More communication with people, more development of the state is the New Year resolution of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for 2016. He has laid down the roadmap for 2016 complete with projects and policies regionwise with a time-bound chart.
Top priority is on the second phase of his ambitious “jalyukta shivar yojna” and he has given the nod for 5,000 villages reeling under drought to be taken up on war footing for water conservation works.
It is expected that the government will be able to complete 75,000 works in 5,000 villages.
The government grant set aside for these projects is Rs 1,000 crore. However, stress is on public and non-government organisations’ participation in water conservation works. For the first time, a decision to allow MLAs to donate the MLA development funds for jalyukta shivar has also been made.
According to Fadnavis, “When I took charge of the government we drew a list of 25,000 villages as drought prone and were facing a very severe water crisis. In the first phase beginning January 2015, we completed 1.20 lakh works spread across 6200 villages. We want to take the project to level next setting a year’s deadline for projects across 5,000 villages.”
In the agriculture sector, the decision to bring more farmers under credit to enable them to avail of loans from financial institutions is being worked out. The target is to try and cover at least 10 to 15 lakh more farmers for loans and increase lending to at least Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 crore. In 2015, the number of farmers added to crop loans was 6.5 lakh and additional funds disbursed through financial institutions was Rs 4,129 crore.
The decision to bring more farmers to access loans is also aimed at bringing down dependency on private moneylenders who charge higher interest.
Another important project relates to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Housing for All-2022. The policy measures to bring stability in the housing sector and simplification of land rules are attributed to boost housing projects. The series of reforms in revenue land are amongst the measures to attain the housing target of at least one lakh this year.
Sources in the CMO revealed, “The emphasis on communication is to strengthen the connect with people through aggressive field work when executing policy decisions and also ensure public participation.”
The underlying theme to officials is to overcome every hurdle and execute development plank.
In the last two weeks of December 2015, the chief minister reviewed projects across sectors for all 36 districts. The message to officials and core team is to find a solution to every hurdle that comes in the way of execution.
He indicated that there cannot be a delay in projects which are laid down on paper.
The state, which boasts of Rs 66,000 crore investment in the past one year intends to roll out projects across the districts. Fadnavis said on Friday, “We have to strengthen the gains in manufacturing and service sectors. And mobilise resources for greater investment in agriculture.”