Rising Rajasthan is being organized by News18 Network today at the Clarks Amer in Jaipur. The event will have the CM Vasundhara Raje as well as top political leaders speak extensively on the state’s development priorities and various government programmes. The discussion is also likely to focus on the elections in the state that are scheduled for next year and how the current government is likely to approach the same. The event will have several panel discussions with senior Ministers including Road and Transport & PWD Minister, Yunus Khan; Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister, Rajendra Singh Rathore; Urban Development and Housing Minister, Shrichand Kriplani; Medical and Health Minister, Kalicharan Saraf; Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Gajendra Singh Khimsar and President, State Finance Commission, Jyoti Kiran. Rising Rajasthan will also have representation from the opposition with the opening session featuring CP Joshi, General Secretary, All Indian Congress Committee who will speak on the future of the Congress party and the strategy that it is likely to adopt going forward.
The event will not only facilitate discussions on key political and policy related issues but will also focus on individuals who have been the flagbearers of social change and/or those who have shown exemplary courage in challenging situations. Panelists including IPS, Saroj Kumari; Social Activist, Mridula Bhasin; Former Zila Pramukh, Pali, Khushveer Singh and Social Activist Hema Shah will speak of transformational initiatives that have had a huge impact on society at large. A session featuring inspiring stories of heroism will have Colonel Ram Singh (A 100-year old brave soldier and founder of 15 Kumaon Regiment); Naik Digendra Kumar (Winner of Maha Vir Chakra; fought in Kargil War in 1999, captured Tololing from Pakistan and hoisted the Tricolor Flag of India); Major Deepika Rathore (The First Woman to climb Mount Everest twice) and CRPF Commandant Chetan Cheetah (who was shot 9 times during an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir) speak about their life and experiences.
The event will end with a key note address by and a special interaction with the Honorable Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who will speak about her government’s approach to development, governance and areas of priority. The CM will also felicitate widows of soldiers who attained martyrdom during the Kargil War.
The Group Editor, ETV News Network, Rajesh Raina, said, “The Rising Series is a platform from News18 Network which has gathered tremendous momentum over the past few months. This event facilitates engagement with top state leaders from across the political spectrum on critical issues pertaining to growth of the State. With the State elections scheduled to happen next year in Rajasthan – ‘Rising Rajasthan’ will provide an ideal platform to discuss and debate issues that will form the core of the political discourse in the State.”
Adding to the above Avinash Kaul, President, Strategy, Product & Alliances – Network 18 and Managing Director, A + E Networks | TV18, said, “We are extremely excited about the Rising Rajasthan event. For us as a Network, Rajasthan is an extremely important market especially given the fact that ETV Rajasthan is the state’s No. 1 news channel. Our programming has always been about our viewers and their interests. Rising Rajasthan will not only raise issues of development but will, on the solemn occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, also remember those brave sons of the state who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation during the Kargil War.”
The event will be covered on ETV Rajasthan, News18 India and CNN-News18 starting 5 PM.