Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Dadasaheb Bhuse says Covid-19 has thrown new challenges in the agriculture sector due to the migrant exodus. He talks to The Indian Express about the state’s preparedness for kharif season.
Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that the theory of BJP trying to dislodge the government was a ploy to divert people's attention from serious issues. “The purpose is to mislead and hide their own shortcomings,” he said.
While enrollment under MGNREGA between March and June, the pre-monsoon period, is generally higher across the state, absence of drought and an extended lockdown had meant a poor response for the scheme till mid-April.
The 2020-21 budget allocation for water resources department is Rs. 10, 235 crore. The total number of ongoing irrigation projects in the state are 313 and the funds required to complete them are Rs 1.09 lakh crore.
The government plans to disburse crop loan worth Rs 74,000 crore in 2020-21. But if small and marginal farmers are not brought into the fold of the credit system, they will not be able to take any advantage of the new crop loan.
“While migrants have been used as a segment by political parties to divide the society to consolidate their votebanks during elections, incorporating their contribution in development and bringing them into the mainstream remains unaddressed,” said Prof R B Bhagat
While the community has been flooded with “dos” and “don’ts” on how to observe Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14, the government has not addressed the crucial question of how these workers are going to feed themselves and their families, Milind Kamble said.
According to a report released by the Governor’s Office, “The backlog in physical terms, as assessed by the Indicators and Backlog Committee, now exists in four districts of the state — Amravati, Akola, Washim and Buldhana."
Jalyukta Shivar, which was initiated as its pet project by former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government in 2015 to tackle drought, also created water storage capacity of 26.52 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) in the state.
According to sources, the BJP’s move is aimed at exposing the “rift” in the MVA alliance. The BJP, sources said, reckons that the Sena will find itself in a catch-22 situation on the controversial issue as the Congress and the NCP disagree over conferring the Bharat Ratna on Savarkar.
“The silence of the Maharashtra government over Sambhaji Bhide, who played a crucial role in the riots at Koregaon Bhima, is shocking. Instead of raising a hue and cry over the Elgaar Parishad probe, Sharad Pawar should demand action against Bhide,” Ambedkar told The Indian Express.
“The greatness of B R Ambedkar cannot be measured with the height of a statue. It is a futile exercise undertaken by successive governments to serve their politics,” Prakash Ambedkar told The Indian Express.
Athawale said, “The local civic body has raised some objections as the Ambedkar memorial is in residential premises. The local civic body Queens Council should address the matter to ensure the memorial is not scrapped. The UK government should also overrule the objection against the memorial.”