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Old November 8th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #281
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Rajasthan govt scheme to boost skilled manpower

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JAIPUR: To address the shortage of skilled manpower in the state, the government has recently initiated a scheme " Train to Gain" for skill enhancement in manufacturing units. It aims to make unskilled workforce employable as the demand for skilled workforce is estimated to be 1.4 million persons by 2015 in the state.

Any manufacturing unit that wants to avail the scheme shall register at district industries centre (DIC) with the number of required trainees and get the list of candidates approved by the DIC committee concerned headed by the district collector. However, only such candidates will be benefited who are 10{+t} {+h} pass and between 18 to 45 years of age. The eligible enterprise will be paid a cash subsidy of 50% of the stipend paid to the trainee with a cap Rs 2,000 per trainee per month after successful completion of training. Employers getting benefits under the scheme will provide employment to at least 50% of the trainees. The period of training can vary from three months to 12 months depending on the nature of job.

An official said: "Everywhere modern technology is used and workers need to be trained accordingly. If the employees are not trained it surely impacts productivity. This scheme will help in generating more employment and bridge the gap of skilled labour needed by manufacturing units".

Industry associations are upbeat with the policy announced. T C Chaudhary, president of United Council of Rajasthan Industries has said: "It's a welcome move and encourages manufacturing units to recruit raw workforce and get them skilled as per their needs. Financial support from government will also help candidates to get better compensation".

A fund of Rs 1.75 crore has been allotted to the industry department for the first year ending March 31, 2012. "We need to implement it fast as only five months are left. For the first year, we will enroll 2,000 candidates. This will increase every year as per availability of funds," said an official.

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Panel to boost efficiency of fire services mooted

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JAIPUR: In a bid to improve the efficiency of the fire services in the state, the government is planning to introduce the State Fire Act. For this a committee, under the chairmanship of the additional director general (home guards and civil defence) Sudhakar Johari, has been constituted.

With new law in place, fire services be revamped with new organisational structure. At present it comes under preview of municipal bodies and civil defence whose mandate is restricted to urban areas only. Additional chief secretary G S Sandhu said, "A core committee has been set to work for integrated fire services and make bylaws under which these services can be operated."

The move has come after sharp criticism of the department form all sections for poor performance. ADG Johari said recently, "The set -up of cities and towns have drastically changed in the past few years and we need to modify our services accordingly. Our committee will make a comprehensive survey of fire services in the state and find what resources are needed and how it can be filled. We will also include the rules for fire servicemen in the new law."

The laws of other states will be studied and best points that suit the conditions in Rajasthan will be included. The authorities are also in constant touch with a survey by the Centre to identify the needs of fire services in next 20 years in India. "Our mandate is to give best possible services to citizens and we are working towards it. However, what shape will it take and what by laws will be included in the act is difficult to say at present," added Johari.

The chief fire officer and member of the committee, Ishwarlal Jat, says, "We need to submit our report by December 15 but since it's a huge task so time can be extended if needed. But with this act, the fire services will be governed by a set of rules which will be among the best in the country".

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JAIPUR: Ageing fleet of state fire department will now have a new look. In an initiative to modernise and strengthen the department, government of India has allotted a budget of Rs 17.11 crore to the fire department with an added Rs 4.4 crore from the state disaster and relief management fund.

With these funds, the department is all set to buy 42 advanced water tender vehicles, 32 quick response vehicles attached with two water mist pumps and 64 hand operated combi-tools. Ishwarlal Jat, chief fire officer, said, "For the integrated fire services and procurement of advance fire extinguishing vehicles, we have received funds from director general of civil defense. The committee allocated money to fire departments in all the states, of which Rajasthan received the second highest amount next only to Madhya Pradesh.

Process of procurement has already started. The chassis of nine advanced water tenders have been purchased and the rest of the body is under construction. Similarly, four quick response vehicles and 22 combi-tools have been ordered. "We have to utilize the money in this financial year and are in the process of finalizing orders. However, it will take at least a year to get all the vehicles," added Jat.

"We have also we have floated vacancies for 513 firemen and forms of 13 assistant fire officers are being scrutinized by the officials," added Jat.

According to a government rule, the fire departments should have one fire tender for a population of one lakh, and after it one fire tender for every 50,000. However, the fire department has only 65 permanent fire officers and 20 permanent drivers. It has around 92 firemen and 24 drivers on contract. Sources said, the firefighters on contract do not have the required expertise to deal with emergency conditions. "The existing staff is only 10% of the required number and department needs around 800 more employees. Even after addition of these new vehicles, we would require more," added Jat.

"Jaipur has many narrow lanes and congested roads. But the additional budget will boost the efficiency of our department. We will get better equipment and young trained firemen," said Jat

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Rajasthan to develop central patient database

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Jaipur: Patients arriving at government hospitals in Rajasthan may soon be relieved from the trouble of carrying medical records with them. Introduction of an advanced information management system at these hospitals will enable practitioners to upload patient data on a secured network.

A patient would just have to tell his unique reference number and doctors treating him will be able to access the data from anywhere in the country.

Health authorities in the state are in discussion with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Noida for introducing its e-Sushrut hospital management information system (HMIS) in state hospitals. With minor amendments to meet local needs, the HMIS to be introduced in state hospital is being called "Megh Shushrut."

"We are now in the process of rolling this out in seventeen district hospitals in Rajasthan, five hospitals associated with SMS medical college in Jaipur" said a CDAC official.

Developed on cloud computing architecture, the software will help maintain records of services available at the hospital, vacancies and queues at facilities and management of patient rush. It will also help to maintain patient records right from his registration, billing and discharge in a centralised network, thus avoiding any paperwork.

Integration of facilities such as test laboratory, blood bank and operation theatre will help the patient to get his medical records available online and help the hospital authorities to manage patient flow.


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Rajasthan farm policy to focus on water efficiency

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Rajasthan will soon announce an agriculture policy that will focus on enhancing farm output through efficient use of water and renewable sources, such as solar energy. The state has invited public comments on the draft of the proposed policy that envisages doubling farm output in the arid state over the next decade.

“We expect to finalise the agriculture policy soon,” said Mr J.C. Mohanty, Rajasthan's Principal Secretary for Agriculture. He was speaking on the sidelines of FarmTech 2011, an agriculture trade and technology fair in Jaipur organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Rajasthan government.

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The policy also envisages promoting animal husbandry and horticulture among others, driving the concept of integrated approach for dryland farming in the State.

The arid State is seeking to achieve both food and fodder security by encouraging farmers to adopt a technology-based approach toward farming, Mr Mohanty said at the inauguration of FarmTech.

Rajasthan, which accounts for a tenth of the country's total land mass, trails its neighbours such as Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in terms of agri-yields. It is trying to catch up with other states. The state is trying to promote efficient water management practices by popularising the concept of micro irrigation and water conservation, Mr Mohanty said.

“As part of a pilot project, we are subsidising the installation of solar energy-based pumpsets at 500 locations in the interiors of the State,” Mr Mohanty added.

FARMTECH EXPO

About 100 agri-input and farm equipment makers such as John Deere, GEA Farm Technologies and Pioneer Seeds are showcasing their products to Rajasthan farmers at the four-day event.

The State Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Mr Babulal Nagar, said the Government had enhanced assistance for promoting micro irrigation by raising the subsidy component from 70 per cent to 90 per cent.

He said the State government had also compensated farmers to an extent of Rs 1,700 crore for crop losses last year.

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Olives set to bloom in Rajasthan

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Olive cultivation is set to take off in northern Rajasthan. After successful field trials over past three years in the State-owned farms, the Rajasthan Government plans to promote olive cultivation in private farms starting February with a buy-back arrangement.

The State has decided to take the cluster approach to promote olive cultivation in about 300 hectares next year, said Mr Surinder Singh Sekhawat, COO of Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Ltd (ROCL), a special purpose vehicle. ROCL's stakeholders include the Rajasthan State Agriculture Marketing Board, Plastro Plasson Industries and Indolive Ltd, an Israeli agri-consultancy firm.

Six clusters of 50 hectares each will be formed in districts such as Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner and Nagaur. In the next three years, the State plans to bring about 5,000 hectares under olives, which has a great demand in both domestic and export market. India's olive oil imports, driven by the rising awareness of health-foods grew 52 per cent to 3,988 tonnes in 2010 according to the Indian Olive Association. Olive imports for table top consumption grew 46 per cent to 637 tonnes in 2010.

Cluster approach will help us provide free technical consultancy for the first three years, without any hassles,” Mr Sekhawat said. Typically, an olive plant starts yielding fruits from fourth year onwards. Farmers, who can plant 523 olive seedlings in a hectare, are free to grow intercrops like pulses such as green gram and gram among others, he said.

ROCL plans to start distributing seedlings to farmers from the February-March next. The Government will offer a subsidy of 75 per cent towards the planting material. The subsidised cost of each seedling works out to Rs 28.75, while its original cost is Rs 115. Besides, a farmer will also be provided a 90 per cent subsidy on the drip irrigation equipment and offered consultancy services for processing.

“There is a tremendous interest from farmers seeking crop diversification. We are trying to promote it in the vicinity of those areas, where we have already grown olives,” Mr Sekhawat said. At the recent FarmTech 2011, organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Rajasthan Government in Jaipur, knowhow on olive cultivation was the most sought after information at the agri-fair.

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Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act implemented

Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act implemented

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act 2011 came into force in the state on Monday. The act aims at a time-bound rendering of 108 services of 15 departments. The act also defines the accountability of officials for ensuring that the services are provided within the defined time frame and for the clearance of appeals made under it.

The enforcement of the act in the state was marked by formal launch functions held at district level with the chief minister addressing the ones held at Ajmer and Jaipur. "It is a major step taken to provide good governance, one which is transparent, accountable and sensitive. This has been our aim from the beginning,'' said chief minister Ashok Gehlot, addressing a crowded Ramlila Maidan in Jaipur. He added that efforts are being made to ensure that the act is strengthened and depending on the public feedback, necessary amendments will also be made. He said that the state is also working on enforcing a transparency act and a Right to Hearing Act.


Sharing details, district collector, Jaipur, Naveen Mahajan said that a total of 108 services related to 15 government departments have been brought under the Act. Initially, when the bill was introduced in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly in August this year, over 50 services were included, which have now been increased to 108. Appeals regarding all sanctions, no objection certificates and licences of 15 departments including power, police, health, revenue, UDH and others could be made to the designated officer of the department.
The stipulated time for clearance of appeals varies from an hour in some cases to 24 hours - like in the case of appeals made with regard to post-mortem reports and goes upto 45 days; depending upon the service desired. The time begins from the day the appeal has been submitted. The designated officer of the department may reject an application for a notified service, having recorded the reason in writing and informing the applicant.


A person whose application for a specific service or work is rejected for any reason is entitled to approach the first appeal officer and thereafter the second appellate officer; with his grievances under the Act. The officials are accountable to ensure that either the desired service is provided or explain the limitations for not providing it.


Rajasthan is the only state where the state government has made a provision of the penalty imposed for failing to provide a service or for a delay, to be recovered from the salary of the concerned designated officer. A minimum of Rs 500 and a maximum of Rs 5,000 have been fixed as penalty for failing to provide a service while for a delay, it has been fixed at Rs 250 per day with the condition, it does not exceed Rs 5,000.

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Single window system to be implementein all districts

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Jaipur: Single window system will be implemented in all 33 districts of the state from December 2011 in order to accelerate the procedure to set up industrial units in Rajasthan. Single window clearance is a single point contact with an online application process for setting up any unit in the state. The aim is to facilitate hassle-free investment.

A district empowered committee under district collector will have the authority to approve investments between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10 crore. District Industrial Centers (DIC) will be the nodal agency for the committee.


The single window act provides an investor a time bound response on his investment application. Eleven departments of the government have been brought under the single window with each department liable to give a response in a certain time limit depending on the nature of investment.

An official from the industry department said, "The single clearance system in each district will further boost investment in the state. We are ready for its implementation and training has been provided to officials concerned". He added, "Now investors will not have to approach each department seeking permission for the project. They can just come to the nodal agency which will be the DIC and furnish details. This can be done online too without visiting any department. It is a good opportunity for medium and small industries to investment".


In the absence of single window act, an investor has to apply to at least 10 different government departments seeking permission for investment. K L Jain, honorary secretary general of Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industries ( says "Earlier an entrepreneur had to run from one department to other. Permission for land, power, registration number, sales tax number, pollution control were approved by different departments. But single window has reduced the project cost to great extent".

Single window act is already working in the state. An empowered committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary with business investment promotion acting as nodal agency approves the investment beyond Rs. 10 cr. However it is restricted to divisional headquarters and industrial hub of Alwar. Industrialists in the state are happy with the development. Tarachand Chaudhary, president United Council of Rajasthan Industries (UCRI) says, "Certainly the industrial atmosphere will improve but it is just a facility for an investor and can't be seen as a benefit."
To accelerate the procedure for setting up of industrial units in Rajasthan, single window system is all set to be implemented in all the 33 districts of state from December, 2011.


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Renowned NRIs to attend Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

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JAIPUR: Pink City will witness the presence of VVIPs and eminent non-resident Indians (NRI) at the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) to be held here between January 7 and 9.
The mega event will be attended by personalities like Laxmi Niwas Mittal, Lord Khalid Hameed, Sam Pitroda and Ila Gandhi along with 1,500 delegates from 65 countries.

Renowned NRIs have confirmed their participation. They will also address sessions on water, solar energy and gender issues. Purshottam Agarwal, commissioner, business and investment promotion, said "We like to use their expertise and knowledge in policy and decision-making". Fifteen non-resident Indians will get Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards from President Pratibha Patil.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Purshottam Agarwal said that Kamla Persad-Bissesaar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, will be the chief guest of PBD-2012. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot and Vayalar Ravi, minister for overseas Indian affairs, will address the inaugural session followed by the keynote sessions by Pranab Mukherjee, finance minister, S M Krishna, foreign minister, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of planning commission. Chief ministers of Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala too have confirmed their participation.

The state government has geared up for the event with the chief secretary, along with various department heads, inspecting the sites for PBD-2011. On Tuesday the chief secretary inspected airport terminals, City Palace and Amber. He instructed officials to ensure repair of roads and clean areas around tourist monuments. For uninterrupted power and water supply, the authorities have been asked to make special arrangements.

The Birla Auditorium, which will be the main venue, is undergoing renovation with Rs 1 crore sanctioned. The number of flights to Jaipur from Delhi and Mumbai will be increased. Vayalar Ravi, during his visit here, said, "Calculating the rush during the event we may operate more flights to Jaipur. We are still waiting for travel plans from our guests and based on that we will take the final call." A proposal to increase the number of bogies in Jaipur-bound trains between New Delhi and the city has been send to the Railway Board.
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JDA approves construction of five railway over-bridges


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JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) gave its approval to construct five railway over-bridges (ROB) in public works committee (PWC) meeting on Tuesday. Administrative and financial approval of Rs 184 crore for development projects was also given during the meeting that was chaired by the JDA commissioner Kuldeep Ranka.


The five ROBs will be constructed at Kanakpura Dhankiya (Rs 33.86 crore); railway crossing number 110, Bassi (Rs 31.34 crore); railway crossing number 200, Bassi Town (Rs 33.53 crore); Dadi Ka Phatak, Jaipur (Rs 32.09 crore); and Khirni Ka Phatak, Jaipur (Rs 21.74 crore). A JDA official said that with the sanctioned budget underpass, road renovation and strengthening works would also be done.


The PWC meeting also approved Rs 9.95 crore for underpass at Kalyan Nagar railway crossing. "The plan to construct the underpass has been done. Permission from the Railways has also been taken. The required land for the project will be acquired soon," said the JDA official.


Rs 2.04 crore was also approved to develop Bhawani Singh Road as a model road. It was recently widened to 100 feet. "The work has already begun and will take four months to complete," said an official.
Approval has also been given for developing Woodland Park and construct entry plaza, vendor market, parking, play zone, rain garden and floating ice land. Rs 5.86 crore has been approved for laying sewerage line and connecting new with old ones at Jagatpura Central Spine.


For the renovation work of road from Transport Nagar to Amer Kunda check post an amount of Rs 10.44 crore has been approved. JDA will soon start anti-encroachment drive here. Rs 3.53 crore has been approved for repairing approach road from Mahrishi Arvind University and Neemeda to Mudia Ramsar.
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Tulip Telecom bags four orders worth nearly Rs 200 cr

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NEW DELHI: Enterprise data services company Tulip Telecom today said it has bagged four large network and data centre orders in the public and private sector worth nearly Rs 200 crore.

Tulip secured a three-year order worth Rs 48.88 crore from the Rajasthan government under the central government-funded Rajasthan State Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project, Tulip Telecom said in a statement.


For the CCTNS project in Rajasthan, Tulip will deploy and integrate platforms used by the state and the Centre for tracking criminals, as well as deploy information and communication technology infrastructure at 1,172 locations, including all police stations and higher offices across the state of Rajasthan, the release added.



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Purchases over R 50 lakh to be done through e-tendering: Rajasthan govt

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Jaipur: To ensure greater transparency in purchases by the Rajasthan government, e-tendering process will now be followed for procurements exceeding Rs 50 lakh in state public works, water resources, police and forest departments.

"The move is to bring uniformity and transparency in purchases made by the four government departments," Secretary IT Department, Sanjay Malhotra said.

"A website for e-procurement has already been launched for this purpose and officials concerned are being trained," he said, adding that other departments will also be covered at a later stage.

A state-level e-procurement implementation committee will monitor the implementation of the project and review its progress, Malhotra said.

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Google offers free websites to S&M business in Rajasthan

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JAIPUR: Google India today announced to offer free websites for one year to all small and medium businesses in Rajasthan.

The company held a seminar for businesses in the state to help them understand the benefits of the internet medium and how it can help them to scale their business.

The business owners were also showcased Google's new free online tool 'Google Global Market Finder' for advertisers to find new markets ovearseas.

"Rajasthan is a key market for us as search queries in google for businesses like travel and tourism, handicrafts, jewellery of the state have gone multiple times higher in the last three years," Nitin Bawankule, Head of Online Sales, Google India, said at a press conference here.


"We are offering free websites for those small and medium businesses in Rajasthan who do not have websites. It will enable them to get a free, easy-to-build website and web hosting for one year," he said.

Bawankule said that the country has ten crore internet users including four crore of mobile internet users
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Double-barrel bang from Cairn India & JSW Energy: Overnight crorepatis sprout in Barmer sands
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We have become ghosts - no place to live. Nobody understands this, everybody is curious about my money," says an irritated Mularam, as he makes way for his push cart amid the chaos of cows, Boleros, bikes and open drains on Barmer's Station Road.

Such grumblings, though not rare, are far and few. Farming is a dead-end job in this sandy, and barren backwaters of Rajasthan. People here own land in hundreds of acres and usually wait four years to have a Bajra crop like this year, given the harsh topography of the Thar desert. Like water, prosperity has no address in this arid, land-locked region.

Of late, the sands seem to be shifting here as well. The double-barrel bang from Cairn India and JSW Energy has jolted the sleepy town out of its deep slumber, creating around 750 crorepatis out of people like Mularam, most of who don't have bank accounts, education and access to water and electricity.

Before Cairn India found oil, the value of land, sort of, depended on the buyer's benevolence, fetching around Rs 10,000 per acre. But that's history now after the discovery of oil reserves. The British oil company has acquired around 3,000 acres for drilling and development of the fields, coughing up rates as high as Rs 4 lakh per acre.

JSW Energy, which is half way through its 1,080 megawatt power plant, has acquired about 17,000 acres. Most of land is being used to mine lignite to fire up the plant. The company has put Rs 1,000 crore in the hands of the farmers, stumping up close to Rs 7 lakh per acre.

Some of this instant money has found its way into the realty market, jacking up housing prices by more than 10 times in Barmer town in last three years.

While Mularam is still looking for cheap land, many who sold at Rs 4 lakh per acre, have bought equal quantity elsewhere in the region at much cheaper rates, leaving them with enough cash and freedom to splurge on SUVs, TVs, ACs refrigerators, washing machines, and trips to Goa.
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The only hospital in the district headquarters doesn't have a CT scan machine. Rakesh Pachuri, a professor in the local college, says the state government is earning Rs 5 crore per day as royalty and cess from Cairn but it has never bothered for the development. Barmer town has no parks, only one internet cafe, and no restaurants but foreign liquor shops have mushroomed recently.

When oil was discovered, the-then chief minister Vasundhara Raje promised to make Barmer the Dubai of India. Now that looks a case of building castles in the sand. What Barmer needs is schools with teachers, where Mularam's six kids can get access to basic education so as not to be reduced to daily labourers in Surat or Uttar Pradesh.
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Rajasthan Govt. Adopts Mobile Office Approach to Reach Remote Tribal Villages

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Jaipur: Rajasthan Govt. has adopted a unique approach to reach remote villages in deep rural & tribal areas to address their problems and provide help on location. In this regard, Hindustan Zinc, the largest company in Rajasthan and Vedanta Group company in zinc-lead-silver business, has come forward and got developed an exclusive custom designed bus, which is fully air-conditioned, and fitted with 9 cubicals, latest computer systems & servers and other necessary equipments. The bus is also fitted with over wings which once open will provide shelters to visiting villagers. There is a large 70 inches plasma screen fitted on the back of the bus which will project various schemes and programs being introduced by the Government of Rajasthan.

The District Collector of Udaipur Shri Hemant Gera informed the gathering that this bus is a medium of government reaching rural masses specially tribal population of Kotda Block in Udaipur in Rajasthan and resolve their problems in their villages itself. This is perhaps first of its kind approach in the country where the government has adopted this method to reach out to remote tribal villagers where the poor villagers are unable to travel to government offices or address their issues. The officials of Revenue Deptt; Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Education; Agriculture, Veterinary, Women & ICDS; Social Welfare Deptt.; District Supply Office; Public Health Engineering Deptt and Ajmer Vidyoot Vitaran Nigam; Health Deptt, and SDM, BDO & Tehsildar, would be travelling in this bus to address the issues of rural people. The bus also has a Registration Counter and free distribution of medicines under `Chief Minister Free Medicine Distribution' program, he informed.

Initially the bus would reach out to 262 remote tribal villages, covering 31 Gram Panchayats of block Kotda in Rajasthan. The bus would make trip with all the concerned officers once every week, most likely Thursday, in one of the 31 Gram Panchayats in Block Kotda. There would be preparation done before the bus reaches a Gram Panchayat by the various village committees and block development officers in respect to knowing the problems of the villagers, so that there could be speedy resolutions.

The Mobile Office Bus will also be used for providing other relief to the tribal villagers in need of emergency. We would be able to make good doctors visit tribal villages for organizing health camps, Shri Hemant Gera said. The entire exercise in villages would be recorded through CCTV camera which would be reviewed by higher authority in the Govt. to ascertain the objective of this initiative. Shri Gera also thanked Hindustan Zinc for coming forward with their support to develop such bus.

Shri Akhilesh Joshi, the Chief Operating Officer of Hindustan Zinc informed that this Mobile Office Bus approach will be useful for villagers specially who find it difficult to approach the government machinery or who are some how unable to get their issues addressed. Hindustan Zinc has always been in front to adopt community welfare programs meant for the benefit of rural poor. Thus the company has spent about Rs. 50 lakhs to design this bus specially as per the requirement. Vedanta has always been working in association with State Government and Government of India towards implementing various community service initiative.

The keys of the bus was handed over by the Chief Operating Officer of Hindustan Zinc, Shri Akhilesh Joshi to the Udaipur District Collector, Shri Hemant Gera. Also present from Hindustan Zinc were Sr. Vice President (HR) Shri H.K.Mehta and many officials of the District Administration, Udaipur.

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Rajasthan to Provide 200 More Medicines Free of Cost

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Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS): Rajasthan is all set to provide 400 types of medicines free to patients at government-run hospitals from next month, adding 200 more to its original list and carrying forward a hugely popular initiative.

The state government had launched a scheme Oct 2 to provide free medicines to people below and above the poverty line and currently 200 types of generic medicines are being provided free of cost to patients.

"The free medicine scheme has been very well accepted by the masses and now we plan to make it more beneficial by adding 200 new generic medicines and increasing the number of counters at government-run hospitals," Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told IANS.

The drugs are being distributed through special counters set up at over 13,800 government health centres, dispensaries and hospitals across the state.

"The state government has earmarked an annual budget of Rs.200 crore for the project and 40 million people are likely to benefit from the scheme each year," said the chief minister.

The popularity of the scheme can be gauged from the fact that the number of patients registering at the out-patient department (OPD) in some of the hospitals has increased by almost 50-100 percent.

In Jaipur's SMS Hospital, the OPD patients figure has almost doubled. "In September, we were getting on an average of around 2,700 patients daily; now this figure is over 5,000,said L.C. Sharma, superintendent of SMS Hospital, Jaipur.

Similarly, inChittorgarh's government hospitals the average increase in October in comparison to September 2011 was 71 percent.

Compared to the September 2011 figures, the OPD load increased by almost 80 percent in the district hospital and by 62 percent in the Women and Children Hospital in Chittorgarh,"said an activist with a local NGO.

However, he said unavailability of generic medicines and long queues of patients due to lack of counters and shortage of doctors are still major challenges for the project.

"We are aware of the situation and are taking steps to improve the services. We want to provide quality medical and healthcare facilities to everybody in the state," Gehlot added.

He said the scheme was a major step towards providing social security to citizens.

Two of the common diseases for which free medicines are provided are hypertension and diabetes. Also available are antacids and analgesics.

The state government is also planning to recruit over 900 doctors to fill vacant posts.

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Rajasthan leads with 41.2 per cent of the total PPP projects in northern region

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The road sector has bagged the maximum number of PPP projects in the northern region with 94 projects (66.7 per cent), followed by urban development with 28 projects (19.9 per cent), energy sector with seven projects (five per cent), tourism and education four projects each, healthcare three projects and one airport project, according to the CII report on “Public Private Partnership in northern region: An Analysis”. The report is based on data from PPP India as on June 2011 and the Planning Commission.

Northern states comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi have 141 PPP projects in various stages of implementation with an estimated value of Rs 80,544 crore.The report also highlights the intra state variations in terms of PPP projects.

Within the region, Rajasthan leads with 41.2 per cent of the total projects in the region; followed by Punjab, 23.0 per cent; Uttar Pradesh, 12.2 per cent; Haryana, 9.5 per cent and Delhi, 8.1 per cent. In terms of value, the top five states are Uttar Pradesh 33.5 per cent of the total; followed by Rajasthan, 18.4 per cent; Haryana, 17.1 per cent; Delhi, 13.7 per cent and Punjab, 7.9 per cent.

As on June 2011, out of the total 748 PPP projects under implementation across the country, northern region accounts for only 18.8 per cent as against 31.0 per cent for western region and 36.2 per cent for southern region. In terms of value of the projects, the share of northern region is 21.3 per cent, whereas, southern and western regions account 40.2 per cent and 27.2 per cent respectively.

The report also highlights that PPPs in social infrastructure sectors like education and healthcare is quite good with region’s share at 40.8 per cent and 24.1 per cent respectively.

The region has attracted Rs 755 crore in the education sector and Rs 442 crore in healthcare sector respectively. In northern region, the report highlights, that BOT (Built-Operate-Transfer)-Toll model is the most popular PPP model (75 are BOT-Toll type out of 141 projects in the region) adopted by Central and state in 94 road sector projects, followed by BOT-Annuity in 11 and BOT in five projects.

In social sector projects, BOT (3) and DBFOT (Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer) (2) model are preferred. In the urban development sphere, BOOT (Build- Own-Operate-Transfer) and BOT are the preferred models with six projects each. In the state sector, BOT — Toll is the preferred model with 47 projects followed by BOT in 16 projects followed by BOT-Annuity (11.3 per cent).

In terms of state agencies implementing PPP projects, Rajasthan has the largest number of projects at 50, followed by Punjab, 27 projects; Delhi, 9 projects.

Also, 57 projects worth Rs 6,289 crore have moved from construction or implementation phase to operational phase in the region.

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