The Maharashtra government may seek more financial assistance on Wednesday from the Centre to address the problems of farmers reeling under severe drought across Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is trying to explore the prospect of getting additional funds from the Centre through enhanced devolution of funds to address agro-sector related problems in Maharashtra.
A few concrete policy measures to reach out to the worst-hit districts of Maharashtra are under way.
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Maharashtra believes it stands to gain Rs 8,000-10,000 crore from the NDA government’s decision to enhance devolution or transfer of funds to states to 42 per cent. Moreover, the Centre’s decision to de-link Central schemes would also enable the state to push sectors critical for Maharashtra now.
Fadnavis believes the symbolism of packages, which has become the trend in the last two decades, cannot be a lasting solution unless it is adequately backed with effectively implementation both in terms of pragmatic policies and funds.
On Wednesday, he is expected to raise the issue of farmers and push for policy changes at the NITI Aayog meeting convened in New Delhi and also discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi state-related issues.
The NITI Aayog meeting is also to discuss issues related to the Land Acquisition Bill, which also has a massive bearing on the farm sector.
The inordinate delay in rains after the first showers is worrying both the administration as well as farmers.
The chief minister, who is under pressure from the Opposition, to completely waive loans aggregating Rs 16,000 crore, will hold discussions with the Centre to find a way out to address the crisis in the farm sector.