The Maharashtra government on Friday announced an immediate relief package of Rs 10,000 crore for the victims of the recent floods that hit large parts of western Maharashtra and Marathwada, claiming around 50 lives.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the amount will be disbursed by Diwali to provide succour to the flood-hit people ahead of the festival season.
Of the total package, Rs 5,500 crore will be for agriculture purposes, Rs 2,635 crore for rebuilding/repairing roads and bridges, Rs 1,000 crore for rural roads and water supply, Rs 300 crore for urban development, Rs 239 crore for power utilities and Rs 102 crore for water resources.
The CM also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the pending dues of the state on various counts.
“The Centre has to pay Rs 38,000 crore to the state government… If they had cleared the amount, we would not have faced difficulties in announcing the relief package,” Thackeray pointed out.
He called upon the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party not to indulge in politics over relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.
“I don’t want to discuss politics… Whatever I have to, I shall speak as Shiv Sena President at the Dassehra Rally,” Thackeray said.
Ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress have welcomed the relief package and said it would help the distressed farmers and others battered by the recent unprecedented heavy rains and the resultant floods in several districts.
Sena leader Kishore Tiwari lauded the package and said that the Centre must now be magnanimous and immediately release a Rs 50,000-crore package for the flood victims.
State NCP President and Minister Jayant Patil welcomed the package saying it will help the affected people rebuild their lives after the mega-tragedy.
Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, who is also the state Congress chief, said that the MVA government stands firmly behind the farmers in this time of crisis and the aid package will help them stand on their feet again.
“The government will give compensation of Rs 10,000/hectare to rain-fed and irrigated lands for the damage, and will cover losses in upto two hectares. Horticulture farmers will get Rs 25,000/hectare which would help them recover from the losses,” he said.
Slamming the Centre, he said that “no Central team has arrived to survey the flood-hit areas” even after so many days since the tragedy which claimed around 50 lives so far.
“The Covid outbreak has already posed a major financial challenge before the state… Rs 38,000 crore is pending with the centre. Even in such a critical situation, the MVA government has announced the huge relief package,” Thorat added.
Presided over by Thackeray, the meeting was attended by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on videoconference as he is home quarantine in Pune, Thorat, Water Resources Minister Patil, Soil & Water Conservation Minister Shankarrao Gadakh-Patil, Relief & Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar and other senior officials.
On 12th Anniversary of 26/11, Governor Koshyari and Chief Uddhav Thackeray Tribute to the martyred policemen
Today, Incident of 26/11 completed 12 years. On Thursday, On this occasion Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Along with Other Ministers has tribute to the Martyred Policemen and The People’s.
On Thursday Morning in Mumbai, Tributes paid to the policemen who died in this attack on the newly constructed memorial site at Police Headquarters. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, The Other dignitaries included Home Minioster Anil Deshmukh, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, Director- General of Police Subodh Jaiswal and Other Senior officials were also present to pay tribute to the martyrs.
The martyr memorial has been shifted from the Gymkhana at Marine Drive to the police headquarters at Crawford Market due to the coastal road project, An Official said.
A limited number of people gathered in the wake of the Covid-19 on the 12th Anniversary of the terrorist attack. Family members of some martyred policemens also paid homage at the memorial. The Governor, The Chief Minister and the Home Minister met the families of the martyrs during the event.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh has tweeted that, Salute to the brave warriors of 26/11. Millions are remembering his sacrifice.
At the same time, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has also paid tribute to the martyred soldiers by tweeting. He has written that a humble tribute to all the martyrs of the police and security forces who laid down their lives in the terrorist attack on Mumbai.
12 years ago, There was a terrorist attack on the country’s financial capital Mumbai. More than 160 people were killed and more than 300 people were injured in this attack. On 26 November 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists rocked Mumbai with bomb blasts and shootings.
The Mumbai Press also pays tribute to the policemen, Who died in the 26/11 attack and to the people.
Decision related to local trains will be take after 15 December
Local Train of Mumbai is closed for general public from last 9 months. Questions arising is that, From when would Locals trains starts? The risk of corona is also increasing. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that, Decision related to locals trains will be take after 15 December.
Covid-19 Patients is increasing in Mumbai. During this Maharashtra Government is also in worried. It is Estimated that, There will be Second Wave of Corona in Maharashtra. Lifeline of Mumbai ‘Local Trains’ is also closed. A decision will be taken after December 15 to take shock of the growing Corona in Mumbai to start train service for all. This information was given by BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.
For the time being, Mumbai Local trains is only started for Government Servants. And also permission is granted to Mumbai’s Dabbawala’s to travel in the Locals.
Whether or not the second wave of Corona will come in Mumbai, But BMC is preparing to deal with the second wave. To prevent the second wave, BMC has implemented many rules for the people. Which has to be followed.
Uddhav Thackeray seeks ‘national vaccine distribution policy’
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday urged the Centre to formulate a ‘national vaccine distribution policy’ to combat the Covid-19 pandemic more systematically.
He said that this could include the movement of citizens between states, determining the containment areas and other related aspects to fight the pandemic effectively.
“Today, the cases have increased in Delhi or Kerala, tomorrow it can go up in some other state. The Prime Minister or Home Minister should convene a meeting of all political parties and explain to them the gravity of the situation, plus instruct all to cooperate without resorting to politics,” Thackeray said.
As far as Maharashtra is concerned, the CM said that state government has set up a task force for the distribution of the much-awaited Covid-19 vaccine to deal with the pandemic situation.
“We have set up a task force for the vaccination programme. The state government is in regular touch with the Serum Institute of India and is keeping track of the vaccine development,” Thackeray said at a meeting of CMs of eight states with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He pointed out that the state government is bringing public life back to normal as per the directives of the Centre and implementing the precautionary measures.
However, Thackeray rued that some political parties are playing politics with the lives of the people, taking to the streets and attempting to violate the health rules, so they must be directed to refrain from doing so.
On the progress achieved by the state, he said that barely three months ago, the state had 24,000 patients daily which has now come down to around 5,000 a day.
“Despite the declining number of patients, we have asked the people to remain vigilant and practice all precautions like physical distancing, wearing face masks, cleanliness, etc. But if some political parties continue their politicking, then all our efforts may fail and we may invite a fresh corona wave,” Thackeray pointed out.
In this context, he said the state’s flagship initiative, “My Family, My Responsibility” campaign has worked very well, it has covered around 11.92 crore population and succeeded in reducing the infection rate, besides creating a ‘health map’ of the state.
Through the initiative, 3.50 lakh people suffering various diseases and helped to detect and treat around 51,000 Covid patients, Thackeray said.
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