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Shubhangi Khapre


Government agro-reforms talks of ‘more crop per drop’
Sat, May 28, 2016

This comes in the wake of the state’s decision to adopt the Israeli agro-model of more crop per drop (of water).

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion in June, portfolios of senior ministers likely to be downsized
Fri, May 27, 2016

The Centre has already given consent to the CM, who has been firefighting after his ministers got into trouble over allegations ranging from corruption charges to violation of norms.

Forever the critic, Eknath Khadse in unfamiliar role as the target of corruption allegations
Fri, May 27, 2016

For the last one week, he has set aside his administrative duties to try and salvage his image. He has set up his own independent team to investigate and find out who is behind the allegations.

Bought Pune land with white money, it is not MIDC land, says Eknath Khadse
Wed, May 25, 2016

Khadse tells The Indian Express that he is being framed.

Two years of Modi govt: Slew of big-ticket projects for Maharashtra
Mon, May 23, 2016

In less than six months after coming to power, the Centre gave its nod to the ambitious Rs 12,000-crore Coastal Road project.

On ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi praises Maharashtra’s ‘jalyukta shivar’
Mon, May 23, 2016

Under ‘jalyukta shivar’, in the last 19 months, 1,69,424 works across 6,200 villages have been completed in the first phase, incurring expenses of Rs 2,053 crore.

Maharashtra BJP to send Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal to Rajya Sabha
Sun, May 22, 2016

The state BJP can get three candidates elected to the Upper House.

Maharashtra BJP to focus on consolidating organisational base ahead of civic polls
Sun, May 22, 2016

On May 23, the Maharashtra BJP will hold a meeting to draw detailed plans including programmes across 36 districts to commemorate the completion of two years of the government at the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Maharashtra: ‘Amaravati’ model for Nagpur-Mumbai super expressway
Sat, May 21, 2016

Maharashtra government plans to replicate Andhra Pradesh’s land-pooling model for project

Maharashtra: Govt plans new township in Palghar
Wed, May 18, 2016

The chief minister is keen on CIDCO or MMRDA evolving the comprehensive plan for the new township in Palghar.

Maharashtra: Harisal village set to get internet access
Mon, May 16, 2016

At present, 350 villages in the backward and malnourished districts of Melghat and Dharni are totally cut off from the mainstream telecommunication.

Parched Maharashtra: Govt plans new water policy to tackle scarcity in villages
Sun, May 15, 2016

Proposals include total ban on release of untreated sewage water in rivers, dams

Maharashtra: 20 districts to benefit from Nagpur-Mumbai road project
Sat, May 14, 2016

The first would tackle development of four metros — Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nashik — as it navigates through three regions of Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra.

Maharashtra govt steps in to guide farmers on crop pattern in drought-hit areas
Fri, May 13, 2016

Agriculture research universities are being roped in to provide inputs on crops and time to cope with weather change; IMD has predicted 106 per cent monsoons in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra: Pre-monsoon boon for Jalyukta Shivar projects
Thu, May 12, 2016

In the last four days, Maharashtra witnessed unprecedented erratic spells of pre-monsoon showers across remote villages in Vidarbha, Marathwada, North Maharashtra and parts of Western Maharashtra.

Farmer suicides down 25% in parts of Vidarbha, Marathwada
Thu, May 12, 2016

The total number of farmers suicides recorded in the past four months in these areas has come down to 339 this year, from 452 last year.

Maharashtra: All water-intensive crops to be brought under drip irrigation
Wed, May 11, 2016

Notwithstanding the financial hurdles, the Centre and the state are all set to make drip irrigation a compulsion, as part of the long-term drought mitigation policy.

Maharashtra plans to bring 20 lakh new farmers under credit plan
Wed, May 11, 2016

Plan will be expanded from the current Rs 53,000 cr to Rs 68,000 cr

Tackling drought: Govt working on loan model to fast-track 26 irrigation works
Tue, May 10, 2016

The cumulative cost of these projects is Rs 36,299 crore. As per the Centre-state ratio of 60:40 funding, the Centre will shell out Rs 21,858 crore.

Allocate Rs 850-cr water tax for repairs of irrigation projects: Maharashtra dept
Mon, May 09, 2016

At present, the entire Rs 850 crore is deposited with the ministry of revenue and utilised for non-irrigation projects, even though the funds are generated from agriculture and allied activities.

Maharashtra plans to bring 2.18 lakh hectares under irrigation in 14 suicide-prone dists
Mon, May 09, 2016

Latur, which is reeling under the worst water crisis, will have 10 irrigation projects worth Rs 248 crore, promising to bring 11,011 hectares of land under irrigation.

Gosikhurd irrigation project: Maharashtra CM to seek Rs 8,000 crore from PM
Sat, May 07, 2016

Project will cover three districts of Bhandara, Chandrapur and Nagpur in cotton-growing belt.

Maharashtra govt to restructure finance dept to push social sectors
Fri, May 06, 2016

Fadnavis and Mungantiwar have given directives to the department to set a definite target with an outcome on larger social welfare schemes in the core sectors.

24th water train reaches Latur
Thu, May 05, 2016

The water conservation department, Latur district administration and the NGOs have jointly launched the mammoth exercise to save rainwater from June.

Uma Bharti gave consent for special irrigation package worth Rs 30,788 crore for Maharashtra
Wed, May 04, 2016

At a meeting in Mumbai, Fadnavis made a presentation, seeking a Rs 7,188-crore package for irrigation projects in Vidarbha and Marathwada, which have witnessed the maximum number of suicides.

Govt wants Rs 28,000 cr for irrigation, CM Fadnavis to meet Union ministers today
Tue, May 03, 2016

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few months ago, seeking the package.

Focus on Social Sectors, Rural Issues: CM Devendra Fadnavis starts audit, gives ministers 10 months before ‘major reshuffle’
Mon, May 02, 2016

Highly placed sources in the government told The Indian Express that the CM had started the exercise to monitor department-wise performance of each and every minister.

Textile hub plan in Vidarbha: Govt will change fortunes of cotton farmers, says CM Fadnavis
Sun, May 01, 2016

Fadnavis said, “We have worked out an integrated model of textile and agro industries to open up new market opportunities with higher remuneration for cotton farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada.”

Adarsh scam: HC’s demolition order a setback for Congress in Maharashtra
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Ex-CM Ashok Chavan, who now heads the state Cong, is an accused in the case.

Why Adarsh demolition order has Congress crumbling
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

The court's directives to the Centre and state governments to initiate proceedings against politicians and bureaucrats has once again brought the issue of corruption to the centre stage in the state.

Maharashtra reshuffle takes ministers, babus by surprise
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Sources, however, said the reshuffle indicated efforts by the chief minister to resolve the friction between ministers and bureaucrats.

Smart Cities project: With just a month to go for second round, govt pushes Nagpur development
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The winter capital of Maharashtra could not qualify in the first round of the central project as it scored 53 points, while the 20 cities across the country that were selected scored between 58.47 points and 78.83 points.

Mumbai: BJP-Sena skirmishes may get worse
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

“We must make a distinction between electoral strategy and participation in government” — this was the overriding sentiment when The Indian Express spoke to a host of Sena ministers and officials.

BMC polls 2017: BJP to ride development plank
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the party’s mascot as the BJP wants to ride the development plank to counter the Sena’s three-decade dominance on “Amchi Mumbai”.

Centre planning to ask other states to adopt Maharashtra’s social boycott Bill
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Several union ministers, such as Piyush Goyal, Venkaiah Naidu, Prakash Javadekar and Suresh Prabhu, have lauded the state’s Act that criminalises social boycott of individuals and groups.

Nitin Gadkari’s meagre budget remark: Maharashtra govt has provided adequate funds for irrigation sector
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Talking to The Indian Express, Mungantiwar said, 'If we consider the budgetary provisions made in multiple departments related to irrigation projects, the total amount would go beyond Rs 12,000 crore.'