RPSC CA: 6th July 2020

Bisalpur dam:  Dam water level for june highest in 25 years

Context:

  • The Bisalpur dam is holding the highest level of water in the month of June since the last 25 years. With the Monsoon approaching, the first spell of showers are likely to lead to the dam overflowing.
  • According to officials, there is optimism that even if monsoon fails this year, there will still be water for uninterrupted supply to Jaipur, Ajmer and Tonk till September 2021.

About Bisalpur dam:

  • Bisalpur Dam is a gravity dam on the Banas River near Deoli in Tonk district, Rajasthan, India. The dam was completed in 1999 for the purpose of irrigation and water supply.
  • The Bisalpur dam reservoir supplies irrigation water to the Sawai Madhopur and Tonk districts. It also supplies drinking water to the Ajmer, Jaipur and Tonk districts.
  • The rainwater from Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh and Tonk runs towards the catchment area of Bisalpur dam and the main sources of water for the dam are Banas, Khari and Dai rivers. 
  • These three seasonal rivers meet at Triveni and the water starts flowing towards Bisalpur.
  • The water level in Bisalpur dam had plunged to just 300 metre.

 

Bahurupiya: Artistes seek govt help due to COVID

  • The Bahurupiya artistes in the state are finding it difficult to make ends meet amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Like folk artistes who are unable to perform and earn because of the pandemic, families involved in the ancient art of ‘Bahurupiya’ are also facing a tough time.
  • Having earned name, fame and glory by dressing up as mythological characters of Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman and also characters of Hindi cinema from Gabbar Singh to Mogambo, these folk artistes have urged the state government to do something for them and their families.
  • In Rajasthan, around 15,000 Bahurupiya artistes are living in Churu, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Dausa and Alwar districts.

About Bahurupiya Artists:

  • A behrupiya or behrupiya is an impressionist in the traditional performing arts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • Once popular and widespread, the art form is now in decline with most practitioners living in poverty. It was once common for behrupiya to make a dramatic entrance at weddings or other festivities dressed as a policeman, priest, or other figure and create a commotion.
  • The social norm surrounding these appearances was that the behrupiya usually collected no money if he was detected as an impersonator. 

 

Part of Udaipur’s ancient wall, Surajpole, collapses

  • A portion of the 300-year-old heritage gate — Surajpole, part of the city wall collapsed. 
  • The debris of the iconic gate was seen spread around in one of the busiest junctions of the city. 
  • The Udaipur Nagarkot, the city wall or bastion, is part of the history of Mewar and was completed in 1733 by Maharana Sangram Singh-II. 
  • It has 12 gates, four of which are on the main roads with double-gated entries, i.e Sinvha Dwaar. 
  • The gates were built for security after Aurangzeb’s attack in February 1680 when the Mughal ruler destroyed over 172 big and small temples in Udaipur.

Maharana Sanga/ Sangram Singh (1509- 1528):

  • Rana Sanga was the ruler of Mewar and one of the most prominent Rajput leaders in 16th century India. He belonged to the Sisodiya clan of the Guhilot Dynasty.
  • He is known for his valour and the courage with which he fought against the Mughal invader Babur. Rana Sanga was the grandson of Rana Kumbha, and the son of Rana Raimal.
  • He was the last ruler of medieval India who stood, united several Rajput states, and fought against the foreign invaders despite losing one arm, one eye and had close to 80 wounds on his body.

 

Rajasthan: Insurance scheme not mandatory for loanee farmers

  • Under PM Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), for the first time this year it is not mandatory for farmers, who have taken crop loans, to apply for the insurance, as per the notification issued by the state government recently.
  • Earlier, the insurance scheme was compulsory for loanee farmers availing crop loan.
  • As per the notification issued by the state’s agriculture department, the farmers can apply for insurance till July 15. 

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY):

  • The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was launched in 2016 and is being administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • It provides a comprehensive insurance cover against failure of the crop thus helping in stabilising the income of the farmers.
  • Scope: All food & oilseed crops and annual commercial/horticultural crops for which past yield data is available.
  • Premium: The prescribed premium is 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all rabi crops. In the case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium is 5%.
  • The scheme is compulsory for loanee farmers availing Crop Loan /Kisan Credit Card (KCC) account for notified crops and voluntary for others.
  • The scheme is implemented by empanelled general insurance companies. The selection of the Implementing Agency (IA) is done by the concerned State Government through bidding.

 

Rajasthan’s liquid heritage for royal high

  • The Excise department has relaunched Chandr Hass, Kesar Kasturi and plans to introduce Jagmohan and Saunf soon.
  • The Rajasthan government has once again started production of heritage liquor drawing on the recipes preserved by the descendants of erstwhile royals of the state.

Key Points:

  • Ganganagar Sugar Mills, a state government undertaking, has already introduced Kesar Kasturi and Chandr Hass, while Jagmohan and Saunf will be available in markets in the next couple of months.
  • “Heritage is a key character of the state which was also recognized by UNESCO recently by declaring Jaipur’s Walled City a World Heritage Site. Our cultural heritage is as strong as the built one. 
  • The heritage liquor is made of spices, herbs and roots with alcohol content in varying degrees. For example Chandr Hass, a brew of ex-royals of Kanota, uses 78 varieties of herbs and spices. Similarly, Kesar Kasturi is made of 10-12 herbs. 
  • These are produced at RSGSM’s Jhotwara located Royal Heritage Liquor Distillery. And the prices are also not too high.