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Rajasthan cabinet approves Bill to curb organised crime

In a cabinet meeting chaired by CM Ashok Gehlot , 35 proposals for economic, social and educational development of the state were approved.

Statesman News Service | Jaipur |


On the pattern of Maharashtra’s MCOCA, the Gehlot cabinet cleared a draft of the Rajasthan Control of Organised Crime (RCOCA) Bill-2023 to curb the gang/mafia’s operation with provisions for capital punishment, fine and rigorous imprisonment.

In a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot late last night 35 proposals for economic, social and educational development of the state were approved.

The new bill, RCOCA, will be tabled in legislative assembly of the state in the ongoing session for debate and clearance.

The Bill has a provision for death or life imprisonment, and fine starting from Rs one lakh in case of death caused by a criminal gang. Those who indulge in criminal conspiracy and give shelter to gang members will invite a minimum of five years jail term and a maximum of life term and a minimum of Rs 5 lakh penalty.

Those who acquire wealth through organised crime may invite a minimum of three-year jail term and a maximum of life sentence and a minimum fine of Rs 2 lakh. The bill will also make a clause for opening special courts for the trial of such cases.

The organised crime includes violence or intimidation or coercion by a person, as a member of an organised crime gang or for such a gang, for the purpose of obtaining an economic gain or any other benefit. Action will be taken against the gang of two or more persons by whom organized crime is committed

The state cabinet approved the bill related to setting up Rajiv Gandhi Fintech Digital Institute in Jodhpur. The institute will act as a finishing school with certificate courses and diploma courses in digital and financial technology domain.  A Fintech innovation ecosystem will also be developed to attract Fintech industries, including startups.

The cabinet also took a series of major decisions like approving Rajasthan State Forest Policy, Rajasthan Climate Change Policy, Rajasthan E-Waste Management Policy, and Rajasthan Prison Policy. Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Governance and Social Sciences, and Research Institute for Maize in Bikaner has been sanctioned.