Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, visiting the houses of families of farmers who committed suicide in the cotton-growing belt of Vidarbha, announced that his government was on a mission to make Maharashtra suicide-free. Announcing efforts in this direction, and to provide alternative employment, he also announced seven textile parks in drought-prone regions of the state.
Fadnavis, visiting the villages across Ladnapur (Sangrampur) and Devdhaba (Malkapur) in Buldhana district said the state government will provide loans and will not be made to pay any interest in the first year to give them relief.
Alternatives to ensure a decent livelihood, through linkages with the textile hubs that are being planned, is being taken up on priority. Vidarbha will have textile hubs in Amravata, Yavatmal and Buldhana, three will be in Beed, Auranagabad and Nanded in Marathwada, and one in Jalgaon in North Maharashtra, he said.
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The state government, which has unravelled 30,000 projects covering 6,000 villages under the flagship programme of ‘Jalyukta Shivar Yojna’ saw Fadnavis reviewing the works in Buldhana district. There are 763 works going on in 330 villages to make Buldhana district drought-free, he said.
Fadnavis visited Tunki in Buldhana district and distributed passbooks and certificates to project-affected people of Chunnkhadi Tiger project.
The chief minister has also focused on setting up industrial sectors in the cotton-growing belt to address unemployment. Fadnavis said, “In the last 60 years, no attempt has been made to address rural economic growth, in the cotton belt.”
The government, which has approved land for Nandgaon textile hub in Amravati, will use 0.33 additional FSI to raise revenue for infrastructure projects, he said. The Amravati textile park with an investment of Rs 1243 crore will give direct employment to 3,700 people, he said.
Several farm-to-fabric concepts were also inaugurated by Fadnavis who reviewed the progress of projects in MIDC in Amravati region.
He said, “Government initiatives and private public partnership would help to provide employment and bring major investments in drought-hit cotton belt of Vidarbha.”