RPSC CA: 16th July 2020

Palace on Wheels to remain off at least till December


  • Every year, this time around, luxury train Palace on Wheels (POW) starts to go through a process of renewal and refurbishment for the first ride of the season that starts in September. But not this year.

Key Points:

  • Officials at RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation), which, in partnership with Indian Railways operates the train, are yet to formally cancel the journeys, but the consensus is already there for it till December. 
  • Resumption of scheduled commercial flights is a big factor given the fact that the majority of travellers in the train are from foreign countries.

Palace on Wheels:

  • The Palace on Wheels is a luxury tourist train. It was launched by the Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to promote tourism in Rajasthan. 
  • The train service was refurbished and relaunched in August 2009 with a new decor, itinerary and cuisine.
  • The Palace on Wheels started on 26 January 1982.
  • There are 23 coaches in the train. 104 tourists can travel by train. Each coach is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past: Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur.
  • The train has a 7 nights & 8 days itinerary departs from New Delhi (Day 1), and covers Jaipur (Day 2), Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh (Day 3), Udaipur (Day 4), Jaisalmer (Day 5), Jodhpur (Day 6), Bharatpur and Agra, return to New Delhi.


Rojgar Abhiyaan: Raj tops in building community toilets


  • Under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, of the total target to build 50,378 community sanitary complexes (CSCs), construction of 803 has been completed in six states so far. 

Key Points:

  • Rajasthan’s progress in building CSCs has been highest among the states, at 389, since the launch of the campaign on June 15. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh (215) and Bihar (102).
  • Rajasthan is among six states (116 districts) in the country where the campaign has been launched. In the state, the Rojgar Abhiyaan is being carried out in 22 districts.

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan:

  • It is a rural public works scheme to empower and provide livelihood opportunities to the returnee migrant workers and rural citizens.
  • This campaign of 125 days, which will work in mission mode, will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide employment to the migrant workers on one hand and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country on the other hand, with  a resource envelope of Rs. 50,000 crore.
  • A total of 116 districts with more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers across six States, namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been chosen for the campaign which includes 27 aspirational districts. These districts are estimated to cover about 2/3 of such migrant workers.
  • The Abhiyaan will be a coordinated effort between 12 different Ministries/Departments, namely, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture.


Rajasthan: Oil royalty tanks to Rs 234 crore in Q1

  • Crash in crude oil prices has further stretched depleted coffers of the state government with royalty revenue taking a sharp plunge. 
  • In the first three months of the current financial year, the royalty revenue from crude oil has declined to Rs 234 crore against Rs 958 crore compared to the same period last year.

Major oil fields in Rajasthan:

  • Rajasthan has established itself as the frontrunner in oil producing blocks. Today, the state of Rajasthan is contributing over 25 per cent of India’s domestic crude production while aiming to achieve the 50 per cent mark.
  • The Mangala Area, located in barmer, is a major oil field located in the Indian State of Rajasthan. The Mangala area consists of over 16 separate oil and gas fields of which the majority of the reserves are located in the three fields of Mangala, Bhagyam and Aishwariya.
  • Some of the other wells in the block include Guda, Saraswati, Rageswari, Greater Rageshwari and Kameshwari.


ASBESTOS in Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan constitutes around 96 percent of India’s entire asbestos production. The deposits of asbestos are chiefly located in the south of Rajasthan state. 
  • Asbestos is limited to the tainted ultramafic intrusives inside the rocks of the Aravalli, Delhi supergroups and Bhilwara. Rajasthan state possesses amphibole and chrysotile varieties of asbestos.