Season of rallies
The congress has taken out a Sandesh Yatra,and the BJP a Suraaj Sankalp Yatra. Of other groups and leaders ,Gurjjars have launched a victory march in support of a campaign for reservation while disgruntled BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari has started a Deodarshan Yatra. The Gurjjars march started from Charbhuja temple,from where Vasundhara Raje had started her rally on April 4. Led by former Congress MLA Athar Singh Bhadana and Gurjjar leader of Mewar Deokinandan Kaka,the rally aims at building pressure on political parties for five per cent reservation for Special Backward Classes.
More for the daughter
The government has introduced a reward of Rs 2,100 for the birth of every girl. Battling female foeticide in a state whose sex ratio has dropped 26 points between 2001 and 2011,the government announced in its budget the Shubh Laxmi Yojana for implementation from April. This Rs 2,100 is in addition to Janani Shishu Yojana,under which a girl child is given Rs 1,400 in rural areas and Rs 1,000 in urban areas. The twin schemes assures Rs 3,500 or Rs 3,100 for every newborn daughter. In Pali district,there is an additional reward of Rs 3,100 for a first daughter and Rs 6,100 for a second under the Sumangala Yojana,a scheme launched in 2010 by the district administration.
The Rajasthan High Court last week referred to the term Rapisthan while slamming the police for their laxity in handling gangrape cases. When the Bhanwari Devi case came up we read someone calling Rajasthan Rapisthan. We hope that Rajasthan actually does not become Rapisthan, Justice R S Chauhan said from his single-judge bench. He noted that more than 10 cases had not been investigated properly and promptly. Some sensibility should be shown in such cases and it is owing to the approach of the police that this country ends up producing bandit queens. The court directed the Sikar SP to arrest the four men accused of raping a girl in 2011.
The Barmer oil refinery deal was finally inked between the government and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd last month,but politics over its location continues. Sonaram Chaudhary,Congress legislator from Baytu in Barmer,said he would not let the refinery be shifted out of his area,while BJP leader Manvendra Singh says it should be moved to Pachpadara Salt because farmers in Baytu are unwilling to surrender their land. While Singh cited a farmers agitation,Chaudhary said the farmers are only asking for fair compensation and are not opposed to the refinery. Barmer ranks second among the countrys crude-oil producing districts.