Jaipur, The Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje chaired the meeting of State Cabinet at the CMO on Tuesday which took several important decisions including approval of the MoUs for investment proposals worth 1,56,000 crore rupees for solar power production of 26,000 megawatts(MW) in Rajasthan.
Parliamentary Affair Minister Rajendra Rathore told the newsmen that four major companies signed MoUs for solar energy production in the state under the Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy-2014. IL&FS Energy Ltd and Essel Infra Projects Ltd would develop solar parks of 5,000 MW capacity each, Adani Enterprises would install one park of 10,000 MW capacity and Reliance Power Limited of 6,000 MW. The state government's share in the joint-venture companies of these solar parks would be 50% towards the land cost. Chief Secretary of the state would be Chairman of these companies.
Rathore said that the State government also signed MoUs with M/s Sun Edison Solar Power India Pvt Ltd for setting-up solar power plants of production capacity 5,000 MW and another with M/s Ajure Power India Pvt Ltd for plants of 1,000 MW capacity. These companies investing 36,000 crore rupees in the state, would be offered rebates, concessions and facilities under Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy-2014, Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme-2014 and Rajasthan Land Revenue (Allotment of Land for Non Conventional Energy Sources-based Power Production Plants) Rules-2007.
The Minister said that the Cabinet also approved the Prisons (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance-2015 for amending sections 42, 43, 59 of the Prisons Act-1894 and add sections 58-A and 58-B in this Act. With this Ordinance coming into force, recovery of mobiles and other banned items from the prisons would be cognizable and non-bailable offence. In the ordinance, provisions have been suggested for imprisonment upto three years and fine worth 3,000 rupees from the present provision of six months imprisonment and penalty of Rs 200 for entry, exit, supply and having possession of mobiles or other banned items in the jail premises.
Rathore said that the Ordinance too had provisions for action against the trend of prisoners absconding after jumping parole. Now, the provision have been made to formulate rules for giving parole in the Prisons Act itself. Earlier, in Rajasthan, parole exercise was conducted under the CrPC rules and effective action was not possible in the cases of prisoners jumping parole or violating the conditions of parole due to absence of proper provisions of imprisonment upto three years or penalty of 3,000 rupees.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the Cabinet decided to give two more months time to give option to the Librarians of Rajasthan Language And Library Service to join the Secondary Education department. Earlier, Rajasthan Language and Library Service (State and Subordinate) Rules-2013 were came into effect from February 28, 2013. The Librarians were supposed to give options to move to the Secondary Education department within three months. But, many librarians could not give that option, due to lack of information. This decision would benefit them.
Rathore said that the Cabinet also approved a decision of reducing the state service time period of 20 years to 18 years for promotion of Joint Director to Additional Director by amending State Insurance and Provident Fund Service Rules-1959. After this amendment, three years experience as Joint Director and 18 years State Service would be required for promotion to Additional Director's post in this department.
The Cabinet chaired by the CM also passed a Motion of Condolence on the demise of the former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Members of the Cabinet paid tribute to Dr. Kalam and observed a two-minute silence to pray the Almighty to rest the departed soul in peace and give strength to the bereaved family to bear the shock. After this, the meeting was postponed for 15 minutes.