Government to Take Loan Worth Rs. 3,291 Crore for Repair and Restructuring of IGNP Canals

State Cabinet Meeting

In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje the State Cabinet gave approval to take a loan worth Rs. 3,291 crore for repair restructuring of Indira Gandhi Canal Project (IGNP). In the meeting held at the Chief Minister Office on Thursday, the Cabinet also decided to give relaxation to the Third Grade teachers in Panchayati Raj Department for their appointment in the School Education Department. Other major decisions taken in the meeting include relaxation in promotion and assured career progression to the state government employees having more than two children was.

While briefing the mediapersons on the decisions approved by the State Cabinet, the Public Works Department and Transport Minister Shri Younus Khan said that the Main Canal and Feeder Network of IGNP sustained damages due to continuous flow of water for past 55 years. This resulted in the water carrying capacity of these canals declining from 18,500 cusec to 11,500 cusec. Also, big land tracks in the canal-irrigated districts got inflicted with water-logging problem. Thus, a major project for repair and relining of the canals and reclamation of 7,000 hectares of water-logged land was due in this region since long. For this, the state government decided to take loan of Rs. 3,291 crore from the New Development Bank under Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project in Desert Area (RWSRPD). The detailed project report and tender process of this would be completed by October this year, he said.

Shri Khan said that the Cabinet also decided to amend the Rajasthan Education Subordinate Service Rules-1971 to reduce the minimum requirement of 5 years experience to 3 years as Third Grade teacher with Panchayati Raj department for appointment under transfer in the School Education department. This decision would affect about 42,249 Third Grade teachers.

The PWD Minister informed that the Cabinet further approved to amend Rajasthan Civil Service Rules to give relief to the state government employees having more than two children. As per the proposed amendment, the employees having more than two children after June 1, 2002 would be considered for promotion or assured career progression after 3 years of appointment instead of earlier condition of 5 years. He added that the amendment in Rajasthan Civil Service Pension Rules-1966 was also proposed to give a choice of Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance or Family Pension plus Dearness Relief to the employees appointed on the compensatory grounds. Also, Grade Pay for the post of Pujari in Devasthan Department was proposed to be revised from 1,700 rupees to 1,750 rupees, he stated.

Shri Khan said that the Cabinet gave its nod to change name of the Government Arts College at Chimanpura in Jaipur to Baba Narayandas Government College of Arts, Chimanpura.

The Minister said that the progress of Phase II of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (MJSA) was also reviewed during the Cabinet meeting. In this phase, by June 30, watershed structures are to be constructed in 4,200 villages. On this, the CM directed all Ministers and Secretaries in-charge of different districts to visit their respective regions and ensure strict monitoring of the MJSA. Smt. Raje further suggested the members of the Council of Ministers to compulsorily attend their offices on the first three days of the week and also resume public hearings according to the previously fixed schedule, he said.

Jaipur, 27th April 2017