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The Rajasthan cabinet meeting, which was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at their official residence on Saturday, saw many important decisions made. These included the allotment of 2,397.54 hectares government land in Bandha village (Jaisalmer district) to Adani Renewable Energy Holding Four Limited on the cost for setting up the 1,000 Mw Solar Power Project.
The Rajasthan Land Revenue (Allotment to Land for Establishing a Power Plant Based on Renewable Energy Sources) Rules 2007 will make this allotment. With the establishment of solar energy-based production units, electricity generation in the state will rise. This will also increase the chances of local employment and revenue generation for the state.
Rajasthan, with its 13,000 MW solar energy capacity, is on the first position in the country to achieve this feat. In the same vein, the Solar Energy Policy 2019 has set a goal to generate 30,000 MW by 2024-25. The current government has allocated around 16,000 hectares to set up solar and wind power plants.
The Cabinet also approved the amendment of the “Rajasthan State employees general provident fund rules, 2021”.
In the budget 2022, it was also announced that the Cabinet would establish and operate a Nathdwara Medi-Tourism Wellness Centre. The pilot operation of the centre will be under the supervision of experienced social organizations at district level to provide quality care in Naturopathy, Yoga, and Ayurveda.
In keeping with the Congress tradition of naming each new project after a family member of Nehru-Gandhi, the Congress also decided to establish the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Centre of Advance Technology (R-CAT), as a Finishing School for state youth who will have the opportunity to take certificate courses in the latest IT Technology, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as well as multi-disciplinary research. In the budget session 2021-22, R-CAT was established.
The Cabinet also approved amending the prior priorities and the “Rajasthan Ethanol Production Promotion Policy 2020” for the establishment of distilleries and breweries as well as bottling plants.