CM sanctions Rs 29.27 cr for various water projects

Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has sanctioned Rs29.27 crore under repair, renovation and restoration scheme for repair and renovation of various water projects in the state. Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, 36 projects of the state were to be carried out for repair and renovation, out of which 19 works have been completed. To complete the remaining 17 works Gehlot has sanctioned budget of Rs29.27 crores as state share. After this sanction, the state will receive Rs23.91 crores as second installment from the Centre.

Rs 188 L to madrasas from state fund

CM Ashok Gehlot has sanctioned Rs118 Lakh for Madrasas from State Fund as the state has not received School Facility Grant from the Central government in the current financial year. This decision of Chief Minister will pave the way for smooth running of Madrasas and will help in providing essential facilities and resources for Madrasa students.

The Centre provides Rs5,000 at primary level and Rs12,000 at Upper Primary level as yearly grant through Rajasthan School Shiksha Parishad to Madrasas affiliated with Madrasa Board.

The Madrasas have not received this grant from FY 2018-19. Now state government is providing grant-in-aid to Madrasas under Madrasa Modernisation Scheme.

Death of birds at Sambhar Lake worrying says CM

The death of birds at Sambhar Lake is very worrying, said CM Gehlot. State government has taken all necessary steps to first find out what is causing the loss of avian lives and also to take immediate steps to prevent deaths during this migratory season.

Protecting flora and fauna remains one of our top priorities, he said. CM added, Chief Conservator of Forest, as well as several teams of Animal Husbandry Department, are at Sambhar Lake to assess the situation.

Water samples have been taken and sent for testing. Carcasses are sent to Bhopal for testing for bird flu.

Toxicologists have also been called from WWI and SARCON, Coimbatore. A ground level assessment is that due to heavy rains in Sambhar, lots of new waterbodies have been formed after a gap of some years, raising saline level and causing toxicity. Officials are investigating whether it has been caused by water contamination or algae poisoning.

Once probe is complete, we will do everything possible so that no more birds lose lives, he added.