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Rajasthan to have 5,000 Annapurna Bhandars: Raje


Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday said 5,000 fair price shops in the state will be operational as Annapurna Bhandars from October 31.

Raje was addressing a public meeting after foundation laying and inauguration ceremony of 19 development works worth Rs.3,500 crore in Didwana in Nagaur districts.

“5,000 fair price shops in the state will start working as ‘Annapurna Bhandars‘ from October 31 and in the next three years 25,000 fair price shops will be converted into Annapurna Bhandars where consumers will get items of domestic use at competitive prices,” the chief minister said.

“Annapurna Bhandar Yojna” is a public private partnership (PPP) scheme, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country. The scheme aims to modernise public distribution system (PDS) by providing quality multi-brand consumer goods at competitive prices to the general public through these shops.

In August, Rajasthan government had entered into an agreement with Future Consumer Enterprise Ltd (FCEL), a Future Group company, for providing multi-brand consumer goods at competitive prices to the people through fair price shops.

These shops would sell items like edible oil, ghee, pulses, jaggery, spices, different types of flour pickles, sauces, personal care products among others.


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Padmavati Controversy: Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati

Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati
Padmavati movie poster. Instagram

Jaipur, November 10, 2017: The Rajasthan government plans to set up a committee to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming controversial movie “Padmavati”.

“Modalities in this direction will be worked out soon. The committee will watch the movie and will identify the scenes in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the public,”  Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan government told IANS.

“What has to do after that… Do we have to talk to the filmmaker… It will only be decided after watching the film. Moreover, what we can do on our level will also be decided after the committee watches the film,” Kataria said.

While the Rajasthan government may set up a committee, it is not immediately clear whether Bhansali will screen the movie for it as by law, only the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has the right to certify a movie.

“Padmavati”, which attempts to tell the tale of the valor of Rajputs with the backdrop of the 1303 siege of Chittorgarh, is scheduled to release on December 1.

It is embroiled in controversy over the conjecture that it distorts history by showing a dream romance sequence between Rani Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji — a claim rubbished by Bhansali.

Still, organizations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie, while BJP leaders have been making statements and appeal to stop its release.

“They are trying to defame Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable,” an activist of Karni Sena said.

In the wake of the controversy, even film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film in the state.

On his part, Bhansali has clarified that the movie, featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has nothing which can hurt anyone’s sentiments.(IANS)

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Rajasthan Government stamps 1.5 Lakhs Houses with ‘I am Poor’ to take benefits from Centre

Rajasthan government's decision to stamp 1.5L houses with sign 'I am poor' in order to avail food subsidy has sparked a controversy

'I am poor and receive ration from NFSA'
Sign outside BPL houses. Twitter
  • The government in Rajasthan stamped 1.5L BPL households with stamps ‘I am poor’ in order to avail food subsidies
  • Rajasthan government has been under attack for failing to fix its public distribution system
  • This decision has sparked controversies as the people feel humiliated 

Rajasthan, June 23, 2017: In a shocking incident, 1.5L houses in Rajasthan’s Dausa district were stamped with a message ‘I am poor, receive ration’. The decision to do this was taken so as to receive food assistance from the government. The stamp also included the full names of the people.

Local reports are flooding in alleging the Rajasthan government of this humiliating act. While the Rajasthan government believes that this step was necessary so that food assistance to BPL households is swifter and to eliminate rich families and middlemen, critics and opposition say, it is publicly shaming the poor.


‘I am poor and receive ration from Nation Food Security Act’ is the message that is to be put up. Furthermore, any household that refuses to comply with this act will not be entitled to the benefits, said the state government.

According to ANI, 70 percent families in Dausa district currently benefit from the welfare scheme. The houses marked are particularly in Sikrai and Bandikui tehsils. These BPL households mainly comprise of the backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other minorities.

There is a possibility that this is a clear cut case of class profiling. Needless to say, the people are not happy. Families are disappointed in the government and believe that the program was unnecessary for a few kilograms of wheat.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Rajasthan Government comes up with Smart Village initiative, Inspired by Centre’s Smart Cities Mission

At the 'Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016' in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said Dhanora village in Dhaulpur was selected to be developed as Smart Gram on pilot basis

A Village in Rajasthan. Flickr

Jaipur, November 11, 2016: The Rajasthan government has come up with the Smart Village initiative — on the lines of the central government’s Smart Cities Mission.

At the ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday said Dhanora village in Dhaulpur was selected to be developed as Smart Gram on pilot basis.

“We will have to focus on small things to build smart cities. Under the Smart Gram plan, we are planning to provide Wi-Fi, public health care, computers in schools, good internal road connectivity in villages,” said Raje.
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Rajsthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje
Rajsthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Flickr

“We are also looking at connecting primary health centres with the hospitals in the cities to provide facilities such as tele-medicine,” the Chief Minister said.

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At the same event, she appealed to Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu to look into the subject.

Naidu responded positively, saying: “It will be put before the cabinet for discussion.”

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Seventy per cent of our population lives in villages and it cannot be ignored to our journey to become smart, the Rajasthan government said. (IANS)