Rajasthan daily current affairs September 14-21, 2019
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- Bahujan Samaj Party, all its six MLAs in Rajasthan joined the ruling Congress Party
In a major setback to the Bahujan Samaj Party, all its six MLAs in Rajasthan joined the ruling Congress in Jaipur on Tuesday, taking the latter’s tally in the 200-member Assembly to 106. The merger came as a boost to the Congress ahead of the municipal elections in November.
- The BSP MLAs, who were in touch with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for several days, handed over a letter informing of their legislature party’s merger with the Congress to Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi around midnight. Mr. Joshi accepted the communiqué and allowed the BSP members’ move.
- The defection, which will not incur any disqualification because of more than two-thirds — in this instance the entire bloc — of the BSP MLAs switching over to the Congress, has been perceived as a politically astute move.
What is the anti-defection law?
Aaya Ram Gaya Ram was a phrase that became popular in Indian politics after a Haryana MLA Gaya Lal changed his party thrice within the same day in 1967. The anti-defection law sought to prevent such political defections which may be due to reward of office or other similar considerations.
The Tenth Schedule was inserted in the Constitution in 1985. It lays down the process by which legislators may be disqualified on grounds of defection by the Presiding Officer of a legislature based on a petition by any other member of the House. A legislator is deemed to have defected if he either voluntarily gives up the membership of his party or disobeys the directives of the party leadership on a vote. This implies that a legislator defying (abstaining or voting against) the party whip on any issue can lose his membership of the House. The law applies to both Parliament and state assemblies.
Are there any exceptions under the law?
Yes, legislators may change their party without the risk of disqualification in certain circumstances. The law allows a party to merge with or into another party provided that at least two-thirds of its legislators are in favour of the merger. In such a scenario, neither the members who decide to merge, nor the ones who stay with the original party will face disqualification.
2. Rajasthan plans 75% quota for locals in private jobs under PPP
The Andhra Pradesh assembly in July passed a law to provide 75% reservation to local residents in any industry or project set up under the public-private partnership model.
Rajasthan is considering a proposal to provide 75% reservation in private sector jobs for local residents on the lines of a similar quota implemented in Andhra Pradesh this year.
The Andhra Pradesh assembly in July passed a law to provide 75% reservation to local residents in any industry or project set up under the public-private partnership model. The law also provides for a penalty in case of non-compliance. Subsequently, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on July 10 and his Gujarat counterpart, Vijay Rupani, on July 15 promised reservation in private sector for local residents. Political parties in poll-bound Maharashtra and Haryana have also demanded reservation in the private sector for local residents.
3. Chief Minister Gehlot wants Rajasthani Language in 8th schedule
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded inclusion of Rajasthan language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
In letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief minister recalled that the state assembly had passed a unanimous resolution to this effect in 2003. Successive state government has been requesting the Centre to incorporate the language in the officially recognized list of languages.
Gehlot pointed out that the Sitakanth Mahapatra Committee constituted to suggest criteria to include languages in the Eighth Schedule had also recommended that Rajasthani should be made part of the official list.
4. Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR in Rajasthan
Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR has suddenly come in the limelight after the Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013 made it mandatory for every company meeting one or all three criteria to spend at least two percent of the average net profits of the company made during the three immediately preceding financial years on CSR activities.
- Net worth of INR 5000 Million or more
- Turnover of INR 10000 Million or more
- Net profit of INR 50 Million or more
Which activities are qualified as CSR activities?
Amount spent in activities are qualified as CSR activities the interpretation of Sch. VII is broad and open and its scope is wide to help of Corporates.
- Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care including preventive health care and sanitation including contribution to the Swachh Bharat Kosh set-up by the Central Government for the promotion of sanitation and making available safe drinking water.
- Promoting education, including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children, women, elderly and the differently abled and livelihood enhancement projects.
- Promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, day care centers and such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups.
- Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agro forestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water including contribution to the Clean Ganga Fund set-up by the Central Government for rejuvenation of river Ganga.
- Protection of national heritage, art and culture including restoration of buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art; setting up public libraries; promotion and development of traditional arts and handicrafts; measures for the benefit of armed forces veteran, war widows and their dependents; Training to promote rural sports nationally recognized sports and Olympic sports.
- PM Relief fund: contribution to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund or any other fund set up by the Central Government for socio-economic development and relief and welfare of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women.
- Rural development projects.
- slum area development
- Disaster management, including relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities.
Some Awarded Projects
CSR Projects identified to maximize the impact based on the unique needs and concerns of the community.
- Football Academy: This Project owned by Hindustan Zinc Limited to Promotion of Rural Sports.
Objective of the Project
To initiate a large scale holistic Football program for strengthening grassroots community connect by setting up the HZL Football Academy as well as Community Football Centers in communities around HZL operations; identifying talented young footballers from Rajasthan; training them using the latest methodologies and technological interventions to create Indian Football stars.
The project has 4 pillars
Community Outreach Program – Geared to generate mass community engagement in football. 64 Community Football Centers are being set up in select communities around HZL operations. Children coming to these centers receive training for 2 hours a day for 3 days a week. Goal-Post campaigns to train 32 local community coaches have also been initiated. In just 4 months since the initiation of the Project, the outreach program reached out to 2500 children from Zawar, Debari and Dariba. Talent Hunts are being initiated across Rajasthan. Given the interest shown by girls during outreach camps, plans have been put in place to explore possibilities of forming girls Football teams in the Community Football Centers.
HZL Football Academy – Set up as a residential program for the most talented players. Training is provided by highly qualified expert coaches using world class infrastructure facilities, latest scientific methodologies and technology. The students selected for this football Centre of Excellence receive intensive football training as well as formal education till class 12. The Academy now has a capacity of 80 boys.
Performance Analysis Center – A high technology centre to provide world class scientific and technological training facilities to local football talents from an early age. It is being built at Zawar and will be ready by February 2018.
Zinc Football League – The best way to become a football champion is to play football matches and to win games and championships. A grassroots football league is being created to strengthen community connect and to give our young champions a taste of playing real games.
- Mid Day Meal Program: Owned by Havells India Limited
Provide and improve nutritional support to children in primary and middle classes students in Government schools.
Encouraging children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school more regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities.
- Women Empowerment: Owned by Mahindra World City Jaipur Ltd
“Educate a Woman and you educate a family”. With a view to achieve inclusive development, MWCJ took initiative of bring out the talents hidden behind the veils. The idea was to provide vocational/ skill training as this would lead to boarder economic impacts in households.
There was a three step approach to the activity for encouraging economic independence and instilling a sense of confidence among these people.
- Vocational Training
- Entrepreneur/ Self Employed
- Job Opportunities within MWCJ and Campus Clients
- Workshops and Awareness programs for All Girls Schools and College around MWCJ
- Health And Hygiene: Owned bySaint Gobain India Private Limited
- Provide basic sanitation facility
- To create awareness for Health & Hygiene in rural students
Toilet unit construction under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Govt. Primary School, Gadpur
- Sakhi A Women Empowerment Initiative: Owned by Hindustan Zinc Limited
Women’s empowerment is a key factor in the overall development of a family and a community. The Sakhi program promotes sustainable women run grassroots institutions like Self Help Groups (SHGs) to act as vehicles for empowerment. 2000 SHGs organized in 174 village level associations impacting lives of 24,000 families are being set up under Sakhi by 2021. The program is geared to mobilize rural women and invest in developing their capacities around leadership, skill development, savings and entrepreneurship. As of September 2017, upon completion of 1 year of project 871 SHGs involving 11,189 women with a total of Rs 1.8 Crores as savings are involved in the program. 529 SHGs have been linked with banks and Rs 3.4 Crores have been generated as credit through 7,925 loans. Records of 787 SHGs have got computerized. HZL is partnering with a leading women’s federation Saheli Samiti with technical support from Manjari Foundation to achieve scale and sustainability in this program.
To promote women’s empowerment, leadership as well as access to skills and resources through sustainable, women run grass-root institutions like SHGs, village level associations and regional federations.
5. White Water Rafting Expedition – ‘Rudrashila’ Flagged off at Jaisalmer
The white water Rafting Expedition christened ‘RUDRASHILA’ being undertaken by Kalidhar Battalion under the aegis of Battle Axe Division was Flagged Off on 11 September 2019 at Jaisalmer Military station by Major General T K Aich, General Officer Commanding Battle Axe Division.
The expedition christened ‘Rudrashila’ has been organised to commemorate the 75th Raising day of the Kalidhar Battalion. ‘Rudrashila’ takes its name from the famed Rudraprayag tributary of the Ganges River in the Mountains of Uttarakhand. ‘Kalidhar Batttalion’ was raised on 01 November 1943 and has participated in all major operations of the Indian Army including two overseas assignments in Korea in 1953 and UN peacekeeping Mission in Congo in 2005-06.
The expedition team led by Major Ravi Kant Gaurav comprising of two Officers, Four Junior Commissioned Officers and 18 Soldiers will cover a total distance of 140 kilometers from Rudraprayag to Rishikesh over some of the most difficult and dangerous rapids in mighty Ganges River. The expedition will be conducted from 01 October to 04 October 2019.
Major General Tarun Kumar Aich expressed that such expeditions display the spirit of adventure, team work, leadership and ability to discharge operational tasks under stress, which are bed rock of Indian Army. He also highlighted the need to spread awareness towards ‘ Preservation of River Eco-system’ in line with the ‘Namami Gange Initiative’ as well as tremendous potential for water sports and eco-tourism which would provide a sustainable source of income to the locals.
The General Officer concluded by lauding the expedition team for the exceptional rafting experience gained over past few months through training at various Army aqua nodes and wished them success for the expedition.
6. Rural Non Farm Development Agency
RUDA (Rural Non Farm Development Agency) was established in November 1995, by the Government of Rajasthan as an independent agency to promote the Rural Non-Farm Sector (RNFS) in the State. RUDA follows a sub-sectoral, integrated and cluster based approach for promoting rural micro enterprises for rural artisans. RUDA is registered under the Societies Registration Act giving it a certain autonomy and flexibility in its functioning.
Government of Rajasthan established the Rural Non Farm Development Agency (RUDA) in November 1995 as an exclusive agency to promote the rural micro-enterprises in the State. Its primary mandate is to: Create alternative avenues of employment. Generate incremental incomes. RUDA is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1958 giving it a certain autonomy and flexibility in its functioning. Over the last 14 years, RUDA has evolved as an innovative, creative and a highly professional agency to achieve its daunting but challenging mandate.
RUDA is associated with Geographical Indications in Rajasthan
- Bikaneri bhujia: Bikaneri bhujia, often simply called bhujia, is a popular crispy snack prepared by using moth beans and besan (gram flour) and spices, originating from, Bikaner, a town in the western state of Rajasthan in India.
- Blue Pottery of Jaipur: Blue Pottery is widely recognized as a traditional craft of Jaipur, though it is Turko-Persian in origin. The name ‘blue pottery’ comes from the eye-catching cobalt blue dye used to color the pottery. It is one of many Eurasian types of blue and white pottery, and related in the shapes and decoration to Islamic pottery and, more distantly, Chinese pottery. It is relatively unusual as a type of quality or luxury Indian pottery, most Indian types being functional and though often highly decorated, relatively low prestige wares
- Kota Doria: Kaithun, Kota (Rajasthan). Kota doriya or Kota doria is one of many types of sari garments made at kaithun in Kota, Rajasthan by handloom and in Muhammadabad Gohna, Mau in Uttar Pradesh and its nearby area by power loom
- Makrana marble: Makrana marble is a type of white marble of high quality, popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is mined in the town of Makrana in Rajasthan, India, and was used in the construction of several iconic monuments such as the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.
- Thewa: Thewa is a special art of jewelry making which involves fusing of intricately worked-out sheet gold on molten glass. It evolved in Pratapgarh district, Rajasthan India. Its origin dates back to the Mughal age.
- Bagru Hand Block Print: Bagru, Rajasthan
- Sanganeri Hand Block Print: Sanganer, Jaipur
- Pokhran Pottery: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
7. Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)
Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) is a credit linked subsidy programme administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India. Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is the nodal agency at national level for implementation of the scheme. At state level the scheme is implemented through KVIC, KVIB and District Industries center.
What is the objective of PMEGP?
To generate employment opportunities in rural as well as urban areas through setting up of self employment ventures. To provide continuous and sustainable employment to a large segment of traditional and prospective artisans and unemployed youth, so as to help arrest migration of rural youth to urban areas.
Scope of PMEGP
The scheme is applicable to all viable (technically as well as economically) projects in rural as well as urban areas, under Micro enterprises sector. The maximum cost of the project admissible under manufacturing sector is Rs.25 lakhs and business/services sector is RS.10 lakhs. Only one person from family is eligible for obtaining financial assistance under the scheme. Assistance under the Scheme is available only for new projects. The assistance under the scheme will not be available to activities indicated in the negative list under the scheme.
Any individual, above 18 years of age
The beneficiaries should have passed at least VIII standard, for setting up of project costing above Rs.10 lacs in the Manufacturing Sector and above Rs. 5 lacs in the business /Service Sector,
- Self Help Groups (including those belonging to BPL provided that they have not availed benefits under any other Scheme).
- Institutions registered under Societies Registration Act,1860
- Production Co-operative Societies
- Charitable Trusts.
Existing units (Under PMRY, REGP or any other scheme of Government of India or State Government) and the units that have already availed Government Subsidy under any other scheme of Government of India or State Government are not eligible.
The beneficiaries will be identified & selected at the district level by a Task Force consisting of representatives from KVIC/State KVIB/ State DICs and Banks and headed by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Collector concerned.
8. M-Sand Policy in Rajasthan
The department of mines has offered a substitute to the river sand (bajri), the mining of which has been banned by the Supreme Court of India. Rajasthan is considering formulating a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand) as a substitute of ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) used for construction of buildings, in view of the Supreme Court’s ban on mining of the latter in the State.
The riverbed sand, which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been legally available in the State since November 2017, when the Supreme Court imposed a ban on its mining. The non-availability of sand has had an adverse impact on the construction of houses and stalled several government and private projects, besides leading to illegal mining.
Though the halt to construction activities rendered a large number of workers and laborers unemployed, the Supreme Court later came down heavily on the State government for sanctioning leases for sand mining without environmental clearances, while staying as many as 82 such licenses, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka already have this policy.