Rajasthan Government Current Affairs - 2020

Rajasthan launches ‘Jan Soochna Portal’

The state government of Rajasthan launched ‘Jan Soochna Portal’, a portal for quick access to information on government departments. The portal was launched by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and is a step of state government towards making Rajasthan a model state for good governance and accountability in administration.

About Jan Soochna Portal

The public information portal has been developed by state’s information and technology (IT) department. In portal 23-24 types of information will be made available pertaining to 13 departments on a single platform. The information will also be available on self-service ‘E-Mitra Plus‘ kiosk.

Rajasthan has now become first state in country to provide information about a dozen departments on a single platform.

The portal has been launched under Rajasthan Innovation Vision (RAJIV) campaign.

The move will bring transparency and accountability, and empower the right of people to seek information.

With the launch of portal, state government has expressed its intention of using technology for transparency and would further strengthen and expand the scope of the Right to Information (RTI) law. Through this portal common man will get information pertaining to 13 departments online in a lucid language. The portal is inspired by the very spirit of Section 4 (2) of RTI Act, 2005, i.e. Proactive Disclosure of Information.

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RACE: Rajasthan’s New Higher Education Model

State government of Rajasthan has launched a new higher education model titled- Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence or RACE, for distribution of faculties and movable assets among government colleges at district level so as to rationalise availability of resources.

Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence (RACE)

RACE model will create a pool for sharing of facilities which will benefit colleges that lack infrastructure.

Need: Even though sanctioned posts of teachers in government colleges are 6,500, at present the posts falls short by about 2,000 teachers. Therefore until additional posts are created and new appointments made, RACE is expected to help channelise resources and ensure quality education.

Working: Colleges in need will submit their requirement to nodal college in district, which will send teachers on deputation, if needed, and provide facilities like projectors, digital libraries, equipment and technicians.

Benefits:

With the adoption of this new model, all colleges would get equal opportunities for imparting quality education.

RACE will give autonomy to small colleges and help them find solutions to their problems at local level. It will also help colleges situated in small towns facing shortage of faculties and infrastructure.

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