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    12 Reasons All Of India Needs To Appreciate Rajasthan's Progress

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    1. India got its first woman sarpanch with an MBA degree, Chhavi Rajawat, in Rajasthan.

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    2. And the state also recently welcomed its first women qazis who will work for women's rights.

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    3. It became the first state to submit a smart city plan last year.

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    Udaipur and Jaipur made the cut and are on their way to becoming two of India's 20 smart cities.

    4. It became the first Indian state to set a minimum educational qualification for panchayat election candidates.

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    5. It has one of India's biggest railway networks and the widest luxury tourist train services.

    This is the Palace On Wheels train.

    6. The rural unemployment rate of Rajasthan is the lowest in India.

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    7. Efforts are being made to end child marriage. Veerni Institute is a hostel for protecting child brides.


    You can watch a documentary on it here.

    8. Rajasthan is the first state to have gathered comprehensive data on its soil to improve developmental projects.

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    9. Even though the literacy rate is low compared to other states, it's rising impressively. From 1991 to 2011, the literacy rate for men went from 54.99% to 84.51%.

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    10. And women's literacy rates saw a 32.22% growth.

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    (From 20.44% to 52.66%.)

    11. The state recently beat Gujarat as India's biggest generator of solar energy.

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    12. And it became the first state to have the maximum number of toilets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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