pandava, vanquished the giant demon Hidimbb and in return for this victory earned the hand of his sister, Hidimba. It is also believed that the Pandavas brother took refuge here during their exile.
The main path takes to Pandupole has Karnakabas Lake, Brahmnath, Kalighati Chauki and Bhaironghati, along with a 35-ft waterfall. This area is abundant in langurs, peafowl, spurfowl, and ubiquitous tree pies.
Why in NEWS: The 140 year old St John Baptist Church in Bandikui remained closed this Christmas too on account of no maintenance of the church. Stakeholders have now requested government for support & looking after the heritage site.
Revamped: Mukhyamantri Yuva Sambal Yojana Launched
In December 2021, the repackaged version of the unemployment allowance scheme – Mukhyamantri Yuva Sambal Yojana, has been launched in the state. The repackaged scheme mandates four hour internship per day for five days a week at state government offices or enterprises for jobless beneficiaries to avail the benefits of the scheme.
As per the fresh guidelines for the scheme, issued by the employment department, they will stop getting the allowance if they discontinue internship.
Light & Sound Show
To promote the tourism industry, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot inaugurated attractive light and sound shows at 5 major tourist places in the state. The CM virtually inaugurated light and sound shows at:
- Jai Niwas Udyan located in the Govind Dev Ji temple complex, Jaipur,
- Meera Bai memorial in Merta,
- World-famous fort of Chittorgarh,
- Machkund in Dholpur
- Laser water show at historical Gadsisar lake of Jaisalmer.
State Forest Minister approves Amagarh Leopard Safari
In December 2021, Rajasthan State forest minister Hemaram Choudhary gave nod to start a leopard safari for tourists in the Amagarh forest block in Jaipur.
The Jhalana forest spreads 20 square kilometre in the southeast of Jaipur. It houses a healthy population of 44 leopards, including 31 adults and 13 cubs. Apart from leopards, the forest has various attractions such as 132 species of avifauna, 220 species of flora, 20 species of reptiles etc.
The department had undertaken an exercise to develop the forest block adjoining Jhalana leopard reserve and Galta, spread over approximately 36 square kilometre, which has over 60 sub-adult and adult leopards.
Earlier, at Galta and Amagarh forest blocks, there were no routes to monitor the wild cats. The wildlife enthusiast and conservationists believe the move not only generate revenue, but also protect the precious forest block.
Rare Black Capped Kingfisher
Rare Black Capped Kingfisher, that is usually found in Eastern India was sighted for the first time near Jawahar Sagar Dam on the banks of Chambal river in Jawahar Sagar sanctuary.
On 16 December 2021, Rajasthan’s Art and Culture Minister Dr. BD Kalla inaugurated the 24th ‘Lokrang-2021’, a festival of folk artists, at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). The 11 day program will host 650 folk artists from all over the the country.
On December 15, 2021, Rajasthan College Education Commissioner Shuchi Tyagi has announced the launch of Gyandoot 2.0, the second phase of the Gyandoot program, to enhance the subject knowledge, academic problem solving and creative use of their time among the students studying in colleges.
Under this, online classes at undergraduate and postgraduate level will be organized from the last week of December, in which faculty members working in government colleges will give lectures on a completely voluntary basis.
New tariff set for expired green energy contracts in Rajasthan
The State Energy Department has decided to renew the Power purchase agreements for solar and wind energy projects that expired in 2019. As per the news, the department has decided to renew the projects with new rates of Rs 2.44 a unit for wind and Rs 2.24 for solar power.