Rajasthan Government inks MoU with NHM, UNICEF and GAIN to counter malnourishment

Rajasthan Government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Health Mission (NHM), UNICEF and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to tackle the severe problem malnourishment in the state.

This MoU will help to implement the state government programme which was announced during the state budget. In this budget the state government had announced that special attention will be given to the children falling out of medical reach in state.

This programme will be initially implemented in thirteen districts of state. In these districts more than 10, 000 children have been identified as malnourished. For this, a special management programme will be organised on the community basis so that malnourishment can be dealt.

Currently, Rajasthan has 40 malnourishment treatment centres, which are equipped with ten thousand beds. It is also facilitated with 107 centres with six beds each.

During the year 2014-15, around 9,891 were treated in these centres. With this kind of programme the state government has adopted the community-wise strategy to deal with the malnourishment menace.


Cow-urine refinery for research on cow products opens in Rajasthan

Cow-urine refinery for research on cow products was opened at Pathmera village in Jalore district of Rajasthan.

The refinery was inaugurated by Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore. This refinery will play important role in adopting scientific approach for Indian traditional system of medicine.

It will also give emphasis on the research of cow products and their application in the treatment of various diseases.

By-product derived from cow-urine extract from this refinery will be used for cleaning at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect has been signed between Jodhpur’s Dr S Radhakrishnan Ayurveda University and the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences located at Bikaner.

At present, fibre obtained from cow dung is being used in Agra and Jalore, for running industries.


Rajasthan Government allocates 12 crore rupees for Project Great Indian Bustard

Rajasthan Forest department has allotted more than twelve crore rupees for a bird conservation programme, Project Great Indian Bustard (GIB).

For this project Japan Bank is going to provide financial support of three crore rupees.

Under the GIB Project, closures will be made at many places in Khudi rasla, Pokhran and Shahgarh of Jaislmer district for safe habitat of bird. In order to regularly monitor the bird information chips will installed.

The Great Indian Bustard locally called as Godawan is also the state bird of Rajasthan.

Status of the Great Indian Bustard

  • The Great Indian Bustard presently is confined to only eight pockets in 6 Indian states- Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
  • The largest population is found in Jaisalmer, Barmer, and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan
  • Great Indian Bustard is the State Bird of Rajasthan and locally is called as Godawan.
  • It is listed as critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red data list.