Despite recurring droughts and a severe water crisis in Marathwada and Vidarbha, Maharashtra remained a most favoured destination for investors, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday while launching ‘Mission Drinking Water’. He said a multi-pronged strategy for inclusive growth, along with a policy shift to integrate investments in agriculture and industries helped in retaining investors’ confidence.
The government has adopted a two-pronged strategy to scale up drought mitigation through Mission Drinking Water and ensuring changes in crop pattern to sustain wholistic development, which includes greater investments in agriculture and industries. He indicated that industries under the MIDC are not badly affected despite problems, which would be overcome in a couple of months. Unveiling Mission Drinking Water, he said, every remote village in drought districts had been provided a roadmap and adequate budget.
Maintaining that the state government was working 24×7 to tackle hardships of villagers, Fadnavis said, “The Centre and the state are working together to reach out to drought-stricken districts of Marathwada.”
The Maharashtra Drought Relief Committee headed by Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse and Opposition leader Radhakrishna Patil has been constituted. And through the drinking water schemes, 83 projects are being pushed in 11,000 villages for immediate relief.
The chief minister said, “While the situation is grave due to recurring drought, along with relief measures which includes water supply through two 50 wagons trains every three days, we are also working on water conservation to avail good monsoons predicted by the IMD.”
According to Fadnavis, “The Jalyukata Shivar projects will require sustained efforts for the next three years to make the state drought-free…Till date, we received 80,000 applications from farmers seeking farm ponds.
The government is providing them Rs 50,000 per pond.
Bharat Ratna for Phule
The state government urged the Centre to bestow Bharat Ratna to social reformer Jyotiba Phule whose work in the field of education and social justice remains unparalleled. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state assembly that the government will urge the Centre to consider its proposal. The state has also decided to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule.