On Monday, the Maharashtra assembly gave a green flag to the impending supplementary demands of Rs. 11,445 crores. The nod was given after very many rounds of discussion and debates throughout the day. The discussion was participated by members from treasury and opposition benches who even went on to express their refusal to certain allocations such as that of the bullet train.
Of all the announcements that were made by various ministers, one of the biggest was that of education minister Vinod Tawde. Tawde declared that about 18,000 posts of school teachers will be filled in the state’s school in the next two months.
“We’ve introduced online system of recruitment through Pavitra portal, which would ensure total transparency and end any chances of corruption. Earlier, there were several complaints that the school managements used to charge lakhs for every appointment,” he said.
Tawde further added that the rules and regulations, especially those pertaining to the reservation will be adhered to at any cost. All the appointments will be made on the basis of merit strictly.
Talking about the allegations made by the neglected sportspersons, Tawde said that government was taking steps to come up with policies to provide to the budding sportsmen for Tokyo Olympics. He further disclosed that around 55 players were selected and a sum of Rs. 1.72 crore would be spent on the training of these candidates.
In the meanwhile, finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the collection from GST has surged to a healthy 39% as a comparison to the previous year. He also spoke about government taking action to solve the Zudpi jungle issue that has been pending since 32 years now and that a solution will be implemented soon.
Opposition’s allegation of not granting any fund for statutory development boards was falsified. He disclosed that Rs. 2 crores were kept aside for each of them.
“The governor had directed not to grant any funds to the boards, still we’ve allocated funds for them to conduct studies. Funds were also allotted for various biodiversity boards,” he said.
The minister also put up the fact that government staffers’ salary was reduced from 50% in 2014 to 45.48% till this month.
“But we’re aware that seventh pay commission would increase the burden on us,” he said.
Revenue minister Chandrakant Dada Patil notified about the Rs. 30,000 crore that was approved for the purpose of development of state’s highways. However, the requirement was of Rs. 23,000 crore only.
“Letter of intent (LOI) were allotted to 92 of 137 road packages. All roads would be built on hybrid annuity scheme. We recently conducted a meeting of bankers and contractors in this regard,” he said.
Mahadev Jankar, fisheries development minister, updated that fisheries courses of agriculture universities will be linked to the Nagpur’s Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU). A host of politicos expressed their demand for a new fisheries university in Konkan. Mungantiwar assured them that talks with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, for the same, will fall through and meet a positive end.
State’s minister of public works, Pravin Pote Patil, spoke about the Rs. 1,771 crores that was allotted for dealing with the potholes and that contractors will be deployed for their maintenance.
Information source: timesofindia
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