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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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