RPSC CA: 2nd July 2020

Shala Darpan portal shows ‘everyone need not wear mask’

  • Despite the government making rules to impose fines on people for not wearing masks in public places, Shala Darpan portal of Rajasthan School Education Department shows not everyone needs to wear mask.
  • According to the poster on the portal, it has been mentioned that only people suffering from cold, cough or fever or who are nursing any Covid-19 patient or health workers are supposed to wear masks every day. 

About Shala Darpan Portal:

  • “Shala Darpan is a portal that is being used by the teachers and department every day. All our data, files, records are uploaded on the portal. 
  • Shala Darpan is a dynamic database management portal, where information about all government schools and education offices is kept online and updated as a continuous process. 
  • In this portal , “live data” is compiled in connection with primary and secondary education students, schools and academic and non-academic staff.


Thunderstorm kills two in Barmer, causes massive damage

  • Two children died and three other persons were injured at a village in Rajasthan’s Barmer district following heavy rains and an accompanying thunderstorm.
  • Tin sheds were blown away by the thunderstorm and walls collapsed at a house in Balasar village in Barmer district.

About Thunderstorm:

  • Thunderstorms and tornadoes are severe local storms. They are of short duration, occurring over a small area but are violent.
  • Thunderstorm is a storm with thunder and lightning and typically also heavy rain or hail.
  • Thunderstorms mostly occur on ground where the temperature is high. Thunderstorms are less frequent on water bodies due to low temperature.
  • Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress.


RERA makes owners of land answerable to home buyers

  • To bring transparency in the real estate sector, the Rajasthan Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) categorised the definition of ‘Promoter’ to avoid disputes in joint development projects.
  • After observing a trend that most of the time developers being declared the accused, the landowners remain out of the scene, the RERA in its recent order has fixed the accountability and liability of the landowners who will come under the ‘promoter’ category, as per the recently laid guidelines.
  • Rajasthan RERA has clarified the role and status of landowner.

Key Points:

  • In cases where a landowner is treated as promoter, he will be jointly liable for the functions and responsibilities of the promoter under the Act to the extent of his functions and responsibilities under the development agreement.
  • In the already registered projects where the landowner has been recorded as co-promoter, the landowner will be treated as promoter depending on his role in the project as stated in the development agreement.
  • There are landowners who take a share of the built-up area and sell them on their own. It’s a common practice in the city that the builders and landowners enter into agreements where the builder takes 60% and the landowner takes 40% of the built-up area and sells them individually. Since, the developer is registered under RERA, the land owner evades liability and accountability. 
  • For the projects to be registered the authority has removed the term co-promoter in the online application form for registration of project and new columns namely developer-promoter, seller-promoter and landowner are to be introduced.
  • Manoj Agarwal, another developer, said, “The authority will now have powers to hold the defaulters. There have been instances where landowners take money and escape.”

About RERA:

  • RERA stands for the Real Estate Regulatory Authority. This was formed to bring about transparency in the real estate sector. 
  • The RERA Act was brought in to eradicate problems within the sector. 
  • It aims to reduce project delays and mis-selling. At present, it is compulsory for all builders or developers to carry out RERA registration before they start a project.


46 lakh non-NFSA beneficiaries received free ration: Food dept

  • Around 46 lakh non-NFSA beneficiaries in the state have received ration (wheat and chana) as a part of state government’s initiative to provide free ration to returnee migrants and those belonging to 37 special categories.

Key Highlights:

  • Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), free ration – 5kg wheat per person and 1 kg chana per family – will be distributed to the beneficiaries under NFSA (National Food Security Act) till November as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
  • With distribution of ration (wheat and chana) to non-NFSA beneficiaries – migrant workers and those belonging to 37 special categories – being completed, the state government may consider distributing the remaining ration to other categories of non-NFSA beneficiaries, who have not received ration yet.
  • These may include those beneficiaries who received Rs 2,500 each from the government, but were not provided ration despite registering themselves through e-mitra.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

  • Under the scheme, around 80 crore people are to get 5 kg of free rice and wheat for the next three months. This is additional to the already allotted 5 kg of subsidized rice and wheat. Along with this, they will also get 1 kg of free pulses per household. The scheme will provide insurance cover for doctors, sanitation workers, nurses, paramedics and other staff working on the front line in the fight against the virus.
  • The scheme is to perform a direct benefit transfer of Rs 1000 to old age, Divyangs and pensioners. This will benefit 3 crore people.
  • Apart from this, the funds allocated are to be spread across several other government schemes.


CM to monitor ease of doing business in Rajasthan

  • With the Centre linking additional capital requirements of states to reforms, the state government is cracking the whip on fast-tracking the implementation of the ease of doing business (EoDB) parameters.
  • Ashok Gehlot would chair meetings to ensure time-bound implementation of all the ease of doing business measures. 

Key Highlights:

  • The Centre has not only increased the parameters of EoDB reforms, but also linked implementation with the additional borrowing limit of several states.
  • The additional borrowing limit has been set at 2% of the respective Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). In the case of Rajasthan, 1% of GSDP comes to about Rs 10,000-Rs 11,000 crore. The states are expected to comply with the directives till January 2021.
  • These guidelines are aimed to make more and more business-related government processes accessible online and free of any physical contact.