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Deep Mukherjee


Deep Mukherjee is a senior correspondent based in Jaipur. He covers Rajasthan for The Indian Express. Follow his tweets @manwithaquill

Compensation at Rs 2,970 per month after hike: Taking Covid fight door-to-door, Rajasthan ASHA workers speak of inadequate honorarium
Fri, May 28, 2021

Earlier this year, ASHA workers in the state protested with demands including an increase in their honorarium and to be paid wages equivalent to that of a highly-skilled labourer.

Vaccine rates in bids received for global tender much higher than Indian market prices: Rajasthan minister
Wed, May 26, 2021

On May 14, the Rajasthan government had issued a global expression of interest from foreign-based international manufacturers/their authorised agents/direct importers for the procurement of ten million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

In Rajasthan villages, outsider-insider tensions over vaccines
Mon, May 24, 2021

As tempers flared between the residents from Jajod and those who had come from faraway places after booking slots at the government senior secondary school vaccination centre, the police were called in.

In a remote Rajasthan village, madarsa opens doors for Covid patients
Sat, May 22, 2021

A nursing graduate, 26-year-old Irfan Pathan quit his job at a private hospital in Jaipur before heading back to his village Kheerwa to volunteer at the madrasa, which was styled as a private Covid-19 care centre catering to people from nearby villages about a fortnight ago.

In rural Rajasthan, amid shortage of oxygen, ventilators kept idle
Mon, May 17, 2021

Travelling across villages, and stopping over at government hospitals in rural Jaipur and adjacent Sikar district, The Indian Express finds the healthcare system struggling to work despite multiple problems — oxygen shortage, idling ventilators, etc.

Rajasthan govt alleges discrimination in oxygen, Remdesivir supply, urges Centre to allocate proportionately
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

“In several states where active cases are less, more liquid oxygen and Remdesivir have been allocated as compared to Rajasthan, Gehlot said.

Urdu educator in Rajasthan cries harassment after being booked over alleged FB posts against minister
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

According to the police, the FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by Amardeen, the younger brother of minister Mohammad.

Rajasthan: Rights panel seeks report after two Covid patients die of ‘low oxygen supply’ in hospital
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

While denying that the deaths of the two patients resulted from oxygen shortage, the NMCH hospital administration conceded that the oxygen pressure had decreased after a delay in filling the cylinders.

Rajasthan’s largest Covid treatment facility nearly full
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Staff members at the hospital say that at that time, they hoped that the pandemic was largely under control.

Out of space, Rajasthan’s biggest govt-run Covid facility puts extra beds in corridors
Mon, Apr 19, 2021

The second wave has resulted in the beds of the state's largest government-run Covid care center already being filled to more than 85 per cent of its capacity.

Maharana, ‘Nathi ka Bada’, Art 370: Congress, BJP step up poll rhetoric
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

The by-elections are being seen as a prelude to the Assembly elections which will take place after two and half years and important also to gauge the public mood after the Congress government completing two years.

Daily inoculation numbers go down as Rajasthan struggles with shortage of vaccine
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

As per data from the Health Department, on Tuesday, the total vaccine doses administered were 1.48 lakh, much lower than just a week back, when 5.81 lakh doses were administered on April 7.

Karni Sena issues threat over Kataria’s remarks on Maharana Pratap
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

While the Congress has also slammed the former home minister for his remarks, members of the Karni Sena on Tuesday smeared ink on his poster displayed outside the BJP office.

ASHA workers, campaigns on WhatsApp help Rajasthan fix vaccine story
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

A couple of months ago, when ASHA worker Vidya Devi visited homes in Rajasthan’s Tonk district to urge families to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, she would be asked whether the shot might harm the recipient instead.

‘We won elections on Congress’ symbol; while speaking, one should keep in mind that party is not damaged…’
Sun, Apr 11, 2021

Rajasthan Congress president and education minister Govind Singh Dotasra talks about the party’s prospect in the elections and how it is faring after the public tussle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot last year, which had resulted in a political crisis in the state.

88 new colleges opened in past two years but over 35 per cent teaching posts vacant: Data
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Representatives of teachers associations cite this shortage of staff to allege that in absence of adequate faculty, the quality of education in colleges is being affected.

Alwar: Police take four into preventive custody after Rakesh Tikat’s convoy ‘attacked’
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “The attack on the convoy of Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait ji in Alwar by BJP people is condemnable, action will be taken against those guilty."

2014 terror case: 12 members of Indian Mujahideen module sentenced to life by Rajasthan court, one acquitted
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

A court in Jaipur on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to 12 members of the terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM) and acquitted one person in a case dating back to 2014. The accused were arrested then by the Rajasthan ATS who got information about them from other security agencies.

Phone tapping case: BJP looks for early hearing of plea for FIR against CM’s OSD, Cong leaders
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

After the Delhi police filed the FIR recently however, the BJP has said it will file an application for early hearing in a Jaipur court.

Rajasthan bypoll: Congress declares candidates, banks on family members of deceased MLAs
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

In two of the constituencies, which were held by the Congress before they fell vacant, the party is banking on family members of its deceased MLAs whose deaths have necessitated the bypolls.

Demanding government jobs, ‘berozgars’ field candidates, vow to spoil Congress’s fortunes in bypolls
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Now, in wake of non-fulfilment of its demands, the Mahasangh has said that it will campaign against the ruling Congress in the bypolls, ensuring the party's defeat.

Will sell produce in Parliament, says Rakesh Tikait at Jaipur Kisan Mahapanchayat
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait added that the day the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha gives a date, people from Rajasthan should surround New Delhi.

Rajasthan: Despite FIR against them, upper caste men allegedly attack Dalit family
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

On March 15, just three days before the incident, the family members had lodged an FIR in which they had stated that they feared for their safety and life and had also named the men who allegedly attacked them on Friday.

Six tigers missing in Ranthambore for one year, activists concerned
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

According to officials, the last sightings of the tigers were captured through camera traps installed inside the forest in March and April last year.

Explained: What is Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project; why does Gehlot want a national tag for it?
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

While very little work could be started on the project owing to its high costs, ERCP is crucial to ensure water for drinking and irrigation in 13 districts of eastern Rajasthan.