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Huge Amount of Potash Deposits Found in Rajasthan

Also, The mines department is going to establish a State Mineral Exploration Trust under guidance of Secretary

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The visible development and exploitation of potash deposits of Rajasthan has the potential to reverse the scenario from being importer to exporter of potash. Wikimedia Commons

A huge reserve of potash deposits has been found in Rajasthan which is expected to bring down its import, government sources said.

“Geological studies have confirmed that there are reserves of around 2,400 million tonnes of potash deposits in Nagore-Ganganagar basin of Rajasthan covering parts of Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh and Bikaner districts, which is estimated to be around 5 times of the declared world reserves of potash,” said Rajasthan Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta.

“India has been importing potash required for its consumption. Around 5 million tonnes of potash per year has been imported from 2013-14 to 2018-19 and its demand is increasing at the rate of 6-7% per annum causing commensurate growth in the import bill. The Central government, apart from incurring huge expenditure on foreign exchange, also incurs a sizeable expenditure on subsidies, in the range of Rs 10,000-15,000 crores per annum. However, the visible development and exploitation of potash deposits of Rajasthan has the potential to reverse the scenario from being importer to exporter of potash”, Gupta added.

Gupta was speaking at a stakeholder consultation meeting held on Friday at Bikaner House, New Delhi.

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A huge reserve of potash deposits has been found in Rajasthan which is expected to bring down its import, government sources said. Wikimedia Commons

Gupta said the state government has decided for a time bound action plan which will be completed within six months of the proposed MOU between Rajasthan government and a private firm.

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The mines department is going to establish a State Mineral Exploration Trust under guidance of Secretary (M&P), GOR for exploration & exploitation of vast mineral resources of the state including obvious geological potential areas, rare earth elements, platinum group of elements, precious metals, base metals and entire gamut of industrial, dimensional and decorative minerals, Gupta said. (IANS)

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Hotel Chains in Rajasthan Contribute in Growing Local Economy

Big hotel chains help boost local economy in Rajasthan

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Hotel chains in Rajasthan play a major role in boosting the local economy. Pixabay

BY ARCHANA SHARMA

Big hotel chains in Rajasthan are helping the local economy grow by providing newer employment avenues to the natives.

These hotels are hiring local people to showcase the colourful heritage of Rajasthan to guests coming from different parts of the world.

Ibis, an Accor brand, recently re-launched its property in Civil Lines, Jaipur, in which locals were engaged in the task to design a vibrant and colourful lobby with traditional Pichwai artwork connecting to the ethic charm of the Pink city.

The property also showcases a quirky auto and bike parked outside the lobby which comes in different shades of pink connecting with the theme of the pink City. Again, in this perspective, the local students’ views were taken into account to make the pretty decor of the auto and bike, said Saumitra Chaturvedi, General Manager, Ibis Jaipur Civil Lines.

Further, the hotel had hired a local band, Marudhar, during the relaunch of the property, which has got six local members who shot to fame after displaying their talent in ‘India’s Got Talent’.

Chaturvedi said, “It gives me immense pleasure to showcase the revamped Ibis property in Jaipur which has been designed after seeking services of local artists. We look forward to serving the best blend of local and global in terms of food, delicacies and experiences, he added.

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Big hotel chains in Rajasthan hire the local people to showcase the rich culture of that region. Pixabay

The other property pushing local economy to new heights is Alila Fort Bishangarh where locals are engaged in diverse tasks including garden landscaping, housekeeping, driving and even the kitchen for dishes, said Binny Sebastian, General Manager, Alila Fort Bishangarh’s heritage hotel, some 50 km from Jaipur.

As our property is situated on the outskirts, the surrounding villages had people engaged in farming and hence we are training them in diverse tasks to ensure they have a decent source of earning. Now, the villages look changed as there are many shops and businesses coming around, he adds.

These guests are also taken around for a barber shop where they love to get a hair massage done which is called as Champi in local language. Villagers are getting a decent price for it. We have a chai shop where guests are taken and they pay villagers a decent sum for a tea.

Then comes as zero mile cuisine system we have introduced recently where food produced within the vicinity of one mile is being served to guests. This again boosts local economy, Sebastian says.

This Diwali, we gifted paper bag made from newspapers with an earthen pot having tulsi plant grown in our garden. Again local services were taken to make bags and pots, he adds.

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“Our association with locals is quite strong. Our guests also visit the artisans’ houses and sip tea there while watching them make pottery and weave carpet. In this way, we ensure that locals get a decent livelihood,” Sebastian added.

“We have started getting regular income since this property came up a year back. We have been showing our art to the guests here which gives us satisfaction as well as an income,” said Nizamuddin, a bangle maker engaged in Alila Fort, Bishangarh. (IANS)