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Stricter measures if COVID-19 cases continue to rise: Rajasthan CM

Exactly after a year, Rajasthan will once again experience curfew from today because of the surge in COVID-19 cases. With just eight COVID-19 cases, Rajasthan enforced statewide lockdown a year ago. Rajasthan was the first state to enforce the lockdown that became a model for other states. The state has reported 476 fresh cases of...

Chaos in Rajasthan Assembly over phone tapping allegations, BJP MLA suspended for a week

The Rajasthan Assembly witnessed chaos on Tuesday as the Opposition protested against the Speaker for rejecting two adjournment motions. These adjournment motions pertained to the alleged tapping of phones of the people’s representatives. A senior BJP MLA and a former minister Madan Dilawar was also suspended for seven days by the Speaker. On Monday, the...

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot writes to PM Modi says states should be given GST compensation for another 5 years

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that the GST compensation to states be given for five more years. The compensation should be provided for the total revenue deficit of the state, the letter states. Gehlot also demanded that given the economic situation arising due to the...

Rajasthan facing shortage of IAS officers

The Rajasthan bureaucracy that saw many surprises in recent months is short of IAS officers. Several officials are burdened with work as they are handling more than one department. Notably, Rajasthan is short of at least 50 IAS officers, but the Union home ministry has allocated fewer officers to Rajasthan cadre in the last 15...

Congress manages to win mayoral election in Om Birla’s bastion

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla suffered a rude jolt when the BJP failed to win the mayoral election in Kota South. In the municipal elections for the two corporations in the education city, the Congress won a majority in Kota North. However, in Kota South, there was a tie between the Congress and the BJP...

Rajasthan CM appoints Dalit IAS Niranjan Arya as chief secretary

In a late-night drama, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stunned the state’s bureaucracy by appointing a Dalit IAS as the new chief secretary. Niranjan Arya, a 1989 batch IAS, who was additional chief secretary (finance) replaced Rajeeva Swaroop. The Rajasthan government had sought three months extension for Rajeeva Swaroop’s, but the same was not approved...

Gujjar mahapanchayat fails to draw people

The mahapanchayat (convention) at village Adda in Bharatpur district convened by the Gujjar community failed to attract a large number of people. The Gujjar community demanding reservation in government jobs could muster about 1,500 people only for the convention. The mahapanchayat which was organised after a gap of two years was expected to draw 20,000...

Will Rajasthan chief secretary Rajeeva Swaroop get extension?

Rajasthan’s chief secretary Rajeeva Swaroop who will retire on October 31 this year is yet to hear about his extension of service. The Rajasthan government has written to the Centre to extend the services of Rajeeva Swaroop by three months beyond October 31. But, the Union government is yet to reply on this issue as...

Rajasthan Assembly passes 13 Bills in a day

The Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed 13 Bills following which Speaker CP Joshi indefinitely adjourned the Assembly session. The special session of the Rajasthan Assembly could run for only three days. During these three days, the Ashok Gehlot government also won the trust vote. On Monday, the House met for a total of six hours...

Rajasthan: CM, ministers likely to get salary hike

At a time when thousands of people are losing their jobs or forced to accept a massive pay cut, Rajasthan chief minister, ministers, Speaker and Rajasthan MLAs are all set to get a second salary hike within a year. Bill to be tabled in Assembly On Monday, the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Officers and Members emoluments...

Governor, CM clash intensifies as Rajasthan political crisis enters third week

Prakash Bhandari: (Rajasthan political crisis)In the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan that entered the third week, the spotlight has shifted from rebel Sachin Pilot to the governor and the country is witnessing a rare happening when a governor of the state has ignored the advice of the state Cabinet to convene the Assembly.  Instead, the...

Mayawati’s plan against Ashok Gehlot govt falls flat

Prakash Bhandari: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s Sunday night plan to spoil Ashok Gehlot’s party by creating a legal issue questioning the way the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi allowed the merger of the BSP MLAs collectively into the Congress met its waterloo in the Rajasthan High Court. The high court on Monday dismissed...