RPSC CA: 10th July 2020

Doctor involved in Bhilwara model selected for national award

Context:

  • Only one doctor from Rajasthan has been selected in the list of 87 for 2020 Doctors Day IMA National Awards by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Key Points:

  • Dr Rommel Singh will get the prestigious award, which is given to those doctors who made a difference with the exceptional work in the field of medical and healthcare. 
  • He was part of the much highlighted ruthless containment model of the textile town implemented to contain the spread of the virus, which gained popularity globally.

Bhilwara model of COVID-19 containment:

  • The Bhilwara COVID-19 containment “model” refers to the steps taken by the administration in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district to contain the disease, after it emerged as a hotspot for coronavirus positive cases.
  • Bhilwara district was among the most-affected places in India during the first phase of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • The measures taken by the Rajasthan government include imposing a curfew in the district which also barred essential services, extensive screening and house-to-house surveys to check for possible cases, and detailed contact tracing of each positive case so as to create a dossier on everybody they met ever since they got infected.

 

Rajasthan dams spring back to life after first spell of monsoon

Context:

  • Many water reservoirs in the state have got a new lease of life from the first spell of southwest monsoon. 

Key Points:

  • Bisalpur Dam, Jawai Dam and other dams in the state have witnessed elevation in their water levels, while some of the dams are yet to see any rise in their water levels.
  • Despite a deficit rainfall, many districts have witnessed a good amount of rainfall which has brought good water to the catchment areas of some of the dams in the state.
  • Rana Pratap Sagar in Chittorgarh had received a good monsoon rainfall due to which it currently has 2,094.450 cusec metre of water against its full capacity of 2905.230 cusec metre. 
  • Bisalpur Dam that caters to the drinking water and irrigation needs of Tonk, Ajmer and Jaipur was merely 5.93% filled last year prior to the onset of monsoon is presently 55% filled. 
  • Similarly, other dams including Mahi Dam (Banswara), Kota Barrage (Kota) and Jawahar Sagar have got elevated water levels due to the good first spell of the monsoon.

Bisalpur Dam:

  • It is on the Banas River in Tonk. The dam was constructed to provide drinking water for Ajmer, Beawar, Bundi, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur.
  • It provides irrigation in 81800 hectare area of Tonk.

Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project:

  • It is a combined project of Rajasthan (45% share) and Gujarat (55%) States on Mahi River which is born at Amoru in Madhya Pradesh and enters in Banswara.
  • It flows through Banswara and Dungarpur Districts and then enters Gujarat. However, its basin is very wide and extends to five districts i.e. Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh and Udaipur.
  • It is the largest irrigation project of tribal area in south-eastern Rajasthan by which Banswara is the most benefited district.

Rana Pratap Sagar Dam:

  • The Rana Pratap Sagar dam is a dam located 52 km downstream of Gandhi Sagar dam across the Chambal River near Rawatbhata in Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan.
  • It was completed in the year 1970 and it is the second in the series of Chambal Valley Projects.
  • It is 54 meters high.
  • The total catchment area of this dam is 24,864 Sq. KM, of which only 956 Sq. KM are in Rajasthan.

 

‘Privilege motion’ against opposition’s MLA: Rajasthan

  • The privilege motion was moved by independent MLA Sanyam Lodha against Poonia for his statement on ‘horse-trading efforts has been made by the Congress and MLAs have been lured with plum postings’ during the Rajya Sabha polls.

Privilege Motion:

  • Members of Parliament (MPs) enjoy certain parliamentary privileges which are bestowed on them collectively and individually so that they can discharge their duties and functions effectively.
  • In the case that any of these immunities or rights are disregarded by any MP, the act is regarded as a ‘breach of privilege’ and is a punishable offence under Laws of Parliament.
  • When a breach of privilege is found, then an MP can move a privilege motion against those being held guilty of breach. 
  • Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha reserve the right to punish any action of contempt (not necessarily breach of privilege) which is against its authority and dignity.