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Maharashtra cabinet sub-committee to study Punjab farm laws that make violation of MSP criminal offence
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

According to highly-placed sources in the government, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government is not in a hurry to make any final decision as the situation is evolving, with the intervention of the Supreme Court, which has put a stay on the implementation of the laws.

Maharashtra: APMC workers not to be absorbed as govt employees
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

According to the APMC union, there are 6,877 permanent workers, who are candidates recruited through a process and interview and then assigned specific tasks.

Maharashtra promises 8 hours of power supply to farmers in daytime through solar power
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Since power supply in rural areas is irregular, farmers are forced to work on their fields at night, and this has remained unaddressed for several decades now. Load shedding during the day is common.

Eye On Forthcoming BMC Polls: Sena fears BJP will use Kanjurmarg issue to project it as ‘anti-development’
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

The ruling alliance's decision two months ago to relocate the proposed carshed to Kanjurmarg salt pan, and the subsequent impasse over the ownership of the land has put the party and the alliance on the back foot.

Maharashtra: Govt plans stricter mechanism at APMCs to ensure MSP to farmers
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

The Congress and NCP, which wield sizeable clout in the APMCs, fear taking an extreme step like making violation of MSP a criminal offence would invite backlash. Another aspect they believe is, agriculture sector cannot function within a fixed framework.

Prakash Ambedkar: Centre should bring law making MSP violation punishable offence
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

He added that the three laws are not going to help small and marginal farmers. “The laws favour the big marts. Corporate houses and industrialists will capture the entire agriculture sector.”

Explained: BJP’s candidate selection dilemma for Maharashtra State Legislature Council polls
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

A power tussle is simmering within the state unit of the BJP ahead of the Maharashtra State Legislative Council Teacher and Graduate constituency polls, scheduled to be held on December 1.

Maratha Seva Sangh demands quota for community under OBC category
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

MSS founder leader and president Puroshattam Khedekar told The Indian Express, "We feel Constitutional, legal, logical, final and only solution for Maratha reservation is their inclusion in present OBC state list and within 52 per cent quota, the maximum permissible within state power."

Devendra Fadnavis: I have been interacting with family through video calls
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

As he awaits his discharge from a government-run hospital in Mumbai, Devendra Fadnavis says he has been sticking to a strict diet and following all other Covid protocol.

Explained: How the BJP’s image takes a beating with Eknath Khadse’s exit
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

The biggest setback to the party will be in terms of huge image beating. Khadse’s association with the BJP goes way back to the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), a forerunner of the BJP.

Senior BJP leader Khadse quits party, blames Fadnavis; to join NCP tomorrow
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Khadse has been sulking since he was made to resign as a minister in the then Fadnavis-led BJP government in 2016 on allegations of corruption.

Reforms in APMC on the cards to help them compete with open market
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

The 78 per cent small and marginal farmers in Maharashtra, whose land holdings are mostly not in excess of two hectares, are unlikely to explore distant markets if APMCs provide them MSP, said a farmer.

Explained: Maharashtra govt’s pre-season loan guarantee for 32 sugar co-op mills
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

The government guarantee is only for cooperative sugar mills. Ninety out of the 180 sugar mills that are currently functional in Maharashtra are cooperatives; the rest are privately owned.

Dhangars unite to fight for their reservation rights
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Dhangars, a shepherd community, make up nine per cent of the state’s population. Dhangars have a sizable presence in western Maharashtra, part of north Maharashtra and Marathwada region.

Fund shortage: Gosikhurd dam delayed further, revised deadline 2024
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

The irrigation department’s request for higher allocation of funds for the project has not been accepted. In the two-day monsoon session, supplementary demands failed to accommodate the financial demand for the project.

BJP seeks to play both sides, calibrates signals on Rajput and Kangana
Fri, Sep 11, 2020

The BJP's posturing on both the Rajput suicide and the Ranaut vs Sena spat appears to be targeted at whipping up the North Indian identities of the two actors ahead of the Bihar Assembly election, while sullying the image of its estranged ally in Maharashtra.

Maratha quota: the agitation, and the politics
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

The Marathas are a politically dominant community who make up 32% of Maharashtra's population. They have historically been identified as a ‘warrior’ caste with large landholdings.

Maharashtra: State adopts irrigation well scheme to tackle water crisis, create jobs in rural areas
Fri, Sep 04, 2020

State Water Conservation Minister Sandipan Bhumre’s decision to rely on irrigation well follows a growing demand in the rural belt, especially from backward regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada. It will, however, be implemented throughout all water-crisis hit talukas in the state.

Maharashtra: Governor directs universities to complete final-year exam process by October 31
Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Considering the lack of time available for setting question papers, the Governor asked the universities to coordinate with Savitribai Phule Pune University, University of Mumbai and others to prepare question banks.

Explained: Why is the BJP pushing for the opening of temples in Maharashtra?
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

The Maharashtra BJP unit has launched an agitation to demand the reopening of all temples across the state. They are calling it the 'ghanta naad (tolling of the bells) andolan'.

Dairy farmers’ unrest turns into political battle turf between Raju Shetti and Sadabhau Khot
Sun, Aug 16, 2020

Dairy farmers are demanding a higher price for milk as they are suffering loss due to depleting demand during the lockdown. The farmers want a minimum base price to increase from the present Rs 15 per litre to Rs 27 per litre.

Crop loan for kharif sowing: Only Rs 22,770 cr disbursed to 30L Maharashtra farmers
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

"The financial condition across the rural belt is worrying. Farmers are worst affected as they don't have cash. The fall in farm produce prices in last four months has wrecked their lives," said Shetkari Sanghatana president Anil Ghanwat.

‘Only questioning political reservations, quota for SC/STs in govt jobs & education must continue’
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Unfortunately, the country has not understood Dr BR Ambedkar. He had envisaged reservation for SC/STs in Lok Sabha and state Assembly constituencies for just 10 years. The objective was to bring the Dalits and tribal people into the electoral process and help them exercise their democratic rights

Maharashtra: Why dairy farmers are angry
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Prices paid to dairy farmers have fallen steeply from Rs 25 per litre to Rs 15-16. Milk collection centres, both private and cooperatives, are not ready to pay the expected price.

Mumbai: In BJP rejig, Kirit Somaiya loses out again
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Kirit Somaiya said the decision to expose what he called the administration’s “lapses” in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic was “part of my public commitment as a BJP worker”.

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