Jaipur: Rajasthan’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested five people and detained an IAS officer of principal secretary rank in a corruption case, on Wednesday, an official said.
“We have so far arrested five people in a corruption case related to mines. Ashok Singhvi, Rajasthan’s principal secretary for mines and petroleum, has been detained. A search is going on in his premises and eventually he is also likely to be arrested,” said ACB Inspector General Dinesh MN.
Earlier in the day, the ACB arrested five people from Udaipur and Bhilwara districts, including two officials of the mines department, for taking bribe of Rs 2.55 crore for re-starting six mines closed by the department due to various reasons.
The arrested people were Pankaj Gehlot, additional director for mines in Udaipur, Pushkar Raj Amte, senior mining engineer in Bhilwara district, and middlemen Sanjay Sethi, Rashid Khan, and Shyam Singh Singhvi.
From plastic straws to copper vessels, handmade lamps and bangles, Rajasthan’s leading hospitality players here are establishing new trends by engaging local artisans to showcase traditional artistry to guests and serving them locally-inspired cuisine amid green surroundings.
“We have initiated the use of paper-made straws; there is no use of plastic bags anywhere in the hotel property and the local-inspired food is being served to guests to ensure the locals have a regular source of income,” Binny Sebastian, General Manager, Bishangarh’s Alila Fort heritage hotel, some 50 km from here, told IANS.
Once a warrior fort, the management of the heritage property also engages the villagers in tasks like organic farming.
“Our association with the locals is quite strong. Working with them, we take our guests to the local temple. They 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.
Ashok S. Rathore, General Manager of the Rambagh Palace, said: “We have curtailed the use of plastic. There are no plastic straws being used on the property. We serve in glass bottles instead of plastic water bottles.”
This property is also adopting sustainable routes to ensure that the locals get decent income opportunities for their sustenance.
“Our interiors are reminiscent of handmade interiors. Our suites are adorned with Thikri art, a rare gold-dipped miniature artwork of Rajasthan. But skilled artists are disappearing and it comes with a high cost of production,” said Rathore.
Fairmont Jaipur has incorporated the fine craftsmanship and beauty of the local cultural heritage and artisans of Jaipur. The ceilings are hand-painted by local artisans with complex motifs.
“We associate with the local artisans to showcase their talent at the hotel in the form of the evening entertainment, the welcome experience and celebrate the local heritage of Rajasthan,” said Srijan Vadhera, General Manager, Fairmont Jaipur. (IANS)