Rajasthan Current Affairs

Rajasthan becomes first state to introduce minimum wages for part time workers

Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to introduce minimum wages for part time workers.

In this regard, the Labour Department has issued a notification. With this, part time workers in the state now come under the Minimum Wages Act 1948.

As per the new rule, it is now mandatory for employer to pay 50% of the prescribed a day minimum wage to a person who works for less than four hours in a day.

Besides, in another decision state government also has decided to increase the minimum wages in all categories of scheduled employments by 104 Rupees per month.

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Rajasthan Government launches Mobile App RajVayu on Air Quality Index

Rajasthan Government has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.

The app was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of World Environment Day (5th June). With this, Rajasthan becomes first state in country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of cities.

 Key features of RajVayu

  • Information provided on RajVayu app is based on the data collected by sophisticated air quality monitoring equipment and weather sensors.
  • The app has been designed by Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) jointly with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
  • It would share details about the air quality, such as levels of pollutants likes SOx, NOx, CO, Ozone particles and Particulate Matter (PM) with the city residents and tourists.
  • It would also share temperature, wind speed, humidity, weather forecast and advisories.
  • This app is based on the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR-India) which is presently connected in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

By 2017, the services of this application would be expanded other cities in the state including in Ajmer, Alwar, Bhiwadi, Kota and Pali.

Besides, CM Vasundhara Raje also launched another application named ‘Drishti’ for monitoring of pollution levels in industrial regions. It has been designed by the RSPCB with the support from RajComp.

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20 Nirbhaya buses with multiple IT-enabled safety measures launched

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched 20 Nirbhaya buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC).

These buses are fitted with multiple IT-enabled safety measures to better protect women passengers and keep anti-social elements under check.

These buses were launched by RSTC as a pilot project under the NIRBHAYA scheme. The pilot project of RSTC includes 10 luxury and 10 ordinary roadways buses.

Key features of Nirbhaya bus

  • Nirbhaya buses have advance IT-enabled safety measures such as Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), panic buttons on every seat and CCTV.
  • The panic buttons and VTS will enable the police to know the exact location of the bus and provide prompt assistance.
  • When the panic button is pressed an emergency signal will triggered. The signal will start displaying live footage of the bus captured from CCTV cameras at Police central control room.

Besides, it was also announced that Union Ministry of Transport is going to issue a notification making it mandatory for public vehicles with seating capacity of 23 or above to have CCTV camera, panic buttons and Vehicle Location Tracking  (VTS) Device. Those public vehicles with seating capacity of less than 23 will be required to have VTS device and emergency buttons. The ministry already has issued a draft notification in this regard.

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