Rajasthan

India, U.S. sign three MoUs on smart cities

India and United States (US) have signed three Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) on smart cities.

These MoUs were signed by the representatives of United States Trade and Development Agency (USTAD) and the respective Chief Secretaries of State Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

These MoU’s seeks to give a boost to Union governments flagship smart cities scheme, by building smart cities in

  • Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Ajmer in Rajasthan.
  • Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

US will help each respective state to conduct feasibility studies, finding investors, ways to use the best technology and formulating the plan for building three smart cities.

While, respective state Governments will provide resources like technical information and data related to smart cities planning; staff, logistical and travel support and budgetary resources.

Bhamashah Scheme Card relaunched in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Government has started distribution of the ‘Bhamashah’ cards among women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category in Ajmer. The cards were distributed under the Bhamashah scheme which was relaunched in August 2014.

This scheme aims to financially empower BPL women by providing them with monetary benefits of various government schemes, as money will be transferred directly to their bank accounts.

Key facts of Bhamashah scheme

  • This scheme will provide woman head of the family with a bank account. Monetary benefits from various schemes will be channelized in this account.
  • Beneficiaries will be provided with a card under this scheme. This card will also be used as an identity card for the people of Rajasthan.
  • Rajasthan government aims to open around 1.5 crore bank accounts under this scheme.

Earlier Bhamashah scheme

Previously it was launched in 2008, by Vasundhara Raje Government.

Under this scheme 8000 cards were issued and 29.07 lakh bank accounts were opened. Government also had deposited 160 crore rupees in the banks for its implementation.

However, in 2009, it was discontinued by then Ashok Gehlot government.

Government to set up National Cultural Audio-Visual Archives at Jodhpur

The Ministry of Culture will be setting up a National Cultural Audio-Visual Archives in Jodhpur in an effort to preserve India’s cultural heritage. The project will involve collaboration between the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) under the Ministry of Culture and the Rupayan Sansthan. A MoU for the pilot project has been signed between the two bodies. The project aims to digitise and make 10,000 hours of digital audio and video accessible by March 31, 2017. A committee of experts in audio-visual archiving will guide the IGNCA in this endeavor

Objective

The project aims to create digital archives in India that are up to international standards. The project will see IGNCA and its partnering and collaborating institutions work to achieve this goal. The project seeks to conserve and preserve India’s archives, and create awareness of their importance and proper upkeep.

The current phase of the project has the following short-time goals:-

  • Devise a scheme of standards with respect to digitisation and metadata
  • Carry out the actual digitization of material stored in audio-visual form with various government institutions, NGOs and in private collection
  • Provide access to approximately 10,000 hours of audio-visual material
  • Build capacity in the domain of audio-visual archiving

Collaboration

The IGNCA identified the  Jodhpur-based Rupayan Sansthan as a partnering institution. The two bodies will work together to develop a digital audio-visual repository and disseminate content sourced by both bodies from multiple partnering institutions.

Under the project, main focus would be on identifying and preserving the cultural heritage of India available in audio-visual form in governmental and non-governmental institutions across the country through digitisation and making the material accessible in the public domain.

Rupayan Sansthan

Rupayan Sansthan was established by ethno-musicologist and folk artist late Komal Kothari, and folk storyteller and writer, Vijaydan Detha in 1960. Their initial goal in establishing the foundation was to collect folk tales and folk songs to bring out the richness of Rajasthan. The foundation later evolved and was active in community development in Rajasthan.

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