Rajasthan Current Affairs

Rajasthan becomes first state to adopt LED street lights under all ULBs

Rajasthan has become the first state in India to adopt Central Government’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB).

Under this programme, around 5 lakh conventional street lights were replaced with LED street lights across the state.

Key Facts

  • The project was funded by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of the Union Ministry of Power.
  • Through implementation of this project, 152 million units of energy savings has been achieved so far have been and cost saving of Rs. 60 lakh daily to some municipalities.
  • The energy saving has resulted in reduction of 225 tonnes of CO2 per day.

The SLNP was launched in January 2015. Under the programme around 3.5 crore conventional street lights will be replaced with smart and energy efficient LED street lights by March 2019.


BRICS countries adopt Udaipur Declaration on disaster

The two-day meeting of Ministers of Disaster Management (MDM) of BRICS countries concluded in Udaipur, Rajasthan with the adoption of the Udaipur Declaration.

This was the second meeting and in the follow up of the first meeting of the BRICS MDM convened by the Russia in St. Petersburg in April, 2016.

Udaipur Declaration

  • BRICS nations to set up a dedicated Joint Task Force for Disaster Risk Management for regular dialogue, exchange, mutual support and collaboration among them.
  • The meeting was a new milestone in collaboration and cooperation among BRICS countries in the field of disaster management.
  • The roadmap for implementation of the three-year Joint Action Plan for BRICS emergency services (2016-18) was also finalised.

Key Highlights of 2nd BRICS MDM meeting

  • Objective: (i) Share experiences on flood-risk management, current systems in each country for forecasting extreme weather events. (ii) Identify opportunities for collaboration between institutions of respective BRICS countries in the area of flood risk management and extreme weather-related events.
  • It focused on two themes: (i) ‘Flood Risk Managementand (ii) Forecasting of Extreme Weather Events in the context of Changing Climate‘.
  • Three technical sessions were held on areas of disaster risk management challenges, forecasting and early warning on flood and disaster risk in a changing climate.


BRICS women Parliamentarian’s forum begins in Jaipur

The meeting of BRICS women parliamentarian’s forum has begun in Jaipur, Rajasthan. BRICS is the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The two day meeting was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. A total of 43 delegates from member countries are participating in the meeting.

Key Facts

  • The meeting will see the participation of 5 women parliamentarians from Brazil, 3 from Russia, 28 from India, 2 from China and 4 from South Africa.
  • There will be plenary session on the theme of ‘Perspectives on implementation of SDGs’ at the Rajasthan Vidhan sabha.
  • First session of the meeting will be on the theme of ‘Achieving SDGs- Role of Women Parliamentarians in involving Citizens’.
  • Besides, second session of will be based on theme “Containing Climate Change – Imperatives of Global Cooperation’.