Government of Rajasthan’s Invest Rajasthan 2022 and Jaipur Literature Festival postponed due to sharp rise in COVID cases
Two mega-events scheduled to be held this month in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, have been postponed due to the advent of the new COVID variant Omicron and the sharp rise in the number of active cases.
The ambitious meeting of investors of the government of Rajasthan, Invest Rajasthan 2022, which was to be held on January 24 and 25, has been postponed and a new date will be announced at a later date.
The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) which was also due to be held the last week of the current month has also been postponed to March by Teamwork Arts, the producer of the event.
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, said: “Bearing in mind the advent of the new variant and the sharp increase in the number of cases across the country, we felt it was best to reschedule festival and hold it in March 2022. We remain committed to bringing the festival back to Jaipur as an immersive experience on the ground, fostering dialogue, discussion and debate about books and ideas.
Described as “the world’s greatest literary spectacle”, JLF is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The last decade has seen it evolve into a global literary phenomenon having hosted over 2,000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from all over India and the world.
Each year, the festival brings together on one stage a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders and artists to defend the freedom to express themselves and engage in debate and a thoughtful dialogue.
Previous speakers were Nobel Prize winners JM Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz; Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Douglas Stuart, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty; the winners of Sahitya Akademi Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, MT Vasudevan Nair, as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and UR Ananthamurthy; as well as literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth.
An annual event that goes beyond literature, the festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late APJ Abdul Kalam, Bill Gates, Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, and the former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai.
The decision to postpone Invest Rajasthan 2022 was made by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot – who announced on Thursday that he tested positive for COVID. In a meeting with relevant officials, it was decided to postpone the mega-show until normalcy returned.
Incidentally, after this ruling by the government of Rajasthan, Gujarat also decided to postpone the Vibrant Gujarat event. The decision to postpone the tenth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit, which was to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10, was taken on Thursday, a day after Rajasthan decided to postpone Invest Rajasthan 2022.
The decision was taken after Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Gujarat, an official government statement said postponing the three-day summit in which 27 countries had agreed to participate. No postponement date has been announced.
Rajasthan is trying to attract investors and it has received a very good response from investors during various roadshows held in various major cities ahead of Invest Rajasthan 2022. During the roadshows, ministers and officials had a heart-to-heart discussion open with potential investors to showcase the state’s industrial potential.
Rajasthan is the largest state of India in terms of size and has rich deposits of minerals and other natural resources, but over the years with the exception of limestone which is the basic material for production cement, no other mineral industry has attracted much investment in the state.
Ashok Gehlot’s government has launched a massive promotional campaign to attract investment as the country is backing down to regain ground lost due to the pandemic. But the recent high number of cases has forced the state government to postpone the meeting.
“Rajasthan has gradually become the choice of investors because it offers an ease of doing business and a favorable political framework for investors. We invite them to reconnect with the homeland with the next Invest Rajasthan 2022”, Gehlot said before the decision. to postpone the summit. .
“Invest Rajasthan 2022 is the manifestation of our commitment to forge lasting partnerships with private enterprise for the development of the state and the prosperity of our people. This is an important step towards fulfilling the commitments we have made to investors, ”he added.
Following the new spike in COVID cases, the state government has released new guidelines under which its offices will operate at 50% force. All state government employees over the age of 55 and those with disabilities would work from home.
The state government has also ordered the closure of all schools in Jaipur and Jodhpur districts.
The total number of participants in weddings has been set at 100 and 20 for funerals or the last rites.
The nighttime curfew has been imposed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and those caught without a mask will have to pay a penalty.
If a positive COVID case is found in public or private premises, it will be sealed for 72 hours.
Only people who have received the two doses of vaccination are allowed to visit religious places and RTPCR tests have been made compulsory for everyone on arrival at airports.