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BJP all set to ‘show strength’ in refinery foundation ceremony

The programme schedule of foundation ceremony of Pachpadra refinery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 14 is not out yet but the administration has made the preparations faster. Here, the Bharatiya Janata Party has started to formulate a strategy to show its strength in the program of the prime minister. Despite years of the strong hold, Congress in Marwar won only two of the 33 assembly seats in the last assembly elections. That is why BJP has focused on Marwar to keep the victory alive. In order to make Marwar ‘Congress-free’, the BJP state president himself has visited Barmer and Jodhpur five times in the last three months. Efforts are being made to strengthen the BJP from booth functioning to the state level.State president of BJP, Ashok Parnami arrived in Jodhpur on Saturday afternoon. He took a meeting of the Jodhpur division MLAs regarding Prime Minister’s program. In this meeting, while giving the lesson to strengthen the BJP in their area, they have been given the target of mobilizing supporters of Modi in the program. The BJP wants to showcase a big power in the presence of the Prime Minister during this program. The MLAs of Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Pali, Jalore and Sirohi have been given a target to bring crowds in buses along with the activists in the program. While Talking to media, he targeted the Congress and especially the former chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, about the refinery. Describing the leadership of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as proficient, he said that she has done good for the people by saving 40,000 crores in refinery cost.It is worth mentioning that former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presented the Pachpadra refinery as his ambitious project before the last assembly elections. Then the Congress had also demonstrated power at the earlier foundation ceremony. On the same lines, describing as the huge achievement of the Vasundhara government for reducing the cost of this project and renewing the MOU with HPCL, BJP is working on the strategy to surround the previous government.Here, Barmer-Jaisalmer former MP Harish Chaudhary has also come out in front opposing the re-foundation ceremony of the refinery by the Prime Minister. He said that the then national president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has done foundation ceremony of the refinery on September 22, 2013. Now, what is the justification to again have a foundation ceremony by the Prime Minister? He said that the strategy is being formulated to protest the foundation ceremony. Soon, it will be announced at the state level to protest against this program.

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At Pachpadra, where the refinery will be set up, the construction of the boundary wall is under way. ”
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Sachin Pilot calls Vasundhara Raje sops poll gimmick

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot on Tuesday took a jibe on Chief minister Vasundhara Raje touring to the bypoll-bound constituencies where she is showering sops and making new announcements. Terming it a poll effect, PCC chief blamed the government for not paying heed to the concerns of common man in its past four-year rule.Pilot made the scathing attack on Raje in Ajmer on Tuesday where he is campaigning extensively ahead of the bypoll. Focusing on rural belt, he visited more than a dozen gram panchayats, including Kumharia Bandanwada, Padanga, Satwadia, Jamola and held dialogue with rural folks.Addressing separate gatherings during his visit, Pilot attacked the government. “The Chief Minister has never taken care of this area in the past four years. As polls are nearing she is making populist announcements to allure people. She declares to open a college somewhere and assures to make roads and bridges at some other place, but the truth is people of the state have been deprived of basic amenities in the BJP’s rule”.Citing example of the government’s insensitivity, Pilot narrated plight of farmers and poor sections of the society. “Farmers are committing suicides due to debt, and in the CM’s constituency (Jhalarapatan) a farmer died due to severe cold while coming to his field for irrigation purpose at night . The government has deceived farmers as it had promised to provide electricity in the day time to the farmers, but even after four years this promise has not been fulfilled,” said Pilot, adding that government is privatising education and health sector which the Congress will oppose.

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Gurjars, 4 other communities to get 1% reservation in NBC category

Thousands of unemployed youths can look forward to getting a government job now. Thanks to a timely and wise decision by Vasundhara Raje government of granting one per cent separate reservation to Gurjars and four other communities in Most Backward Class (MBC) category. Gurjar community may be skeptical about the move but it has paved way to fill up 72,000 posts in the government; the recruitment process for which was stuck because of reservation tangle.For last two years, 72,000 posts in 13 different categories and departments could not be filled because of OBC reservation act. Among them 55,000 posts were those for which notification had been issued. In fact, the government had to extend application deadline five times for level 2 of REET teachers’ recruitment 2016, whereas second grade teachers’ recruitment result was not declared for six months.The recruitment process was stalled only because of reservation issue but now everything is clear as Raje government has made a provision by which Gurjars and four other communities will enjoy one per cent separate reservation in MBC and continue to receive OBC reservation benefits as well.Though, the Gurjar community is still not convinced and threatening to launch stir once again.Notably, the SBC reservation got stuck in the court. The state government had to cancel it. After that, Raje government brought OBC bill to give 5 per cent reservation to Gurjars but before a notification could be issued the matter reached court.Since the overall reservation limit went up to 54%, Supreme Court quashed the bill reiterating its stand that reservation cannot go beyond the cap of 50%. The government discussed the matter with Gurjars and tried to convince them to agree to accept MBC but they refused.However, the government released notification of MBC. Now, the unemployed are eagerly waiting for opening up of the recruitment process.Social justice and empowerment minister, Arun Chaturvedi hailed the decision claiming that MBC will restart stalled recruitment process at speedy level.State president of Berojgar Ekikrat Mahasangh, Upen Yadav, however, demanded that the government should not lose time to restart recruitment process at the same time appointments in old recruitments should be given immediately to fulfill its promise.But, Gurjar leader, Himmat Singh alleged cheating. “The government has duped us. The one percent reservation was available even during the Gehlot government. Instead of keeping youths unemployed, the government could have given this benefit earlier. Our agitation is for 5 per cent reservation will continue. We will oppose the government in upcoming by polls and in assembly elections,” he said.

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Gurjar leaders consider getting Hardik Patel to campaign against BJP

Gurjars leaders in Rajasthan, who are angry with CM Vasundhara Raje-led state government for its decision of giving 1 per cent reservation to the community as opposed to the 5 per cent that they demanded, have started drawing up strategies to beat the saffron party in Ajmer and Alwar and Mandalgarh bypolls. In a step towards this direction, they intend to bring Gujarat’s Patidar leader Hardik Patel — whose alliance with the Congress had damaged BJP’s poll perspective in Gujarat’s major Patel belt — to campaign in the desert state.”We have a thought to bring Hardik here and do campaigning against the BJP which cheated the Gurjars by not giving them 5 per cent reservation which it promised in its Suraj Sankalp Patra. I will get to meet him on December 30, and then will decide further strategy on how to run the campaign here,” said Himmat Singh Gurjar, spokesperson of Gurjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti.Both the leaders — who ran quota movements for their castes Patel and Gurjars respectively — have been in touch for months. Himmat, on Hardik’s call, had also campaigned for the Patel reservation in Gujarat. And Hardik, who was in exile in Udaipur, had met Gurjar leaders including Kirori Singh Bainsala, who spearheaded the agitation for over a decade, regularly supporting their cause.Hardik’s landing in Rajasthan hints that on the line of Gujarat he would seek votes for Congress which he had alliance in Gujarat when the party promised to give the community reservation. His popularity may attract voters, but it is yet to see how much his campaign remains successful in consolidating Gurjars who trusted BJP in previous assembly election and Lok Sabha election making it a visible sweep. His campaigning with Gurjars leaders make an impact in election, particularly in Ajmer bypoll where Gurjars voters in a sizable amount.Singh adds that there is legal hurdle before Hardik to campaign in Rajasthan on the request of Gurjars as in accordance to the court orders he can’t leave Gujarat state. “We are hopeful he would get relief in this matter and campaign against the BJP here.” DNA tried to reach Hardik over the development on phone, though he did not respond to the calls.Notably, Gurjars demanded 5 percent reservation for itself and others four castes and run also a violent movement . The government, meeting their demand, had tabled a bill in recent assembly session. But, it was stayed by the Supreme Court which ordered the government not to exceed 50 percent legal ceiling in quota. A couple of days back, the government, hence, has notified 1 percent reservation to the castes meeting 50 percent ceiling.

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Congress to fight BJP with a positive campaign in Rajasthan, says Sachin Pilot

The Congress will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the state government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent by-elections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level and reach out to the masses through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said.Unlike the BJP, the Congress campaign will not be reduced to their level of acrimonious campaign and will not be negative. We will instead launch an affirmative and positive campaign, where the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government will be highlighted, Pilot told PTI.The party has already launched its Mera booth, mera gaurav (My booth, my pride)” campaign and will soon unroll its mass contact programme across the state.He said the Congress did not seek to reach out to the people merely on the failures of the BJP, but would offer them a better alternative.We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the state forward, he said.Pilot said the workers in the state were already geared up and ready to tackle the BJP now that Rahul Gandhi had taken over the leadership of the Congress and infused new energy into it.The Rajasthan government has nothing to show for the four years that the BJP has been in power in the state, he said, charging it with selling off assets to generate money.This, Pilot stressed, was poor fiscal management.He alleged that the state s assets, including buildings, schools, roadways, hospitals and other infrastructure, were being sold to a select few in the name of public-private partnerships.This is nothing but an example of poor fiscal management. Such a policy where precious assets of the state are given out to a select few at throw-away prices smacks of crony capitalism,” he said.Once voted back to power, the Congress would “review and reverse all such decisions taken arbitrarily” and re-acquire the state s assets, he added.Pilot said the Congress, which faced a historic defeat in 2013 when it could win only 21 of the 200 Assembly seats, had got its vigour back and in the just-concluded bypolls had won seven out of 14 urban local bodies.He said the vote share gap between the Congress and the BJP, which had widened to 25 per cent, had narrowed down to 1.5 per cent in the state Panchayat elections held last year.In the Panchayat polls, the Congress won 45.5 per cent of votes against the BJP s 47 per cent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was down to 31 per cent, compared to the BJP’s 56 per cent.The former Union minister said the Congress party would now aggressively take its campaign forward while highlighting the problems of the jobless, farmers and the common man.This, he said, would be done through public rallies and by underlining the Congress’s plans for the future.The Congress will “force” the BJP government in the state to announce farm loan waivers to help ease the burden of debt that farmers faced, he said.Pilot wondered why the government was dithering over loan waivers when it could bring in a law that allowed former chief ministers to select a house for their lifetime.”The people of the state did not vote the former chief ministers in so that they could have the power to have a house for life, he said.Asked about the Mera booth, mera gaurav scheme, he said every leader would be put in charge of a booth and would launch a mass contact programme to reach out to every voter in the state.There are a total of 51,000 booths in the state.Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018, along with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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Unused road in Dholpur to be used as air strip

A first of its kind project in the country, an unused road stretch in Dholpur district will be converted into an air strip to take off or land planes in future, claimed chief minister Vasundhara Raje while laying foundation stone of Dholpur Lift Irrigation project on Friday. Estimated to cost Rs852 crore, the project aims to provide water to 234 villages of Bari, Dholpur and Rajakhera tehsils.Addressing the gathering at the ceremony, the CM once again hinted that development will be her agenda in the final year of her tenure ahead of the assembly polls. She has announced for repairing 14,100km roads in next 12 months spending Rs2,300 crore. She emphasised on initiating Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) which would be a boon for 13 districts in terms of meeting water needs, be it for drinking or irrigation purposes.“We have already sent a detailed project report to the Central government on the ERPC. The project will link water of Kalisingh, Chakan, Mej and Parvati rivers to Chambal Lift and Dholpur Lift irrigation projects to provide irrigation water to farmers of 13 districts to reap two harvests in a year,” said Raje.She said that her government has renovated 22262km roads spending Rs3527 crore in the past four years. “Now I make a major announcement. Dholpur Badi Old road will be repaired and used as a air strip for plane’s landing and take off. This will be the first of its kind experiment in the country,” said Raje while talking about 1.8km long and 45 metres wide road to be used for the air strip. Currently, the road is damaged and lying unused.Set for record runRaje has promised to the people to complete Dholpur Lift project in a record time of three years. “This will be India’s first irrigation project in which 1600km network of pipeline will be laid to supply water. Only sprinklers and pipes will be installed for irrigation under the project estimated to cost Rs852 crore,” the chief minister said.

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2 pupils critical after boy turns gun on girl

Panicked parents of the 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, waited for news of their children’s health which is stated to be critical. The girl had been shot by the boy in the Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad who then turned the gun on himself. Police have registered an FIR in this matter against the boy, following a complaint by the girl’s uncle.According to police, the girl sustained two bullet injuries to her head. The boy later shot at himself with the same weapon and had left the spot. He was later found injured state just 100 meters away from the girl’s body.”The doctors have removed the two bullets from the girl’s head and a bullet from the boy’s body. However, both of them are still critical and have not gained consciousness. They both are still in Intensive Care Unit, the girl is more critical as her wounds are stated to be deeper,” said a senior police officer.On Wednesday, around 7 pm the two were going for tuitions at Vasundhara Sector 4 on a scooter when the boy shot her after an altercation, with his father’s licensed weapon, police said. The minors are residents of Vasundhara.The boy studies in class 11 at a private school in Vasundhara while the girl, police said, is a class 10 student at a Geeta Colony school in east Delhi.Initial investigation has revealed that the boy fired two bullets at the girl and she fell unconscious. He then went to a nearby place and shot himself. The two were rushed to a hospital where both underwent operations.Police also said that the crime seemed planned as the boy had taken his father’s licensed weapon in his bag.”The weapon is licensed in the name of the boy’s father and he has joined us for questioning. We have registered an FIR against the boy on the basis of the girl’s uncle’s complaint. We will initiate the investigation once the boy gains consciousness,” an officer added.Police said the boy stole the gun from his father’s almirah. His father is a property dealer while the girl’s father is an engineer with a private firm.MODUS OPERANDIOn Wednesday, around 7 pm the two were going for tuitions at Vasundhara Sector 4 on a scooter when the boy shot her after an altercation, with his father’s licensed weapon, police said. The minors are residents of Vasundhara. The boy is in class 11 and the girl in class 10

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State makes giant leap in mother and child healthcare

Rajasthan has become a pioneer state in terms of setting up laboratories to train ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery) and GNM (General Nursing and Midwives) in nourishment courses for the health of mothers and infants. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje launched 47 such modern labs on Tuesday, along with initiating ‘Rajsangam’ programme which is a part of Akshada program being run by the state government with the assistance of Tata Trust and Antara Foundation. “Rajasthan has become first state in the county where such modern labs equipped with latest instruments have been set for pre-service nursing education program. This costs Rs12.5 crore to the government. Of them, 33 labs are for ANM training and 14 for GNM,” said a statement released by the CMO. On this occasion, Raje stressed the need for using information technology (IT) to improve maternity services. “Nourishment levels of mother and child have been improved under Akshada programme. A big change is expected under the program when it gets implemented further with the help of IT,” said Raje. The Antara Foundation’s Akshada program focuses on the critical ‘1000 days’ between conception and age two. It is designed to influence the most critical markers of maternal and child health such as maternal anaemia, neo-natal and infant mortality and immunisation Raje said that under the program over 2,600 villages have been mapped so far in Jhalawar and Baran districts. “It is important to note that workers at grassroots level have been connected under the program. Aasha, ANM and Anganwadi workers (triple A) who work as frontline workers for mother and child health improvement have been brought together under the program and villages mapping is on.” The CM has also revealed a app ‘Triple A’, a comics titled ‘Hum he Triple A’ and a CD on ‘Jago Ri Kishori’. EQUIPPED WITH LATEST“Rajasthan has become first state where such modern labs equipped with latest instruments have been set for pre-service nursing education programme. This costs Rs12.5 crore to the government,” said a statement released by the CMO.

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Jaipur local polls land in Cong’s lap

Even as the euphoria of the Gujarat Assembly election results is settling, the Rajasthan BJP has been dealt a reality check in the form of local body polls that were swept by Congress.The four district council (zila parishad) seats at Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli were all won by the Congress with decent margins. Of the 27 panchayat samiti members, 16 went into the Congress kitty, while the BJP could only bag 10. Out of 14 urban local body seats, 7 were bagged by the Congress and 6 by BJP.Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot termed the results as a “moral defeat” of the “corrupt” Vasundhara Raje government. “The BJP government in Rajasthan has not worked to the aspirations of the people. There is widespread corruption, unemployment and inflation under this regime. The government is pretending to hold Jan Sunvais just to get through the bypolls. Over the last four years, the Congress has worked consistently as an opposition and raised the issues of the public. Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Congress will ensure BJP’s defeat,” said Pilot.The frontal attack has not only put the ruling BJP in a defensive position, but also made it concerned about the forthcoming bypolls. Two parliamentary and one Assembly seat have fallen vacant due to the demise of members, and the BJP is now concerned about its poll prospects at the fag end of this government’s tenure. It has also raised doubts about the party’s ability to retain the three seats.

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Rajasthan Panchayat bypoll: Congress snatches 4 zila parishad seats from BJP

Close on the heels of an improved performance in Gujarat, the Congress today won all the four zila parishad seats and also 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six nagar palika seats, for which bypolls were held.The ruling BJP had to remain content with 10 panchayat samiti seats although it won seven nagar palika wards. The saffron party could not even retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats that it held, according to the State Election Commission.The bypolls for 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 12 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17. “The results of the local bodies bypoll has proved that the countdown for the BJP in Rajasthan has begun. Congress has expressed the feelings of the people in the last four years and they have trust in the party,” Congress state president Sachin Pilot said. He predicted a similar result in the upcoming bypolls for the two parliamentary seats of Alwar and Ajmer and Mandalgarh Assembly seat.Bypolls on all the three seats have been necessitated due to sudden demise of two of the ruling BJP’s parliamentarians and a BJP legislator.The civic by-election results are a setback for the BJP as it lost two nagar palika wards in Baran district, which is a strong hold of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s MP son Dushyant Singh. However, state BJP spokesperson, Anand Sharma said that the result was good for the party as it has grabbed several seats earlier held by the Congress. In August, opposition Congress had won 19 out of the total 37 seats in bypolls to urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions while the ruling BJP had got ten.

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Yamuna water to quench thirst of Jhunjhunu: Vasundhara Raje

Water from Yamuna river will quench thirst of Jhujnhunu district, claimed chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday and added that pipelines will be laid instead of canal to bring water under the project.“The government is in constant touch with Union water resources ministry to consider option of laying pipelines in place of canal to bring water from Yamuna,” Raje told the locals during the ‘CM Jan Samwad programme’ held at a private school.The CM also made a veiled attack on the Congress for making no efforts to provide water to the district of Shekhawati region. “We made efforts to supply water to Jhunjhunu rising above the politics. In four-year rule so far, we brought water from Kumbharam Lift canal to several areas here. The rest will also be covered and get water from the canal as Detailed project report (DPR) is being drafted for this,” Raje said.She also said that her government plans to set up a state sports academy in Jhunjhunu on the line of NIS Patiala. Also, a military school with an estimated cost of Rs184 crore will be developed here. “Our government is committed to giving opportunities to youths to make a career in sports. We have announced to set up a sports academy here which will be linked to the rest of seven academies of the state. This will motivate youth to take up sports as a career.”

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Ambitious Rs 6.5K cr Parwan agri project initiated by Raj-Centre

Accusing Congress government for delaying ambitious Parwan irrigation project, chief minister, Vasundhara Raje has claimed that her government worked with sincerity on the project and laid its foundation, finally. She was addressing a gathering in Baran district where she along with Union road surface and water minister, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stones and inaugurated development works worth Rs8,487 crore, including Rs 6,490 crore of Parwan alone.“Congress has done politics in 50 years of its rule but we implemented it. When it gets completed, it will become lifeline of Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts. The dam capacity of this project is 490 million cubic metre. After completion, 317million cubic metres of water will be available for irrigation. Along with irrigation, this project will also provide 50 million cubic metres of water to quench thirst of 1,821 villages of Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts. The thermal power generation of 2,970 MW will be achieved with 79 million cubic metre of the project,” Raje spoke here at a rally.The project is set to be a boon for three districts of Hadoti region- Baran, Jhalawar and Kota- where over 2 lakh hectare will get sufficient water. By laying foundation the government fulfilled a major promise which may impact the assembly polls too. Albeit, it is also a truth that the government took four years in finalizing detailed project report (DPR) and issuing work tenders. In the event which is part of government celebration of 4 years anniversary, the CM also presented report card on major irrigation works done. She noted that her government spent Rs5,633 crore on various irrigation projects including Indira Gandhi canal to provide water to 50,000 hectare land. “Dholpur lift project is also one of the major project which we took up. This project was not realised in 5o years but we are making it,” said Raje.

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Haryana NOC for IG canal repair: Nitin Gadkari

Injecting a boosting dose in Rajasthan’s infrastructure and irrigation works, the Union minister for road transport and water resources, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of ambitious Parwan Irrigation water project. He also announced the completion of Jaipur’s Ring Road project in record deadline of one year and commence civil works on Greenfield Express highway between Jaipur and Delhi, soon.“Whatever commitments I make, I fulfill,” said Gadkari as a chief guest addressing a function in Baran which was presided by the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje. Fetching water from Yamuna River to Rajasthan, restoration of Indira Gandhi Canal and uses of ethanol as a fuel for farmers were also proclaimed by the minister from the stage.He emphasised that he is working on schemes contentiously to supply water to the desert state and increase earnings of the farmers.“At the time of the partition, six rivers were divided between India and Pakistan equally. However, three rivers which India had, flow into Pakistan. I have directed my officials to draft a plan to turn their water to our states. In continuance of this, water from Yamuna will be brought to Rajasthan. Also we are working to bring Narmada river water here,” said Gadkari adding that in future land of farmers will not be acquired for canal projects and underground pipeline will be laid to supply water for irrigation.“Rajasthan will soon get NOC (no objection certificate) from Haryana Government to repair IG canal. I had dialogue with CM Manohar Lal Khattar,” spoke Gadkari, laying stress that he is working on schemes contentiously to supply water to the desert state and increase earnings of the farmers.Gadkari, who also got portfolio of water resources in latest cabinet reshuffle, also unfolded his plan to increase earning of farmers with his pet project of alternate cheaper fuel. “I am working for a plan in which ethanol could be used as a fuel by the farmers. This fuel is much cheaper than petrol and diesel. I will table the scheme next week in the parliament. Rajasthan needs to make a policy in this context too.”Green highway express project envisaged to connect Delhi and Jaipur is in limboand land required for it is still pending. Gadkari referred this and promised that land acquisition for the project will commence next month and soon it will be a reality. “And also, Jaipur ring road project will be completed in one year,” Gadkari promised to the gathering assembled at Baran.

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Foundation of projects worth crores today

Union minister for Road Transport and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari is expected to lay foundation stones and inaugurate road works worth Rs727 crores in a programme at Baran district on Friday. Foundation laying ceremony of Parwan Irrigation project envisaged to provide water to 2 lakh hectare land in Hadoti region may also mark in the same program which will be chaired by the chief minister Vasundhara Raje.The desert state takes a big leap in infrastructure whenever Gadkari visits. Almost three months back, Prime minister Narendra Modi and Gadkari came to Udaipur and the former inaugurated highway and road projects worth Rs15,000 crore for the entire state. At that time, a major announcement was made by Gadkari to boost Rajasthan infra while spending around Rs2 trillion in the next five years for building the road and national highways in Rajasthan.With his focus, Rajasthan rolls with infra projects, and those big projects which were limbo for several years. One of such big projects is Parwan irrigation project, which will do away water needs in three districts-Baran, Jhalawar and Kota. Gadkari may lay the foundation stone of the project.Rajasthan expects financial assistance from the center to speed up works in the project that costs nearly Rs6489 crores. Raje, in several meetings, discussed it and Gadkari gave assurance as well. Parwan project, the project got embroiled in several controversies regarding displacement of tribals, the forests land getting submerged and most important, the project is brought in only to benefit two thermal power projects. According to the sources, Gadkari has scheduled visit to Baran to lay foundation stone, though final consent is still awaited.

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Congress spews venom on Vasundhara Raje rantings

200 kms away from the capital Jaipur, when chief minister Vasundhara Raje was celebrating 4th anniversary of her government in Jhunjhunu and counting achievements of BJP government amid much fanfare, the opposition Congress was busy spewing venom against her rule and pressing its countdown button in Jaipur. Congress state President Sachin Pilot accused government of corruption and said that BJP has pushed the state back bringing anarchy in the system.“There is no sign of law and order and governance in the state. If at all the government is doing anything honesty, that is corruption deeds,” said Pilot.He said that the countdown of Raje government has begun and public will teach a strong lesson to BJP in the next elections.“Right from youth to women to farmers, every section of the society is suffering. The government has failed on all the fronts,” he said.Going a step ahead, leader of opposition in assembly Rameshwar Dudi termed BJP government as one of the biggest ‘political crash’ in the history of Rajasthan. He issued a ‘Black Box’ of Raje’s misrule and said that the box is a collections of failures of Raje government.“Black Box in an aeroplane contains the data to determine the cause of air crash. Likewise this Black Box has the causes of all the failures of BJP government,” he said. He said that he had 52 questions covering more than 250 issues for CM which she must answer to public. He said 52 questions will lead BJP to fall like pack of 52 cards. “Four years back, BJP had come to power making 611 poll promises. Unfortunately they have not been able to fulfill even 40% of them. BJP had been an utter failure and now chief minister has only few months left,” he said.He questioned BJP about the promised it made regarding farmers loan waiver and asked why government is silent on suicides of farmers in the state. He asked government why the inter state water treaty is not being implemented and why renovation of Indira Gandhi Canal has not taken place?Dudi said that there is a visible public anger against BJP. Government employees are staging demonstrations, farmers are agitating, policemen are going on strike, Physically challenged are challenging the government and youth are stiil waiting for 15 lakh job opportunities which BJP had promised. Showing law and order in poor light, Dudi said that there has been rise in atrocities against women and dalit and the state has witnessed communal violence in last 4 years.“More than 70,000 newly born babies died for the want of proper medical facilities. Thousands of schools have been closed without reason and BJP government stalled mega projects which started during last Congress government like Jaipur Metro, Barmer Refinery, Banswara Rail project or Kota’s Parwan Irrigation Project with malicious intent,” he said.Taking a dig at Raje government, Dudi said that the government topped in corruption.“There was 45,000 crore mines scam, several thousand crore of PHED scam and several other scams that gagged the development. The government failed miserably in bring big ticket investment to the state despite spending crores of rupees on summit like Resurgent Rajasthan.As the government enters into the election year, BJP state president Ashok Parnami is also seen sprucing up the organisation. He is getting ready to answer accusations and allegations levelled by Congress on ground zero. Parnami, a close confidante of Raje, has a task cut out to manage the grassroots and dispel the image Congress is trying to weave for the ruling party.

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Ahead of election year, cabinet takes bold steps

A cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Vasundhara Raje has decided to amend the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (prohibition of slaughter and regulation of temporary migration or export) act 1995 to allow export of bull calves of the age of 2 years or above for breeding and purposes related to agriculture to the states where slaughtering is banned. The highest panel also changed the name of pensions scheme meant for prisoners arrested under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rules (DIR) into Rajasthan Loktantra Senani Samman Nidhi. Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Rathore, briefing the media of decisions taken in the meeting said that amendment bill in the Bovine Act 2017 will be forwarded to the President of India for consent before tabling in the assembly. “Under the amendment sections, the bull calves of 2 years or above age will be allowed to be exported into the states which have act for prohibiting cow slaughtering. The buyer will have to produce an affidavit that he will take care of the calves and later will use them for the purpose of agriculture or breeding. The amendment is for allowing only male calf and initially, Nagauri bull calves, who are known for their good growth and built will be covered under it,” Rathore told.The Cabinet gave a nod to amendments to cover left out prisoners, who were detained during the emergency, for the current pension scheme. “Currently, a provision in the scheme makes prisoners being Rajasthan native to get the pension when detained in the prisons of the state. Now, any Rajasthan prisoner detained anywhere in the country under MISA, DRI will get same medical allowances and pension. Also, those prisoners who have been left out from the pension will be covered fresh when they will produce an affidavit with a testimony of two prisoners and the affidavit needs to be attested by the MLA or MP concerned of the area. Also, minor prisoners can apply for the pension,” said Rathore adding that so far, only adult persons detained under MISA and DIR and kept in any of Rajasthan jails during the emergency were entitled to get the pension of Rs 12,000 and a monthly allowance of Rs 1200. There are 1,050 registered prisoners listed in Rajasthan.It was also decided to free the land of five villages from acquisition for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) because the villages are close to the national highway and the compensation amount was high as compared to the compensation decided for other five villages. In place of those five villages, the land will be acquired from other villages and a 60-meter road will be constructed to link that land to the highway, the minister informed.

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Rajasthan murder: Hindus should rise and oppose killings of Muslims in their name, says DU professor Apoorvanand

Hindus should rise and oppose killings of Muslims in their name, a Delhi University professor said after taking part in a human chain against the the burning to death of a daily wage labourer from West Bengal, Afrazul Khan, in Rajasthan earlier this week.Forty-eight-year-old Khan was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. In a video of the killing shared on social media, the accused, who has been arrested, is seen declaring that he killed the man to save a woman from “love jihad” and warning that anyone challenging the majority community would “meet the same fate”.”It is incumbent upon Hindus now to choose various platforms in their capacities to say you can’t murder Muslims in our name,” Delhi University professor Apoorvanand said, hitting out at political parties for not taking a stand against the killing.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accused”Political parties should come out against it…,” he said.Scores of young people and professors of various universities and activists turned up to form a human chain at Connaught Place. Earlier in the day, several Muslim organisations and students outfits staged a demonstration near Bikaner House condemning the attack and demanding resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

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Nitin Gadkari to herald Infra, irrigation projects

Infrastructure and irrigation services in Rajasthan are set to take a new leap on December 15 when BJP government will be celebrating programs on its 4th anniversary. Union minister for Road Transport, Highways and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari is expected to laying foundation of road works in the tune of Rs729 crore in Baran and ambitious Parwan water irrigation project cost at Rs6489 crore in Baran of Kota division wherein chief ministers Vasundhara Raje represents from Jhalrapatan.“The state has taken another step towards the development of roads. The Kota division will get road projects worth Rs729.23 crores this month. In a program scheduled at Baran Agricultural Production Market on December 15, the road works covering 294km will be laid. As chief guest of the function, Nitin Gadkari may arrive there,” says a statement released by the office of chief minister.The ceremony will see foundation stone laying for strengthening of 20km long road at a cost of Rs30 crore at National Highway-12. Under PPP model, 74.82km road between Kanvas-Khanpur-Aklera at the cost of Rs175 crore, 14.85km road from Deoli to Kanwas at the cost of Rs34.78 crore and Alot-Gangdhar-Suwasra road stretching 24.55km at the cost of Rs58.11 crore. Apart from them, Rs431 crore will be spent on for the restoration of roads and construction of five high level bridges on rivers like Kali Sindh, Aahu, Ujad and Kalikhar. Apart from the infra project, Gadkari will lay foundation stone for ambitious Parwan irrigation which has been envisaged to provide water for drinking and irrigation to 2 lakh hectare land spreading in three districts- Baran, Jhalawar and Kota.The project tabbed as a boon for farmers was limbo for over a decades. It got embroiled in several controversies regarding displacement of tribals, the forests land getting submerged and most important the project being brought in only to benefit two thermal power projects. Now, Gadkari will lay foundation stone of the project.

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Top cop O P Galhotra promises to meet all challenges

Rajasthan’s new DGP O P Galhotra’s first interview after assuming charge was given to Zee Media. He told Sushant Pareek in an exclusive chat about challenges before the police, his road map to for better policing and other important issues like crime against women and cow vigilantism. The DGP said that cow smuggling is a sensitive matter but no one will be allowed to take law in their hands.Following is the excerpt of his interview to the ZEE Media:You superseded three senior officers. Were you confident of getting this responsibility?This was decision of the government. I am grateful to chief minister Vasundhara Raje for reposing faith in me and I will leave nothing in way of performing my duty.How helpful was your stint in the CBI?Working in the CBI gives you different kind of experience. Freedom and space one gets while investigating a case in the CBI is not possible in state police. Here faces different kind of challenges, which is why success ratio is higher in the CBI. As an IPS officer, I benefitted from the work experience gained in the CBI especially the knowledge of fine points in investigation always came handy.Crime rate has reduced in the state, however, crime against women especially rape cases; murder and dalit atrocities are matter of concern. How would you improve things?These are definitely my priorities. In the first meeting with officers, I instructed officers to be serious about women related cases. The police should be sensitive about crime against children. It has to show urgency in cases of missing people and need to focus on investigation of hard core crimes. My endeavor will be for better monitoring.Cybercrime is fast becoming a huge challenge? Cyber crime is indeed a big challenge but we are not as prepared as we should have been. Criminals have been increasingly using latest technology so the police also need support of technique along with traditional policing. Rajasthan police will have to be prepared for this challenge and keep abreast with latest technology. We will also take help of other agencies and private expert.Increasing road accidents are also a challenge.Reducing road accidents is priority of the state government as well as Rajasthan police. Compared to previous few years, it came down to an extent in 2016. This is not good enough. But, accidents cannot be stopped by better policing alone. All other departments will have to come together for it. We will work in this direction besides the police will try to get traffic rules included in school syllabus for creating awareness in children from early age.Cow smuggling is a sensitive matter. What will be your strategy because people are taking law in their hands?Rajasthan has a law against cow smuggling. The law is doing its job but this is also an emotional matter for people, which is why they are taking law in their hands but the police will not allow that. But, we will ensure this and also strict action will be taken against cow smugglers.Rajasthan police has done well in sports. Can we see better results in future?I love sports. I can say with proud that the future of Rajasthan police force in bright in sports. Rajasthan police was nowhere 10 years ago in sports but today its players don’t return empty hand. This will improve as we have recruited sub inspectors and RAC platoon from sports quota also 110 posts have been kept reserved in constable recruitment.You seemed to be concerned about police welfare.The state government is sincere about improving life of police jawans. We are also making continuous efforts to this end. We have been working towards giving at least one promotion to a constable before retirement that couldn’t get promotion on merit basis. Required changes are being made in the system for this.Will a weekly off become reality to policemen working in field?This is next to impossible. The reason is excessive duties of police force. Our jawans work more than 12 hours a day. Weekly off means increased workload for others. We are looking for alternative especially to reduce working hours for them.In your speech, you had mentioned listening to stories of Rajasthan police in childhood. Now that you are chief of this police force, how proud do you feel?Absolutely true. Rajasthan police is a highly reputed force in the country. Every IPS officer dreams of leading the police for he works for. Not everyone’s dream is fulfilled since my dream has come true, I am very proud of it.

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Official apathy cripples Vasundhara Raje’s ‘divyang’ verification drive

Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje’s ambitious programme to create a database and provide identification to ‘divyang’ in the state is limping because of inability of health department.If the CM expected timely distribution of certificates to specially abled people, she erred in estimating health department officials’ capabilities. Against the target of eight lakh, they have issued only 84,000 certificates to ‘divyangs’.The government had embarked on verification drive of specially abled people to ensure only deserving people get the benefit. They were supposed to be given certificate after medical check up to ascertain exact type and quantum of disability as many ‘undeserving’ people were receiving benefit by faking their disability.After receiving more than nine lakh applications, the verification process began from September 27.However, looking at the snail’s pace of verification, there is big question mark over timely completion of the certification drive because second phase of the campaign is scheduled to begin from December 11. How will the department issue certificates to 8.20 lakh people in just six days.So far 30 districts have issued less than 5000 certificates and 15 of them could issue just 2000.Only three districts including Jaipur, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh have been able to deliver more than 5000 certificates.The third phase of campaign is beginning from December 12 in which ‘divyangs’ will be distributed supporting equipments, however, the problem is that without certificates and UDID cards who will the social welfare department give these equipments to.“We are doing our best that no one is left out. Doctors’ strike delayed the process. We have not received guidelines from the central government regarding disability of 16 types who need not come to the camps.For them camps will be held once the guidelines comes. But, five lakh new applicants can get certificate from the camps,” Dr Samit Sharma, director of social justice and empowerment department said.
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Vasundhara Raje wants top quality water storage structures

Laying stress on no compromise on construction quality for water storage structures being built under Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abiyaan (MJSA), chief minister Vasundhara Raje instructed the district collectors to give priority to finalising Detailed Project Report (DPR) of third phase of the campaign slated to commence from December 9. Raje on Monday was reviewing the campaign in a meeting along with senior officials engaged with it at her residence.“The collectors must complete DPR on priority so that third phase of the campaign can be started on schedule. The in-charge ministers, secretaries and other people’s representatives to attend inaugural programmes of the campaign in districts identified. Similarly, more and more people invited by organizing a special program at the sub-division and village panchayat level,” says a government statement quoting Raje as saying.The third phase of the campaign in the desert districts state will begin from December 9. Later, in the three non-desert districts- Alwar, Ajmer and Bhilwara, it will commence from December 15 while in remaining non-desert districts it is likely to start from January 20, 2018. Raje has instructed the officials to popularise the campaign so people could be aware what it holds.“The campaign started with the aim of making the state self-reliant in the availability of water for drinking water and agriculture works has received unprecedented support of the common man. The MJSA has become the subject of discussion in the country and the world with its success,” said Raje.Chairman of the Rajasthan River Basin Authority Shriram Vedire gave a presentation on the preparations of the next phase of MJSA to the CM. He informed that in the third phase, water storage structures will be developed in 4,840 villages in the districts. “The work of making and approving the Detailed Action Plan (DPR) at the district level is underway,” he apprised the CM.
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Ajmer Discom to ‘cover’ 20,000 transformers

Not a single day passes without electricity related incidents in the state. Either someone is electrocuted from hanging electricity wire or there is a blast in transformer due to apathy of the power distribution companies.However, Ajmer Discom is set to change its image by coming up with a novel idea of encircling transformers in a protected cover. And, putting a famous Hindi phrase ‘Heeng lage na fitkari, Rang Chokho hi chokho’ in to practice, the discom will not spend a single penny on it.According to managing director of Ajmer Discom, B M Bhamu 20,000 transformers will get protective cover.The expenditure will be borne by ‘Bhamashah’. The idea is the brainchild of Executive engineer of Nawalgarh. He proposed it to the MD, who approved it and work commenced immediately.Recently, chief minister Vasundhara Raje too appreciated the covers in heritage look during her visit to Udaipurwati and instructed that the covers should not be defaced by posters. She asked Bhamu to issue directives to municipal bodies and panchayats.Bhamu said that letters are being written to all municipal commissioners. Apart from that the discom, which is the first among three distribution companies to come up with this initiative has launched public awareness campaign for which public dialogue is being organised in seven districts in three phases. The citizens will be given useful tips and information to avert electricity related incidents.
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Ghaziabad municipal polls: BJP candidate wins

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the municipal corporation elections on Friday with party’s mayoral candidate Asha Sharma defeating her rivals with 1,63,000 votes. The polls were seen as the litmus test for the Yogi Adityanath government in UP, which came to power in March this year.Sharma defeated Congress’ Dolly Sharma, Samajwadi Party’s Rashi Garg, and BSP’s Munni Chaudhary, wife of strongman Satyapal Chaudhary. The Ghaziabad mayor seat was reserved for a woman. Sharma, who was leading from the first round of counting, received a total of 2,82,738 votes. The results were declared after 26 rounds of counting. 13 candidates contested for the post.After her landslide victory, Sharma promised to turn Ghaziabad into a smart city. “Ghaziabad will be made a smart city just like Noida and other NCR cities. We will immediately start tackling the civic problems of the city, most importantly disposal of the garbage,” she said while speaking to the media persons.Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation is the official local governing body of the district urban center. It has been divided into five district administrative zones, including City zone, Kavi Nagar zone, Vijay Nagar zone, Mohan Nagar zone and Vasundhara zone.The municipal corporation of Ghaziabad came into existence in 1994. In 1995, for the first time, the election was held for the mayor’s post. BJP’s Dinesh Chand Garg was the first mayor followed by Damayanti Goyal, Teluram Kamboj and Ashu Verma. All the three were from the BJP.The BJP won 14 of the total 16 mayoral seats in Uttar Pradesh. By the time of filing this report, the party was also leading in municipal councils and nagar panchayat elections as well. There are four new municipalities this time – Ayodhya, Saharanpur, Firozabad and Mathura – all have been won by the BJP.
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Ration scam: CM orders action against DSO

In a Jhunjhunu village even the dead are regularly coming to ration shop to collect their supplies under Food Security Scheme. This may sound odd but chief minister Vasundhara Raje was informed that the corruption in Aduka village has reached to such level, a fuming Raje immediately asked officials to charge sheet the district supply officer (DSO) Subhash Choudhary. Few rural folks who came to attend the ‘CM Jan Sanwad’ Programme on Friday in Gudagaur Ji (Jhunjunu) exposed the level of corruption prevailing in supply of Public Distribution System (PDS) in front of the CM. They alleged that their village Sarpanch, Mohanlal Sharma, who happens to be ration dealer also, took supply of rations in the name of the people who are dead.When the same issue was conveyed to DSO Choudhary, he ignored it and did not take action against the dealer. Raje, after verifying the complaint, directed officials to slap charge sheet on the DSO and take action against those involved in this scam. At Jan Sanwad programme, the CM assured the people that the government will take strict action against the higher officials if their subordinate fail to redress grievances at their level. “The higher officials need to act against the subordinates if they fail to address grievances of common man. We will also take action against the higher officials if the grievances remain unaddressed at lower lever,” said Raje, directing the officials to file compliance report on the grievances received in the programme so far by Saturday morning. Raje, meanwhile, showered sops on Jhunjunu district. She claimed that her government will lay road network in entire district with a budget of Rs 910 crore. To ensure quality material be used for making roads, experts from BITS Pilani under third party inspection will test the material also. Sops for the day Adequate drinking water supply to Udaipurwati in next fortnight Laying of sewerage lines in Mawandiya and Dalmiya villagesSenior secondary schools in Chidawa, PilaniStreet light in entire Pilani in a month Launched Annapurna Van in Udaipurwati. PHED engineer on apoA PHED engineer was kept APO (awaiting for posting order) on direction of CM Raje as he failed to supply water to a mosque in Jhunjhunu for Vaju (practice of washing feet and hands) which Muslims do prior to Namaz. The devotees several times complained to the engineer Rajendra Kumar Agnihotri for poor supply of water. On Friday when people registered their grievances in CM Jan Sanwad Programme, Raje acted immediately and ordered his APO.
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Dead eating subsidised ration: Rajasthan CM discovers fraud during public outreach programme

George Eliot said the dead are not dead to us unless we have forgotten them. This saying ironically came true when Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje was holding a public dialogue under the CM Jan Samvad Programme, at Gudagaurji village in Jhunjhunu district. There many deceased villagers continue to ‘eat’ the subsidized rations meant only for the living. The ration is supplied by the state government at subsidized rates to poor people under Food Security Scheme. Some residents of Aduka village complained to Raje that the local ration dealer had fudged the list and many deceased individuals are still included in the list of beneficiaries under the Public Distribution System (PDS) system. They complained that Mohanlal Sharma, the sarpanch of their village who also happens to be the ration dealer continues to take supply of rations in the name of the people who are dead. They further complained that the district supply officer (DSO) Subhash Choudhary did not pay heed to their grievances and failed to take any action. Raje asked officials to verify the complaint and when it turned out that the allegations are true, a fuming Raje immediately issued chargesheet to the DSO. CM then assured those at the Jan Sanwad program that the government would take strict action against the higher officials if their subordinates fail take action. “The higher officials need to act against the subordinates if they fail to address grievances given by the commoners. We will also take action against the higher officials if the grievances remain unaddressed at lower lever,” said Raje. She then asked for compliance report on all grievances received on Friday by Saturday morning. Raje is on a two day tour to Jhunjhunu district to meet various sections of the society.
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Don’t treat people as files, CM Vasundhara Raje warns officials

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, while expressing anguish over officials over the attitude of entangling work in red tapism, said that ‘people should not be treated as ‘files’. She made the statement while chairing sixth review meeting of Raj Vikas over video conference on Wednesday.She was displeased over a case from Pratapgarh in which an applicant for land deed allotment was made to make rounds of several government offices for eight months.“If an application is not in accordance with the norms, the applicant should be informed of the same. A person should not be forced to make rounds of offices like a file folder,” she instructed the officials.In a similar case from Udaipur where a complaint related to RTE was kept pending for considerable period of time, the chief minister ordered the district collector to initiate action against officials concerned. She not only instructed the officials to ensure that public grievances are addressed in time but also instructed school education secretary to establish a mechanism to deal with such complaints.At the review meeting, time management came up for discussion on several occasions. The chief minister where on one hand stressed the need for getting work done on time, she also emphasised on cutting down the duration where ever possible.As the CM at the review proceeded to take stock of progress of work of various departments and districts.The district collectors and senior administrative officials were instructed to hasten work on construction of hostels in various districts and ensuring time bound delivery of benefits of flagship schemes to the people.She also informed the district collectors that the ranking of districts will be maintained each month in context of implementation of government’s flagship schemes.She also instructed the officials to ensure that farmers get the compensation under crop insurance scheme on time.INSTRUCTIONSChief Minister Vasundhara Raje informed the district collectors that the ranking of districts will be maintained each month in context of implementation of government’s flagship schemes. She further instructed the officials to ensure that farmers get the compensation under crop insurance scheme on time.
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Food coupons to 33K elderly, disabled under scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The department of food and civil supplies has taken action against more than 27 petrol pumps after complaints were received against them this year.On the occasion of completion of 4 years of the state government, food and civil supplies minister Babulal Verma said complaints against more than 27 petrol pumps were registered while the legal metrology cell also registered cases against 43 sweets shops, six airports, 11 workshops, and general stores.He said that keeping in view the objective of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the department has started the scheme of giving 12 food coupons to the 33,000 senior citizens and physically challenged under the food security scheme. He said that with the food coupons will enable the beneficiaries to get ration at their door step with the help of relatives or neighbours.Giving more details of other achievements of his department, Verma said that under national food security scheme , Rs 16.93 crore transactions have been done through POS machine at more than 26,000d fair price shops between September 2016 and September 2017. Verma said that the eligible consumers who are not being able to get their verification done on POS machine, such 8061 beneficiaries are being given ration after physical verification.Notably, when the scheme was started by the government a year ago, it was widely reported that the POS machine was not able to register the thumb impression of many beneficiaries, many which included senior citizens.

Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is welcome to premiere his film in Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when a countrywide controversy has been raging against the release of Padmavati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited director of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the entire crew to come over to Bengal for premiering the film and said the state would make special arrangements for its premiere and release.“If they are unable to release the film in any other state, we are ready to make special arrangements for it in our state. Bengal will be happy and proud to do it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his Padmavati team are welcome here,” Mamata said at an event.The Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer period drama, which was supposed to be released on December 1 had been deferred following protests in many parts of the country.On November 20, Mamata had taken to her twitter handle to lend her support to the makers. ‘The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves’ and ‘We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice’, her tweets read.On November 22, Chief Minister of poll-bound Gujarat, Vijat Rupani had said that he would not let the film release there.Prior to him, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had condemned the film. While Singh said it would not be allowed to release in MP even if it got a censor board certificate as it contained ‘distorted facts’, Adityanath said it hurt Rajput sentiments and Raje protested against ‘objectionable sequences’ of the film.

Vasundhara Raje burns ‘disputes’ with Rajputs in Padmavati jauhar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protest against Bollywood epic Padmavati has more than what meets the eye. It carries political connotation rather than just being a social dissent. It’s a point on which Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has got an opportunity to show her solidarity with the royalties of Rajasthan and the Rajput community of the state. Raje didn’t miss it. She announced banning the release of this flick till the objectionable scenes are removed.This created a sort of bridge between royalties and Raje, which had developed fissures after the episode of Raj Mahal Palace last year when Jaipur Development Authority had take on the Jaipur Royal family by locking the Palace gates. It was then suspected that JDA had acted on the instructions of chief minister, that had created a ‘gulf’ between the royal family and Raje. That time all the royal families of Rajasthan rallied behind Jaipur Royals showing their solidarity against the ‘Maharani of Dholpur’. Even Karni Sena, a social outfit of Rajputs, carried protests against the government forcing it on the back foot. Diya Kumari of royal family despite being in her team of MLAs looked standing against her own government. The locks were later opened but that could not unlock the strenuous relationship, both of them sneaked into. The widespread protest against Padmavati just came up as a convergence point for royalties and Raje. All royalties including Jaipur Royal family put up a strong protest against screening of the film in Rajasthan. Raje echoed their voice of dissent. On this point, Raje, royalties and Karni Sena – all appeared to be on the same platform sending out message that Raje still has the favour for Rajputs.The harmony which Raje has shown for the royalty issue may win her back the confidence of Rajput community, which had cast a doubt on Raje’s role in the encounter of Anandpal Singh, a dreaded gangster from Rajput community. The ‘encounter’ of Anandpal , who was on the run, had united the Rajput community against Raje’s government. The community, which comprising around 8% of total population has a decisive role in the fate of few constituencies, especially in districts like Sikar, Churu, Jhunjhunu and Nagaur. The anger of Rajputs forced Raje to refer the encounter case to CBI for investigation, which was later turned down by the central investigating agency.Now that Raje has openly sided the community’s protest, BJP can win some political points, a year before elections. The door which seemed closed, now looks ajar giving the party the opportunity to woo back Rajputs to its fold.

Handicrafts promotes tradition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Handicrafts has emerged out of the traditional industry tag to become a major employer at Rajasthan. The industry remains on priority of the state government as second largest employer after Agriculture said chief minister Vasundhara Raje at a convocation ceremony of Indian Institute of Crafts and Design at Jaipur. The CM assured of government’s support in increasing income level of those associated with the industry. “Efforts are being made to open up national and international markets for the local artisans through registration of artisans on E-commerce portal. Along with events like heritage fashion weeks provide them opportunity to work and interact with foreign artists,” said chief minister Vasundhara Raje. CM Raje said that the government is aware of the contribution of Handicrafts industry as it is not only the second largest employer but also promotes tradition and heritage of the state globally. The industry provides employment to people even in remotest villages of the state. The chief minister at the sixth convocation ceremony of the IICDS presented awards to three of the institutions and certificate to 81 other students. She also inspected an exhibition of artworks of the institute students.

Padmavati row | Don’t release film without making changes, think of consequences, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje writes to Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent period drama ‘Padmavti’, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union Minister Smriti Irani to put the film’s release on hold.In a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister, the Rajasthan CM is said to have said that “Padmavati (should) not be released until some changes are made to it so that it ‘does not hurt the sentiments of any community’,” news agency ANI said on Saturday.Raje also suggested that a committee should be formed “to to discuss the film and its plot and then suggest amendments to avoid ‘hurting sentiments’.”Warning about the fallout, Raje wrote, “the Censor Board must think of consequences before certifying Padmavati.”The letter comes on a day when the Central Board of Film Certification Chief Prasoon Joshi slammed Bhansali for holding private screening of the movie without getting mandatory certification. He accused Bhansali of subverting the issue.“It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand,holding CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate process and on other hand,attempt to subvert the very process,sets an opportunistic precedent,” Joshi was quoted as saying to ANI.On Friday, the CBFC had returned the film to its makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.Raje becomes second Chief Minister to request ban on Padmavati. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had had urged I&B Ministry to defer the release of the movie due to ‘public anger’ over the makers ‘distorting historical facts’ only because it could affect law and order on the release date.

Piyush Goel green signals Vasundhara Raje plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway minister Piyush Goel on Friday waived off haulage charges on all royal trains, including the Palace of Wheels. The move came during chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s meeting with the minister in New Delhi.The decision will lower the operative cost and the fare and directly benefit the passengers. Meanwhile, Raje also discussed the coal crisis with Goel which was deepened in October around Diwali.The state governments, including Rajasthan, that operate luxury trains and the Indian Railways were at loggerheads over haulage charges imposed on such trains, citing high operative cost. During the meeting, the minister said: “In future, no haulage charges will be applicable by the Indian Railways on royal trains. Also the ministry will help Rajasthan to operate new trains.”According to a statement released by the government, the CM had requested the minister to give relaxation in recovery of hauling charge for Royal Rajasthan Wheels train, operation of Palace on Wheels as a heritage train and not to uproot 70km old heritage railway track between Dholpur- Sarmathpura while laying a parallel broad-gauge line.The severe power crisis happened due to shortage of coal in Rajasthan in October was also part of the discussion between Goel and Raje. The CM asked the minister to increase railway racks so coal in adequate amount could be supplied to the power projects in Rajasthan. “This will be helpful to provide power supply 24/7 to people and farmers will get power without disruption for irrigation,” Raje said.Meanwhile the minister appreciated Raje for adoption UDAY scheme to overcome power companies from losses.OPIUM POLICYThanking union finance minister Arun Jaitely for reduction of GST on marbles, granite and Kota Stone, the CM requested him to change ‘Centre Opium policy’ and sanction a processing unit for opium in Rajasthan. In her proposal Raje explained that opium policy 2017-18 mandates 56kg opium harvesting per hectare average while the average of harvesting hangs between 49 and 52kg average in Dholpur and Jhalawar. She sought amendment in these norms.

In blow to Rajasthan, SC stays, caps Gujjar quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback for the Vasundhara Raje government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stayed Rajasthan’s move to grant reservation benefits to Gujjars. The top court further directed the state to cap reservations to Gujjars up to 50 per cent until the High Court finally decides the issue.The order came on the heels of an appeal filed by the Rajasthan government challenging a November 9 High Court (HC) order which restrained the state from implementing a bill that provided five per cent quota to five OBCs (Other Backward Classes) and six sub-castes, including Gujjars, raising the reservation in the state to 54 per cent.The order, pronounced by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, comes months ahead of next year’s Rajasthan Assembly polls.”…taking into consideration the facts and circumstances of the case and various decisions of this court, we are inclined to restrain the state government from taking any action or decision on the administrative side or in any manner conferring the benefit of reservation, which will have the result of crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent,” the SC said. During the course of hearing, state government said that it has power to pass such a bill and the court cannot interfere with the legislative process. Agreeing with this reasoning, the apex court bench, that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, proceeded to partially set aside the HC order.Earlier this month, Rajasthan High court had said that since the SC had already asked the state government to maintain status quo after the 2015 Gujjar reservation Bill was struck down by Rajasthan High Court, “it will not be appropriate to allow the state government to do anything contrary to the Supreme Court’s order and they are restrained from acting upon the Bill.”The Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, which was passed on October 26 this year, sought to increase OBC quota from 21 per cent to 26 per cent, and create a separate category of ‘More Backward Classes’ for Banjara, Gadiya Lohar, Gujjar, Raika and Gadariya castes, giving them a five per cent reservation.Ganga Sahay Sharma, the petitioner who had approached the Rajasthan HC against the bill, said the state government introduced reservation bills for Gujjars in 2008 and in 2015; both were quashed by the High Court, mainly because they exceeded the 50 per cent reservation limit set by the apex court.

Canal project likely to quench 13 dist of Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ambitious Eastern Rajasthan Canal project (ERCP) aimed to provide water to 13 districts, almost 40 percent of desert state’s geographical area, is set to turn into a reality, finally. WAPCOS, a government of India undertaking under ministry of water resources, has given word to submit a detailed project report (DPR) on project cost at Rs40,000 crore on November 17, a day after the Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s scheduled meeting with union water resource minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, in which she is expected to demand financial assistance for the project requesting to give it a status of National Project.“The WAPCOS will submit DPR on the ERCP project on November 17. Post to it, we will forward the report to the water resource ministry seeking 60 percent financial assistance to the project under national project scheme, while the rest 40 percent Rajasthan will raise from other financial institutions. The CM also might raise demand for financial help from Gadkari,” said a senior official engaged with the project requesting anonymity. The official also informed that Raje earlier requested for assistance to the Center declaring ERPC a national project but the centre is yet to take a call on it. “The project was in limbo for several years. Now, we have received the DPR which was scheduled to be drafted by May, 2017. If the centre further delays decision on the project, then it would be an uphill task for Rajasthan to arrange funds for the project which is over Rs40,000 crore,” said the very source.The project has been envisaged to achieved water requirements to 13 districts of Rajasthan. It is planned to harvest surplus yield available in southern Rajasthan rivers.THREE PHASESAs per the department sources, the project divided into three phases will meet drinking, irrigation and industrial water needs of thirteen districts of southern Rajasthan-Jhalawar, Bara, Kota, Bundi, Sawaimadhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur and others

CM promises Rs 435 cr to Rajgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the occasion of Children’s Day, chief minister Vasundhara Raje has launched a unique scheme on water conservation in rural areas for the future generation. Under the initiative, sewerage treatment plants (STPs) will be set up to treat sewage water for agriculture purpose in the panchayats which are badly hit with water scarcity.“The treatment plants will be set up in clusters at panchayat level. The sewage water will be processed and used after treatment for agriculture purpose and waste remains to be prepared for compost. The scheme will be helpful to save water in rural Rajasthan,” said Raje while meeting rural folks in Ramgarh on Tuesday, under the ‘CM Jan Sanawad Programe’. As per Raje’s directions in each cluster five panchayats will be clubbed and they will fund the plants.An environmentalist was more visible in Raje on Tuesday when she came up with another directive on water conservation in the same meeting. She asked the officials to lift water stored in big holes at Tahla Mines area here for agriculture and drinking purposes after treatment. Also the CM suggested people to plant saplings on days of celebrations, like birthday and also in the name of daughters and daughter-in- laws.Centuries old buildings and Haveli which are on verge of extinction also drew attention of the CM, who immediately directed for their restoration on the line of Dausa and Shekhawati area. “This will not only boost tourism here but also would preserve the history for our future generation,” said Raje. Post to having dialogues with representatives of several castes for nearly eight hours, the CM has announced a budget of Rs435 crore for development works in Rajgarh area. Meanwhile, Raje also celebrated Children’s Day with the kids of Anganwari centre at Kesroli village here. On this occasion she gave them chocolates and comics books published on sanitation management.FOCUS ON ALWARAfter touring Ajmer extensively, the CM has started focusing on Alwar, another poll bound parliamentary constituency.
It is her second tour to the area in last seven days and has been announcing sops in areas she has been visiting. Raje also celebrated Children’s Day

Padmavati protests intensify in Rajasthan, outfits threaten strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests against the Deepika-starrer Padmavati are steadily growing in scale across Rajasthan. Various state-based community organisations, political leaders, legislators are beefing up their demand for a ban on the Bhansali movie. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests.Rajput outfit Karni Sena has called for a Rajasthan Bandh on November 30 while the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha will hold a protest rally at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.The protests have started to turn violent as Karni Sena on Tuesday vandalised a cinema hall in Kota and warned the cinema hall administration to not release the film. Eight persons were arrested in this connection. Salumbar town of Udaipur district remained shut down due to a bandh.Residents of Chittorgarh, where the story of Padmavati is based, have started a protest at the foot of the fort. They have threatened that it will be closed down from November 17 if the ban is not carried out.Acharya Dharmendra, of the Ramjanm Bhumi-Mukti Andolan, on Tuesday demanded that history should not be distorted and stressed on the need for a ‘Community based Censor Board’ to clear films and TV serials with historical background. “I am in touch with great saints of the country and we are planning to organise a committee which will develop ‘Community Censor Board’ to analyse films based on history and religion, and will hold them back if it is found offensive,” he said.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Tuesday reiterated that no one would be allowed to the law in their hands.Chief minister Vasundhara Raje faces pressure from within her flock as two MLAs of BJP, Gyan Dev Ahuja, MLA from Alwar of Ramgarh Constituency, and Shaitan Singh Rathore, MLA from Jaisalmer, have written to her and in no uncertain terms demanded that the film be banned.Even as the release date for the film comes closer, the state government has no plan of action to contain the tension.

After Tiwari’s salvo, now it’s turn for BJP to ‘fire’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a test of nerves between dissident BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and his party. And Tiwari blinked first. The ‘rebel’ announced to field candidates against BJP in all 200 seats in next assembly elections, giving enough reasons for the party to take strict disciplinary action to the extent of expelling him. Perhaps, BJP was waiting for him to take any such initiative as taking stern action action Tiwari, who is among the senior most leader in BJP, would not have be easy in normal course. Especially, when he is considered close to RSS right from Jan Sangh days.After his announcement, options are very limited for the party as well as for him. The party was finding it difficult to take any definite disciplinary action barring few show-cause notices sent to him on his alleged ‘party-damaging’ actions. Now, Tiwari has given enough reason to be pulled up by the High Command. Senior party leader and home minister Gulab Chand Kataria has already indicated party’s intentions. “If he (Tiwari) contests election without party’s (BJP) support, even his deposit will be forfeited. If he thinks he is bigger than party, let him try this also,” he said.The statement from Kataria carries great significance as the home minister was once quite close to Tiwari. The duo along with Narpat Singh Rajvi, son-in-law of former vice president of India legendary Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, formed a team to challenge the authority of Vasundhara Raje in the party. While Kataria was able to win back the confidence of Raje, Tiwari and Rajvi have been left out ‘sulking’.This is not for the first time, a prominent BJP leader has found himself ‘bigger’ than party. In past also, leaders left BJP, formed new party and then had to come back into BJP’s fold after failing miserably to carry any impact. Veteran leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh fell out with BJP to join Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2009. But the arrangement could not last long and he left SP also to launch a new party Jan Kranti Party in 2010 before coming back to BJP in 2014. The party honoured its octogenarian leader with gubernatorial post in Rajasthan.Similar is the case with fire brand union minister Uma Bharti. Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bharti left BJP after rising to national prominence and launched Bhartiya Janashakti Party on her own in 2005. But sans BJP’s saffron, the charisma was clearly missing and Bharti had to make a come back to BJP in 2011. There are many more such instances where a ‘powerful leader’ had left the party, launched his own outfit and then end up losing relevance. History may repeat itself in case of Tiwari, whose dissidence appears to be based more on adamance than on conviction.

Alwar lynching: 2 detained; minister says not ‘enough manpower ‘ to prevent every incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have detained two men in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Umar Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Monday that the state did not have enough manpower everywhere to “control” every situation well in time.Khan’s body was found near railway tracks in Ramgarh on November 11, with his family members and activists alleging that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes when he was ferrying cattle in a vehicle the day before.The incident, which came months after the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar, has triggered an outrage.Kataria said that strict action would be taken against the culprits irrespective of their religion.”We don’t have so much manpower to enable us to control every situation at all places, even before an incident is reported,” he said.According to Alwar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rahul Prakash, two people have been detained and are being interrogated.An FIR has been registered at the Govindgarh police station under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) against unidentified people, based on a complaint lodged by Khan’s family members.Khan’s family members have demanded immediate arrest of the accused, and compensation.They met Director General of Police Ajit Singh with their demands.They refused consent to autopsy of the body till the culprits were arrested.He was brought to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur from Alwar on Sunday.Hospital superintendent D S Meena said that a medical board was constituted for the post-mortem, but it could not be conducted as the family members did not turn up.Social worker Maulana Haneef claimed yesterday that Khan, along with two others, was ferrying cattle in a vehicle when unidentified men opened fire at them. Khan died on the spot, while another suffered bullet injuries.In April this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle.The incident comes ahead of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s scheduled visit to Alwar. Raje has been visiting various areas under the Alwar Lok Sabha constituency which is gearing up for a bypoll, necessitated following the death of sitting BJP MP Mahant Chandnath.

Raje ‘floors’ Bharatpur as a humble guest to Bapu sermon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crowd which came to hear religious sermons of saint Morari Bapu found a humble visitor in the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, who rejected to have special sitting with the saint and preferred to sit on the floor among the commoners. This happened in Kot Upar Stadium at Kaman, Bharatapur, where the saint had a session of spiritual teachings on Sunday morning. Raje, after completing three days hectic tour to byelection bound constituency, Alwar, reached Kaman in the morning and attended the saint whom she often meets. She kept ‘Ramkatha’ on her head and took blessing of the saint by touching his feet. It was a common practice which Raje follows whenever she meets reverend persons. Most surprising moment, for the crowd was her decision not to sit on a seat arranged, as there was a special arrangement for her sitting as per the protocol. Raje, though, preferred to attend the spiritual session as a commoner, not a VIP, and she sat among the people who made her CM. Raje listened entire Ram katha spoke by Morari Bapu. Meanwhile, prior to starting the narrative, the saint gave his greetings to the CM and applauded her saying that it can happen in Indian culture that a person occupying topmost office sit on the floor among commoners and listen to the preaching attentively. “The welfare of a person who governs is sure when listens sitting in front of a spiritual platform,” said Bapu announcing a donation of Rs 5 lakhs for the renovation of the temples of Kaman. Those present on the occasion were, State Tourism minister Krishanendra Kaur Deepa, Bharatpur MP Bahadur Singh Koli, MLA s Jagat Singh-Anita Singh- Vijay Bansal and Bachhusingh Banshiwal, Divisional Commissioner Subir Kumar, District Collector Narendra Kumar Gupta, Superintendent of Police Anil Tank along with several public representatives and administrative officials. ‘IT HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA’The saint applauded CM saying that it can happen in India that a person with top position can be so humble.
The CM reached Kaman in Bharatpur after a three-day hectic Alwar tour to attend the sermon of Morari Bapu.
The crowd was surprised on her decision not to sit on a seat arranged, as there was a special sitting arrangement for her as per protocol.

Grind chakki, sweep floors to stay fit: Rajasthan education dept’s health advice to women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women should do household chores such as making lassi, grinding chakki, sweeping floors to remain fit. These are the health guidelines issued by a magazine released by the Rajasthan Education Department, Hindustan Times reported.The November edition of ‘Shivara’ carries an article suggesting various ways to stay healthy. While walking, running and cycling are included, the suggestions also include household chores to stay fit.Among the other suggestions, the magazine says that one should eat half a portion when they are hungry. The other half, the magazine says, should be divided equally by drinking water and breathing clean air. Social media has gone up in arms to criticize the magazine for suggesting women could do household chores to stay fit. Some said that the publication was of a government led by a woman – Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje – did not seem to have helped its judgment.Admitting the error, Nathmal Didel, Director of Secondary Education and the magazine’s chief editor, told Hindustan Times that including the domestic activities should not have been mentioned in the magazine as exclusively for women. He, however, added that writer of the guidelines was influenced by how things had traditionally occurred in society and said there was no intention of discrimination behind the guidelines.

Vasundhara Raje promises to cut red tape for Alwar’s married women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women from other states should not have to face red tape after getting married into families in Alwar, Chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Thursday while issuing directions to Jaipur divisional commission Rajeshwer Singh to hold a meeting with the chief secretary Ashok Jain on the issue.During her tour of Alwar, Raje encountered a number of complaints in this regard from the people she met.Most claimed that women with domicile status in other states, particularly Haryana, face problems in getting caste certificate after moving to Alwar, which borders Haryana. Raje subsequently asked Singh and Alwar in-charge secretary Akhil Arora to get the issue sorted out after discussions with Jain.After holding marathon meetings with the public as part of the CM Jan Sanwad programme and announcing sops for Ajmer, which is due for a bypoll, along with Alwar and Mandalgaarh, Raje met with voters and party leaders in Behror, Alwar, and assured them of action regarding their grievances.The Jan Samwad is Raje’s initiative to meet the general public in person and to hear out all sections of society. At a hotel in Behror, Raje met heads of several castes and noted their concerns and suggestions.”With this programme, I get to know grievances of all sections of the society which get disposed immediately. This also lets us know the ground reality,” Raje said.Raje also took action on certain issues raised by the people. She directed a PWD engineer to survey a road in Vijay Nagar village and sought a report from Discom engineers over delay in electricity connection to a tubewell.CERTIFICATE WOESMost claimed that women with domicile status in other states, particularly Haryana, face problems in getting caste certificate after moving to Alwar

KJ Alphons elected as Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons on Thursday was elected as the unopposed Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan.After Congress did not elect any candidate and there was no other nomination for the seat, Alphons was elected as the Rajya Sabha MP.”I thank Honorable PM Shri Narendra Modi ji, Shri Amit Shah Ji, Shrimati Vasundhara Raje ji, MLAs, and the people of Rajasthan for electing me as a member of parliament,” Alphons said after being elected.The seat was vacant since M Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the Vice President.BJP state president Ashok Parnami, State parliamentary secretary Rajendra Rathore, social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi and others were present during the occasion.Alphons joined politics when as an independent MLA backed by the CPI(M) in Kerala in 2006 but joined BJP in 2011.(With Inputs from PTI)

Bubble Trouble: Vasundhara Raje emerges stronger in troublesome year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been a tough year for chief minister Vasundhara Raje so far. Doctors’ mass strike is the latest addition in her cup of woes. But the deftness with which she has managed the crisis in the past, the ongoing issue too is likely to be resolved soon. One after another, issues kept Raje busy throughout. But at the end, she emerged as a better equipped leader with an answer to every trouble she confronted.The year started with farmers agitating against 25 paise per unit hike in power tariff on agriculture connections. She cleaned up the worries by rolling back the proposal of State Electricity Regulatory Commission. Then cropped up the Dholpur by-election, which was tipped as a litmus test to the popularity of CM. Detractors had speculated that a defeat in her own ‘Kingdom’ (Raje belongs to erstwhile royal family of Dholpur) will besiege her CM throne. But Raje led BJP to a thumping victory closing down all rumour mills.Then again Raje’s political acumen was put to test. Gurjars, who had been agitating for their quota of 5% in government jobs, threatened to launch a massive protest to press their demands. Sensing the imminent risk, Raje swung into action and announced to increase OBC quota from 21% to 26% mitigating the crisis. It was not all. Jats of princely states of Bharatpur and Dholpur, who were earlier excluded from OBC quota, too threatened agitation for equal treatment with Jats from other parts of the state. Despite being caught in a precarious situation, Raje announced their inclusion in the quota, putting an end to their long pending demand. The resolutions of these two issues highlighted ‘extraordinary’ social engineering skills of chief minister.Before Raje could heave sigh of relief, she again encountered agrarian crisis with farmers demanding loan waivers – a phenomenon which has swept entire country after Prime Minister Modi announced loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh during the state election campaign. No sooner did the protest spread originating from Sikar to other parts, Raje doused the fire. She announced waiver of Rs 20,000 crore benefitting farmers with debt up to Rs 50,000 but not without constituting a committee to study the loan waiver process applied in other states – Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. It showed her political acumen which has sharpened with time and crisis resolutions.But it seemed that challenges have become her shadow. The mob-police clash in sensitive area of Ramganj in Jaipur that left one person killed in police firing was a big headache for administration and government. That incident could easily have taken communal colours had CM Raje not stepped in to extinguish the fire. She monitored the situation and marshalled her key officials to calm the nerves of affected people and resolve the situation with meaningful dialogue. Her deft handling of communally sensitive issue sent a strong political message to her detractors and opposition.Her government’s recent controversial ordinance that was aimed at shielding babus and penalise media for reporting without government’s nod saw widespread protest. Again skilfully, she tackled the problem by referring it to ‘Select Committee’, thereby putting it on the backburner. By this she not only contained the growing rage against her government but also snatched an issue which could have snowballed into an election agenda for opposition. And before the year ends, Raje will have to again prove her supremacy in the three by-elections which are due in December this year. While Ajmer and Alwar by-polls will keep her flock of MPs intact, the Mandalgarh by-poll will further increase her strength in assembly.

Vasundhara Raje to visit Hathi Gaon on November 16

The government has spent Rs 8 crore to give it a new look including a tourist guest house, restaurant, cyber facilities, shades, safari and lighting <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje will spend a night at elephant village on November 16. She was supposed to visit on November 6 but due to busy schedule, the programme was postponed.During her stay, the CM would have conversation with mahouts and Britain’s elephant family. She would survey elephant family’s lifestyle and ecosystem of the elephant village.It has been developed on Thailand’s theme. The government has spent Rs 8 crore to give it a new look including a tourist guest house, restaurant, cyber facilities, shades, safari and lighting. Besides, to add to its beauty an entry gate, a new pathway and an additional pond for the elephants have also come up here. Not just tourists, but scholars and families of mahouts will also get the facilities.

Elevated Road set for delay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under construction, Bais Godown flyover raising from LIC office to Sodala Tri-junction will get completed in January 2019, post to the Rajasthan assembly election which the BJP government plans to capitalise on the agenda of development and flagship schemes.The chief minister Vasundhara Raje while laying foundation laying ceremony of the project on August 2016 had instructed JDA to finish civil works of the project by October 2018, just before the bugle of election schedule is likely to be heard.The deadline clearly depicts the government intends to sail election smoothly banking on it, particularly in Jaipur. Once complete, the road is expected to save nearly 40 minutes of travelling time and decongest Hawa Sadak as it would offer a non-stop drive at a speed of up to 50 kmph. In fine, thousands to get benefit from the 2.8 km long elevated road which has been awarded to Simplex Infrastructure Limited (SIL) at Rs 240 crore.The sources said that poor planning, traffic flow and time taking process in shifting cables and lines affected the civil works forcing the JDA to change its deadline to January 9, 2019.In a reply submitted to a question raised by BJP MLA Pratap Singh Singhvi the authority accepted it and quoted a fresh deadline.The engineers engaged with the project, however, have a different version of the new deadline. They accept that the CM gave them a deadline to finish its works by October 2018 but when the contract was awarded the deadline extended to January 2019.“The new deadline was mentioned in the contract itself. We are doing our best and the project will be finished on the time.So far nearly 65 percent of foundation works got completed and 16 out of 116 pier caps have been constructed,” Vivek Sharma, JDA executive engineer, who is looking after the project told to DNA.Notably, the length of the elevated road from Ambedkar Circle to Sodala is 2.8km. One wing of the project will branch out at Chambal Power House on Hawa Sarak to connect with areas like Swej Farm and Shyam Nagar.

GRAM to begin in Udaipur today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) will begin in Udaipur from Tuesday. Following success of the first meet in Jaipur, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had announced that it would be held in every divisional headquarter.As many as 24,000 farmers would participate in the programme for which three farmers have been selected from each village. There will be 20% women participation. According to agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini, apart from farmers, 3000 other people including national and international agriculture experts and businessmen would also participate in the three-day event. Representatives from Uzbekistan including its ambassador, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Peru, Spain, Russia and Vietnam would attend the meetThe state government has received one dozen proposals for MoU but the government has adopted cautious approach because of past experience and is focusing only on those with realistic chance of execution. There were 38 MoU signed in Jaipur GRAM but only seven could be executed and 10 are under process. Though, there could be an important MoU with Peru regarding Kinwa or Quinoa.The state has produced 30,000 metric tonne of Kinwa and Peru is the biggest exporter of it at the international level. According to an estimate, the government is spending an estimated Rs 17 to Rs 20 crore on GRAM Udaipur.

RS bypoll: Alphons Kannanthanam to file nomination today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism, Electronics and IT, Alphons Kannanthanam will file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha in Jaipur on Monday. The seat has fallen vacant after Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the country’s vice president.Kannanthanam reached Jaipur on Sunday morning. He was received at the airport by state BJP chief Ashok Parnami and several ministers of the Raje cabinet along with large number of party workers.A meeting of the BJP legislative group is scheduled for 10 am on Monday at the Rajasthan state assembly and Kannanthanam will file his nomination after that. His victory is being considered a certainty as the Congress has decided not to field a candidate.Speaking to the media at the state BJP office Kannanthanam expressed gratitude towards the chief minister Vasundhara Raje for making him a candidate from the state. He said the state had immense opportunities in the field of tourism because of its rich heritage and diverse wildlife.Kannanthanam also attended the Swar Govindam programme of the RSS at the Chitrakoot stadium, where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was present. He, however, seemed a bit out of place at the RSS programme and did not appear to know what was expected out of him. He did not do the dhwaj pranam of the RSS.The election for Rajya Sabha seat will be held November 16. Kannanthanam left IAS service in 2006 with eight years still left. He became an MLA from Kanjirappally in Kottayam district of Kerala. He has also practised as an advocate in the Supreme Court.

Scholarship for children of police staff is best gift: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dream of a former police director general, Dharam Pal Gupta for contributing to his department has materialized in a scholarship program for the children of policemen at state duty. The scholarship shall now help children of police officers and staff to realise their dream of education from institutes at the United States.The family of the former police officer has provisioned for Rs 51 crore for the scholarship scheme through the Dharam Pal Gupta foundation. Unveiling the scholarship scheme at a ceremony held at Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA), chief minister hailed education as the ‘best’ gift.“A person gifted with knowledge is able to overcome all hurdles, it is the best gift for any child. The scholarship is a step in the direction,” said chief minister Vasundhara Raje thanking the philanthropist family on behalf of state police.Late Dharam Pal Gupta was born in Alwar district of the state and retired as DGP in June 1984. However, his affection for the department did not retire and his sentiment has been materialised by his son Pradeep Yohanne Gupta and daughter in law Linda Haynes Gupta in form of a scholarship to be funded from the linked investment of the Rs 51 crore fund.Also present at the ceremony, director general of Rajasthan police, Ajit Singh Shekhawat held it as a milestone in extending quality education for wards of police staff. “Children from police families will be selected by the foundation through a procedure after they had cleared their 10th standard examination,” said DGP Ajit Singh.The scholarship will be extended on basis of merit and not on need base and will cover all expenses, academic and boarding. A board of the foundation that also includes a couple of police officers from the state will decide on the applications. As per the founder director of the foundation, Pradeep Yohanne Gupta has spent all family savings to fund his education at the USA. These financial hardships faced by his father inspired him for the scholarship program.

Rajneeti Of Political Padyatras

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the saying goes, life is but a journey and as fact goes, a politician needs to undertake a long journey to establish self. But in Rajasthan; leaders of all stature, parties and disposition are on various yatras to not only consolidate their position but also re establish their connect with the public.These yatras are said to be taken out for various issues; farmers welfare, justice for all, water conservation, grievance settlement, establishing connect and feedback. But in the year penultimate to state elections, the actual purpose of these yatras is to test waters, gauge public mood and design strategy for the assembly elections next year.A look around the state and one can see yatras in all different directions for all different purposes. The yatras are curated to create frenzy, attract crowds galvanize supporters, in short get into election mode ahead of competition. The latest yatra that started on Wednesday is by Ashok Gehlot as companion to Rahul Gandhi, in neighbour state Gujarat. But Gehlot stands to reap results on home ground in near future. Congress chief Sachin Pilot recently concluded his yatra across Raje bastion, Hadauti in support of farmers. The well timed yatra by the party chief served to establish Congress’ concern for farmers in the area where most suicides have taken place.Higher education minister Kiran Maheshwari had undertaken a yatra on foot from the Dwarkadheesh temple to Charbhuja temple with a message to conserve water as part of obeisance after the Rajsamand lake filled to the brim after over four decades. A well timed affair to coincide with the public mood and opportunity to interact with the huge crowds that naturally gather when the lake fills up. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s entire tenure has been an endless series of yatras by various names, sometimes for justice at doorstep and on other times for rejuvenation of water resources and now more recently preparing for by elections.Even as all these yatras are taking place all across the political arena, the yatras that have been assigned to netas are simply not taking place.YATRA GALOREWhile senior BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari is yet to decide whether he would form a party, he is continuously travelling across the state to establish units of his Deendayal Vahini.
Newly appointed BJP organisation general secretary Chandrashekshar is undertaking exhaustive yatras to acquaint himself with the state and party functionaries, in company of the party chief Ashok Parnami.
Notably, ministers are yet to go on yatras to the districts of which they are incharge. But as they stand to gain nothing politically, the yatras are yet to take off. Quite understandable too, exhaustive tripsto locations that promise no electoral gains are not on agenda of politicians.

SHOCKING: Blast kills 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a tragic incident nine people including a five-year-old girl and a newborn child – died while nearly two dozen people were seriously injured on Tuesday afternoon when a blast occurred in an electric transformer installed in Khatolai village near Shahpura town. A family was holding a function for the upcoming marriages of two sisters of the family at the spot when the incident occurred and created havoc in the area. As the news of the incident spread, cops, administrative officials, politicos and locals rushed to the spot.“One Bhairuram Lomar’s two daughters were to be married in a few days from now. On Tuesday, the Bhaat ceremony was being performed. For this ceremony, Bhairuram’s in-laws’ had come to perform their part of the ceremony. Since it is a ceremony primarily performed by women of the house, Bhairuram’s wife – Kamla – was preparing for it. The preparation was taking time and thus the family members went outside the main gate of the house and started waiting for Kamla,” officials said.The family members were singing songs of the marriage and were near the transformer. “While the family was enjoying the festivity, suddenly a blast occurred in the transformer and hot oil poured out of the machine. Due to the blast, a wire carrying electric current fell on the crowd assembled at the spot and immediately current started flowing through the people. One after the other, people got electrocuted and got burnt due to the same resulting in five death on the spot,” officials said.A huge hue and cry rent the air as the incident occurred and the assembled people rushed away from the spot on hearing the blast. “However, few men immediately rushed to the scene and even alerted the cops and ambulance were called. Three deceased were identified as Prem Devi (35), Prem Devi (25), Aanchi Devi (25), Roshan (5) and Dholi Devi. One after the other, a dozen ambulances in addition to private vehicles were called as the number of injured started increasing with each passing second. Twenty-two people were rushed to the hospital at Shahpura from where they were referred to Jaipur for treatment,” officials said.BJP legislator Phool Chand Bhinda rushed to the spot along with various officials of local administration and took stock of the situation as villagers declined to remove the dead bodies from the spot. When local administrative officials tried to settle their dissent, the villagers formed a group and declined to hear them until the district collector reached the spot. district collector Siddharth Mahajan rushed to Khatolai and announced a compensation of ten lakh rupees to deceased’s family. Furthermore, he also assured that the injured would get a compensation based on the percentage as prescribed. After the assurance, the villagers finally agreed to accept the dead bodies. The bodies were then taken to the mortuary at NIMS and a post-mortem of the dead bodies will be conducted on Wednesday after which they will be handed to their family members for cremation.Meanwhile, the news about the incident had already reached Jaipur where arrangements to receive them and start treatment immediately had already been made. However, four more deaths occurred while the injured were being treated at Jaipur. At Jaipur, doctors operated upon a pregnant woman with 80 percent burns and delivered a stillborn child.Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, energy minister Pushpendra Singh, deputy speaker of state assembly Rao Rajendra Singh and chief minister Vasundhara Raje reached the hospital and met with the injured while instructing the doctors and hospital staff regarding proper treatment.Treat them with utmost priority: CMCM Vasundhara Raje visited SMS hospital and met the injured in Shahpura mishap. CM issued directions to the SMS Hospital officials that the treatment must be given utmost priority. She also offered condolences to the bereaved families. Raje took a detailed meeting of the incident in which health minister Kalicharan Saraf among others were present.

CM Vasundhara Raje reviews complaint redressal at sampark portal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje once again took the review of the resolution of complaints at Sampark Portal during the video conference of 5th meeting of “Raj Vikas” on Monday.Raje during the video conference also took review of various schemes of sewerage and water supply running in various cities and sought information on Jaipur’s Dravyavati project, apart from other projects of the state.She expressed her discontent over issuance of just 10 thousand 182 divyang certificates in the camps and ordered chief secretary, Ashok Jain to review the progress in the divyang camps. Raje also expressed displeasure over the dilly-dally working of officials of department of medical and health on a complaint given by one Mushtaq from Alwar in reference to treatment under Bhamashah health insurance scheme.Raje said that the officials should focus on finding solution to the problems given on sampark portal rather than making them complicated. She said that care should be taken over the human factor while resolving the complaints.During the video conference, Kailash Meena who is a resident of Dausa thanked the chief minister over resolution of his compliant which he had lodged on sampark portal. Raje had asked him if he was satisfied and Meena expressed his satisfaction and thanked him. He had complained about unauthorised use of motor to make personal use of water by a gram sewak.The issue of misuse of water from handpump was taken very seriously by Raje and she sought detailed informed in this case from principal secretary of PHED. She ordered the officials to take action against CEO of zila parishad and the PHED engineers.Raje also ordered all the collectors including Dausa collector to take the complaints on sampark portal seriously and to fix responsibility for resolution of complaints over sampark.

CM Vasundhara Raje lays foundation stone for state-of-art cancer institute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The much delayed cancer specialty centre, State Cancer Institute to be developed in the Pink City has been put on a rigid deadline for completion following its foundation laying stone ceremony by chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday. The institute to be developed at an estimate cost of Rs120 crore at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) campus at Pratap Nagar is proposed to have several cancer specialty departments and is scheduled to be developed in exactly one year, by October 27,2018.“The Institute will be equipped with latest technology and infrastructure for treatment of several types of cancer. Along with treatment it will also have facilities for rehabilitation of the patients,” said Raje during the foundation stone laying ceremony.Rehabilitation of the patients will be ensured through physiotherapy and exercises at the paraplegic rehabilitation centre at the institute. At the paraplegic centre the patients will be extended treatment by experts assisted with state of art technology and equipment.CM Raje on Saturday also laid the foundation stone for the paraplegic treatment wing and a sports complex to be developed at RUHS.The State Cancer Institute is proposed to be spread over 35,000 square metres of land and will have specialised wings for radiology, surgical oncology, medicinal oncology, pathology, etc.The project has once again gained pace on account of efforts from the CM and its proposal received economical sanctions from the central health and family welfare ministry in January this year.Money mattersThe State Cancer Institute to be developed with an estimated cost of Rs119.25 crore. Of this, 60% will be provided by central ministry of health and family welfare and remaining 40% by the state government. Rs32 cr is for construction of building while around Rs82 crore will be spent on procurement of equipment.

Rajasthan & party will miss him: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday called the death of BJP leader Digamber Singh, a former health minister and chairman of Twenty Points program Planning, Implementation and Coordination committee, a personal loss. Raje also visited his home in Bharatpur to offer condolences to the bereaved family and tributes to the departed leader.As soon as news of Singh’s death reached the CM, she rushed the EHCC hospital where he was undergoing treatment.. Raje stayed at the hospital for an hour and was seen consoling his family members.“Demise of Singh is a personal loss for me. I worked with him for a long time in public life. He was always with me in every crisis. Singh was leader of masses whose dedication, honesty and spirit of serving others should be followed. He also played active role and raised voice for Jat reservation in Bharatpur-Dholpur. His death is personal and organisational loss,” said a statement quoting Raje as saying.After paying tributes, Raje reached Bharatpur where Singh was cremated. Raje poured drops of Ganga jal in his mouth and prayed salvation of the departed soul. Recalling Singh’s contribution, Raje said with his guidance and positive support, many flagship schemes of the state government got momentum and were implemented successfully. Rajasthan will miss him, she said.She also underlined his efforts which he put for development of Rajasthan. “During my previous tenure Singh as a minister for various departments played a key role not only for the development of Bharatpur but entire Rajasthan. Currently, chairman of twenty point program committee, he also worked and implemented schemes meant for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.”Minsters meetA meeting of council of ministers chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje passed a resolution condoling death of Digambar Singh. As per the resolution, the state mourning was declared on Friday in Bharatpur district from where he hailed. The national flag will remain at half mast in the district and the government functions were restricted. A two-minute silence was observed by the council ministers also. The resolution underlined his positive role to tackle Jat reservation row in Dholpur-Bharatpur area.

Sachin Pilot questions Raje sops-shower spree, says Narendra Modi kept her in dark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Was chief minister Vasundhara Raje ill-informed over by-poll date in Ajmer parliamentary constituency that prompted her to extensively tour the region doling out sops a fortnight ago Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Sachin Pilot in a veiled attack alluded to the notion that Raje was kept in dark over dates by Delhi, though he did not specify what he meant by Delhi. “Once again Delhi kept the CM in dark and announcement of bypoll date was not declared along with Gujarat assembly election. While the CM had assumed that the date for bypoll would be announced with Gujarat, hence she and her ministers in haste were doling out sops without budget provisions,” said Pilot in a statement on Thursday. His statement clearly indicates that ‘Delhi’ intimated her over the dates, following which she executed 7 tours to Ajmer in last 15 days. In those exhaustive tours she held talks with local leaders, representatives of several communities and announced development works, schemes and inaugurated several projects. Her tours were a sort of hustings for the upcoming election. Is Pilot indirectly questioning the credibility of the election commission (EC).Or it can be that by mentioning Delhi, he is pointing towards the Modi government Reading between the lines, the PCC chief is in all likelihood pointing towards friction between Modi and Raje. When contacted, Pilot maintained that his statement is not questioning the credibility of any authority and it should be taken verbatim. “The EC is an a constitution body, I can’t comment on it.What I had to say I have said that in my statement and you can derive any meaning out of it,” said Pilot while talking to DNA. Pilot has also reacted to Raje’s recent statement in which she claimed victory in the upcoming bypolls in Alwar, Ajmer parliamentary constituencies and Mandalgarh Assembly constituency.

Lioness RT wins heart of CM Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is so fond of the famous lioness RT at Machia Safari Park that she wants to keep it at the Jaipur zoo, but RT is not proving to be a good mother. Her three cubs are being fed by milk powder imported from the US.Dr Shravan Singh Rathore of Machia Park said that RT is so possessive about her cubs that she does not want to keep away the cubs from her even for a moment.That is why when RT gave birth to two cubs on Diwali it carried them in her mouth for two hours due to which a cub died. The condition of the second newborn female cub remains steady as it is being fed by milk powder.Dr Rathore said that RT had given birth to a cub named Kailash on October 22 last year but due to non-availability of RT’s milk, it was raised with milk supplied from outside. Significantly, Dr Rathore took care of Kailash and its birthday was celebrated on Sunday.On May 12, RT gave birth to another cub named Riyaz and it is also being fed with milk powder.Chief Minister Raje had seen RT during the inauguration of Machia Park and she wanted to shift it to Jaipur Zoo. However this could not be done as the lioness was pregnant then.MOTHER CARERT is so possessive about her cubs that she does not want to keep away the cubs from her even for a moment. That is why when RT gave birth to two cubs on Diwali it carried them in her mouth for two hours due to which a cub died.

Varun Gandhi skips seminar in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He landed, travelled halfway to the venue, turned around, and left. This about sums up the trip of BJP MP Varun Gandhi to Bikaner on Sunday to attend a seminar on Nationalism. Varun was apparently upset when he came to know that there was a very small audience, however, organisers said he left as he was unwell.He also did not want his first political outing in Rajasthan to be mired in controversy as some of the invitees were from Congress, while others from BJP share less than cordial relations with Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje. The organisers had promised Varun a huge gathering of brahmins, who make up a sizeable vote bank in Western Rajasthan.The BJP MP from Sultanpur had come to Bikaner on the invitation of a brahmin organisation, Saraswat Community Foundation League, headed by a Gujarat-based businessman. He was to address a seminar on Nationalism as part of Rashtreey Gaurav Diwas programmes at Lunkaransar.Varun landed at Naal airport in Bikaner at 11am and even started his journey to Lunkaransar, around 70 km from Bikaner, but turned around about halfway, and returned to Delhi by 1 pm.Varun showed apparent signs of displeasure even as he was being received at the airport. As per sources, he was unhappy when told that the event would have BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and Congress leader and former home minister of Rajasthan Virendra Beniwal sharing the stage with him.As per sources who do not wish to be named, Varun had been assured that the event would have an audience of thousands, but on the way he discovered that there were but a few hundred.Sources added that some local BJP leaders were upset at Varun was sharing the stage with Congressman Beniwal and had planned to oppose it when he came.The organiser Sampat Saraswat, a Surat-based businessman, said “Varun Gandhi was unwell and so he left without attending the programme.”WHY HE LEFTOrganiser Sampat Saraswat, a Surat-based businessman said Varun left as he was unwell
Sources say he left as he heard turnout was low, and local BJP leaders said they would protest as he was sharing the stage with Congressman Beniwal

Tryst with divinity: Rs 706-cr plan linking places of worship

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government has embarked on Rs 706 crore plan for road connectivity to places of worship in 28 districts. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje who frequently visits places of worship and has visited almost every major temple in the state has found that either there was no road connectivity or they were in pathetic condition.According to sources, the CM has instructed PWD minister Yunus Khan to identify religious places and provide a comfortable road to reach them. Subsequently, Khan ordered a survey and submitted its report to the CM who has now approved a huge scheme for 77 roads and 6 flyovers in 28 districts with an estimated expenditure of Rs 706 crore.The work has already commenced and efforts are being made to complete them by September next year. In Bharatpur district Rs 238 crore have been sanctioned for 140km roads including Brij Chrosi Parikrama marg and toilet construction.Although, political observers might link it with vote bank politics, it is a fact that previous governments never gave priority to road connectivity to religious places. If Raje has thought of it and implementing it will help her reap benefits from it.

Rajasthan CM visits Ajmer with slew of new projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up her effort to woo voters for the upcoming by-elections in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje travelled to Ajmer on Tuesday. The CM made major announcements for the thousands of people living in and around Nasirabad army cantonment area, which earlier fell under the defence land and development works. Hence, development works in the area could not be undertaken by the local or government bodies. However, now the people will get benefits of both state and central government schemes without any trouble, the CM added.Two days after denotifying four wards, Raje on Tuesday also promised to denotify rest four wards in the region, making all eight wards out of cantonment area. Nasirabad will soon be a municipality area, she said.”Defence ministry officials are taking forward the process of denotifying the civil areas and merging them with Nasirabad Municipality. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already given a nod to denotify four wards (4,5,6,7) falling under Nasirabad army cantonment. Now, the remaining four wards will be denotified as well. A process in this regard will be tabled in the state cabinet,” said Raje, doling out sops to the locals in Nasirabad, where by-poll is due after the death of MP Sanwer Lal Jat.The CM, while having dialogues with locals, also explained that they no longer need to roam around the army headquarter to get the permission of basic needs such as like electricity, water connection and permission for roads.”When Nasirabad will become a municipality the civilians living here will also get benefits from the state and central government schemes without any hazard,” said Raje.Locals issues, which have been pending, were also addressed by Raje who is touring the parliamentary constituency second time in last two weeks. She has announced to allocate Rs2 crore budget to develop Gaurav Path at Balwanta Crossing, an underpass or footbridge at Tilwara on National Highway-8 and several other road projects. Soon, a DTO (district transport office) will also be opened at Nairabad too, said Raje.POLL POLITICSTwo days after denotifying four wards, Raje promised to denotify rest four wards in the region, making all eight wards out of cantonment area.
Nasirabad will soon be a municipality area, the CM said.

Ajmer on a high: After air link, CM endorses ceramic hub

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday afternoon, the Chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, in her Jansamvad programme at South Ajmer, among others things, gave the industrial sector, especially the smaller ones, some relief.The programme was heavily attended by members from different communities, representatives of business and working class.The small industries’ owners were delighted when their plea for an extended deadline to complete the rain harvesting schemes at their units got a sarkari nod. The CM extended the deadline till March 31.The chief minister also decided to empower the ceramic industry in the district. “Ajmer will be developed as a leading hub for the ceramic industry,” said chief minister. “Land has already been marked for the purpose and efforts are on to get gas pipeline to meet the energy requirements for these industries,” she added.Thousands of people at Ajmer associated with the ceramic industry will directly benefit from this move. Provision of gas pipeline will prevent the migration of ceramic units to other states and will provide it with a global identity. The district has recently been provided with air connectivity and the chief minister plans to further promote it as an industrial hub.However, as the chief minister resolved the issues at Jansamvad, she also invoked all sections of the community to contribute and support the government’s effort for development. “Public support is needed to develop Ajmer as a smart city,” she added.The CM was received with zeal and enthusiasm by one and all.‘NO DRUG CARTEL’CM has ordered the police superintendent of Ajmer, Rajendra Singh, to crackdown on the nuisance of drug abuse. A group of locals raised the issue at the Jansamwad on Sunday. The CM said Ajmer is also known as a holy city and such nuisances cannot be allowed here. 24 X 7 WATERTenders have been floated for the Rs 79cr project to provide 24×7 water supply for all residential colonies in Ajmer. A week ago the project was sanctioned by CM at a Jansamwad programme held in North Ajmer constituency.

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