CM Gehlot Kicks Off Scheme In Nagaur Dist

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot launched the National Food Security Act in the state from Nagaur district on Wednesday. He claimed Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to roll out the scheme after completing a survey of the beneficiaries.

Jaipur: A Banswara-based mining businessman, Fakhruddin Ali, has sent a legal notice to Rajasthan government accusing it of selective interpretation of mining norms in the state.

Jaipur: The higher level of fluoride content in water, causing dental and skeleton fluorosis, will be measured by fluoride ion meters in Jaipur. A state government report says that quality of water will further deteriorate with climate change.

The medical, health and family welfare department has purchased fluoride ion meter for door-to-door survey to test water, blood and urine to find out if the excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride causing dental and skeleton fluorosis among the people in Jaipur and 15 other districts of the state.

JAIPUR: The state government on Monday extended the status of scarcity affected areas to 3739 villages of 11 districts. These villages were given this status due failed rabi crop but the extension has been given after witnessing deficient rainfall. The relief activities in these districts villages will now continue till August 15, 2012.

Earlier in March, due to failure of Rabi crop 'scarcity affected' was declared in Ajmer, Barmer, Churu, Nagaur and Jaisalmer districts.

JAIPUR/AJMER: Six workers were injured during illegal mining at a mine which was purportedly closed six months ago at Makrana in Nagaur district late on Wednesday. The incident occurred at mine no. 135 at Gunwati range.

According to sources, though the mine was closed six months ago, the contractor started working again at the spot as there were still some marbles left. Three of the injured -- Hukma Ram, Dhachi Ram and Sita Ram -- were admitted to Makrana government hospital while three others who sustained serious injuries were shifted to JLN hospital in Ajmer on Thursday. They are Sachdev, Bharatlal and Sohanlal.

JAIPUR: The state government has declared drought in Jodhpur, Nagaur, Barmer, Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts on Wednesday. The five districts have been worst-hit by deficit rain and will remain in the status of 'drought-affected' from August 1 to July 31 next year.

As per the emergency relief plans, collectors of all the above districts have been asked to do an early assessment of the total losses. To get maximum aid, chief minister Ashok Gehlot instructed the officials to mention everything in detail in the letters that will be presented to Centre. He also asked them to take the assessment exercise of losses seriously. To gauge the situation in the state, Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar will visit Jaipur on August 3.

JAIPUR: After lodging 18 FIRs against illegal marble mining in Makrana, the CBI is now preparing to investigate the role of government officials in the matter. CBI officials claimed several officials of Railway Protection Force (RPF), police and mining departments are under the scanner.

Though names of these officials have not been identified in the FIRs, they have a hand in allowing illegal mining in Makrana. Officials said that first mine owners will be quizzed and then the officials will be called for questioning.

JAIPUR: The medical, health and family welfare department managed to achieve only 85.09% of target set for full immunization of infants against various diseases in the financial year 2011-12.

The latest figures released by the health department shows that nine districts have failed to touch even 80% of the set target.It shows that there are nearly 15% of children left out from fully being vaccinated against various diseases. The vaccination targets were fixed on the basis of birth rate of the district.

Central Audit Body Pulls Up State Govt & Departments For Huge Losses Incurred

Jaipur: Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited (RSMML), a public sector undertaking of the state government, has incurred a loss of Rs 1.10 crore for non-compliance of legal requirements which led to unproductive expenditure towards land tax and dead rent. It also incurred loss of Rs. 1.92 core for keeping 12 areas without any plan to undertake mining having paid premium charges on it.

JAIPUR: After finding presence of excessive fluoride, nitrate and salinity in drinking water to have caused health problems in Nagaur, the government has decided to use water from the Indira Gandhi canal for supply to the district with the help of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funds.

Union minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has recommended to the department of economic affairs (DEA) a proposal for the Nagaur Lift Water Supply phase II for external finance assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).