Significant Achievements And Policy Initiatives Of The Government Of Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan has initiated pioneering labour reforms to improve the business environment in the state. Necessary amendments have been made in the prevailing relevant Acts/Rules with the vision of creating a roadmap for the growth of both labour productivity and investment.

    In a first, the Labour Department launched a project called Labour Department Management System (LDMS) (Labour Department Management System) under which all citizen-related activities and departmental operations were computerized and taken live for all district offices.

  • To promote production of renewable energy and encourage solar power energy generation in the State, Rajasthan Government has released a new Solar Energy Policy – 2014. After implementation of new Solar Policy, the State has signed MOUs or Joint Venture Agreements for production of 14000 MW of solar energy and development of Solar Parks of 26000 MW capacity. Rajasthan was also awarded for its exceptional efforts in the renewable energy sector. A salient feature in the new solar policy has the provision of allowing farmers to set up solar power plants/ solar pumps on their holdings or to sub-let it without the requirement of land conversion. Rajasthan is poised to establish itself as a leader in solar power generation and a pioneer in providing energy security and sustainable growth to India.

  • In Rajasthan, mining of mineral gypsum was restricted to State enterprises since 1980. Now, stipulations have been eased and farmers and industries can mine gypsum for captive use. This step has been welcomed widely. For optimal harnessing of mineral wealth and increase in mining productivity, a new Mineral Policy – 2015 has been launched by the State Government that includes the National norms of environment and sustainable development. To ensure transparency in the allocation of mineral leases, the entire process from application to allocation has been computerized.

  • Provisions have been made to provide additional irrigation facilities for an area of more than 5000 hectares through development of 115 micro-irrigation projects in the Sabarmati, Luni, Western Banas and Sookli basins on the basis of ‘Four Waters Concept’ (rain water, surface water, ground water and soil moisture). Till date a sum of Rs. 472.84 Crores have been granted for development of 89 micro irrigation schemes. Operations based on Four Waters Concept by the Watershed Development Department and others are being conducted under the supervision of Rajasthan River Basin Authority. Rajasthan Drinking Water Grid is being established to ensure the availability of drinking water in the state.

  • In another first, the Rajasthan Government launched a ‘Nyaay Aapke Dwaar’ (Justice at your Doorstep) campaign on the 18th of May 2015. Till date, more than 12 lakh revenue cases have been taken up and close to 2.20 lacs disputes settled across 5000 Gram Panchayats, which is a phenomenal achievement.

    • To promote investment in the State, a new Investment Promotion Policy was launched on 8th October 2014. Along with the existing manufacturing and service sectors, investments in social sectors like education, health, skills etc. are being promoted. Special provisions were made to promote Dairy, plastics to petrol and ceramics industries. Provision made to provide Customized packages to large industries that lead to creation of significant employment opportunities.
    • Incentives for investment in Industrial Gas Complex, tourism sector, textiles, electronic systems manufacturing sector. Specific policies and incentives to promote investment in disadvantaged geographical areas and thrust sectors.

    • With the aim of promoting Tourism in the State, a Tourism Unit Policy has been launched on 3rd June 2015.
    • To avail benefits provided under the RIPS 2015, the investment threshold was reduced from 5 crores to 2 crores for ventures in Hotel/Motel, Resorts and Convention Centres.
    • Cent percent exemption in conversion charges and development charges for enterprises investing in Tourism sector.
    • To encourage tourism in the off-season, 100% concession in the luxury tax payable for three months.

    • To conserve and develop the heritage, culture and history of the state ‘Rajasthan Heritage Conservation & Promotion Authority’ is being established.
    • A master plan has been created for restoration and development of prominent religious sites in the State along with developing amenities for the benefit of pilgrims. It has been decided that activities related to development of pilgrimage will be undertaken under the ‘Temple Town Act’ under which 38 major religious sites have been identified.
    • Development works are underway in the State Museum, Jawahar Kala Kendra and Ravindra Manch as well as at Ajmer, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Kota, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Pali, Bikaner, Sikar and Jaisalmer museums.

  • 0.5-2 Kms. long concrete road with proper drainage identified at every Gram Panchayat Headquarter. 2119 Kms long ‘Gaurav Paths’ are being constructed across 2154 Gram Panchayat Headquarters in the first phase.

  • In the last 18 months, selections have been made on 53,000 permanent posts and recruitments are underway and till the year end, a total of 90,000 posts shall be filled.

  • Rajasthan Skills & Livelihood Development Corporation (RSLDC Schemes) under various schemes is carrying out large scale skill development programmes in the state. Over 70,000 youths have already been trained in various trends and nearly 30,000 out of them have been absorbed by various industries. RSLDC has 65 private partners and 5 industry partners working with them.
    In order to promote apprenticeship in the state, the Apprenticeship Act, 1961 has been suitably amended. RSLDC, in partnership with ITES, Singapore, is creating a World Class skilled center on hospitality in ITI, Udaipur. Similarly, ITIs have been taken up by industries such as; Samsung, Caterpillar and Toyota.

  • For redressal of public grievances video conferencing service started across 248 Panchayat Samities.
    Over 135 citizen services being provided across 13,000 e-Mitra Centers. This shall be further taken up to 15,000 and 2,000 e-Mitra Kisosks shall operate as business correspondents for banks.

  • End to end computerization of PDS is underway.  Exercise of rationalization of Ration Cards and issue of new cards is underway in the state.

  • The Bhamashah Yojana was started in the year 2008 aimed at financial inclusion of poor families. In 2014, it was re-cast and re-launched after ensuring gender equity, financial inclusion and family based entitlement. All the members, if family are covered by the database, on the platform accessible by all departments so that direct transfer of benefits can be done effectively.
    Bhamashah Card has been linked to Aadhar, Jan-dhan and Mobile Telephone. Unique Identification Nos. have been allotted. Till now nearly 70 lacs families (more than 2 crores residents) have been brought under this coverage. The Bhamash Card is being co-branded with Rupay Cards of various banks. Under Bhamashah, Ration Cards, Pensions, Scholarships etc. have been included.

  • Under the ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ initiative,  the entire administration, Chief Minister, Ministers and Officers travelled to villages of three revenue Divisions carrying out public grievance redressal camps. For easy resolution of grievances ‘Rajasthan Sampark Portal’ has been developed. In the last 18 months, 4.74 lacs grievances have been received out of which 3.88 lacs have been resolved.

  • Educational qualification have been stipulated for those who are willing to contest Panchayati Raj Institutions. As a result, the number of educated members has increased by three fold. The Panchayati Raj Institutions were restructured after 20 years forming 47 new Panchayat Samities and 723 new Gram Panchayats. Clean toilets in the residence of PRI aspirants made compulsory.

  • With the aim of reducing MMR and IMR in the state, an initiative is underway with the State Government and Tata Trust along with Antara Foundation for the Jhalawar and Sirohi Districts.
    ‘Run a PHC’ Scheme is being implemented to improve outreach of healthcare services in remote areas. Work is underway to set up seven new Medical Colleges in the state (Alwar, Bharatpur, Churu, Barmer, Pali, Bhilwara and Dungarpur).

  • Focused attention is being paid to content development in school curricula aimed at all round learning by children in classes 1 to 8. All the schools are being targeted for improvement in infrastructure.

  • 9.72 Kms. stretch of Jaipur Metro, Phase 1-A, has been completed and commercial operations has started on 3rd June 2015.

  • A new department (Gopalan) has been created and tasked with the welfare of cattle industries. All efforts are being made for the smooth functioning of  ‘Gaushalas’ in the state.

  • A Self Defence Training Programme has been started for all the girl children in the state.

  • As a component of e-Governance, all transport department offices are issuing driving licenses electronically. Similarly all registration of vehicles is being done on the e-Platform.

  • A separate service cadre has been created for the TSP Area.

  • Efforts are underway to select an appropriate operator through competitive bidding who shall operate Air Taxi services to various destinations within the state.

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