New district carved out in Rajasthan

Special Correspondent

Pratapgrah will be the 33rd district of the State

New district will start functioning from Republic Day

JAIPUR: Pratapgarh in southern Rajasthan has been carved out as the 33rd district of the State by reconstituting Udaipur, Banswara and Chittaurgarh districts. The new district will start functioning from Republic Day.

The decision was taken at a State Cabinet meeting held in Ajmer on Thursday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said after the meeting that Pratapgarh district would comprise four sub-divisions – Pratapgarh, Arnod, Chhoti Sadri and Dhariawad – and five tehsils.

The new district’s creation has also led to reorganisation of some sub-divisions and tehsils in the three districts from which Pratapgarh has been carved out. Mr. Rathore said the Udaipur division would now comprise a total of six districts.

The Cabinet meeting was organised for the first time in Ajmer, where this year’s State-level Republic Day function is also being held. Governor S.K. Singh will unfurl the national Tricolour at Patel Stadium in the city on January 26.

Among other decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were those pertaining to ownership rights for apartments, undertaking by government employees about their arrest or conviction and dowry transaction, and creation of the rural cadre for medical and health service.

Mr. Rathore said the Rajasthan Apartment Ownership Bill, 2008, to be tabled in the Assembly’s Budget session, would give proportionate title rights to apartment owners on the common and facility areas. A promoter constructing an apartment on the leasehold property will be entitled to sub-lease it.

While the Cabinet approved an amendment to the State Stamp Act in connection with the appeals against the Stamp Collector’s decisions, the State Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1971, were also amended to require all government employees to inform about registration of first information report against them and their arrest and conviction by a court.

Mr. Rathore said the government employees would also give an undertaking at the time of joining the service or within a month of their marriage declaring that they have not demanded and received dowry from their in-laws.

“The declaration will be countersigned by the employee’s wife and father-in-law,” said Mr. Rathore.

The Cabinet decided to fill up the vacant posts of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in the villages by the new cadre of Rural Medical and Health Service to be appointed through the State Public Service Commission. Mr. Rathore said the staff selected for the cadre would not be transferred to cities.