RPSC CA: 7th July 2020

Rajasthan: Locusts destroy crops in Dholpur

  • A group of 10-15 locust swarms were seen in the area earlier as well. This time, they entered again through Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers in Rajasthan.

About locust:

  • Locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world.Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers in Rajasthan.
  • They differ from ordinary grasshoppers in their ability to change behaviour (gregarize) and form swarms that can migrate over large distances. 
  • No taxonomic distinction is made between locust and grasshopper species.
  • Swarming behaviour is a response to overcrowding. 
  • The most devastating of all locust species is the Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria).
  • When desert locusts meet, their nervous systems release serotonin, which causes them to become mutually attracted, a prerequisite for swarming. 

 

Indira Rasoi: Rajasthan Government 

Context: 

  • Urban development and local bodies minister Shanti Dhariwal said the state government is going to introduce Indira Rasoi Yojana in all the urban bodies of the state.
  • The state government had made an allocation of Rs 100 crore a year for the scheme to realise the chief minister’s resolve of ‘no one sleeps hungry’ in the state.

Indira Rasoi Yojana:

  • Under the scheme, food will be available at a concessional rate twice a day to make sure no one sleeps hungry in the state. 
  • For the successful implementation of the scheme, the state government will rope in local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in every district of the state. 
  • For monitoring and evaluating the progress of the scheme, Information Technology will be used. In every district, a committee headed by the district collector will also be set up for monitoring the scheme.
  • For the scheme, Rs 100 crore will be spent every year by the state government. The rate for the meals under the Indira Rasoi Yojna has not been finalized yet.