Union Government clears first batch of flagship urban projects under AMRUT

Union Government has cleared the first batch of projects under the flagship scheme of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 89 cities from 3 states.

It was cleared by Union Urban Development Ministry by allocating 2,786 crore rupees to facilitate development projects without any financial delays.

Key facts

  • It is for the first time in India’s urban governance, Union Urban Development Ministry has approved State level development plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects.
  • The States that are getting benefited from these funds are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
  • These 3 states had submitted around 143 projects which have been approved after a reviewing of Union Urban Development Ministry.

About AMRUT Scheme

  • It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 for urban transformation.
  • The focus of the urban renewal projects is to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply.
  • Under this scheme: Union Government provides an assistance of 50 per cent of project cost for cities with a population of up to 10 lakhs each.
  • It provides one third of project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each.
  • Rest of the project cost has to be borne by the states and urban local bodies.


Rajasthan Government notifies 5% quota for Gujjars and other SBCs

Rajasthan government has issued a notification to provide 5 per cent quota to Gujjars and other Special Backward Classes (SBC).

The notification was issued by state government under the Rajasthan Special Backward Classes Reservation Act, 2015.

The Act came into force from October 16, 2015. It will provide 5% reservation in educational institutes and government jobs to Gujjars, Raibari, Banjara and Gadiya Lohar communities in the state.


  • Earlier in September 2015, Rajasthan state assembly had passed two separate bills to provide reservation in educational institutions and government jobs.
  • Rajasthan Special Backward Classes Reservation Bill, 2015 seeks to provide 5% quota to SBC and Rajasthan Economically Backward Classes Reservation Bill, 2015 seeks to provide 14% reservation to Economically Backward Classes (EBC) of unreserved categories.
  • With the passing of these bills, total reservation in Rajasthan had exceeded the 50 per cent reservation cap/limit laid down by the Supreme Court.


Rajasthan Government unveils Rajasthan Startup Policy – 2015

Rajashthan Government has unveiled Rajasthan Startup Policy- 2015 to galvanize the start-up ecosystem in the state and provide them required sustenance to the entrepreneurial talent.

State’s first start-up policy was unveiled by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at Jaipur in the Rajasthan Startup Fest 2015.

Key features of Policy

  • Aims to strengthen the start-up eco-system in the state by setting up 50 incubators or accelerators like establishments.
  • Seeks to support and incubate around 500 innovative start-ups from the state and create 100,000 square feet of incubation space.
  • Mobilise angel and venture capital of 500 crore rupees for start-ups in the next five years. They will be provided with sustenance allowance of 10,000 rupees per month for a year.
  • Start-ups will be also provided with marketing assistance of 10 lakh rupees at launch stage