With a day left for the Budget Session to end, the Maharashtra cabinet Wednesday took a slew of decisions with approaching elections in mind.
* Go-ahead to extend the cut-off for slum regularisation from January 1, 1995 to January 1, 2000. About 3 lakh additional slum units will become eligible for free rehabilitation now. While the alliance had been pushing for the move since 2004, a matter in this regard is still pending in the Supreme Court. Attorney General of India Ghoolam Vahanvati’s opinion was sought for introducing the legislation.
* Nod to a contentious proposal permitting Unani and Ayurveda practioners to prescribe allopathic drugs. A similar decision in January regarding homoeopathy practioners had resulted in a public outcry. While a year-long course in modern pharmacology was proposed for homoeopathy practioners, a senior minister said no such rider was imposed in the present case. The approval was granted despite law and judiciary department’s objections.
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* New child policy was cleared too. It contains provisions for boys and girls aged up to 18 years. The policy entails stringent measures to eradicate child labour.
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