Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan which Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded on November 18, 1727. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled Jaipur from 1699-1743. Before Jaipur, his capital was Amber which is 11 km away from Jaipur. With the increase in population, the king felt the need to shift to the capital city. Another reason to shift the capital was the scarcity of water in the Amber region.
Jaipur is believed to be the first planned city of India, and also that the king took a lot of interest in designing this city of victory. Several books on architecture and several architects were consulted before preparing the layout of Jaipur city. Jai Singh was concerned about the city’s security, and hence, he utilized his scientific and cultural interests to build it.
Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar in Mathematics and Science from Bengal, assisted Jai Singh in designing the city’s architecture. Vidyadhar referred to ancient Indian literature on astronomy, Ptolemy, and Euclid’s books, to help the king.
The city’s construction started in 1727, and it took around four years to complete the major palaces and roads. The principles of Vastu Shastra were greatly followed while designing the city.
Jaipur city was divided into nine blocks, two of which consisted of the state buildings and palaces. The remaining seven blocks were allotted to the general public to live in. From the security point of view, huge walls were constructed around the city and seven strong gates. It is believed that the city’s architecture was the best at that time in the Indian subcontinent.
In 1878, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur city. The whole city was painted with Pink color to welcome the prince. Since then, the name “Pink City” came into existence. Continuing the trend and keeping the charm of the historical era, all the state buildings and historical places of Jaipur city are painted with pink color. Jaipur city is famous for its architecture and rich culture — enough to attract tourists from different parts of the globe.
This initiative of the Government of Rajasthan is to provide citizen-centric services in an integrated form through service & information delivery points called ‘E-Mitra centers/kiosks. e-Mitra Project integrates LokMitra and JanMitra initiatives (launched in 2002) under a single umbrella to bring together all the departments and give citizens of the State a “multi-service”- “single-window” experience. Initiatives in the State providing similar services are Lok Mitra (Urban Areas) and Jan Mitra, which have been brought under one umbrella – eMitra
The key objectives of eMitra are:
- Enable citizens to access information and services of the Government in an efficient, convenient, transparent, and cost-effective way.
- Facilitate Citizen to Government interface for the exchange of information, services, and other benefits.
- Improve the quality of life in rural areas by using and propagating ICT for all sections of people, addressing the entire spectrum of their needs.
- Bridge the ‘Digital Divide’, enabling information flow, resources, and service into the rural areas and markets and vice-versa.
- To provide avenues for employment to rural youth.
- Enable the building of infrastructure, technology, and services for a state-wide networked economy on a single platform for the Government, Business, and Citizenry.
The project is based on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) framework with investment coming in from private partners called Local Service Providers. The Government of Rajasthan, through the DoIT, has established eMitra societies for an effective institutional structure, and the various departments have well-defined roles, which is a manifestation of its high level of commitment to the project.
This initiative has been well thought out and has laid the foundation for the CSCs. The CSC scheme should try and integrate the eMitra initiative into its fold and try and add to it rather than treating it as competition. For more details, visit http://emitra.rajasthan.gov.in/.
The Government of Rajasthan is dedicated to bringing in transformation in the way of citizen-centric governance in the State. For this, the Government of Rajasthan has been continuously striving to bring in excellence in citizen service delivery by ensuring transparency and minimizing grievances. As an initiation to ensure proper service to the citizen, a project named “Rajasthan Sampark” has been implemented through the Department of IT and Communications. The project paves the way for a common person to reach the State Government departments for their queries and concerns, with the help of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Interventions. For more details, visit http://sampark.rajasthan.gov.in.
Bhamashah Yojana is a scheme introduced by the Government of Rajasthan to transfer financial and non-financial benefits of governmental schemes directly to benefiter in a transparent way. For more details, visit http://bhamashah.rajasthan.gov.in.
Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC)
Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) is the premier commission of the Government of Rajasthan for organizing recruitment exams, procedures for recruiting employees, officers to various government departments. This includes recruiting Clerical cadre in minimum and the recruitment in Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) & Rajasthan Police Service (RPS) to the maximum extent. The recruitment to RAS, RPS, RTS, and Rajasthan Sub-ordinate Services is made through an exam RAS/RTS Competitive Exam organized by the RPSC. The RPSC office is located at Jaipur road, Ajmer, Rajasthan. For more details, visit https://rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in/.
The Planning Commission initially conceived a unique identification project as an initiative that would provide identification for each resident across the country and would be used primarily as the basis for the efficient delivery of welfare services. It would also act as a tool for effective monitoring of various programs and schemes of the Government. For more details, visit https://uidai.gov.in/about-uidai.html.
The site has primarily been made to improve communication with the electors of Rajasthan. It provides adequate and relevant information about the Chief Electoral Officer’s office and the various activities conducted by the department. Various important forms are also available on the site for download purposes. The Chief Electoral Officer’s office functions under the overall supervision and control of the Election Commission of India. For more details, visit https://www.ceorajasthan.nic.in/.
Historically speaking, the cities of Rajasthan have always held an important position in the business history of the world. Desert caravans and traders from faraway lands visited well-known cities like Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Jaipur and conducted their business in the State. The new-age business hub. Even today, Rajasthan is one of the most preferred business destinations for people around the world. Abundant natural resources, investment-friendly policies, a vast and unexplored talent pool, and a secular environment are some of the reasons why national and international business giants are drawn to this magnificent State.
In recent years, many leading firms like Honda, Eicher-Polaris, and Ambuja cement have made huge investments in the State, while many firms are in the process of setting up shops in the State. National and international business houses have also been looking at business opportunities in the State. Rajasthan also houses an exclusive Japanese Manufacturing Zone in Neemrana. The success of this project has intrigued the Korean fraternity, which has decided to set up an exclusive Korean Industrial Zone in the region of Alwar.
Policies that promote business
Many innovative policies, including the Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (RIIP) announced by the current state government, have boosted the investment prospects in the State. No other state can boost an act that allows single window clearance. Rajasthan Enterprises Single Window Enabling and Clearance Act, 2011 is a single-point contact to reduce the time and efforts involved in various clearances and approvals of applications submitted by investors. Investors can also view the status of their online applications. The State has a network of support organizations like the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation, the Commissioner of Industries, the Bureau of Investment Promotion, and the Rajasthan Finance Corporation. Rajasthan investment incentives include:
- Power concessions
- Land and building tax exemption
- Special land package for IT industries
Rajasthan government has reserved one-third of its developed industrial area for small and medium enterprises to boost the sector.
A prosperous future
Rajasthan is strategically located along the Delhi-Mumbai section of the Golden Quadrilateral highway project, the proposed Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The dedicated freight corridor – covering Uttar Pradesh, the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra – nearly 1,500 km passes through Rajasthan, accounting for the largest share of 39 percent. The state government has provided for two major junctions at Marwar and Phulera, offering high-speed, high-load connectivity for freight movement. DFC is in the planning stages and is to be constructed by 2016. The zone all along this corridor will be developed as an industrial corridor to Mumbai. For Rajasthan, this zone will cover nearly 60 percent of its population and has a potential of billions of dollars of investment along with rapid growth. Rajasthan has access to 46% of DMIC. It falls within the major districts of Jaipur, Alwar, Kota, and Bhilwara. The DMIC will provide a high-quality environment with State of the art infrastructure for new investors. The infrastructure includes creating a Greenfield Integrated Township with a Knowledge City in the Khushkheda-Bhiwadi-Neemrana belt and a Greenfield international airport for passengers and cargo with an integrated logistics and warehousing hub.
A home away from home, conducting business in a new place is not easy. One has to deal with new customs, languages, and new people, worry about ensuring good medical facilities and a safe environment for the family, and good education. Rajasthan offers this and much more to its visitors. It offers world-class medical facilities, which are comparable with any of the western countries. It has state-of-the-art hospitals and the best-qualified doctors. As far as education is concerned, the State has become one of the biggest educational hubs in the country. It houses some of the most well-known schools in the country. It has several Governments and private universities and colleges, which offer a wide range of courses from medical to management.
Welcome to Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s investor-friendly policies, peaceful environment, hospitable people, vast and unexplored natural resources, world-class medical and education facilities have made it one of the most preferred destinations for national and international investors.
Why business choose Rajasthan
- With 252 mines currently in operation, Rajasthan accounts for the entire production of lead and zinc concentrates in India.
- Rajasthan constitutes 23 percent of the National Capital Region (NCR), the second-largest urban agglomeration in the world.
- Jaipur, the State’s capital, has been ranked No. 1 in Talent Sourcing and Employee Costs by Hewitt Associates.
- Rajasthan houses 322 industrial areas comprising 4 Agro Food Parks, 3 EPIPs, and 2 SEZs. The EPIP in Jaipur is the largest in north India, while the IT SEZ in the state capital is the largest in the country.
- 46% of the total DMIC falls in Rajasthan. About 60% of the State’s area falls within the project area of influence, including some major districts.
- A new Rajasthan Enterprises Single Window Enabling & Clearance Ordinance – 2010 has been enacted, ensuring time-bound & single point granting of approvals & clearances to investors.
- World-class education and medical facilities for investors