Jaipur, Apr 2, 2013: Rajasthan's tall claims on implementing provisions of Right to Education Act-2009 before the March 31 deadline set by the Union ministry of human resource development seems to have fallen flat.
The condition of government schools in the state is way below the mark set by the Act. Survey reports while taking into account the improvement in infrastructure and providing mid-day meals point at problems of poor retention levels and low quality of learning.
Tonk (Rajasthan), Apr 11, 2013: A few years ago, Shadima Bi, like many other children in Hajipura village in Rajasthan's Tonk district, would feel embarrassed going out in the open to defecate. These days, the morning ablutions do not occupy her thoughts as her village is now open defecation free (ODF).
"Earlier we would go out to defecate in the open and face embarrassment. In the night we wouldn't go out because we felt insecure. But now, every house in the village has a toilet. Things are much easier," the 13-year-old said.
Jaipur, Apr 4, 2013: After Rajasthan's dismal record in meeting RTE (Right to Education) standards in government schools, a national survey has now found that the state has performed poorly in terms of utilization of Central education grants.
The state education department has failed to spend Rs 16.23 crore of the Rs 20 crore grant received under the centrally sponsored information and communication and technology (ICT) in schools in 2009.
Jaipur, Mar 27, 2013: A perceptible transformation in the mind-set of villagers about sanitation, health care and nutrition in 13 districts of Rajasthan as a result of training of elected representatives of panchayati raj institutions has led to major changes at the grassroots.
Jaipur, Mar 9, 2013: The government made a promise that seemed too good to be true. The promise actually has turned into a deception, is what the private school owners are crying hoarse about and that too for second time in a row. The government had promised that the fee for the education of 25 per cent of the students from the Economically Weaker Section under RTE Act would be given to the schools latest by February 28th. It’s already March eighth and there is no sign of government showing to keep what it committed.
Jaipur, Feb 23, 2013: Cornered by the Jaipur and the Jodhpur legislators, including ruling party's Pratap Singh Khachariawas, the urban development and housing (UDH) minister ShantiDhariwal on Friday said he did not favour the recently imposed sanitation charges on residents in the two cities.
However, the minister fell short of accepting the legislators' demand for revoking the charges and insisted on giving a detailed reply to the house on the subject on February 26. BJP legislators from Jaipur later staged a dharna in the well.
Jaipur, Feb 14, 2013: Targeting a revenue of more than Rs 800 crore for the financial year 2013-14 , the Jaipur Municipal Corporation ( JMC) on Monday presented the budget with a total outlay of Rs 1,015 crore. Mayor JyotiKhandelwal read out the details amid uproar and protest in hall.
In the budget, Rs 444 cr has been proposed for development work in the city.
Jaipur, Nov. 27, 2012: Holding sanitation and hygiene as crucial components in ensuring a healthy lifestyle, especially in country's rural pockets, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today backed Union Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh, saying his 'toilet' remarks were taken out of context.
"What Ramesh said in connection with toilets was made controversial unnecessarily. His statements were presented in a wrong manner and the feelings behind the minister's view were for health and hygiene and we should understand its importance," Gehlot said.
Rajasthan, Nov. 5, 2012: The Indian state of Rajasthan is taking a novel approach to a pervasive, unsightly and very unsanitary problem among its citizens. Beginning Monday, volunteers in 34 villages in the Jhunjhunu district will police city streets with drums and whistles -- their aim, to shame citizens found peeing and defecating in public.
Operating in groups of four or five, the volunteers will "shout, beat drums or blow a whistle" at anyone seen relieving themselves in the open, according to the BBC. Repeat offenders may even be asked to pay a fine.
KOTA (Rajasthan), Oct 21, 2012: Days after he kicked up a row by stating that there are more temples than toilets in India, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today urged women not to get married into families which do not have toilets in their homes.
"Don't get married in a house where there is no toilet," the Rural Development and Water and Sanitation Minister said while addressing locals, majority of whom were women, at Khajuri village near Kota and cited a slogan "No toilet, no bride".